Pantera singer Phil Anselmo was interviewed by The Pit and revealed the characteristics that made their iconic song ‘This Love’ special and one of a kind for both the band members and their fans.
Pantera released their sixth studio album entitled ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ on February 25, 1992, and it became the band’s best-selling album along with being considered as one of the best heavy metal albums of all time. It also included some Pantera all-time hits, ‘This Love,’ ‘Mouth for War,’ and ‘A New Level.’
‘This Love’ was so admired that it took place on ‘The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits!’ and ‘Official Live: 101 Proof,’ and for most Pantera fans, it was their favorite song. According to Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, the way the band composed and produced the track greatly contributed to its success and popularity.
Anselmo drew attention to the song’s change from progressive chorus guitar riff to heavier sounds and its well-written striking lyrics, creating a perfect dynamic and unity. The singer highlighted that this formula that was used by the other bands later is the thing that made ‘This Love’ unique.
Anselmo shared his ideas, saying:
“It felt very natural to write this type of song. I guess the dynamics in the song, the mix of the song, and every part… So when it goes from the mellow part to the slam and chorus… It’s unique, and a lot of bands used that same formula a lot. I don’t think we were the first. I just think we did it with the production and sounds that Pantera had, and it hits so hard dynamically. That’s what made it unique, and I think the lyrics and stuff like that made it unique as well.”
You can watch the interview and listen to the song below.