Phil Anselmo, the iconic frontman of Pantera, has revealed his actual thoughts about one of the touchstone heavy metal bands in history, Metallica, while opening up about some of his favorite songs of the band.
During his latest appearance on Revolver‘s YouTube channel, Philip H. Anselmo has paid huge respects to Metallica, along with Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, Guns N’ Roses’ Matt Sorum, and Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, as recalling the legendary band’s best songs that changed the overall music industry of the century.
Within the pleasant conversation, Anselmo, at first, touched upon the greatness of Metallica’s debut studio album, ‘Kill ‘Em All.’ He continued and said that his favorite song from the band is absolutely ‘Creeping Death,’ which was released on November 23, 1984, as the lead and only commercial single from their album ‘Ride the Lightning.’
The song came out from the same album ‘Fade to Black‘ and ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ were issued as promotional singles. Written from the perspective of the Angel of Death, ‘Creeping Death’ describes the tenth plague of Egypt.
Anselmo has called the spectacular song a heaving masterpiece. He praised the iconic chunk of Metallica while explaining that they played with chunky picking hands and brought a landmark sound into the heavy metal scene, which defined the genre even to this day.
Here’s what Phil Anselmo said when asked about his favorite Metallica song:
“‘Kill ‘Em All‘ was a favorite. Loved it. Wore it out on cassette. My favorite Metallica song, I guess it was featured on a compilation record. It might have been ‘Metal Massacre.’ I don’t remember but it was ‘Creeping Death.’
That’s my favorite Metallica song man. It’s a heaving masterpiece man. God, the whole ending died by hand, geez. A huge song with a pummeling roof.”
“They got those guitar tones translated onto vinyl first. You know, vinyl and tape. They got that crunch. It was so powerful to hear that chunk. The history of that chunk, I can look back and Randy Rhodes had his own little sound, absolutely that was great.
Eddie fucking Van Halen had an explosive guitar sound, but Metallica played with the chunky picking hands, you know. So it was coming. But Metallica really got the crunch and then most bands fell in.
They were like we need that crunch and that helped to define the sound of heavy metal even to this day.”
You can check out the rest of the conversation below.