Speaking about how he found his own identity as a vocalist, Anselmo said: “I don’t think I started maturing as a vocalist ’till I was 15. And then after I started to mature, everything happened really quickly, and my range grew mightily. And it was quick, it happened quick. By that time, I’d started jamming with older guys, whatnot, and I would come home from school every day and practice JUDAS PRIEST’s ‘Unleashed In The East’ front to back and do it the way Rob Halford did it. People who think Rob Halford uses falsetto are sadly mistaken; that’s a full-out voice, and that’s how I learned. And I never had falsetto; I’ve always sang full out. Eventually, when I found and wanted and needed to find my own identity, I purposely kind of abandoned that style because, in my mind, it had already been done before and done the best it could be. There’s only one Rob Halford. I know there’s some other guys that could sing very well and whatnot, but that style, I thought, had been done to death, and heavy metal needed a new attitude, I guess, brought to it instead. And it was already there; there was already the first METALLICA record and SLAYER, for sure and whatnot. And don’t get me wrong, Tom [Araya] could hit those high falsetto notes, but that’s not what SLAYER was about; it was more about aggression, especially vocally. So it was all happening around me. I just needed to get that perfect blend, man, of hardcore attitude from bands like AGNOSTIC FRONT, CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER… shit… obviously BLACK FLAG and… so many others. It’s unbelievable how many influences I used and incorporated. I even used death metal moments and whatnot, cup the mic, shit like that, for effect. So I always evolved.”
RockScene.com recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo. You can now watch the chat below.
What's your reaction?
You might also like
Buckle up, my friends. Legendary rock band AC/DC have posted on social media for the first time in almost 2 years. They have strongly hinted at new activity from the band. AC/DC posted a short 8-second video on [...]
Legendary IRON MAIDEN kicked off their “Legacy Of The Beast” North America tour last night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Watch some of the fan footage below. The setlist was as follows: 01. Aces High [...]
In a new interview with Planet Rock, Saxon frontman Biff Byford discussed why they didn’t make it big in the United States as Iron Maiden did back in the ’80s. He said: “We could have broken really big. We did well, but we [...]
In a brand new interview with NME, guitarist Tom Morello slammed President Trump. He said: “I think that the symptoms of people feeling left behind by the global economy, Donald Trump provides an easy — and [...]
In an interview with Uncut Magazine, BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler was asked about the weirdest gift he ever received from the fan. He said (via Music News): “I’ll never forget that. I think it was in San [...]