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The Great Southern Brainfart recently conducted an interview with Erik Danielsson of Swedish black metallers WATAIN. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Great Southern Brainfart: So I have to be honest. Aside from listening to VENOM as a kid, I was never much of a black metal fan, and then I gave you guys a listen, and I’m really intrigued with your songs and your performances.

Erik: That is really good to hear that you made that comparison. I wish I heard VENOM and WATAIN in the same sentence more often. VENOM is one of my all-time favorite bands, and I think if you have that sort of background, you might actually be able to relate to what we do as well. Musically, there might be a slight difference. VENOM are the originators of the black metal movement that we later became a part and we like carrying that torch onwards and uphold that legacy.

The Great Southern Brainfart: WATAIN seems to have more of that classic element than most of the other modern bands. Is that something that was intentional?

Erik: We never really sat down and discussed how WATAIN should sound. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that our own personal preferences, when it comes to black metal, have always been very traditional. VENOM are one of the most important bands ever to WATAIN and the same goes for bands like MERCYFUL FATE and even bands like EXCITER, RAZOR, and VOIVOD. We’ve always leaned towards bands like that in our own musical tastes when it comes to metal. I suppose our sound really comes from a mix of those bands and late-era black metal such as MAYHEM and DISSECTION and so on.

The Great Southern Brainfart: One of the things that intrigued me the most about Watain was the ritualistic approach to the live show using animal carcasses, lighting candles on a small alter and whatnot. What can you tell me about the live show and the background to this ritual?

Erik: If you play music of a diabolical nature, and the music that you perform is permeated by a sinister and infernal essence, of course, that will have to translate to the stage show as well and your appearance. It’s not a process that should be forced. It should come as a natural consequence of the music that you’re playing and the artistic work that you are doing. With WATAIN, it was very much that way and it evolved into this thing that it is. When we started playing, we already had that kind of extreme view of how a black metal live show should be like. It should look like the music sounds. That’s how it all began. The longer that WATAIN existed, the more we realized that the magical side of this band, the spiritual side began to come through and it just began to transform into a ceremonial thing rather than just a rock concert, so to say. It evolved into an event where we communicate with the forces that gave birth to this band and that have always been a part of this band. It became a time where we could let these things just come to life and be at one with them. It’s an ever-ongoing evolution and the live shows are constantly progressing. They have become something more and more severe and intense and that’s a very good thing to me. It’s a very inspiring context to work with.

The Great Southern Brainfart: When WATAIN takes this ceremony on the road, especially when touring in the southern part of the U.S., sometimes there are limits as to what you can and can’t do on the stage. When that does happen, how much of an impact does that have on the purpose of your live performance? Does it make things harder for you to do?

Erik: Yes, of course it does, but being in a band like WATAIN is always quite a challenge. When you take something as inhuman as WATAIN into the world, then, of course, things can be a bit strange. We knew since day one that we would have to face a lot of opposition because of some of the things we wanted to do. I think we’re always pretty well prepared for that to happen. Of course, it’s annoying and it makes me want to punch the living shit out of anyone who stands in our way, but we always find a way around these things. There’s always a way for the devil to come through, no matter what. It cannot be stopped. It’s just a fact and it’s been that way since the dawn of man. The devil always wins and the devil always finds his way. I think that in general, all of that opposition and all of the people who prevent us from doing what we want to do just makes us stronger. It makes us feel more proud and stronger about what we’re doing. We like to fight against the extreme and we like to go against the current. We like to be the enemy and that just fuels the fire of WATAIN and I actually appreciate that. I like touring in places especially the South because we always feel that tension and how skeptical they are but in the end we just do what the fuck we do anyway. [laughs]

Read the entire interview at The Great Southern Brainfart.

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The members of METALLICA made select personal appearances at theaters around the country starting this past Thursday (September 26) to celebrate the release of “Metallica Through The Never”. The film officially opened on Friday (September 27) for an exclusive week-long run on IMAX screens before expanding to other theaters on October 4.

Video footage of METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett‘s appearance AMC Mayfair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday can be seen below.

Asked what inspired the whole concept of a narrative-style feature instead of a traditional concert film, Hammett told FEARnet.com: “Well, when you look at concert movies over the last thirty or so years, they all kind of look the same, you know? They combine the concert with interviews with the band, footage backstage, maybe a little history of the band or whatnot… and we didn’t want to go down that same old road, especially when you have 3D and IMAX to play with. So we all decided that it had to have a story to really make it as memorable and unique as possible.”

Hammett also spoke about what it was like to see himself on a thirty-foot-high screen in 3D for the first time. “You know, I really do not like watching myself on screen, so it was actually pretty laborious for me,” he said. “It’s no problem for the other guys, but watching myself, all I could think was, ‘Oh, man, what a big dork I am… a big dork in 3D IMAX!’”

Regarding whether there was special blocking or choreography that made the 3D shoot more challenging, Hammett said: “It wasn’t so much the 3D camera setup as the stage itself, which had to function very specifically for the movie. There were sections that were really dangerous, shooting flames and smoke everywhere, and we had to know exactly where the ‘safe zones’ were, so we didn’t get torched or electrocuted, or have a thousand-pound rig fall on our heads. It was pretty crazy.”

METALLICA reportedly spent $20 million of its own money to make the film, which was screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this past Wednesday (September 25).

The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, was released on September 24. The two-disc CD came out on METALLICA‘s own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.

The concert sequences for the movie were shot in August 2012 at two shows in Vancouver, Canada and feature a stage containing elements of many of METALLICA‘s previous live productions from the past 30 years.

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Multi-camera video footage of Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA) and his solo band THE ILLEGALS performing a medley of the PANTERA classics “Domination” and “Hollow” on August 22 at Tipitina’s in New Orleans can be seen below.

2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of PANTERA‘s seventh album, “Far Beyond Driven”, and the band is planning to re-release a special edition for fans.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Anselmo chatted about the album with Artisan News saying, “Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up. I don’t know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it’s gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can’t name the show yet, because I think it’s a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I’m trying to think of specialties or whatnot that will be included as well.”

Anselmo went on to discuss the band’s success saying, “The chemistry within PANTERA… In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, it was, like, ‘Just let me handle the lyrics.’ And then by ‘Far Beyond Driven’, I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man.”

Anselmo‘s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales“Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.



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On August 20, former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo was interviewed by I-Cee. You can now watch the chat below.

2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of PANTERA‘s seventh album, “Far Beyond Driven”, and the band is planning to re-release a special edition for fans.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Anselmo chatted about the album with Artisan News saying, “Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up. I don’t know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it’s gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can’t name the show yet, because I think it’s a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I’m trying to think of specialties or whatnot that will be included as well.”

Anselmo went on to discuss the band’s success saying, “The chemistry within PANTERA…In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, it was, like, ‘Just let me handle the lyrics.’ And then by ‘Far Beyond Driven’, I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man.”

Anselmo‘s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales“Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.

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On August 20, former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo was interviewed on the Rock 92.3 radio station in New Orleans, Lousiana. You can now listen to the chat at this location.

Multi-camera video footage of Philip Anselmo‘s August 22 performance at Tipitina’s in New Orleans can be seen below.

2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of PANTERA‘s seventh album, “Far Beyond Driven”, and the band is planning to re-release a special edition for fans.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Anselmo chatted about the album with Artisan News saying, “Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up. I don’t know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it’s gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can’t name the show yet, because I think it’s a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I’m trying to think of specialties or whatnot that will be included as well.”

Anselmo went on to discuss the band’s success saying, “The chemistry within PANTERA…In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, it was, like, ‘Just let me handle the lyrics.’ And then by ‘Far Beyond Driven’, I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man.”

Anselmo‘s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales“Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.



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Multi-camera video footage of Philip Anselmo‘s (DOWN, PANTERA) August 22 performance at Tipitina’s in New Orleans can be seen below.

2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of PANTERA‘s seventh album, “Far Beyond Driven”, and the band is planning to re-release a special edition for fans.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Anselmo chatted about the album with Artisan News saying, “Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up. I don’t know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it’s gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can’t name the show yet, because I think it’s a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I’m trying to think of specialties or whatnot that will be included as well.”

Anselmo went on to discuss the band’s success saying, “The chemistry within PANTERA…In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, it was, like, ‘Just let me handle the lyrics.’ And then by ‘Far Beyond Driven’, I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man.”

Anselmo‘s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales“Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.



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Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo. You can now watch the chat below.

2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of PANTERA‘s seventh album, “Far Beyond Driven”, and the band is planning to re-release a special edition for fans.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Anselmo chatted about the album with Artisan News saying, “Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up. I don’t know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it’s gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can’t name the show yet, because I think it’s a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I’m trying to think of specialties or whatnot that will be included as well.”

Anselmo went on to discuss the band’s success saying, “The chemistry within PANTERA…In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, it was, like, ‘Just let me handle the lyrics.’ And then by ‘Far Beyond Driven’, I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man.”

Anselmo‘s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales“Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.

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Cutter of Envision Radio Networks“Hangar 19″ podcast recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of PANTERA‘s seventh album, “Far Beyond Driven”, and the band is planning to re-release a special edition for fans.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Anselmo chatted about the album with Artisan News saying, “Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up. I don’t know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it’s gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can’t name the show yet, because I think it’s a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I’m trying to think of specialties or whatnot that will be included as well.”

Anselmo went on to discuss the band’s success saying, “The chemistry within PANTERA…In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, it was, like, ‘Just let me handle the lyrics.’ And then by ‘Far Beyond Driven’, I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man.”

Anselmo‘s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales“Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.

Interview (audio):

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The 20th-anniversary edition of PANTERA‘s “Far Beyond Driven” album will be in made available sometime in 2014.

The seventh LP by PANTERA, “Far Beyond Driven” was released on March 22, 1994 through East West Records. Upon its release, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it the first extreme metal album to top the chart.

“Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up,” former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo tells Artisan News (see video below). “I don’t know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it’s gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can’t name the show yet, because I think it’s a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I’m trying to think of specialties or whatnot [that will be included as well].”

Asked what he thinks made “Far Beyond Driven” so special, Anselmo said: “The chemistry within PANTERA… In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, it was, like, ‘Just let me handle the lyrics.’ And then by ‘Far Beyond Driven’, I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man.”

PANTERA manager Kimberly Zide Davis, who joined Concrete Management in 1994, and served as vice president of artist management until the organization ceased operations in 2003, was interviewed for Guitar World‘s January 2010 issue, which paid tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. During the chat she stated, “I wish there was more [previously unreleased material], but that’s one thing about PANTERA; they didn’t do extra material. What they did is what everybody got. They didn’t do throwaway songs.”

Dimebag Darrell was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.


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Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo.

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