In perhaps what will serve as the most evil music festival of all time, Pantera / Down vocalist Philip H. Anselmo has collaborated with famed true crime author Corey Mitchell to create the three-day Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival. The experimental and must-see festival promises to combine live music from some of metal's biggest acts, along with over 70 screenings of horror, true crime and heavy metal films.
Things are going great for Phil Anselmo at the moment, as he is touring with his band Down, heading up his Housecore Records label and preparing for his first solo album. But there was a time not long ago where the quantity and quality of the work he's currently doing would likely not have been possible.
In one of the more interesting splits we've encountered as of late, Philip H. Anselmo, who requires not a single word of introduction, courtesy of his legacy, and Texas thrashers Warbeast have released their 'War of the Gargantuas' split through Anselmo's own Housecore Records. The four-song EP boasts two songs per artist, and is historical simply because it is the first time Anselmo has released any solo music (with the Illegals as his backing band) during his 30 years of active service in the name of heavy metal.
It's a battle between two cue-balled members of metal royalty! Iconic Slayer guitarist Kerry King would look pretty awesome on the dollar bill, wouldn't he? Not sure how he'd feel about the whole 'In God We Trust' thing though. Reviewing the policies of Kerry King throughout his career, we're pretty certain that as President of Metal, he would support the separation of church and state. If you're unsure of said policy, please refer to the Slayer albums 'Christ Illusion' and 'God Hates Us All.'
Throughout the past year, the surviving members of Pantera have commented on the possibility of Zakk Wylde filling in for the late Dimebag Darrell if the band were ever to reunite. While it's all been speculation thus far, singer Phil Anselmo now reveals that he recently discussed the topic with Wylde himself.
Down will drop 'Down IV Part I - The Purple EP,' a six-song set, on Sept. 18, and in advance of the release they are offering a full stream via Billboard.com. The band has made no secret of the fact that they plan to follow it with three more EPs, which begs the question. Why aren't they releasing full albums? The answer is simple. It's easier and more efficient to go the EP route, since it gets music into a fan's hands sooner than later.
Down frontman and metal icon Philip Anselmo issued a video update while smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana. Anselmo initially issued the clip a few days ago, but the audio quality was poor and indiscernible. It has since been republished with better audio quality. Of course, Anselmo's description of the storm was peppered with eff bombs, but he provided a first-person perspective, and one that is uniquely Anselmo, of what life is like during a hurricane.