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You can check out the cover art and pre-order the upcoming new self-titled album from KINGDOM OF SORROW online here. The album is set to be released on February 19th via Relapse Records, and the band features Jamey Jasta of HATEBREED and Kirk Windstein of DOWN and CROWBAR.
With the current roster of supposed "extreme" or "underground" bands repetitively dishing out modern metal regurgitation, something had to give; enter ARSON ANTHEM, the new project featuring ARSON ANTHEM — the new band featuring Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass. Basking in the telepathic glow of filthy, vicious '80s-era punk and hardcore, and yearning for a spark, this improper outfit has finally ignited said spark. Fueled by stale vodka and non-filters, they've finally wrecked into a bare-bones, distorted, bastard vacuum.
After losing everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mike Williams moved into Philip's spare apartment. The two spent countless hours listening to Philip's collection of early hardcore bands; the timing was perfect to remedy this cabin fever. They began jamming with III and Collin Yeo, and this proved to be the crowning accession to complete this exploit.
ARSON ANTHEM's mission is to re-introduce the roots of painful amplification, raw production, and a TRUE "fuck-all" attitude to a movement within a new generation that's lost the meaning of less complicated ventures. The byway is to be similar to the original brutality of bands like NEGATIVE APPROACH, POISON IDEA, HELLHAMMER, DISCHARGE and VOID, amongst others. ARSON ANTHEM will never give way to what the societal masses want them to conform to, as by example their previous musical incarnations.
ARSON ANTHEM's debut EP — due on February 19 — will be the first release via Housecore Records; a label created by Anselmo focusing on Phil's side projects and other artists he believes in.
ARSON ANTHEM will team up with RIGOR MORTIS for three shows in December:
Dec. 13 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Dec. 14 - Vino's - Little Rock, AR
Dec. 15 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA
Coming in 2008 on Housecore: THE MANSON FAMILY SOUNDTRACK, CHRIST INVERSION, EYEHATEGOD's "Live at CBGB", and much more.
Metal Monthly conducted an interview last month (November 2007) with Rita Haney, the longtime girlfriend of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Metal Monthly: Your thoughts on Phil [Anselmo, ex-PANTERA singer]. Is he a part of the problem or part of the solution?
Rita: [Laughs] He's not our problem anymore. But seriously, I think people have the right to choose what they like or dislike. My issues with Anselmo are my own and they shouldn't have to be anyone else's. If I asked people to choose, then I wouldn't be any better than him. He has been the king of lies and manipulation in our camp for a long time. I know now that that started with the heroin use, but he can never go back to being the person he once was, and when he was that person — man, he was on! A great frontman, and I would never try and say different. But I just don't believe, or believe in him, anymore... I can't! When that Metal Hammer interview came out with Philip saying Dimebag Darrell needs to be beaten severely... and no matter how he tries to explain that one away, he said it. Plus a few other things. Metal Hammer sent the audios of his interview to Vinnie [Paul, Dimebag's brother and former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer] and yes! That's Phil Anselmo's voice. I heard it myself. But after it was posted on Blabbermouth, Dime asked me — and I could hear the lump in his throat — "What did I ever do to him?" And you know, I had to fight the lump in my own throat, I hated seeing him hurt, and he asked me again, "What did I ever do to him?" And I told him, "Nothin', baby. All you ever did was love him in his heart you are the one person on this earth that he truly respects and he can't face you... so in his drug-induced mind he's made you his enemy... for no reason at all... all because he's a junkie and you're not, which makes you not part of his world." And ya know, he said, "Maybe you're right, but I can't do this anymore." I know the last thing Dime told me that day about him was he was done! He would never stand on stage with him again! Philip had humiliated and embarrassed him for the last time! Dime told me then, "I'm writing him off. No longer will he trample through my peaceful mind!" And when that tour bus came home and there was no one to get off of it... that was one of the hardest things I had to do was go on there and pack up his bunk, but while I was doing it I found a two-page letter that Dime had written about Philip and in his own handwriting. It says what he had told me that day and a few other things about Mr. Anselmo, so in my heart I just can't believe in him anymore... It's tired. When Dime forgives him then I will... I have to stand by Dime and his brother; it's what I know is right.
Metal Monthly: Many people do not know that Eddie Van Halen buried one of his guitars with Darrell. This is true, right? And like 20 bottles of Crown Royal?
Rita: [Laughs] There's a few bottles of 7 up in there too! My boy loooves Seagram's! But yeah, Vinnie and I were trying to figure out which guitar, and about that time Ed called... he asked me on the phone if there was anything he could do, and I said, "Yes, as a matter of fact there is... Can you stripe him a yellow-and-black guitar?" He said, "Are you sure you don't want the red-black-and-white?" I said, "No... Dime told me the yellow-and-black is the shit! It's the toughest lookin'!" He always thought that. We had just seen VAN HALEN in Midland, TX a few weeks earlier and that was the first time Dime ever got to meet Eddie Van Halen. They hung out before and after the show. Dime even got to play on his rig at soundcheck. He was like a kid in a candy store... the way his eyes were lit up. He told me later in the limo — which Van Halen provided — "How cool is that?" Anyway he leaned over and looked me right in the eyes and said, "If I died tonight, it wouldn't matter, 'cause I've done everything now, I've met Eddie Van Halen!" and he had the biggest smile on his face... he was so happy! But, shit, I strayed! I'm the world's worst about telling 10 stories at once! [Laughs] Back to Ed... He said, "OK," that he would be down in a couple of days. When Ed came in at the viewing, he had the guitar, but it wasn't the guitar we expected... he told Vinnie and I that "Dime was an original and only an original deserves the original!" He popped open the case and there it was... his original '79 still with the rusted set of strings on it! It was so amazing!!! I took it in to Dime and I said, "See, baby, you didn't get a replica! You got THE one," and I gave him a kiss on the forehead and place it in there with him... Ed was awesome and I thank him still!
Metal Monthly: I saw you recently got one of the coolest tattoos ever, and you were filmed [for the "LA Ink" show] while doing it. What was that experience like?
Rita: Ya know, I hadn't had a tat in over seven years. I was kinda nervous. I didn't know how it was going to feel in that area and on the hand, but believe it or not, it was really smooth... Kat's an amazing artist, we all know that, but she has an awesome touch when it comes to layin' ink! Now I ain't gonna lie, it did sting when it came around the elbow and the knuckles, especially that joint on top of the wrist! [Laughs] But it rocked! I'm so proud of this tat! The portrait she did is very sentimental to me 'cause he was actually handing me down a shot on the headstock of his guitar in Chicago and the House of Blues. I was in the photo pit filming and Chad Lee, the photographer, was right next to me and he snapped the photo. When I look at the portrait in the mirror and see the look in his eyes and the smile on his face, I know he was looking at me... that look was for me and it makes me smile.
Metal Monthly: Rita, I know how TV works and they edit things down... On the ["LA Ink"] interview you probably said a lot that was cut out. Is there anything you would like to say to the families of the other guys who lost their lives that most tragic night?
Rita: Yeah, we interviewed for two or three hours and they took segments out of place. I've only seen the show once, but for instance, when I'm talking about how the events of the night unfold... They had asked me a question of how I knew, and they took those clips from me describing mine and Vinnie's phone call and what he was telling me at that particular time… before we knew everything and before I read the autopsy, so unless you hear the whole thing then, yeah, I guess there are people out there that are going to try and turn it into something else. One thing that I want to make clear, I was not there that night and I have never once claimed to be. When I say "we," I'm referring to our family and organization, I did not mean for people to misinterpret that, and yes, in those interviews I named everyone's names who were there on that awful night... Eric, Nathan and Mayhem [DAMAGEPLAN's head of security] — and his name is Mayhem when it comes to our camp, just like Kat [DAMAGEPLAN drum tech] is Kat, not John Brooks. But I was not in control over how that show was edited, and I feel for those families and their losses. I hate that the thing we share in life is that fuckin' night. But I will not represent Dime in a bitter way. Yeah, I could sit around and be angry and shitty and point fingers at everybody else that didn't save him. I mean, come on... it happened how it happened, and there's nothing we can do to change that now. But yeah, inside sometimes that tries to bubble to the surface, but he wasn't that kind of person, and I will not let myself represent him that way either. The only thing I know I can do is come away from this and share with other people what I learned from him. Dime gave me so much. Even though he was taken away, I can't complain. I'm just thankful for all the "Dime time" he gave me! If I can help put a smile on someone's face, then hell yeah, I will! When I grieve for him, it's on my own time, not someone else's. They shouldn't have to deal with my burdens and issues or what I keep inside. Dime was about puttin' that smile on their face and makin' people happy, and so am I. To quote him one more time, "You either roll with it, or you get rolled over." I heard about a post that someone put up on MySpace from one of the family members of the other victims, but I have not read it personally. I heard they took potshots at the fact that Dime and I weren't married and all kinds of other bullshit nitpicks. Not that I owe anybody an explanation, but I don't do the marriage/kid thing — that's my business and it should remain, unless I choose to share it, you know. It's like religion... no one wants someone else's beliefs shoved off on 'em, but I will not apologize for something that I had no control over or that was not my fault. I do not know the other people, with the exception of Mayhem, but from their actions and giving there lives to help, I would not think they would want to be represented with such bitterness either. And I can't claim to know how their family members feel about their loss. I only know how I feel and how my family feels! I'm all about helping out where I can. I take care of my own, I always have! I have not once ever been contacted by any of them... But, if there's something I can do to help raise money or charity stuff, whatever... then bring it! But I will not let someone try and make me feel like I owe them something, because I don't and I have not asked them for anything in return as well. So my question is this: I would just like to know how you come to the conclusion that it's my responsibility and no one else's that was affected by this tragedy? Why am I the person who has to try and make it right for you? Well, there is no right for this situation and there never will be, unless those people who lost there lives that night come walking through the door right now. I do wanna give a shout out to Nathan's [Bray] mom. She is the only other family member that I've had the privilege to meet and God bless her!
Read the full article at metalmonthly.
After reportedly getting "nailed" twice with beers thrown from the crowd, DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo stopped the band's show Thursday night (November 15) in Corpus Christi, Texas to tell the crowd to send him the next "coward" that decided to throw something at him. The audience then ponied up one of the kids that allegedly had thrown one. Watch what happens next in the clip below.
DOWN's video for the song "On March The Saints" made its "Headbanger's Ball" debut last night (Saturday, November 17) on MTV2. This episode also featured a piece with Phil Anselmo in which he compared the world of boxing to playing music.
DOWN's new album, "Over the Under", was released on September 25 through ILG/Warner Music Group (one day earlier internationally via Roadrunner Records). The LP was issued in Europe as a limited-edition digipack CD featuring the bonus track "Invest in Fear". More...
In the second installment of Headbanger's Blog's week-long series with DOWN/ex-PANTERA vocalist Philip Anselmo, the pugnacious fighter steps into the ring and talks about why he's the undisputed heavyweight champion of heavy metal and how he’s working with the best band playing today. Watch the two clips below. (Note: Video stream is NOT available to non-U.S. residents.)
In the first clip, Anselmo says: "I just think I'm the best frontman in the world and I have the best band behind and I'm the best at what I fucking do. And I've known most of them since I was 13 years old. That's the magic there. That's longevity. That's a team. That's what got you there.
He continues: "We can't be categorized. We've taken the southern rock thing… We wrote about being southern on our first damn record. On our second record we touched upon the fact… We have transcended the entire thing. As a matter of fact, last night I think I saw a confederate flag for the first time the entire tour and it got yanked down into the crowd and I never saw it again. I stand on no damn flag."
DOWN's video for the song "On March The Saints" will make its "Headbanger's Ball" debut this Saturday, November 17 at 11:00 p.m. on MTV2 (re-air at 4:00 a.m.). This episode will also feature a piece with Phil Anselmo in which he compares the world of boxing to playing music.
The "On March The Saints" clip will make its online debut tomorrow (Thursday, November 15) on the Headbanger's Blog.
DOWN's new album, "Over the Under", was released on September 25 through ILG/Warner Music Group (one day earlier internationally via Roadrunner Records). The LP was issued in Europe as a limited-edition digipack CD featuring the bonus track "Invest in Fear". More...
It has been a busy year for Phil Anselmo, Pepper Keenan, Rex Brown, Kirk Windstein and Jimmy Bower of DOWN. The band released DOWN III – OVER THE UNDER to critical acclaim, did some revealing interviews, went on tour and made a video that is now coming to light on MTV2’s HEADBANGERS BALL!
DOWN is set to release the first video from OVER THE UNDER. The clip, for “On March The Saints” makes its first showing on MTV2’s HEADBANGERS BALL this weekend – Saturday, November 17th at 11pm (re-airing Monday at 4am). You can catch a sneak preview on http://headbangersblog.mtv.com/ starting TODAY!
Fans should not miss the remainder of the band’s OVER THE UNDER US tour: More...
Since he was young, former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo has been obsessed with boxing. A microcosm of the battles between mankind over the ages, a reflection of the principles of social Darwinism and a display of agility, stamina and strength, boxing is considered by some — including Anselmo — to be the ultimate sport.
As a warrior, a motivator and a victor, Anselmo can relate to many of the boxing greats. With PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and DOWN, he has dealt with an abundance of adversity, surprises and ultimately, triumphs. These, he compares to the challenges a boxer faces in the ring. In the clip below, Anselmo discusses the similarities he sees between rocking with DOWN and swinging like current WBA Heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (clip courtesy of Headbanger's Blog; note: the video stream is NOT available to non-U.S. residents). More...
ARSON ANTHEM — the new band featuring Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA), Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD), and Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL) — is tentatively scheduled to release its debut CD in February 2008. More information will be made available soon.
Fan-filmed video footage of ARSON ANTHEM's September 13, 2006 concert at the Howling Wolf in New Orleans, Lousiana can be viewed below. The unannounced appearance took place during Hank Williams III's solo headlining concert at the venue.
ARSON ANTHEM lineup:
Mike D. Williams (EYEHATEGOD, OUTLAW ORDER) – Vocals
Philip H. Anselmo (DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) – Guitar
Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL) – Drums
Collin Yeo - Bass More...
Relapse Records has announce the signing of Jamey Jasta and Kirk Windstein's KINGDOM OF SORROW.
Jasta (HATEBREED, ICEPICK) and Windstein (DOWN, CROWBAR) came together some three years ago to create KINGDOM OF SORROW, and in that time put together an album's worth of crushing American metal. Relapse will give the band's long-awaited debut album its proper worldwide release this coming February.
Commented Jasta: "I can't even begin to explain how excited I am about KINGDOM OF SORROW! There's been two and a half years of questions, rumors and speculation surrounding this and now we can finally move forward! We've signed a worldwide deal with Relapse Records!!! It's an honor. Kirk and I could not be happier, I've always been a big fan of the label."
Jasta continued: "I can't wait for the world to hear this record. It crushes!! I pushed myself to become a better vocalist and wrote and expressed myself lyrically in a totally different way than I have before. Kirk has never sounded better! His tone is like a 747 filled with tar crashing into a lead mountain. We should press this CD on plutonium because it really is that HEAVY. It was so much fun working on this record. There was no other motive than to have fun and make a unique and different record for the both of us while keeping it heavy, mean and rockin! I think everyone is going to be really surprised!"
Windstein added: "We’re just so happy to have this come out…finally! We had a great time putting it together and we’re just so proud of it. Its super heavy, man, it just crushes! Everyone I play it for, their jaws drop. And after three years, it feels good to know now everyone can hear it."
San Antonio's long-standing metal institution and STUF-TV cable show "Robb's MetalWorks" has just released the second installment of its special "Archival Series." This installment is a three-part edition dedicated to an interview with vocalist Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL). The interview, which was conducted on August 22, 2003 in San Antonio, never aired in its entirety on "Robb's MetalWorks" due to its 30-minute length, but is now being re-released predominantly uncut. See Phil discuss the beginning of SUPERJOINT RITUAL, his feelling on his PANTERA bandmates, his hopes for his legacy, the 9/11 bombing, and his return to the "underground" on YouTube (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). More...
Lord of The Wasteland of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with DOWN drummer Jimmy Bower. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Metal-Rules.com: I read that the band has a bunch of acoustic stuff in the can. Are you guys throwing around the idea of possibly releasing an acoustic album?
Jimmy: Yeah, we do have some stuff and we are definitely going to work on that soon. We have a lot of projects that we are working on, but right now we are just trying to push the record and tour as much as we can. For the next two years, we are going to be busy. I'll be lucky to see my bedroom at home for more than a week (laughs).
Metal-Rules.com: On the CDs, you have Ross Karpelman playing keyboards. The new song "Nothing In Return (Walk Away)" and "Stained Glass Cross" from "Over The Under" both have a real cool southern vibe to them with the added keyboard. Why don't you perform those songs live with a touring keyboardist?
Jimmy: We have never played "Stained Glass Cross" live. Why? I don't know. I love that song. I actually wrote that song. On a Canadian run, we tried having Ross play with us but it was a little weird because he had other obligations with House of Shock, a big haunted house in New Orleans. It's just not practical for us to bring him in right now. We were kind of concerned about how that would work out. It's cool to have it on the record and stuff but I don't know about live. Personally, I think it would be killer. It would be like [Bower's 2000 side-project THE MYSTIC KREWE OF] CLEARLIGHT or something. Ross has other obligations right now but I wouldn't doubt it if maybe we do something like that in the future.
Metal-Rules.com: The spread between the first and second album was seven years and then it was another five years in between the last two. Is this gap going to narrow in between "Over The Under" and the next CD?
Jimmy: Well, I think in the past everybody had a lot of obligations with their "real" bands. PANTERA was still going, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY was strong, EYEHATEGOD was still going strong and DOWN was thought of as more of a side-band. Now that we all have come to terms and made a commitment, it won't be five years until the next record comes out. This is our band and we plan on growing old with this band. We intend to work hard for the rest of our lives to make it as cool as we possibly can. The reason for the breaks in between the records is pretty obvious. It was scheduling and all that. "Let's jam!" "Well, Pepper's on tour." "We could do it here but Kirk's going to be on tour or Jimmy." "Phil's doing something with PANTERA." Or, "Oh, shit! There's a hurricane in the Gulf!" You name it and it happened.
Metal-Rules.com: What are the tour plans after this run of dates finishes up in November?
Jimmy: I think in January we are going to Europe. Then in March or April we are going to Australia. Then hopefully back to Europe again in June for festivals. Then we will probably do another North American run. We want to try and hit as many countries as we can and hit all the places that we've never been to. If you really look at what we've been doing before the record came out, we've been a damn busy band.
Metal-Rules.com: Has there been any discussion about recording the "Evening With Down" shows for release as a live album or DVD?
Jimmy: Well, when we were in Europe in 2006, Jim Van Bevan came with us. He's a director — he did the SUPERJOINT [RITUAL] videos and the [MARILYN] MANSON movie — and he came with us and shot 350 hours of footage while we were playing and some backstage stuff. We are going to get that together and edit it for a cool DOWN DVD. It will definitely be really unique.
Metal-Rules.com: Is it going to be a show, as well, or just a backstage kind of thing?
Jimmy: I think it's going to be a blend.
Metal-Rules.com: Will there be some older stuff from the early Nineties?
Jimmy: Yeah, we have video from that day I was telling you about where we wrote "Losing All", "Temptation's Wings" and "Bury Me In Smoke". We look like kids, man (laughs). We'll intertwine all of that together. It should be a very interesting DVD. It's taking a lot longer than we thought but we really want to make it good.
Metal-Rules.com: Is it something that will be out in the near future or is looking more long-term?
Jimmy: No, it will be in the near future. Like I said, we have 350 hours of footage to edit, so it's a lot of work, especially for Jim Van Bevan. He has to edit everything down, then we could edit everything together. Right now we are just trying to pump out what we can, when we can.
DOWN's new album, Over The Under, has entered the Irish charts at #42. The album has now achieved the following first-week chart positions around the world:
Ireland - #42
Down released their new album, Over The Under, on September 24th via Roadrunner in Europe, the 25th through ILG/Warner Music Group in North America.
The full tracklisting is as follows: '3 Suns And 1 Star', 'The Path', 'N.O.D', 'I Scream', 'On March The Saints', 'Never Try', 'Mourn', 'Beneath The Tides', 'His Majesty The Desert', 'Pillamyd', 'In The Thrall Of It All', 'Nothing In Return (Walk Away)'.
In the UK, a limited edition digipack CD was released which includes the bonus track ‘Invest In Fear'.
Down's "An Evening With..." dates in North America are as follows:
6 - Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House
8 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
10 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
11 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
13 - St. Louis, MO - Pop's
14 – Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
16 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
17 - Minneapolis, MN - 1st Ave
19 - Detroit, MI - Harpo’s
20 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
22 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
23 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
25 - New York City - Roseland
26 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
27 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
28 - Montreal, PQ - Metropolis
30 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
31 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
7 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre
9 – St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
10 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
11 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
13 - Houston, TX - Meridian
14 - San Antonio, TX - Sunset Station
15 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete St.
17 - Lubbok, TX - Pavillion
18 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine
19 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
23 - Los Angeles, CA - Santa Monica Civic
24 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
DOWN’s brand new release, DOWN III – OVER THE UNDER. With nearly 30K in sales its first week in stores, the album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #26. Other chart numbers were as follows: #2 on the Hard Music Core Stores chart, #18 on the iTunes Top Rock Albums chart and #81 on the iTunes Top Albums chart. The record also debuted at #1 on the FMQB Metal Radio chart.
In related news, DOWN's Philip Anselmo graces the cover of Revolver's first ever HOT ISSUE this month (November issue) and the full band was on the cover of Decibel Magazine's October issue.
The New Orleans natives are out on the road on their OVER THE UNDER world tour which began in the U.S. on 9/27 in Reno, NV. The band will spend the rest of 2007 headlining dates in North America with an international run to begin in 2008. DOWN is Philip Anselmo from Pantera, Pepper Keenan from Corrosion Of Conformity, Rex Brown from Pantera, Kirk Windstein from Crowbar, and Jimmy Bower from Eyehategod.
Here are the latest DOWN tour dates: More...
Steve Newton of Straight.com reports: Just before Hurricane Katrina cut a horrifying swath across the U.S. Gulf Coast in August of 2005, the members of metal quintet DOWN had gathered in their hometown of New Orleans to work on new material for their third CD, "Over the Under". Guitarist Pepper Keenan made the smart move of leaving the area before the storm hit, and apart from losing power for a month, his house was all right. But he didn't walk away from the experience unscathed, and neither did his Big Easy bandmates. "It was somethin' we all went through and are still dealing with on a daily basis," he relates, on the line from Reno, Nevada, before the first stop on a 29-date North American tour. "I mean, it was devastating, man. People lost their houses, I lost family members. Half the city was destroyed."
The fortitude of Louisiana natives in the face of Katrina's destruction is cited on "Over the Under" tracks like "On March the Saints," but as Keenan explains, the city is still terribly wounded more than two years after the disaster. And it hasn't gotten much help with reconstruction from the Bush administration. "If they did as much in New Orleans as they're doin' in fuckin' Iraq we'd be fine," blusters Keenan, before decrying Kanye West's assertion that Dubya's disregard for Katrina victims stems from his indifference toward blacks. "I don't care about Kanye West," he counters. "I mean, everybody was damaged in the storm. For Kanye West to make it a black thing was retarded."
Former PANTERA/current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo has slammed VH1's "Behind the Music" special on PANTERA as "awful," claiming that "they glossed over everything that PANTERA did to and for metal."
The "Behind the Music" PANTERA episode, which had its premiere in May 2006, included interviews with the surviving members of PANTERA — Vinnie Paul Abbott (drums), Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown (bass) — along with appearances by Guy Sykes (tour manager), Walter O'Brien (manager), Terry Date (producer), about five members of PANTERA's/DAMAGEPLAN's crew, and Rita Haney ("Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's girlfriend).
In the November 2007 issue of Revolver magazine, Anselmo is asked about the song "Mourn" on the new DOWN album, which was reportedly written about late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (who was killed by a deranged fan in December 2004). "That's a very hard, hard song for me to really… honestly, the song speaks for itself," Anselmo replied. "It's about feeling isolated from my family in Texas, feelings about the obvious… deep, deep, deep feelings every day. You know, I've been very quiet ever since the incident, but it's all good. Everyone else has aired their laundry, like on VH1. I'm sorry, I thought what VH1 did was awful. They glossed over everything PANTERA did to and for metal, and not once… I'm not realy sure how it was put, but there was a segue or something that described [Darrell's] killer [Nathan Gale] as 'what many feel was a disgruntled fan angry that PANTERA had broken up.' But not once did they go into the psychology of the killing, and how he was dishonorably discharged [from the Marines], that his mother bought him the gun for Christmas because he was depressed, how he had been kicked out of the same club a weekend before for acting strange. He was going to shoot whoever, and it happened to be one of my best friends, one of my brothers, and one of the most beautiful people…
"I decided a while ago that, yes, absolutely there is a proper time to mourn, and that he deserves a celebration of his life, and that's the path that I've chosen. Every action I do, I think of him. Every pushup I do, I think of him. Every time I hit a line, or I'm working in the studio, I can hear him saying, 'You can do better.' So that's what gets me through the hard times, the trying times, is his positivity. And that's what I wanted to do with ['Down III']: to celebrate life."
Brian Sweeney of Blistering.com recently conducted an interview with DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Blistering.com: What direction did DOWN go with "Down III: Over The Under"?
Kirk Windstein: We really didn't have anything in mind, it just kind of came out. In general I think we kind of just Â— we're the type of band that's not really afraid to go backwards. We like to move forward of course, too, but in some ways we gathered together and decided to put DOWN back together and make it a real band and not a side project and stay focused and give 100% dedication to this band. We went back and started listening to a lot of the stuff that influenced DOWN to form as a band in the first place. Bands like TROUBLE, BLACK SABBATH and a lot of Southern rock Â— SKYNYRD, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, stuff like that. All of the old stuff that really inspired us to form as a band way back when. We all played in heavy bands, for lack of a better word, and we kind of wanted to do something different. On this one we did make a conscious effort to go back and listen to the stuff that influenced us the first time around.
Blistering.com: I heard some rumors that there are a slew of acoustic songs that you didn't put on the record. Is there any substance to those rumours?
Windstein: We have acoustic songs written. The way this album was coming out, we just kind of looked at each other and said, "Let's make a hard-hitting, straight-ahead classic rock'n'roll record." We do have some dynamics on some of the songs, of course. We try to make everything a little different: songs written in a different key, different tempos; there is mellow stuff, just hard-hitting, heavy stuff Â— everything. The acoustic thing, we talked about incorporating it into the record. The way it was coming out and the way it was flowing we felt it was best to go with a classic rock'n'roll record. We do have some acoustic stuff done. We have songs that we recorded that didn't make the record that are killer songs that could be used somewhere down the line. We have songs that were written that we demoed that we didn't even record in the studio that are killer, so we have an abundance of material and I'm sure that we're going to do something with the acoustic stuff and some of these other tracks sometime soon.
Blistering.com: When you're writing music, do you get together with everybody and sit around a table and just jam, or do you think of stuff on your own and bring it to the group?
Windstein: A little bit of everything. Everybody wrote stuff at their own house or whatever, to bring to practice; a lot of it was written at practice. Phil spent countless hours going through the riff tapes. In fact, the tune "On March The Saints" was something that he found on a riff tape from like '97, '98 or something like that, and I remembered it, so I was like, "Dude, I remember that," so we kind of worked that up, and of course it's a lot different than the original thing. But we had hours and hours of jam sessions from way back when, and we went through those Â— Phil basically did Â— and made notes of the ones that he felt were worth listening to. And some of those things were taken and rewritten with everyone else's input. It depends. A lot of time [guitarist] Pepper [Keenan] will come up with his stuff right there on the spot. A lot of times we'll get to the rehearsal room and he'll be in the "lair," we call it, where we jam, and he'll come up with a good idea. He'll come over about an hour or two later, and he's got a really good idea and we'll work on that. Everyone definitely adds in their own two cents, but that's kind of how the writing process goes. It's a little bit of everything. The riffs that I brought in were written and demoed and presented to the band, and everyone would put their own twist on them.
Blistering.com: The band is pretty much synonymous with New Orleans, but you recorded the album in Los Angeles. Was that change of scenery difficult to adapt to, just being away from New Orleans?
Windstein: Well, I think the one positive is that there are no outside distractions when you do something like that. I have a house, I have a wife, I have a little girl Â— not that that's a distraction Â— but when you're isolated, whether it be in the woods at Phil's where we did the last record when we lived there for a damn month and didn't even leave, or if you're isolated in a hotel and being shuttled straight between the hotel and the studio day in and day out not even seeing the sun, you only have one focus, and that one focus is the record, is creating the best record you can create. Performing the best that you can perform. And I think if we were to do it in the studio in the city here and be going home every night some of our "regular-life responsibilities" would come into play a little bit more. For me personally, I enjoyed getting away and just being isolated and focused in on nothing but the record. Some of us are able to do it at home, some of us aren't, but I think it was a good, positive thing. The change of scenery was good. We always write in New Orleans just to get that vibe, you know. But recording out in L.A. was nice. The problem with New Orleans is that the majority of the really good studios here were destroyed in the hurricane and aren't even back up and running, if they're ever even going to come back. So it was a pretty limited selection as to where we could record. Our producer lives out in L.A. so he was able to get everything coordinated and it worked out great. On DOWN I, "NOLA" was basically a straight-ahead disc that had a few little segue pieces, and we intentionally did a lot of the stuff that we did on "Down II" with acoustic stuff and just kind of broadened our whole spectrum. We feel as though we can do whatever we want to do. If we want to make a damn acoustic record, we'll make it. If we want to make a hard-hitting heavy record, we'll make it. If we want to make a combination of the two, we'll make it. We don't feel we're backed into any corner, you know? We feel like we're free to express ourselves and write what we feel as individuals and collectively as the five guys in DOWN.
New Orleans supergroup Down have uploaded four new songs from their forthcoming album "Down III: Over The Under" on their official myspace
Band frontman Phil Anselmo has also uploaded his third blog onto the page.
Brazilian metal titans Max and Igor Cavalera have written and recorded new material together for the first time in 12 years. It is their first outing since recording their former band, SEPULTURA's colossal landmark album, "Roots" in 1995. The new project named CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, features the Cavalera brothers (Max on vocals and rhythm guitar and Igor on drums), SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo and GOJIRA's Joe Duplantier on bass. Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) makes a cameo bass appearance on one track. Another track features a collaboration with Max, Joe and Richie Cavalera (INCITE) on vocals.
Monte Conner, Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R recently visited the band in the studio. "Having stopped by the studio, I can tell you the magic between Max and Igor is still there. When these brothers play together, it's like the planets align," he says. "Igor's playing is simply on fire and as always, Max continues to have one of the most recognizable and powerful voices in all of metal. It was great to see both Max and Igor with such big smiles on their faces."
This long-anticipated reunion between the Cavalera brothers is something fans across the globe have been waiting for since SEPULTURA's last gig at Brixton Academy in December 1996. Hailing from Belo Horizonte in central Brazil, SEPULTURA gained a legendary reputation as the one of the most highly regarded and successful death/thrash metal bands of all time, with two gold albums under their belts both in the UK and the USA — "Chaos A.D." (1994) and "Roots" (1996).
"When Igor and I met at the 10th annual D-Low Memorial Show [in 2006] and got the instruments in our hands, it was like we had never been separated. The metal was flowing in our veins," comments Max. "It was the same in the studio."
Recording took place this past July at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles, with rising production star Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist). Mixing at Undercity is currently underway. The still-untitled record is tentatively slated for a February 2008 release. Among the 11 songs set to appear are "Inflikted", "Bloodbrawl", "Holy Poison", "The Doom of All Fires", "Ultra-Violent" and "My Sanctuary". A b-side cover of the POSSESSED death/thrash classic "The Exorcist" was also recorded.
The surviving members of PANTERA are involved in a legal battle with their former webmaster over the Pantera.com domain name, which once served as the band's official web site (since February 2003, PANTERA's official web site has been located at www.officialpantera.com). According to the Justia.com legal portal, which maintains a database of Federal District Court filings and dockets, Pantera.com webmaster L. Alfenas filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Western District Court on August 2, 2007 against the Pantera Partnership (consisting of Vincent Paul Abbott, Philip Hansen Anselmo, Rex Robert Brown, and the estate of Darell Lance ["Dimebag Darrell"] Abbott) over the domain, which has apparently been registered to Alfenas since 1998. The Pantera Partnership, meanwhile, filed a suit of their own in the Michigan Eastern District Court against Alfenas (who resides in Michigan) the very next day, August 3, 2007.
Writing on the PanteraChat.com message board (which is also apparently registered to Alfenas), Alfenas (who posts under the name "Alfie") stated about the lawsuits, "Their [PANTERA's] lawyer just said, 'Give us the domains or we are going to sue you. They could have saved a lot of money if they were just nice. You don't treat someone that's done nine years' worth of work for you like a piece of shit. Especially me."
Regarding his decision to file a lawsuit before the PANTERA camp had a chance to file theirs, Alfenas wrote, "I filed first because I knew they were going to file the next day." He added, "They are going to argue trademark dilution — meaning that because I own the site, they are losing money and I am tarnishing their mark." [According to Wikipedia, "trademark dilution is a trademark law concept forbidding the use of a famous trademark in a way that would lessen its uniqueness. In most cases, trademark dilution involves an unauthorized use of another's trademark on products that do not compete with, and have little connection with, those of the trademark owner. For example, a famous trademark used by one company to refer to hair care products, might be diluted if another company began using a similar mark to refer to breakfast cereals or spark plugs."]
On the possible outcome of this legal battle, Alfenas said, "One of two things will happen: I will win and keep Pantera.com and PanteraChat.com; or I lose it all, and lots of money to lawyers with it . . . Best part is, they [PANTERA] are using two lawyers — one at $500 per hour and some intern at probably $250 per hour. This is going to drag on for a lonnnnnng time if I have anything to say about it."
When asked by one of the other registered members on the PanteraChat.com message board if the surviving members of PANTERA have offered him any money in exchange for transferring the registration to the Pantera.com domain name over to them, Alfenas replied, "PANTERA has never paid me a dollar in nine years, the entire time I've run the site." More...
DOWN's new album, "III - Over the Under", will be released in the U.K. on September 24 via Roadrunner Records as a limited-edition digipack CD featuring the bonus track "Invest in Fear". The LP will be made available in the U.S. on September 25 through ILG/Warner Music Group.
DOWN is the acclaimed New Orleans band featuring CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist), bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA), guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR), and vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA). The group will embark on a North American headlining tour beginning late September.
"III - Over the Under"
01. 3 Suns And 1 Star
02. The Path
04. I Scream
05. On March The Saints
06. Never Try
08. Beneath The Tides
09. His Majesty The Desert
11. In The Thrall Of It All
12. Nothing In Return (Walk Away)