Phil Anselmo Talks Playing Metal: 'This Isn't Rocket Science'

"This is something I've done since my teens," the singer adds.

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Discussing his busy 2014 schedule, Phil Anselmo focused on the changes of his touring and performing habits. Despite confessing major adjustments, the singer still noted it's hardly "rocket science" he's talking about.

"All this comes with age and experience, for God's sake," he told Riverfront Times about "toning down" his lifestyle. "It's the nature of the beast, man, so you just gotta roll with it."

Phil continued, "I just want to put these records out, especially the new Down record, I want to tour that sucker. I want to tour parts of the world with the Illegals that we have not covered yet; cities throughout America that we passed over."

While on the topic of touring, the vocalist added: "The worst part about touring for me is gettin' there; the traveling part. So I'm going to try to chill out, relax, take the trip, not stress out on that, and just get to the gigs, perform to the best of my ability and have f--king fun with it, man. Because this is not rocket science. This is something I've done since my teens. Once I'm there at gigs, no matter what it is, man, I have a f--king blast. So I'm really just going to concentrate on having f--king fun this year."

Discussing Down's upcoming EP, Anselmo commented: "With this new EP, man, all I can think of is Black Sabbath and the other bands aside from them that are really responsible for Down even existing, which are these early '80s bands that were influenced by Black Sabbath - Witchfinder General and St. Vitus. So, that's the vibe I'm catching: a very old metal vibe with this new Down."

Down have recently announced the competition of the new EP, along with a tentative early 2014 release date.

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    My Last Words
    I heard even Mozart was influenced by Black Sabbath
    Can we get a count on how many times other metal bands say they're either influenced or there's a bit of Black Sabbath in their music? I can predict it would reach impressive numbers. Not saying this in a negative manner, I for one love Black Sabbath.
    I've always said that virtually any Metal band that came after Sabbath has some sort of influence, whether it's directly or indirectly, and if a band denies it there's two possibilities: 1 - They're lying; 2 - They just don't know any better. PS: Take this with a grain of salt, it's obviously not the case with every single band.
    Yeah...except for the fact that Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin had just as much influence. But for some reason, everyone sucks off Sabbath more.
    Because Sabbath is better and led to the better parts of Metal's eventual greatness. Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple influenced more on the Power Metal side of things where as Black Sabbath influenced more of the Death Metal side of things. DM being, to me, the best Metal genre ever, and thus, Black Sabbath is much more important. And also, Led Zeppelin is awful and I won't apologize for saying that.
    Wow, you might be one of the most closed-minded and ignorant people on this earth.
    I think metal sucks off sabbath more; zeppelin and deep purple were more so what lead to rock, and not as much metal. They didnt have the dark elements that sabbath did
    Metal bands with a straight forward approach (Death Metal, Black Metal, Doom Metal, Groove and some of Thrash Metal) to their sound would identify themselves with Black Sabbath since that was their attack. Led Zeppelin influenced bands would have more technical and virtuosic approach to their sound (Speed Metal, Power Metal, Technical Death Metal, Avant-Garde Metal) and they gave a wider range of possibilities to Metal. When listening to the song, "Achilles Last Stand", you will find similar elements with 80's to early 90's Megadeth (which also uses virtuoso riffage).
    Except Down pulls it off exquisitely. You can hear the influence, but the result is no less than least on the first 3 albums, that last Purple EP was garbage.
    All in all...Black Sabbath has to be the most influential band ever. The number of genres anD bands that come under Black Sabbath is unmatched in rock or any other genres.
    Psycho Pigeon
    Saw these guys are download 2013, sounded really mediocre, heavy for the sake of heavy. Maybe if Phil thought more of it, he wouldn't be average.
    I heard that invention of music in ancient Africa was influenced by the descendants of Black Sabbath
    im pretty sure black Sabbath was influenced by black Sabbath as well, im not 100% sure, somebody will have to confirm
    Saw phil and the illegals over the weekend they sounded great and put on a good show. Phil's vocols sound even better live.