Posts Tagged “Solo Songs”

DISTURBED and DEVICE singer David Draiman has commented on RADIOHEAD frontman Thom Yorke’s decision to pull Yorke’s solo songs and those with his group ATOMS FOR PEACE from music streaming service Spotify.

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Phil Anselmo: going solo

Phil Anselmo has suggested that the solo material we’ve heard from him so far is a bit lightweight compared to what’s to come. This pleases us. Yes it does.

“I’ve always had this great affinity for extreme music,” he tells Crave Online. “That’s a well-known fact. After Dimebag‘s death and after things went really sour with Superjoint Ritual, and Down became one of the main focal points, if not the main focal point of my musical output. I won’t call it an empty feeling, because at heart I’m a free agent — I can do what I want. Down will be there, and all that stuff. But if I was going to put my fingers on something heavy again, I wanted it to be different from anything that I had touched before. Not that it’s annoying or anything, but I see a lot of the comments saying it’s similar to Superjoint. But it’s coming from a musician who knows and played guitar in both projects — it’s very different. Maybe they’re alluding to the vocal style that I use, but I guess that’s just what naturally comes out of me. To do an extreme metal record is something that is well within my capacity as a musician to write stuff out of the box, write stuff that’s probably more extreme than the band I’m in at the present time, and it’s something that needs to come out of me one way or another. The two songs of mine that are on this split are some of the more straightforward, and honestly, tame in comparison to what the full-length will offer. So I guess I’m really glad that you think it’s any good at all. I appreciate that much of it, and there’s plenty more to come.”

Crave Online: What about this really comes across as tame? I’m not hearing tame in this at all.

Anselmo: “It’s true. The full-length really touches on a lot of the same stuck-in-my-room, agonizing in fucking pain, what the fuck do I do besides bounce off these fucking walls? But I may touch on some other interior things that I’d like to put into plainer words, but it’s best that it comes out in music. Because it can get kind of ugly or might be taken the wrong way, so I guess it’s kind of like the freedom of having the stage to vent as one platform without harming anyone else’s reputation or integrity in music. But as far as subject matter, it’s not the be-all-end-all. I’ve got so much fucking material to sort through that I did get recorded, and there’s about three songs that I haven’t even touched vocally yet. I’m just sitting back to see how these songs, and the full-length down the road — we’re aiming for early summer release — run. Not everything’s been tapped, subject-wise. There’s a lot of irons in the fire, a lot to cover.”

Crave Online: We talked a year and a half ago about a lot of it being informed by the pain in your back…

Anselmo: “Not just the back, now. It’s my whole fucking body. I’ve destroyed this fucking skeleton. So let’s clarify, and make sure I’m the Evel Kneivel of fucking goddamn metal. I think anyone who suffers from chronic pain can agree with this — you feel this great significance. What I wanted to capture was that significance, and as a matter of fact, I think that’s one of the lyrics on “Confict”, on the split. I touch on the significance, and really it’s a selfish thing, in an offbeat way. But you can only exist as far as your mind will allow you to exist, and I think chronic pain will stop time dead in its tracks. You feel like you’re the only one, and how unfair it is, and a million different feel-sorry-for-yourself-type feelings. In my better sense of mind, I know that I’m far from alone and far from the worst, and the earth keeps spinning. Everything keeps moving, with or without me. So I guess a lot of these songs are very selfishly hedonistic/defeatist attitude. But between you and I and the readers, there is no quit here at the Anselmo camp. But sometimes especially within these songs, you gotta get this whole fuckin’ bad day, bad week, bad whatever off the fucking chest, you know?”

Read the full interview here

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Pantera and Down legend Phil Anselmo has posted two new solo tracks online!

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Phil Anselmo: going solo

Pantera and Down legend Phil Anselmo has posted two new solo tracks online! Both Conflict and Family, Friends will appear on Phil’s upcoming split EP with Texan thrashers Warbeast, War Of The Gargantuas.

Check out the tracks over at Amazon.

“This split is a glimpse into the future of both my solo project and ultimate thrash metallers Warbeast,” says our Phil.

“The title of the split is War Of The Gargantuas and it is fitting on many levels because of our combined love for the ’60s Japanese film of the same name, the power of our combined musical output(s) and our humorous affection that plays out within each of our ‘Gargantuan’ personalities.

“Both Warbeast and myself have full-length LPs that will be released shortly after this is released, but this split is unique musically. It is a time capsule; a loud pause ’til we both release our full-length products. Enjoy the destruction of music!”

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Former FREHLEY’S COMET member Tod Howarth has posted two new solo songs — “Dancing Through The Pain” and another cut which Howarth says is his upcoming album’s projected title cut — on his MySpace page.

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The Eagles’ Don Henley is suing US Republican Charles DeVore for allegedly using two of his solo songs in campaign videos without permission.

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Former FREHLEY’S COMET member Tod Howarth has posted two new solo songs — “Layne” and “Drown” on his MySpace page.

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