The Metal Den recently conducted an email interview with guitarist Mark Montazeri of Phil Anselmo’s solo project. Interviewer Randy ‘Rocket’ Cody questioned Montazeri on Anselmo’s upcoming solo album ‘Walk through Exits Only,’ and on what fans should expect from it. A couple of excerpts from the discussion can be read below.
Montazeri explained that while ‘Walk through Exits Only’ is predominantly Anselmo’s creation, the frontman did allow input from his band members: “This body of work is Philip H Anselmo’s brainchild. This crazy maniac f***in’ came up with all these songs man. I squeezed myself in though. Phil welcomed every idea I brought to the table. But prior to recording I ended up sitting in another room dissecting the sessions due to an injury I picked up while playing football with him… before that it was more like me sitting in front of Phil and he would show me the parts on guitar.”
Montazeri attempted to describe the sound of the record, but stressed that it is difficult to put into words: “Well I believe that Phil has put it best when mentioning that you truly cannot categorize it. It’s heavy and it is f***in’ extreme. Every song is completely different from the next. It’s not one that you’re gonna get upon just a single listen. It will unfold itself into what it is, which in my book is an undeniable body of work that will not only fill this empty musical existing void but will kill and destroy the over rated bullshit that is fed to the listener.”
‘Walk through Exits Only’ is set for a March 2013 release; however, fans will be able to hear two of the record’s tracks when they are released as part of a split EP with Dallas / Ft. Worth band Warbeast, titled ‘War of the Gargantuas.’
Montazeri also confirmed that Anselmo would be hitting the road to promote the record: “We will tour the US, then destroy Europe, Japan and finish off in South America. I can’t put into words what bringing it live means not just to me but the rest of the band as well. I can’t wait to get out there and see the fans faces and represent with my heart buried in six strings.”