Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo had a recent conversation with Revolver to talk about many things from his favorite Pantera songs and their five classic LPs to the ‘terrible’ riff that was written by late legend Dimebag Darrell.
The late star Dimebag was born in Ennis, Texas and he was the guitarist and co-founder of Pantera and Damageplan alongside his brother Vinnie Paul. He started playing guitar at the age of 12 and released his debut album with Pantera just four years later when he was just 16.
During his twenty-six years long career, the late guitarist released nine studio albums with Pantera and also a self-titled recording with Rebel Meets Rebel. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 38 after a fan jumped onto the stage and shot him multiple times with a semi-automatic pistol.
In a recent interview with Revolver, Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo was asked the share the story of ‘By Demons Be Driven’ which was one of the most famous songs of Pantera from ‘Vulgar Display of Power,’ which was released in 1992. Phil admitted that it was his first true absurd song and Dimebag was not sure about keeping the title until the last minute.
Right after sharing the origin story of the song, the Pantera frontman recalled how he thought the riff in ‘Slaughtered,’ which was written by the late star Dimebag Darrell, was terrible and revealed his current thoughts on the recording.
Here is what he told about ‘By Demons Be Driven’ from 1992:
“So, we had the riff but then they broke into this really almost like an upbeat but Black Sabbath-y type part for the verse. And I loved it, I did, I thought it was creative and cool. Another thing I loved about it was that the lyrics were absurd, and it was my first true absurd song that I got away with.
I wrote those lyrics for a completely separate thing that I was doing myself on a four-track, and it was like a joke band. Yeah, it was totally a joke band. But they did have that… There were some keywords there that just gave it a dark edge. I don’t know, it was kind of cool I got away with one right there.
And then the chorus was big so they couldn’t complain. And you know what? They did give me shit about that, just this much [little]. Dimebag! Dimebag of all dudes! He’s like, ‘Well, man, you sure we should keep this title? When I hear this song I think about demons flapping around my head and stuff…’ I was like, ‘We’re keeping the goddamn title!’
He kind of laughed it off. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it in an interview before. Those were totally my first getaway of absurdities.”
And here are his thoughts on ‘Slaughtered’:
“One riff out of ‘Slaughtered’ – there’s a riff in that thing that I was like, ‘Man, we’ll never use this part, Dimebag, it’s terrible!’ But, of course, it fits beautifully in ‘Slaughtered,’ and that’s a badass fucking song, that is a moving thing!”
You can watch the interview and listen to ‘Slaughtered’ right below.