Founder member of Eibon (Eibon was a very short-lived supergroup, which Anselmo participated in from 1998 to 2000) Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven spoke in an interview with Landry.Audio and expressed his thoughts about Pantera legends Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell.
Here’s the statement:
“I have to say this, though, about their music: in hindsight, I like it. I didn’t like the music back then when we were actually on tour with them and had a lot to do with them, but in hindsight, I’ve grown to like their music. I think the [Abbott] brothers [Vinnie and Darrell], the way they interact musically, it’s very intriguing.
There’s nothing quite like it. This rhythmical understanding that the Abbott brothers had is unique. And Dime’s guitar playing is phenomenal, of course, but it’s also… he [was] very creative from a rhythmical point of view.
And I think Vince’s way of playing drums and taking all the awkard timing of Dime’s riffs and making it a little bit more powerful and straightforward with his drum arrangements was a unique quality that Vince had.
And Rex [Brown] providing a strong backbone with his playing, and then Philip being just one of the most unique frontmen and singers in modern heavy metal history, I suppose.”
He also said that ‘Phil Anselmo’s addiction problem was ruined the first studio album of Eibon. Here’s the statement:
“Philip’s addiction at the time that ruined this whole project. That’s all there is to it. [We] can talk about this and that, but that’s what it comes down to. At the time, he was beyond fucked up. Yeah, but he really was. We were in the studio trying to do things. I’d come out from the recording room, [and] I’d find him lying, passed out on pills, heroin, whatever, on the floor, with his entourage surrounding him, not wanting to interfere or do anything that could offend him, because he was the big guy.
And then I’d be thinking to myself, ‘What the hell is this? I love this guy and he’s a great musician, but I’m a black metal guy; I’m not a Pantera fan. And when I travel from the other side of the world to come work, I’m here to work, not to do drugs.’ So, for me, that was a deeply frustrating period that really upset me.
But I consider Philip one of my very best friends and an outstanding musician, so, in one way or another, I would love to do more music with Philip at some point, that’s for sure.”
You can watch the entire interview from below. Click here to source of the statement via Blabbermouth.