Metal master Phil Anselmo explained his approach on latest solo effort "Walk Through Exits Only," stressing that a "hideous-sounding" record was his goal from the start. However, he also noted that in terms of melody, there's more to the album than meets the eye.
"I wanted to make an ugly record, very impactful, very, very punctuating," the singer told Loudwire in his signature manner. "It's a different listen, it's a different expression and I think the more people listen to it, the more they'll catch the fact that there really are big hooks and the more you listen - people think I'm just screaming, but there are absolutely subtle melodies in there, there are vocal harmonies in there."
Focusing on the proper approach to making music, Phil continued, "Make music innovative, there's no rules in music. You can't play music wrong, as long as you know your structure and you build your song, it's up to the general public to take it how they want."
Discussing the underground scene, Anselmo described it as very much pulsating, calling out the musical "imitators" along the way. "You've got your corner-stone bands, the innovators that come after, but then right then, you have a glut of imitators in my opinion, or just the generic home-drum average wannabes in my opinion. And how they take that is up to them, I'm them out straight up."
"Walk Through Exits Only" saw its release in July 2013 via Housecore Records.