Phil Anselmo, vocalist for Pantera and owner of Housecore Records, has a new project coming down the pipeline which might not be what you expect. It will be called En Minor, and while he’s made a tape with the band that’s apparently been done for two years, we can expect to see it next spring. He had this to say to Jimmy Cabbs, “I have a record coming out that’s been finished for two years almost now, of course—just like every other fucking record. It’s with a band called En Minor. And I guess it would be my, ‘Hello, great dark eighties of Sisters Of Mercy, of The Cure ‘Seventeen Seconds‘ record and ‘Faith‘ album.’ Early The Cure. Early U2. Nick Cave and the fucking Bad Seeds or The Birthday Party. David Bowie… I take all these influences and then somehow we came out with results.”
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That is certainly not a normal list of influences for a heavy metal musician like Anselmo, but he isn’t worried what people think about it. ““It is what it is. I’ll let the people decide at the end of the day. And we’ll see. But, once again, I’m not shootin’ for radio time here; I’m just trying to broaden my horizons, write some harkening songs.” He went on to speak a bit about the reception the music has already gotten, “I hear the word ‘cinematic’ a lot, and I hear, ‘This is the best record you’ve done in thirty years,’ or some shit like that, something like that.”
It’s certainly not been a boring year for Anselmo, November 3rd will see the release of Scour‘s new EP “Red” and is also planning to release a new album from his Phil Anselmo & The Illegals project. Check out the recent video for his other side project, Bill and Phil.
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