Phil Anselmo was recently interviewed by Ultimate Guitar. He talks about the new album, his love for classic rock and what drove him to become a singer. Read the complete interview here.
Are you a better singer today than you were back with Pantera?
It depends on your definition of singing. No, I can’t hit the notes that I used to be able to hit with a full-out range. I’ve never had a big, strong falsetto so I always did all my Judas Priestesque vocals back in the ’80s and even right there in 1990 when I was still employing ’em full-out. I did ’em like Rob Halford and I did ’em the way he did ’em. I sang ’em full voice out and no fuckin’ way could I do that today.
Ranges tend to get smaller as time passes.
If I practiced that style for a while? There’s a chance I could get to a certain level. I can sing sure but to this falls right perfectly in with the old music debate.
What is that?
I always compare that to food: you either love it, hate it or are indifferent to it. That’s how vocals can be viewed as well. Some people might adore someone’s voice and other people may hate it. I’ve seen everything in this damn biz. I’ve been on top of the lists and I’ve been on the bottoms of lists. I’ve been in the middle of lists. Fuckin’ take me off the list. I don’t give a shit. I’m just makin’ music that makes me happy.