Former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo was interviewed on episode 56 of "Kill Your Radio". You can now listen to the chat using the widget below.
Anselmo's first-ever solo album, "Walk Through Exits Only", sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip's New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales — "Walk Through Exits Only" is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.
Asked why he felt the need to start another band outside of DOWN, Anselmo told The Washington Times: "If you look at DOWN, we're made up of three different bands, EYEHATEGOD and CROWBAR and whatever the fuck Pepper's [Keenan, guitar] doing, you know; he does a lot of different things. So, we have this flexibility of freedom and dead time is lame. Instead of starting some fucking other band, you know, branding it with a name and having to have people buy into a whole new name, this is something I wanted to do for the long term and something I can do long term because I don't want any other fucking projects. That's the beauty of having a solo band. I can really do what I want. So, 'Walk Through Exits Only' is one expression of music. We have another EP coming out in October that's really completely different than anything that I've put out. And then we're gonna get even more different and base it off the fuckin' mood I'm in, you know? Jesus, It could be an all-acoustic, spoon-playing, flute-playing fuckin', oh man, any type of fuckin' music. I can do it if I feel like doing it. The only two bands I'm in right now, tangibly that I'm going to be working with and putting out records with is DOWN and the solo band. So, it's easy."
Anselmo also spoke about his forthcoming autobiography, tentatively titled "Mouth For War: Pantera, Pain, & Pride - Heavy Metal Highs, Drugged Out Lows, & The Battle For My Life", for which he secured a deal last year with Jeremie Ruby-Strauss, senior editor at Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books imprint. BloodyDisgusting.com writer Corey Mitchell will co-author the book, which is described as "a no-holds-barred look inside of Philip's brain, his history with PANTERA, the loss of his best-friend, Dimebag Darrell, and an unflinching examination into the downward spiral of pain and drug addiction that nearly cost him his life."
Asked what fans might be surprised to see in the book, Anselmo said: "There's a lot of stories and a very, very interesting journey to fuckin' even get to the PANTERA chapters. It took quite a while and quite a lot of different craziness in my life to even fuckin' get to the point to where I was able to join PANTERA. So, a lot of shit happened before PANTERA and then obviously the PANTERA days were fucking insane in their own way. Since the death of Dimebag and the breakup of PANTERA before that, a whole lot of shit has happened, as well, both horrific and pretty damn fucking good."
He continued: "These days, man, you know, it's like I'm ten years clean from any fucking hard drugs at all and fuckin' haven't touched a drop of whiskey since 2001. Honestly, there's a big, I guess, educational, if you want to put it like that, portion of the book that shows there's somewhat of a ray of light even at the fuckin' lamest part of your life or the lowest part of your life. If people can learn from me, good, good for them. It's gonna be an interesting book."