Phil Anselmo Talks '90s Metal: 'I Got Bored With Thousands of Thrash Bands Trying to Emulate Slayer'

artist: Phil Anselmo date: 04/08/2014 category: music news
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Phil Anselmo Talks '90s Metal: 'I Got Bored With Thousands of Thrash Bands Trying to Emulate Slayer'
Marking the 20th anniversary of classic Pantera record "Far Beyond Driven," singer Phil Anselmo took a walk down the memory isle, remembering the early '90s metal scene.

Singling out Slayer copycat bands as the most tedious occurrence, Phil also had quite a few positive remarks to share about some acts.

"Aside from boxing and horror flicks, it was always music," Anselmo told Artist Direct. "At that point in time, I had gone through about my third phase of jamming a lot slower stuff. It was a Sabbath phase, so to speak."

Naming Black Flag as one of top acts doing "slow, droning, ugly-sounding tunes instead of hardcore anthems," Phil focused on Morbid Angel. "Also, at that time, Morbid Angel really brought me back to death metal. To me, that was a great revelation as far as getting back into faster music, more modern faster music, and s--t like that," he said.

"I think I got a little bored with thousands of thrash bands trying to emulate Slayer," the vocalist continued. "Morbid Angel stuck out because they were doing different things with riffs and ideas. Not to mention, Pete Sandoval was extremely innovative. Trey Azagthoth was also very innovative."

Furthermore, Mr. Anselmo singled out the likes of Suffocation, Sodom, Bathory, Agnostic Front, Poison Idea, Eyehategod and Anal Cunt, dubbing them all a major influence.

Discussing the album itself, the singer made sure to stress that the more commercial route some of the major acts opted for at the time was never an option. "There was a lot of speculation out there about what type of record we were going to make," he explained. "I definitely had a chip on my f--king shoulder because there was no way in hell I was going to go the --king commercial route.

"At the time, I think we were very aware of other heavy metal bands that had found a little bit of fame and taken that 'commercial route,' so to speak, with their music. I very much instilled that there was no f--king way I was doing that into the other guys. I think they were on board quite a bit.

"It's like when you have a favorite band, you follow their entire career, you wait anxiously to buy their new record, you open up it, you put it on, and it's a letdown. That's a s--tty feeling," Phil continued. "We knew what our fan base wanted. We were very focused on delivering what our fan base had come to know and come to know of us.

"A lot of people like to say we did things in reverse. Meaning, we didn't start out this heavy f--king band and get more commercialized. It was kind of the other way around. That was the main focus there. When I laid my vocals on that f--king record, I wanted people to feel the f--king spit on their faces coming out of the speakers [Laughs]. I meant every f--king second," he concluded.
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