Phil Anselmo Best Quotes

Philip Hansen “Phil” Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead singer of the heavy metal band Pantera. He is currently the frontman for the Louisiana-based metal supergroup Down. Enjoy Phil Anselmo’s best quotes below.

Phil Anselmo
“You gotta look beyond the mainstream… the mainstream’ll drown you, you know? There’s always a pulse in the underground that I love. And the pulse in the underground is what keeps heavy metal alive.”
“I went from being a kid-kid, listen to everything from The Beatles through Kiss, Peter Frampton, Jethro Tull classic rock, classic stuff into immediately, it seemed like, Iron Maiden and stuff like that. The first Iron Maiden record and then, obviously, the first Metallica record.”
“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.”
“At least in my life, I cannot hold onto grudges. It’s a waste of energy, a waste of time.”
“Music is there for us to explore. To intentionally limit yourself to one, two, or three genres is limitation at its worst. Music is huge; it’s a gigantic history lesson, and if you are true music fan or a musician, you should explore it. It’s all right there in front of us.”
“I wasn’t that wild about that. I told them basically if they were really going to want to bring back heavy metal to a program on MTV, then they are really going to have to get in touch with what real heavy metal is.”
“I think music is a big, big wide world, and I am voyager on this particular ship in this sea of wild music, and I’m gonna dive in and find as many fish as I can and catch them all. I love music.”
“With Pantera, we lived through so many trend-of-the-day situations – when grunge was huge, we were still a heavy metal band; when hip-hop started getting incorporated into metal, we stuck to our guns and remained a heavy metal band very purposefully.”
“To me, I’m for a band whose forefront is the music.”
“You’re always going to have detractors, and you’re always going to have people who love you, and that’s how it’s perfectly balanced and the world spins on.”
“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.”
“I’m glowing in the dark with my studio tan. I’ve been in a cave of music for months and months and months.”
“I’ve always said that Pantera fans were the best in the world, and I truly meant that, and I still mean it.”
“There it is again. Image. Once again. I get really tired of it quick.”
“I’m a bad pessimist. I don’t think about how successful any record I’ve ever done is going to do before it came out.”
“I’ve heard too many times where people say that I’m this ultra-serious guy. In truth, I’ve got an extremely absurd sense of humor. I thrive on the absurd – I love it.”
“Communication between band-mates is imperative. Communication is the key to any healthy relationship. If I need to be checked, I expect to hear it put in plain words what my faults are, and give my band-mates the ultimate consideration by shutting up and listening, then acting on the advice given. Same goes for anyone else in any band.”
“People are going to think and take things how they’re going to take it, and I have no control over that, so it’s kind of like biding time until you get your feedback. So, it’s like, once the public can consume what you’re putting out there, then you know. Then you know hit, miss, in between.”
“I loathe rock stars. I am a music nerd, a fan, a follower… just like any fan of music might be. And although I have blood-relatives, a lot of times I feel closer to my audience than my true family, because at least my fans get what I’m doing, to a certain extent, whereas my family does not.”
“It seems like if you are not painted up special way or have some tailor made outfit to put on to go out on stage… I don’t know… there’s too much of it out there.”
“Pantera revolutionized the sound and the approach to heavy metal. It’s been regurgitated. Once you up the production on a product and not just the playing but the actual production, then it’s going to up the ante.”
“I love music. I love every kind of extreme sort of music, and many different genres, and if I were to have to dedicate myself to just one kind of genre, I would feel kind of gypped. I’d be like, man, I wish I could do this or that. And really all it takes is trying it out.”
“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 ‘Conflict,’ on the split. I touch on the significance, and really it’s a selfish thing, in an offbeat way.”
“Creating any type of art is all about mood. I’ve been making extreme music in one fashion or another for decades. And truthfully, Down has a big enough fan base to where I could remain content to do only that, but music is a vast territory and I am an explorer. And I’m a lover of all things considered extreme in music.”
“I wake up, and I’ll just start reading and trying to brace myself for the rest of the day, and all the while I’m doing that, I’m kicking myself mentally.”
“I tried to take heavy metal… and balled it up and chopped it in half and really tried to create a new form of energy. I really tried to re-shape extreme music as I see it through my eyes.”
“And it seems to be today, image is a real important thing once again.”
“I guess I’ve never been introduced properly to Pink Floyd. I know they’re great, don’t get me wrong. Excellent, excellent musicians; great band; awesome harmony; great song writers; I just don’t know anything besides, I guess, the popular songs on the radio.”
“I am the type that cannot stay put in living in the past and solely in the past. It’s not healthy and it doesn’t feel right.”
“There’s always something going on, but thank goodness these days it’s with a clear head, which helps me massively.”
“I can easily say I’ve done everything I’ve wanted in music.”
“We definitely have a hardcore following.”
“Singing and playing have always gone hand-in-hand with me. I love ‘em both equally.”
“Everyone’s gonna have their opinion, everyone’s gonna have their favorite bands. The best way I can describe it is music is like food, either you love it, hate it, or are indifferent about it. Or you grow up and acquire a taste for it.”
“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.”
“I don’t care at all about the mainstream; I don’t care about popularity contests; I don’t care about who’s got the biggest-selling album; and I don’t care about glossy production.”
“Tastes are varied, man, so much in this music world. Look, I adore the bands that I adore. On the flipside, as much as you love a 100 different genres of bands, there are another 100 I can easily say I dislike, too.”
“This is the band I always wanted to be in.”
“I love to play guitar. I’ve been writing my own songs on the axe since I was nine years old. I suck at leads.”
“The lead guitar work is a bit repetitious, but when a song is under two minutes long, I don’t have much room anyway. Thank goodness. But I’ve always contributed guitar parts to every band I’ve ever been in, so I’ll always play the axe.”
“There has got to be a lot of unreleased video out there, live footage and whatnot. There’s always going to be something extra for the Pantera fan.”
“You have certain expressions when you write music, a lot of different emotions, a lot of different feelings.”
“With this LP we were all very clear on the approach we wanted to take, which was to do something heavy, but also experiment with a lot of other things we really like.”
“Knowing what you’re up against is part of the strength of writing something that is even, I guess, considered halfway original, knowing what’s out there to begin with.”
“Honestly, I got the best of both worlds: groove of New Orleans meets the intensity of Texas. That’s the best education I could have, the best experiences I could have.”
“I had the question asked of me before, ‘What do you like better: singing or playing guitar?’ If I’m gonna be totally truthful, if that microphone’s in my hand, I’m loving it. When the guitar’s in my hand, I’m a little nervous, but I’m still loving it.”
“I have created hours upon hours of different music over the years that the general public has never heard. Maybe one day I’ll release them all in one big package, but we’ll see.”
“I love the Beatles, and when I was very young, I had young parents, so Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles constantly were big influences on my life.”
“I think Pantera is a type of band that has been documented very, very well over the years. With the past re-releases, we were fortunate enough to have old demos and stuff that never really saw the light of day. But Pantera was not the type of band to waste many riffs or many parts or songs.”
“It was awesome growing up in New Orleans because there were great metal bands, there were great hardcore bands, there were great thrash metal bands in the middle ’80s and what-not. But then, take me out of New Orleans, and I moved to Fort Worth in 1987, and there’s a scene there, too. And Texas absolutely has a different sound.”
“The success that Pantera had, I could have never, ever forecasted or predicted, and I always felt a responsibility to try to pay even a bit of it forward.”

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