Pantera, 'Vulgar Display of Power': Phil Anselmo Reminisces on the Album's 20th Anniversary (EXCLUSIVE)
Man, it feels just like yesterday that we did that. Maybe it's all the anthems on the record. I love that we knew how to do anthems. But time goes so fast. I'd have to say as far as that album, it was just the attitude that we put into it. So much of the shit we put into that record was attitude, just a ton of attitude in the music.
What sort of attitude?
'Our way or the highway.' We didn't care how any other band looked. Metal bands all had long hair. I shaved my head because that felt right. We had a hardcore mentality to do what we wanted how we wanted it done. Sure we had influences – Black Sabbath, Judas Priest – me personally, I loved David Lee Roth on the early Van Halen stuff – he was amazing. But we had our own thing and we stuck to it. We made up our own images – the shaved head, the shorts, the chain wallet – those sorts of things became really popular looks for many other bands – but that was us just being ourselves. Not trying to create some image or attitude, but just us being us. We were a real band that way. We never posed, dude. We were the real fucking deal, every minute of every day and never more than on that record.
How do you like how Rhino has handled the re-release?
They are the best at this kind of thing. We're lucky to have them involved.
Watch Pantera's "Piss" Video
What do you think of the newly unearthed song, "Piss?"
Well, it didn't make the record for a reason, but it's still a cool song [laughs]. And it's great for fans and collectors. I mean, we never left much lying around, we always trimmed most of the fat away, so I'm glad we had at least