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Philip Anselmo

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There are few prominent figures in heavy metal that have been as polarizing, in recent years, as Philip Anselmo, but whatever side you take when discussing the singer, one should never overlook the fact that Anselmo is, first and foremost, one of the most talented and important vocalists of his generation. Born Philip Hansen Anselmo, on June 30, 1968, in new Orleans, Louisiana, Philip was surprisingly shy and quiet as a child, but, by his teen years, had begun testing his voice with a series of small time bands, beginning with Samhain (not the one fronted by Glenn Danzig) and Razor White. But Anselmo’s big break arrived in 1987, when he joined a struggling glam metal group from Texas called Pantera, then helped reshape their sound alongside bandmates Diamond Darrell (guitar), Rex Brown (bass) and Vinnie Paul (drums) into a muscular, groove-driven style all their own. Starting with 1990’s major label debut, ‘Cowboys from Hell,’ Pantera developed into perhaps the definitive, most important American heavy metal band of the 1990s, thanks to era-defining efforts like ‘A Vulgar Display of Power’ and ‘Far Beyond Driven.’ But Anselmo always kept busy with numerous side projects, both publicly known like the Southern doom supergroup Down and Superjoint Ritual, and via aliases to protect his identity, such as cult horror metallers Necrophagia. Less glamorously, Anselmo also battled numerous substance abuse demons over the years (suffering a near-fatal overdose in 1996) as well as chronic back pain, which he has at different times blamed for his often confrontational comments aimed at fellow musicians, including, be-fore too long, his Pantera bandmates. Sure enough, by 2001 relationships within the band had deteriorated to the breaking point and the four men had gone their separate ways, with significant mudslinging witnessed between Anselmo and brothers Dimebag and Vinnie Paul once the pair launched their new band Damageplan, in 2003. Tragically, these public slights took on an entirely more disturbing quality when Dimebag was viciously gunned down by a deranged man on stage and Anselmo was deemed persona non grata (barred, even, from attending his funeral) by the guitarist’s family and friends. In the decade since, Anselmo has repeatedly voiced his positive memories of his former bandmate, while maintaining his successful music career, which has included, as usual, numerous projects both old (Down) and new (w/ the Illegals), as well as a recent foray into independent films via the Housecore Horror Film Festival.

 
Housecore
Housecore

Scour, ‘Scour’ – Exclusive EP Stream

Loudwire has the exclusive stream of Scour's debut EP, featuring Philip Anselmo along with members of Cattle Decapitation, Pig Destroyer and more.

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Pantera
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Philip Anselmo: Zakk Wylde ‘Is a Badass,’ But a ‘Different Player’ Than Dimebag Darrell

During his recent Q&A session, Philip Anselmo revealed that he thinks Zakk Wylde is a badass guitar player, but stylistically different than Dimebag Darrell.

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Philip Anselmo Says He ‘F–king Hates Rock Stars,’ Praises Lemmy Kilmister, Ronnie James Dio + More

During his interview and question and answer event, Philip Anselmo discussed his distaste for arrogant rock stars while praising those who are down to earth.

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Philip Anselmo Interview + Q&A Session Coming to Kentucky

Philip Anselmo will take part in an interview followed by a question and answer session in Loiusville, Ky. later this month.

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Machine Head’s Robb Flynn: ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ Partially Inspired by Philip Anselmo ‘White Power’ Incident

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn reveals 'Is There Anybody Out There?' was indeed partially inspired by the Philip Anselmo 'white power' incident earlier this year.

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Housecore
Housecore

Supergroup Scour Featuring Philip Anselmo Release New Song, Announce EP

Scour, the latest group to feature Philip Anselmo, have just release their first song, 'Dispatched.'

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YouTube: Joey Siler

‘Cooking Hostile’ Returns With Limp Bizkit + Philip Anselmo in ‘Bake Stuff’ Spoof

The YouTube series 'Cooking Hostile' has returned with a humorous video parodying Limp Bizkit's 'Break Stuff' into 'Bake Stuff.'

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Philip Anselmo: ‘I Don’t Think I Should Do Any Euro Festivals This Year,’ Down Withdraw From Hellfest

Amidst the racism controversy surrounding Philip Anselmo, he does not think he should play European festivals and his band Down has pulled out of Hellfest.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Anthrax Release ‘Breathing Lightning’ Lyric Video

Anthrax have released the lyric video for the new song "Breathing Lightning" and Scott Ian offered more insight on his feelings about the Philip Anselmo controversy.

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Hellfest
Hellfest

Hellfest Responds to French Government’s Threat to Withhold Funding: ‘Keep Your Grant’

Hellfest has responded to government pressure to remove Down from the festival’s 2016 bill because of Philip Anselmo’s controversial Dimebash 2016 actions.

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