Phil Anselmo Talks Pointless Horror Remakes and Three Reasons Pantera Succeeded

At age 13, Phil Anselmo dove headfirst into what he knew to be his true calling: heavy metal.

"I was playing my first gigs before I was barely a teenager," says Anselmo. "I'll put it like this: I used to come home from school and practice Judas Priest's Unleashed in the East live record, and sing it a couple times over before my folks got home from work. Then I'd go play with my band."

About six years later, when he joined Pantera, he solidified the descent into becoming a music legend when he signed his soul away to the world of heavy music. His vocal influences range from Henry Rollins to Agnostic Front's Roger Miret to Judas Priest's Rob Halford. He's notorious for founding and fronting some of metal's most influential and beloved bands, and by some, held responsible for the demise of one in particular, due to a heroin habit. He wears the intensity of the music that comes out of his mouth on his face, whether it's his furrowed brow and pursed lips, or his eyes rolled up to the sky as he's giving praise to the metal gods.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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