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Philip Anselmo wants to make an “old-school” metal band in the vein of Judas Priest. In a new interview with Drew Stone from The Hardcore Chronicles of New York Live!, the Pantera frontman revealed that he recently set up a new studio next to his house and was working on some ideas for a potential new project. It looks like he’s still in the very early stages of deciding what his next musical adventure will look like, but one of the directions he’s leaning in would allow him to explore his range in the style of Rob Halford.
“I just got a new studio set up next door, and we’re working on all kinds of bugs and so on,” Anselmo said. “So I said to my guy, my engineer, I said to him, I said, ‘Just program some drums, man. Give me some drums. Give me a different drum beat every day – a beat high, low beat, whatever. Give me something.’ So I walk in, there’s a drumbeat, and I pick up any instrument and go right in. And it’s some of the worst music you can imagine.
“I don’t know, man. I’m so close, man – I’m so close. I feel something. We’ll see what it is. I have a few options. I don’t. I don’t know, man. If that Gonna be metal I wanna do it the old fashioned way man I’m feeling a little bit more Halford lately man vocally just singing using my vocal range again So we’re gonna you See, it must be good.
While Anselmo adopted a more hardcore delivery style of Vulgar display of power From there, he was a fucking drummer on his first two records with Pantera, and his recent goth-rock project En Minor saw him explore his more poignant, cleaner side. Hearing him go back to his 80s metal roots and rip some Priest-style stuff would be great, but we’ll see what he ends up doing.
Check out the full interview below via YouTube.
Video of The NYHC Chronicles LIVE! Ep. #183 Michael Alago with Philip Anselmo, Sean Yseult (White Zombie)