New Orleans metal band Down, which is fronted by Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo, will be embarking on a short US tour at the end of May. The band will be touring in support of their latest release, the 6-track EP Down IV Part 1, which will be coming out on vinyl on Feb. 26th. You can see all tour dates below.
Down, the band led by ex-Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo and joined by members of Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, and Eyehategod, has released a video for “Witchtripper”, which comes off their recently released EP Down IV Part 1 The Purple EP. The video is very tongue-in-cheek and has a very satanic, witch-infested vibe about it. It’s well worth checking out below (Hell, the song alone is pretty badass). READ MORE
Down, which is fronted by Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo, is now streaming Down IV Part 1 – The Purple EP via Billboard. The first of four scheduled EPs, The Purple EP will be released Sept. 18th. It is the first Down release to feature Crowbar bassist Pat Bruders (who replaces Rex Brown). You can stream the album below.
Anselmo tells Billboard, “It’s obviously easier to knock out six songs rather than 12 songs. Me personally, I hate doing full-length records ’cause it drains the f*ck out of you. And (an EP) leaves ways less chance for songs that you’d consider filler songs to get through. I think it’s the healthiest way for Down to continue to get music out on a reasonable schedule.” READ MORE
Singer Phil Anselmo explains that he was originally hesitant about the name of the song, “Somebody would suggest to me, ‘Hey, man, that might make a killer song title.’ And at the time I’m like, ‘You’re out of your fucking mind. There’s no way I’m gonna call a song ‘Witchtripper.’”
When the band brought the song to Anselmo, he responded, “I was like, ‘OK, check this out, you dicks. ‘Witchtripper’ you want, ‘Witchtripper’ you will get’. I laid it on them, and sure enough, they were right – it worked, as usual. So there goes the genius of Phil Anselmo. Always doubting, and I’m the last one to get it.”
You can follow the above link to read more about the song or listen to it below. READ MORE
Last night, at the Revolver Golden Gods awards ceremony, the official video for Pantera‘s Piss was shown to the audience and viewers around the world. The song was recorded during the Vulgar Display Of Power and was recently discovered by drummer Vinnie Paul while putting together the 20th anniversary edition of said album. It is technically the first new single from the band since the Reinventing The Steel era. You can watch the video below and get the song on iTunes here.
Upon watching the video last night, I couldn’t help but feel something that I hadn’t felt in a long time. It’s an indescribable feeling, one that only fans of Pantera can understand. Hearing Phil, Vinnie, Rex, and Dimebag together again, even if it was just a remixed, remastered oldie, was something magical.
Having met and partied with Dimebag, it was also a bit painful to watch the video. It’s a stark reminder of the great loss we experienced almost 10 years ago. So even though this video is a time for celebration (we get to hear some new Pantera!), I still want to take a moment for Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Erin Halk, Jeff “Mayhem” Thompson, and Nathan Bray. R.I.P. gentlemen. READ MORE
At the Best Buy Theater in New York City last night, the second annual Metal Masters Clinic took place. Featuring members of Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and even ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, the free event was a blast for fans. However, the big surprise came towards the end of the evening when Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) took the stage and everyone rocked out a couple of classic Pantera tunes. After the jump, you can see everyone busting out A New Level and Fucking Hostile. To put it simply, these videos kick insane amounts of ass. READ MORE
One of the coolest rock stars I have ever met in my life was Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan). Seriously, that guy was one of the funniest, most genuine guys I’ve ever hung out with and I’ve probably never been as drunk as when I was hanging out with the Damageplan guys. I’ve always regretted never having been able to make it to one of the infamous Pantera/White Zombie tours because, let’s be honest here, that sounds so f*cking awesome! Rumors are that the balcony at the State Theater in Detroit was moving up and down nearly three feet from all the craziness. Possible lawsuit waiting to happen? Maybe. Awesome time for all? Most certainly.
Down vocalist Phil Anselmo was cracked on the head by guitarist Pepper Keenan at their Best Buy Theater show in New York City the other night. Instead of stopping the show, Phil kept on going as though nothing had happened. The incident occurred during their song ‘Lifer‘, which Phil dedicated to late Pantera guitarist, Dimebag Darrell. Check out all the action below.
New Orleans metal band Haarp have released the artwork to their upcoming album, ‘The Filth’, which comes out next Tuesday, the 23rd. ‘The Filth’ was produced by Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Down) on his own record label, Housecore Records. To get some samples of Haarp, you can check out ‘A New Reign’ at BrooklynVegan or ‘The Blue Chamber Painted Red’ at InvisibleOranges. Check out this badass artwork:
New Orleans metal band haarp will be releasing their newest album, ‘The Filth, on Phil Anselmo’s (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual) record label, Housecore Records. The artwork is credited to Paul Booth, whose art and tattoo work are famous throughout the music world.
Director Narcisco Ibanez Serrador (The House that Screamed) pulled off a point-blank, incredibly well done, superbly acted and fantastically disturbing item here. I’m finding it hard to categorize this film because it hits on several levels that’ve perhaps been done similarly in films before but “Who Can Kill a Child?” in no way rips them off. Not even close. What I mean is, yes a person could lend comparisons to “Night of the Living Dead” but that would be an unfair stretch. “Village of The Damned” comes to mind, but the juxtapose between the two is irrelevant when it comes to story vs. story. Perhaps the closest film that comparably comes to mind would be “The People Who Own the Dark” (I’ll be reviewing this jewel next, maybe). But once again, this is a different tale, spun in full-throttle and it coasts amongst the elite within this seedy sub-genre. READ MORE
OK. I realize this website devotes most of its space towards pleasing the more graphic/extreme horror fan, and I’d expect nothing less. So PLEASE bear with me on this review. There ain’t a thing necessarily graphic so to speak about this made for TV movie, but it’s shadowy, haunting 1970′s attack is nonetheless foreboding. This film holds great sentimental value because it’s probably one of the first to impale my spongy pink memory banks (now dulled, elderly and tobacco stained) and scared the ever-loving hell out of me. Once again, I originally caught this jewel on a Sunday morning, propped up in front of our old B&W television (this film is in color), with “mommy” explaining every detail. So with this historical disclaimer firmly intact, lemme tell you about “How Awful About Allan”… READ MORE
Editors Note: This is the second installment of Phil Anselmo’s Horror Report on Bloody Disgusting, where he discusses some of his favorite and recently watched horror films. You can check out the first entry in this monthly series here.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
Ok folks, for those of you already familiar with this awesome flick, bear with me because I’m pretty fucking sure you’ll understand why I’m giving it props in this months installment. UNHOLY SHIT!!! I love this flick… I saw it for the first time one early morning as a mere 4-year old on a local New Orleans TV show called “The Sunday Morning Movie”.
It came on directly after the “Popeye and Pals” show, which incidentally, came on after hours of religious programming. 30+ years later, I’m sitting here thinking how much of an absolute bird finger got tossed at all those howling white-gowned, “Jeeezziiiisss!” peddlers when this jewel-of–a movie popped up on the 9am time slot! The programmer at the time must’ve been in cahoots with occult show-off Anton LaVey!
All right, seriously, for any TRUE fan of occult films out there, this one’s mandatory for your collection. Figuring it was made in 1957, I’d say this movie was quite ahead of its time, especially when it comes to this particular style READ MORE
EDITORS NOTE: We recently brought you a list of Phil Anselmo’s favorite horror movies which you can read here. Turns out Mr. Anselmo is quite the horror aficianado and we’re very excited to bring you a new regular series of reports written by the man himself. Read on to check out the first monthly entry where he’ll be discussing some of his favorite and recently watched horror films.
Dr. Tarr’s Torture Dungeon
This curiously titled film is a bizarre offering to say the very least. Tinges of Italian color schemes entwined with lunatic English-American wit dazzle the senses in this Spanish production. I’m not even sure it’s a cult favorite… I mean, when’s the last time you heard a “true” horror buff bring this one up? I know it’s been quietly tucked away in a “Chilling Classics” 50-movie pack, but that particular DVD version is shorter than my original VHS copy. No matter. It still gets its quirky, absurd and nerve-wracking point across. Or maybe it doesn’t…I’m not too sure, but whatever transpires in this rare gem is a visual/mental mind fuck that’ll leave a lasting stamp.
“I’m bursting at the seams here! There are so many films that I want to share,” laughs Philip Anselmo from his New Orleans home.
He’s not kidding either.
The voice of Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, Arson Anthem and more, as well as founder of House Core Records (http://www.thehousecorerecords.com), is the closest thing that heavy metal, scratch that, music, has to a true “horror historian.” His encyclopedic knowledge of horror films and culture is inspiring, and he WILL turn you on to some amazing horror films. That’s why we’re proud to announce that Phillip will be gracing us with a column highlighting one of his favorite horror films on a monthly basis. Phillip’s going to share why he digs the film he chose, when he saw it and, most importantly, why you NEED to see it.
Right now, Philip’s hard at work on all things House Core Records. The label has a phenomenal slate of new artists with releases in the works—Arson Anthem, haarp, Warbeast and more—you NEED to check all of them out as well!
He goes on, “I’m looking at probably 5500 box copy cassettes, all original box copies right in front of my eyes right now. There are probably 3000 DVDs over there in the corner, and this is one room [Laughs].”
Bloody-Disgusting.com is proud to announce that Phillip is going to be doing this column, and we’re all excited to learn about new flicks through metal’s greatest vocalist.
For now, in no particular order, Philip shared a few picks with Bloody-Disgusting.com contributor and Dolor author Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com) in this exclusive interview. Check them out below and be on the lookout for the first installment of his column soon! READ MORE