Former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo was recently asked if he was working on any new music at the moment, to which he replied, “If it’s gonna be metal, I wanna do it old school, man.”
Speaking with Drew Stone of The New York Hardcore Chronicles Live!, Phil said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I just pretty much had a new studio installed next door [to my house], and we’re working all kind of bugs out and whatnot. So I tell my guy, my engineer, I tell him, I said, ‘Just program some drums, man. Give me some drums. Give me a different drum beat every day — up beat, down beat, whatever. Give me something.’ So I’ll walk in, there’s a drumbeat, and I’ll just pick up any instrument and just go right off the cuff. And it is some of the worst music you can imagine.
“I don’t know, man,” he continued. “I’m this close, man [holds two fingers close together] — I’m this close. I’m feeling something. We’ll see what it is. I’ve got a couple of options. I just don’t know, man. If it’s gonna be metal, I wanna do it old school, man. I’ve been kind of feeling more [Rob] Halford lately, man, vocal-wise, just singing, using my range again. So, we’ll see. It’s gotta be right.”
Anselmo previously expressed his love for the JUDAS PRIEST frontman in a talk with Revolver magazine, saying that Halford is “hands down” the greatest heavy metal vocalist of all time. “Absolutely,” he said before also mentioning late BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and HEAVEN & HELL singer Ronnie James Dio. “Dio. Ronnie James Dio — my Lord, what a powerful presence. [Rob and Ronnie] both — if you were standing on the side [of the stage], they were the loudest freaking thing on that stage. If you went around the front, they were the loudest thing on that stage. So it was amazingly powerful.”