PHILIP ANSELMO Says There Are No Immediate Plans For A New PANTERA Album

May 21, 2003

PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo has told that although the band has not officially broken up, there are no immediate plans to work together.

"If five or 10 years down the way, [everyone] wants to get together and do more PANTERA music, then we'll see," Anselmo said. "Of course, it would take some soul searching from all of us."

Anselmo is focusing his attention on his hardcore metal band SUPERJOINT RITUAL, while guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul work on their new outfit, NEW FOUND POWER.

"I think each and every one of us needs to get some other pieces of music out of their systems," Anselmo said. "And I think that some of us need to take some time for ourselves to get on with life again instead of reliving the past over and over and over."

The singer also revealed that DOWN, his side-project band with PANTERA bassist Rex Brown, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY frontman Pepper Keenan, CROWBAR guitarist Kirk Windstein and EYEHATEGOD guitarist Jimmy Bower (who's also in SUPERJOINT RITUAL),may also be on indefinite hold.

"As much work and as much blood and sweat that we gave to those two records is how much we weren't given back or helped or even pushed a minute at all by our record label," he said. "It's basically sabotage and it's painful to take a knife in the back like that. They don't give a shit at all that DOWN is some people's favorite band. They don't care that the new METALLICA sounds a lot like DOWN. They don't care that Jack Osbourne, who's on the cover of People magazine, has a DOWN shirt on. No way. They're just telling us that this record's run its course and it's over with. So until a lot of business is taken care of with and between the record labels, it's very tough for a band like DOWN to function at all."

SUPERJOINT RITUAL, whose sophomore album, "A Lethal Dose of American Hatred", is due on July 22 through Sanctuary Records, remains Anselmo's top priority at the moment.

"Right now it feels absolutely thrilling to be playing back in smaller clubs and to have kids right dead in front of my face and be playing hard-ass-core music that people are reacting to violently," he said. "I fucking love that, and that is SUPERJOINT RITUAL."

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