In a new interview with Smells Like Infinite Sadness, Phil Anselmo has been describing the correlation between heavy metal music and horror movies. As Anselmo notes, the two go "hand in hand:" "I think the correlation is apparent. I think the easiest way for me to summarize a question like this if you look at a movie like 'Night of the Living Dead' or ... Or 'The Exorcist' ... something like that where there's a possessing demon and has a voice ... you look no further as far as influence on music than death metal you know? Would death metal really be a genre without these movies? I’m not so sure. Go listen to the vocals.
"Like where did they get this idea to perform at such an extreme way vocally? I think 110% from possession films like 'The Evil Dead' you know? So I just see it as a hand in hand thing ... and even going maybe a step further look at what Evil Dead did for Slayer and Hell Awaits.
"For me it's like those movies and that album went hand and hand ... it just left a tremendous impact and almost like companion pieces to each other ... If you look at modern times there's band called Portal from Australia, a really incredible death metal band that, for me these days are an incredible companion piece to Lovecraft.
"I think it’s always been there as far as extreme music goes ... but I bite my tongue when I say extreme music, because I look at a guy like Roky Erickson and he wrote all his monster songs ... and look at the Misfits you know. Once again you're hearkening to imagery to 'Night of the Living Dead,' so the horror influence is there." Anselmo will be both curating and performing at this year's inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival, which will take place between October 24th-27th in Austin, Texas. Find out more about the event here.