Over the past 26 years, Philip H. Anselmo has been part of as many bands as he has tattoos on his body -- Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual among them. This year, however, Anselmo is working under his own name with the release of his first solo album, "Walk Through Exits Only."
"I've been working on this for three years on and off," says the New Orleans-born Anselmo, 45. "I just wanted to make a record that was as extreme as anything, really. I wanted it to be very unique within the extreme music genre. I wanted it to be a very tough record to just slide into and say, 'This is THIS kind of metal,' which I don't think you can do.
"It's a different listen, a difficult listen. But at the same time it shows that song structures and songs and hooks in general do not have to be s traditional as they've been before. There are different ways of writing songs, especially with extreme music. So I wanted to make a different type of record."
While more solo music is "definitely" in his future, Anselmo is also busy coordinating the Housecore Horror festival that takes place Oct. 25-27 in Austin, Texas, which in addition to the movies will also featuring performances by Hate Eternal, Goblin and others. "That thing turned into a monster, it seems like, overnight," says Anselmo, who's also working on a new Down EP as well as a book with true crime author and film festival partner Corey Mitchell. "One of the most exciting things for me is we've received a lot of submissions from unknown directors and unknown filmmakers, a lot of new talent. That's like turning your best buddy onto a new band, so you're excited to do something like that.
"My biggest thing is I want people to come out and have fun, just have a blast with this (stuff)."
Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Punisher and Child Bite perform Friday, Aug. 9, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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