Phil Anselmo: 'Doing a Full-Length Record Is Thing of the Past'

The singer also discussed the current state of play with Pantera.

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Phil Anselmo has been talking with 94.9 K-Rock (via Blabbermouth) about the future of recording, and how he feels that full-length albums are a thing of the past. When asked about Down's decision to release "Down IV" as two separate EPs, Anselmo responded:

"The question of the f--king decade! Everyone's attention span these days is a little shorter. Honestly, for me, doing a full-length record is a thing of the past. I'm not doing it again. It's boring.

"If I can concentrate on making five or six songs the best I can, that's the way I would prefer to release it. There's several reasons for Down. On the first three records, it took us five years between every record to put them out, so doing it in the EP formula helps us get it quicker to people. Not so much stress on everyone.

"At the end of the day, Down is still made up of a bunch of other bands. The new Eyehategod is coming out and Jimmy is going to be busy with that. Pat does a lot of grindcore stuff. Pepper does all kinds of stuff. I do the Illegals and run the record label and all. We all realize every one of us has other things ... But when it's Down time, it's Down time. We all commit."

Anselmo also discussed the current state of play with Pantera, noting that he is kept informed of matters regarding the band via-email:

"We are all attached via e-mail. I don't answer back much unless there's a decision or they need an answer from me on if something is cool or whatever. Rex [Brown, bass] and I keep in touch. I love Rex. I love Vinnie [Paul Abbott, drums]. I love them both. Vince is the captain of his ship right now and he does what he does. I'm not going to judge a man by his life or decisions. I've got my own f--king ship to steer. Rex and I are in contact. I respect Vince and his decisions. Love is the law. Love under will."

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    I totally get his point. Nowadays, most people don't give a full length album the time and attention it deserves. With EPs there's no filler and they get released much more often. I'm all for it.
    It's sadly not always the chase. Think if you get like 3-5 song ep and most of them are bad songs? With full length album couple of "bad" songs don't matter that much if there are good ones too.
    "If I can concentrate on making five or six songs the best I can, that's the way I would prefer to release it." Note "the best I can".
    Just because bands don't like creating full length albums doesn't mean their audiences don't want them to do so, especially when it takes 2 years + to hear something new from them again
    Honestly, if people have a hard time finding albums that are consistently good from start to finish, I think that says more about their taste than anything. If every new album you check out has a handful of filler not worth bothering with, maybe look for better music? It's not a numbers game any way, 2 amazing albums are better than 5-6 'good' albums. Good music is good music, so I don't care if it's released as a single or an EP or whatever, but albums are how I listen to music. If I find I'm skipping a lot of songs in an album, then I guess that album isn't particularly worth listening to. That says nothing about the viability of the format.
    I kinda agree, but maybe not so much for attention span reasons. The standard LP came from limitations and distribution methods that aren't really relevant anymore technologically.
    My friend did this interview. It was seriously excellent! Im surprised UG picked it up... I can't wait to tell him!
    Lazy SOB , but I'll take his point to my boss . "Hey , I'm going to do half a job instead because I can't be bothered " I'd be court marshalled !! Jerk .
    Doing a full length record is thing of the past. Doing a full length record IS THING of the past. A thing of the past. Get it right UG.
    Regarding the actual article: And why not? Sounds like the Down laddies are able to give it 100% on an EP, resulting in a product of higher musical quality than an LP. We get releases on a more frequent basis, they get paid and get promotion more often--win-win situation, right? I bought Down IV pt.1 just the other day, actually. A quick inversion and edit of the crosses (not a smart choice of art for a metal album cover) on the (digital) cover art and it was all gud to go. \m/
    It comes down to this. Only write shit that you care about. If that means you have 4 songs then that's what you have. If it means you have 10 then you have 10. It doesn't have to be like the old days where a full length record gets you $15 and a single gets you $7 so you come up with filler to get $15. Just write what you're passionate about and put it on iTunes or any other music service.
    matteo cubano
    idk why people link attention span with putting out less music. ep or album, some people listen to it all the way through, some people skim, put out more if you ask me.
    Why? Why would you ever put out more just for the sake of putting out more? I'm not sure how closely you listen, but with a lot of records, there are always really obvious "filler" tracks, and tracks that bands don't even bother revisiting live. Why would you want songs like that every two years when you could have concentrated releases of 5-6 solid, perfect songs that a band wants to play live released every 1-1.5 years? Sure, it would make the number of songs increase by a negligible margin, but it wouldn't say anything about the quality.
    matteo cubano
    id prefer they take another year and gives me more better songs and get 8-10 solid tracks at once, its more exciting