According to Jay Gorania of Hellbound.ca, former PANTERA and current DOWN and SUPERJOINT frontman Philip Anselmo is singing and writing material for a new death metal project called METRATON NGANGA. The group, whose lineup also includes drummer José Manuel Gonzalez (SUPERJOINT, WARBEAST, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS), possesses a sound that is described by Gorania as “mysterious” and “dark,” and “not far removed from the spirit of old IMMOLATION and INCANTATION, or even Mexico’s SHUB NIGGURATH.” The writer, who heard a few of the METRATON NGANGA tracks while hanging out with Anselmo at the first show of SUPERJOINT’s recently completed tour, adds: “It’s thunderous, yet it has a distant, detached dream-like quality.”
Anselmo recently revealed that he is involved with a black metal band called SCOUR, also including members of CATTLE DECAPITATION and PIG DESTROYER. In addition, he is working on material for a new PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS album and is composing music for SUPERJOINT’s first release since 2003’s “A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred” (when the band was still known as SUPERJOINT RITUAL).
Anselmo spoke to Metal Wani about how he keeps his vocal approach different for each project that he is involved with. He said: “Because I can do it all, pretty much. I mean, aside from certain genres, of course, that deman falsetto or high vocals or something that I’m not able to do, or willing to do. I can sing when I want to sing, and I can scream when I want to scream. I can do these things. So it’s a blessing. It’s something that I do, just out of the love of the project. You know, screaming over DOWN wouldn’t make any sense, really, at all, especially when you’re coming from the roots of, say, BLACK SABBATH. When I think DOWN, that’s what I think about — is BLACK SABBATH. With SUPERJOINT, I think more, I guess, like middle-’80s hardcore, or something like that.”
According to Anselmo, the direction of SUPERJOINT’s new material will be very similar to that one the band’s first two albums, 2002’s “Use Once And Destroy” and “A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred”. “It won’t sound any different, because myself, Jimmy [Bower, guitar] and Kevin [Bond, guitar] have always been the main writers in SUPERJOINT anyway, so, really — for the most part, really, me and Jimmy. So it shouldn’t sound much different at all,” he told Full Metal Jackie back in July.