Down http://www.down-nola.com Official Site Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:04:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Metal icon Phil Anselmo flashes his funny side in ‘Metal Grasshopper’ web series http://www.down-nola.com/metal-icon-phil-anselmo-flashes-funny-side-metal-grasshopper-web-series/ http://www.down-nola.com/metal-icon-phil-anselmo-flashes-funny-side-metal-grasshopper-web-series/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:20 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3666 Nola.com Phil Anselmo’s public persona is not generally described as “funny.” As the lead shouter of a succession of extreme hard rock bands – the Illegals, Down and, most famously, Pantera – the heavily tattooed frontman comes across as intense, angry, driven, even frightening. Not surprisingly, he is a big fan of boxing and horror movies. Read More...

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 public persona is not generally described as “funny.” As the lead shouter of a succession of extreme hard rock bands – the Illegals, Down and, most famously, Pantera – the heavily tattooed frontman comes across as intense, angry, driven, even frightening. Not surprisingly, he is a big fan of boxing and horror movies.

But friends and associates say Anselmo is actually hilarious. Chris Lee, the Supagroup guitarist and singer turned web series producer, is married to Sean Yseult, the former White Zombie bassist. Yseult and Anselmo have been friends since Pantera and White Zombie toured together in the ’90s.

When Lee first met Anselmo, “I had no idea what to expect. I found out he’s the funniest guy I’ve ever met. Fall-down-laughing funny.”

The previously unknown comedic side of Phil Anselmo is on full display in “Metal Grasshopper,” a web series produced and directed by Lee. “Metal Grasshopper” follows the misadventures of a budding hard rock star, played by comedian, radio host, author and musician Dave Hill, as he seeks guidance from a metal mentor, aka Anselmo.

On Wednesday, July 23, Hill will perform a stand-up routine at One Eyed Jacks, preceded by local comedians Andrew Polk, Fayard Lindsey, and Molly Ruben-Long. The live comedy show, presented by the Hell Yes Fest comedy festival, is followed by a sneak preview screening of an episode of “Metal Grasshopper.” Lee will then curate a question-and-answer session with Anselmo and Hill.

“Metal Grasshopper” was originally developed by Lee and Hill – a contributor to the syndicated radio show “This American Life,” and host of “The Goddam Dave Hill Show” on WFMU-FM in New Jersey — in conjunction with former writers for The Onion who had moved on to the Adult Swim channel. At first, they didn’t know if Anselmo would want to “tarnish his reputation” by making fun of metal clichés. “But tarnish it, he wanted to,” Lee said. “He came on board immediately.”

“Metal Grasshopper” is, at its core, a hard rock, f-bombed spoof of “The Karate Kid.” Anselmo is the Mr. Miyagi mentor figure; Hill is the Ralph Macchio-like “Kid” in need of instruction.

Hill and Anselmo play “extreme, ridiculous versions of ourselves,” Hill said. “I’m a naïve guy who traveled a great distance to be schooled by the master.”

’Metal Grasshopper’ Comedy Show

  • What: A sneak peak screening of the comedic web series, preceded by a live comedy show featuring co-star Dave Hill plus Andrew Polk, Fayard Lindsey, and Molly Ruben-Long. Producer Chris Lee hosts a Q&A with Hill and co-star Phil Anselmo after the screening.
  • Where: One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St.
  • When:Wednesday, July 23, 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
  • More information: www.oneeyedjacks.net.

The series was shot mostly at Anselmo’s wooded compound north of Lake Pontchartrain, which Hill equates to “a metal version of Neverland.” At the outset, Hill sets up an amplifier on Anselmo’s front lawn and wakes up the slumbering star with a bout of shredding.

As the series progresses, Anselmo instructs the hopelessly dorky Hill on how to headbang. How to bellow, death-metal style. How to conjure effective stage banter. How to “tap into your inner darkness.”

A rented goat factors into one episode. In another, a pentagram is burned into Anselmo’s lawn. The rocker’s collection of medieval weapons – swords, axes, etc. – are deployed. Hill accidently struck Anselmo in the head with a mace, a type of club. “He bled a little bit, but we were able to keeping shooting,” Hill said. “He was a good sport about it. He’s a professional – anything for the shot. I admired his professionalism.”

Throughout, Anselmo deadpans his disgust at Hill’s lame attempts to be “metal.” “People have this impression of Phil from the music he plays and his interviews, that he’s this super-intense dude,” Hill said. “He’s a hilarious guy, always joking around and laughing. He’s just a funny guy in every way. He doesn’t take himself too seriously.”

“With a comedian and a rock star, you’d think the rock star would be the straight guy,” Lee said. “But through the sheer force of his personality, Phil took over. Phil is the funny guy, Dave is the straight guy.”

“I would like to think that I’m funny, too,” Hill said. “Phil is a large presence. I’m more of a low-key approach. It’s a good combination. We didn’t realize how much he was going to bring.”

Lee, only half-joking, describes “Metal Grasshopper” as “really stupid. It makes you dumber as you watch it. It’s smart-dumb, like SCTV.”

After a corporate restructuring earlier this year, many of the writers from Adult Swim were let go, and “Metal Grasshopper” was put on ice. Lee eventually got back the rights to the show. He’s finalizing a deal with a web portal to air the series this fall, likely as 10 four-minute episodes.

His burgeoning career as a comedic actor aside, Anselmo will stay busy this summer with his primary occupation. He recently returned from a European tour with the Illegals that concluded at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. He returns to Europe on Aug. 1 for a two-week tour with Down.

Meanwhile, he now has a fallback plan.

“Phil really could have had a career as a sketch comedian,” Lee said. “He has a future in acting.”

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DOWN IV Part II Promotion http://www.down-nola.com/iv-part-ii-promotion/ http://www.down-nola.com/iv-part-ii-promotion/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:44:20 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3657 Summer Promotion! Pick up DOWN IV Part II at an FYE record store near you!  From now until August 10th the EP will be sale priced.  Pick up your copy and get a free Epitaph Records sampler with your purchase! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FYE Twitter: @officialfye Instagram: officialfye http://www.fye.com/

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Metal Hammer Features Pepper Keenan http://www.down-nola.com/metal-hammer-features-pepper-keenan/ http://www.down-nola.com/metal-hammer-features-pepper-keenan/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:39:25 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3655 Metal Hammer Pick up the latest issue of Metal Hammer and check out the “I Love…” feature with Pepper Keenan on Led Zeppelin.  Here’s an excerpt: They blew everyone’s mind, man… “The first time I heard Zeppelin I’d just won a contest: we had to fight for a greased watermelon in a swimming pool at summer Read More...

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Pick up the latest issue of Metal Hammer and check out the “I Love…” feature with Pepper Keenan on Led Zeppelin.  Here’s an excerpt:

They blew everyone’s mind, man…

“The first time I heard Zeppelin I’d just won a contest: we had to fight for a greased watermelon in a swimming pool at summer camp.  I was nine.  I got a gift certificate for a record store in New Orleans, so i purchased Houses Of The Holy on cassette…and that was the end of that!  I became a massive Zeppelin freak from there.

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PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS: Pro-Shot Footage Of ROSKILDE FESTIVAL Performance http://www.down-nola.com/philip-h-anselmo-illegals-pro-shot-footage-roskilde-festival-performance/ http://www.down-nola.com/philip-h-anselmo-illegals-pro-shot-footage-roskilde-festival-performance/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:42:29 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3660 Blabbermouth.net Professionally filmed video footage of PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS — the band led by former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo — performing on July 4 at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark can be seen below.Anselmo is currently touring Europe with his backup band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri Read More...

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Professionally filmed video footage of PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS — the band led by former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo — performing on July 4 at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark can be seen below.Anselmo is currently touring Europe with his backup band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL), drummer José Manuel Gonzales (WARBEAST) and bassist Steve Taylor.Anselmo’s career-first 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 a couple of years at Philip’s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, “Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.

According to Anselmo, he worked on an estimated 15-17 songs for “Walk Through Exits Only”, which was issued via his own Housecore Records (MRI/Megaforce)

“I could’ve put on any number (of songs) I wanted, but for me, these eight songs all together, 40-something minutes, that’s my idea of a proper listening length,” he told Billboard.com. “When you start to get longer, it gets a little redundant and boring, and I didn’t want to bore anybody.”

 

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PHILIP ANSELMO Talks 20th Anniversary Of PANTERA’s ‘Driven’, Debut Solo Album And ‘Rock Stars’ (Video) http://www.down-nola.com/philip-anselmo-talks-20th-anniversary-panteras-driven-debut-solo-album-rock-stars-video/ http://www.down-nola.com/philip-anselmo-talks-20th-anniversary-panteras-driven-debut-solo-album-rock-stars-video/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:14:48 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3638 Blabbermouth.net TV Rock Live conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo at this year’s Hellfest, which was held June 20-22 in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the recent 20th-anniversary reissue of PANTERA‘s “Far Beyond Driven” album, which still stands as the heaviest LP to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, Anselmo said: “I don’t think any of Read More...

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TV Rock Live conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo at this year’s Hellfest, which was held June 20-22 in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about the recent 20th-anniversary reissue of PANTERA‘s “Far Beyond Driven” album, which still stands as the heaviest LP to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, Anselmo said: “I don’t think any of us had any idea at all that we would have a No. 1 record or anything like that. As a matter of fact, when I was first told about it, I didn’t even believe it. My dad told me. ‘Hey, son, your record’s No. 1.’ I was, like, ‘You’re drunk.’ But then I found out later, of course, it was true.”

Anselmo recently told ARTISTdirect.com about the making of “Far Beyond Driven”: “I think, at that time, we were all very much on the same page, so to speak.

PANTERA had a lot of success before I was in the band. When I first joined the band, I was singing fucking tracks on ‘Power Metal’ after two weeks of being with them. Then, we wrote ‘Cowboys From Hell’ all throughout the rest of 1987 and 1988. We had been playing those songs live. We had been through a lot up to the point as far as personalities go and getting to know each other.

“Becoming a trusted member and true singer for this band was a process to where I didn’t have the rest of the band peeking over my shoulder like, ‘What are you writing about?’ By the time I got to ‘Far Beyond Driven’, it was, ‘I’m going to write what the fuck I’m going to write.’ So, I was very comfortable at the time. I guess the rest of the guys were like, ‘Leave Phil alone. Let him do his job.’ [Laughs] It felt so fucking natural.”

Asked if those “Far Beyond Driven” sessions were particularly intense, Anselmo said: “Well, I knew that’s what I wanted. There was a lot of speculation out there about what type of record we were going to make. I definitely had a chip on my fucking shoulder because there was no way in hell I was going to go the fucking commercial route. At the time, I think we were very aware of other heavy metal bands that had found a little bit of fame and taken that ‘commercial route,’ so to speak, with their music. I very much instilled that there was no fucking way I was doing that into the other guys. I think they were on board quite a bit. It’s like when you have a favorite band, you follow their entire career, you wait anxiously to buy their new record, you open up it, you put it on, and it’s a letdown. That’s a shitty feeling. We knew what our fan base wanted. We were very focused on delivering what our fan base had come to know and come to know of us. A lot of people like to say we did things in reverse. Meaning, we didn’t start out this heavy fucking band and get more commercialized. It was kind of the other way around. That was the main focus there. When I laid my vocals on that fucking record, I wanted people to feel the fucking spit on their faces coming out of the speakers. [Laughs] I meant every fucking second.”

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PHILIP ANSELMO On Performing PANTERA Classics With REX BROWN: ‘We’re Just Having Fun’ Read http://www.down-nola.com/philip-anselmo-performing-pantera-classics-rex-brown-just-fun-read/ http://www.down-nola.com/philip-anselmo-performing-pantera-classics-rex-brown-just-fun-read/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:15:52 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3642 Blabbermouth.net French webmagazine Hard Force‘s “Metal XS” (<a ” href=”http://www.metalxs.com/” target=”_blank”>web site) conducted a joint interview with vocalist Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN) and drummer Kjetil-Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad (SATYRICON, 1349) at this year’s Hellfest, which was held June 20-22 in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat — along with separate interviews with members of EXTREME, SKID ROW, SOULFLY and DEEP PURPLE — in the 16-minute report below.Asked about his recent Read More...

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French webmagazine Hard Force‘s “Metal XS” (<a ” href=”http://www.metalxs.com/” target=”_blank”>web site) conducted a joint interview with vocalist Philip Anselmo (PANTERADOWN) and drummer Kjetil-Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad (SATYRICON1349) at this year’s Hellfest, which was held June 20-22 in Clisson, France. You can now watch the chat — along with separate interviews with members of EXTREMESKID ROWSOULFLY and DEEP PURPLE — in the 16-minute report below.Asked about his recent performances of classic PANTERA songs with his former PANTERA bandmate, bassist Rex Brown, and guitarist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Anselmo said: “We’re just having fun, man. Especially in a festival atmosphere, it’s, like, I can play 15 songs that go right over fucking people’s heads, or I can revisit a blast from the past and people can be, like, ‘Oh, we know this song.’ So, basically, we’re just having fun. And it makes the speculation, it makes the pent-up speculation — ‘Oh, what’s gonna happen?’ — but honestly, the more I find out, the more I can inform you fellows.
“Former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott recently shot down the possibility of a PANTERA reunion with Wylde filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar. Speaking to Revolver magazine’s Jon Wiederhorn for a story on Paul‘s current band, HELLYEAH, the drummer had the following to say: “If you had an ex-wife, and it was a pretty bitter split, you might not ever want to talk to her again. Who cares if everybody in the family and your friends want you to say hello again? It’s your choice whether you want to do it or not. And I think a lot of people are selfish. They say, ‘Oh, he oughtta just kiss and make up with Phil and everything will be cool. And then they can go get Zakk Wylde and everything’s gonna be great.’ No, everything’s not gonna be great.”

Dimebag‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

Vinnie, who is Dimebag‘s brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag‘s death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag‘s killer.

 

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Video Interview with Philip Anselmo Backstage at Download Festival http://www.down-nola.com/video-interview-philip-anselmo-backstage-download-festival/ http://www.down-nola.com/video-interview-philip-anselmo-backstage-download-festival/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:44:22 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3632 Check out the Philip Anselmo video backstage at Download Festival.  

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NEW VIDEO – DOWN Performs “We Knew Him Well” From May 24th in Austin, TX http://www.down-nola.com/new-video-performs-knew-well-may-24th-austin-tx/ http://www.down-nola.com/new-video-performs-knew-well-may-24th-austin-tx/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:40:24 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3628 Check out the video of DOWN performing “We Knew Him Well” filmed on location in Austin, TX by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level Crew: William Holderby Sr.,Caro Bab, Robert Major and Ryan..Audio recorded and mastered by Steven W. Richardson..Special thanks to Mr. Bruce Corbitt. Check out Mike Holderbeast’s YouTube channel for a slew of Read More...

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Check out the video of DOWN performing “We Knew Him Well” filmed on location in Austin, TX by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level Crew: William Holderby Sr.,Caro Bab, Robert Major and Ryan..Audio recorded and mastered by Steven W. Richardson..Special thanks to Mr. Bruce Corbitt.

Check out Mike Holderbeast’s YouTube channel for a slew of pro-shot videos of Down. Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, and much more… click here.

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Total Guitar – 5 Minutes Alone with Pepper Keenan http://www.down-nola.com/total-guitar-5-minutes-alone-pepper-keenan/ http://www.down-nola.com/total-guitar-5-minutes-alone-pepper-keenan/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:33:58 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3625 Chilling at home before touring with DOWN, Pepper Keenan proves rock is still dangerous as he changes a power-saw blade while talking to TG. I got my first real six string…”I acquired my guitar when I was 14 years old. A friend of mine, who was 16, was trying to outrun the police on a Read More...

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Chilling at home before touring with DOWN, Pepper Keenan proves rock is still dangerous as he changes a power-saw blade while talking to TG.

I got my first real six string…”I acquired my guitar when I was 14 years old. A friend of mine, who was 16, was trying to outrun the police on a motorcycle and got killed in an accident.  He was a good friend of mine, and he had passed away and the funeral was done I went and snuck into the house when his mom wasn’t there and took the guitar. I figured he would have wanted me to have it.  It was just some Japanese no-name thing: it wasnt worth a lot, but it was worth a lot to me.  I was playing Ramones songs and basic punk rock stuff back then”

Pick up the July issue of Total Guitar to read the full article.

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Rock N Real Reviews DOWN IV Part II http://www.down-nola.com/rock-n-real-reviews-iv-part-ii/ http://www.down-nola.com/rock-n-real-reviews-iv-part-ii/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:22:16 +0000 http://www.down-nola.com/?p=3622 Rocknreelreviews.com About a year and a half ago I had the opportunity to review the official fourth Down release which was the first part of their EP collection. ‘The Purple EP’ as it was dubbed, was a difficult release not to award maximum marks on the website!! It brought every aspect of the Down sound into a concise tight Read More...

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Down-Down-IV-Part-II-150x150About a year and a half ago I had the opportunity to review the official fourth Down release which was the first part of their EP collection. ‘The Purple EP’ as it was dubbed, was a difficult release not to award maximum marks on the website!! It brought every aspect of the Down sound into a concise tight little 6 track package and showed that Down had found the perfect avenue to put out further releases.

Things have moved on since then though!! Founding member and uber riff writer Kirk Windstein has since left the group to focus exclusively on his other band, the mighty Crowbar, which had left me worried as to how any future release might sound. I love Pepper Keenan but those two collectively are responsible for some of the finest southern riffs ever written and I genuinely thought this new EP might suffer from the lack of Windstein….Oh how I was wrong.

If it is even at all possible…Down IV Part II is even fucking better!! And without going track to track like I did on the previous release, allow me to tell you exactly why I think this album is a superior release to Down IV Part I.

Firstly the riff are so much more sludgy and doomy and without actually speaking to the band themselves, I am not sure if Pepper was the sole riffer here…if so I can’t wait to hear him on a future Corrosion of Conformity release. The riffs are so much more heavy and southern doom than I expected. If you check out the opening riff in Steeple you’ll see exactly what I mean, almost like a southern Slayer meets Type O Negative. Phil Anselmoonce again delivers a truly excellent vocal performance (how this man is still delivering the goods at his ages is mindboggling).

We Knew Him Well is one of the heaviest tracks Down have ever written with a main riff so crushingly heavy that just the thought of headbaning to it gives me whiplash!! It’s like a monolithic version of old school doom but with that groove that only this southern band can deliver.

The longer tracks on this EP are where the band OWN the fuck out of this EP though!! Bacchanalia is such a wonderfully classic stoner metal anthem. And Conjure by contrast is a Black Sabbath fuelled almost dirge styled doom metal song.

The production on this EP is once again the thing that ultimately more than assists the songs. It has an almost practice room like rawness that coupled with the generally crushing sounding guitar tone, makes it overall what you hope for and expect from a Down release. Jimmy is solid on the drumming and even pushes himself out with a few comfort zones we have seen him use on the past two releases. Patrick has come into his own on the bass, demonstrating a bit more in the way of prowess than the previous EP. And finally, as always, Pepper andPhil just show up and steal the show for sure!!

This EP is possibly my favourite Down release since NOLA, I think I made the same claim on Down IV Part I, but it really is that fucking good!! So when I recently read that Phil stated the band were only ever going to do the EP format from now on…I’m right there with you brother!!!

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