Phil Anselmo: 'I'm The Evel Knievel Of Metal'

Chronic back pain inspired his insanely heavy solo EP, but he says they sound "tame in comparison" to his forthcoming solo album.

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Phil Anselmo says his two recent solo tracks are "tame" in comparison to the full length album which is coming soon.

You can hear one of his current tracks from a split EP with Warbeast called "Conflict" in the player below. It's insanely heavy already, so we can't want to hear what the full album will bring.

In an interview with Crave, Phil talked about how his battle with chronic back pain informed the aggression on his new songs, the first solo releases in his career spanning three decades.

"The full-length really touches on a lot of the same stuck-in-my-room, agonizing in f--king pain, what the f--k do I do besides bounce off these f--king walls?" he said.

He's not just battling back pain these days. "Not just the back, now. It's my whole f--king body. I've destroyed this f--king skeleton... I'm the Evel Knievel of f--king goddamn metal.

"I think anyone who suffers from chronic pain can agree with this - you feel this great significance. What I wanted to capture was that significance, and as a matter of fact, I think that's one of the lyrics on 'Confict'.

"You feel like you're the only one, and how unfair it is, and a million different feel-sorry-for-yourself-type feelings. In my better sense of mind, I know that I'm far from alone and far from the worst, and the earth keeps spinning. Everything keeps moving, with or without me. So I guess a lot of these songs are very selfishly hedonistic/defeatist attitude."

Phil will hit the road with his main band Down this month. His debut solo album is due in early summer.

Hear "Conflict" from his current split EP with Warbeast here:

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    Prefer Down/Pantera, but it's sick that he still has this in him!
    I like the song
    I like everything Phil Anselmo is involved in. The man can do NO wrong!
    Except destroy the best metal band ever!
    Phil Anselmo was never in Morbid Angel.
    Sorry, gonna have to knock off one internet point for implying that Morbid Angel is better than Pantera.
    "Sorry, gonna have to knock off one internet point for implying that Morbid Angel is better than Pantera." But Morbid Angel IS better. Also, way more influential.
    Its subjective obviously, but Morbid Angel are better than Pantera post-1990
    I think Phil is one of the better metal frontmen out there. When he sings you here what his voice actually sounds like instead of just growling and grunting like a lot of death metal/whatever core singers do. I call this generic metal growling metal falsetto. I feel that if Phil were really that pissed off and got into an argument with somebody that this is what his voice would sound like.
    I have the same opinion and have expressed it for years. I prefer metal singers who actually use their hoarse voice rather than just do guttural grunts. Anselmo, AJFA Hetfield, Tom Araya, etc. They all scream and yell using their voice!! Like you said, it's what they'd sound like if they were pissed and yelling at someone. Not some lame "metal" growl.
    "It's insanely heavy already, so we can't want to hear what the full album will bring." I most certainly can want to hear that!
    Awesome now we know if Phil trys to jump school buses it will be awesome. But in the event he is not successful, He'll kick the ****ing shit out of em'.
    Cool song, very intense, and the vocal delivery is great. Kind of unmemorable though.
    The music is pretty awesome, his vocals however ruin it for me. It just lacks the balls needed to carry this type of music, I dunno, just my view, and he sounds like Corey Taylor in this, and I don't like him either. He also needs a lesson in humility
    am i the only one who saw the photo for this article as Paramore in the more news section? O.o
    Sounds Awesome. Check "Family, Friends and Associates", that one is a brutal tune too.