PANTERA joined by SATYR frontman for 'Walk' performance at Norway's TONS OF ROCK Festival
SATYRICON singer Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven joined PANTERA on stage this past Friday (June 23) at the Tons Of Rock festival in Oslo, Norway to perform the Philip Anselmo-fronted band’s classic song “Walk”. Fan-filmed video of Satyr‘s appearance is now available.
Watch the performance below.
Back in 2018, Satyr said that his EIBON project ultimately disintegrated as a result of Anselmo‘s severe drug addiction.
The short-lived black metal supergroup, which featured Satyr alongside the PANTERA singer, DARKTHRONE‘s Fenriz and NECROPHAGIA‘s Kiljoy, contributed one song to Moonfog Records‘ (Satyr‘s label) “A Different Perspective” sampler more than two decades ago and was working on a debut album, only to be shelved, never to be heard from again.
During an interview with Landry.Audio, Satyr was asked if he thinks there is any chance that EIBON could eventually be revived. “Every time when my brother Philip and I meet, we talk about it,” he laughed. “So that’s surely something that we would love to do. But it is hard to make that happen. I’m not really in touch with Fenriz, and nor is Philip. I guess Killjoy of NECROPHAGIA didn’t necessarily… I don’t know if he… In terms of lyrics, that was pretty much Philip, for the most part, and in terms of music, that was 95 percent me, if not more.
“Being brutally honest, Philip and I could do EIBON without Fenriz and without our late brother Killjoy, but I think that we should have finished it when we were working on this back in the late ’90s and early 2000s,” he continued. “But, frankly speaking, it was 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.”
Asked if he knew Anselmo for a long time before they decided to collaborate on an album, Satyr said: “No, I didn’t. And perhaps if I would have, maybe things would have been a little bit easier. I can’t remember if it was ’98 or ’99 where I got to know him. It might have been ’98, I suppose. And then we were on tour with PANTERA in 2000. 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.”
Also in 2018s, Anselmo admitted to Bardo Methodology that he “was still a pill-popping, druggard idiot who’d nod off mid-sentence” while he and Satyr were trying to work on EIBON in the studio. “But Satyr was always a hard worker; he was the guy who led,” Philip said. “I found it interesting from a musician’s standpoint. We played primitive black metal, so, in my opinion, the listener would consider what we were playing extremely simple… and it was — but I was made to play by the Norge rule of strumming with the wrist instead of down-picking on half-time parts, which is totally crazy in my mind. I tried explaining to a very willful Satyr that the downward chop sounds heavier than halftime-picking, but, alas, he was having none of it. (Laughs) So, despite the music’s simplicity, it was a fresh, unexpected challenge within the genre. I fucking loved it! Damned cool experiences.”
Asked what ultimately became of the project, Anselmo said: “There was a slight Norge fallout between the natives, and I didn’t wanna get stuck in the middle of that particular fight. So, the band never materialized. All I have left is three poorly mummified-sounding songs, recorded and mixed terribly raw, with one song featuring place-keeper-style vocals. Hardly impressive.”
Philip went on to say that he still keeps in touch with Satyr, although he hinted that he and the SATYRICON frontman weren’t necessarily musically aligned. “Satyr kinda freaked me out back in the late 1990s to early 2000s with the type of bands he liked — especially U.S. acts who were popular at the time,” Anselmo said. “I’ll just leave it at that. I couldn’t believe it. Terrible music taste, in my opinion, but music is subjective. Satyr always had big things on his mind, and there’s a palpable hunger within him. I couldn’t have predicted the direction they’d go in, but, truth be told, I played no role in the scribing of any SATYRICON record. That’s all on them.”
It was first reported in July that Anselmo and Brown will unite with Wylde and Benante (ANTHRAX) for a world tour under the PANTERA banner.
Anselmo and Brown, along with Wylde and Benante, headlined a number of major festivals across North America, South America and Europe and stage some of their own headline concerts.
According to Billboard, the lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, as well as Brown, who last year said Wylde wouldn’t tour with PANTERA if a reunion were to happen. It’s unclear what changed his mind.
PANTERA played its first shows in over 20 years in December 2022, starting with a co-headlining slot at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest and Monterrey Metal Fest, followed by appearances at three Knotfest festivals in South America. There will also be a one-off show with JUDAS PRIEST in São Paulo, Brazil and a headlining concert in Santiago.
Benante told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about how he plans to approach the PANTERA gig: “I can’t go do this as the drummer from ANTHRAX because it would be a different sound completely. So the way I’m gonna do that is if you close your eyes, it’s gonna sound like it’s Vinnie, basically. And that’s how it’s gonna be. The sound is gonna sound exactly like him.”
Wylde said that he had a similar mindset. “You approach it the same way as you do when I’m playing with Ozzy,” he said. “Obviously I’ve gotta learn (Randy) Rhoads‘s stuff and I’ve gotta learn Jake‘s (E. Lee) stuff, and when I was doing the (BLACK) SABBATH stuff, you learn it and do it as faithful as you can. Charlie‘s gotta learn all of Vinnie‘s parts. You approach it as if you’re in a cover band. When we do the ZAKK SABBATH stuff,” referring to his BLACK SABBATH cover band, “I don’t start changing lyrics midway through ‘War Pigs’. You learn the songs — so that’s what you do.”
A year ago, Anselmo said that he was up for reuniting with Brown for a special tour celebrating the music of PANTERA. The 54-year-old singer, who has spent the past few years playing a PANTERA-centric set with his solo band, THE ILLEGALS, discussed the possibility of re-teaming with his former PANTERA bandmate during an interview with Brazil’s Inside With Paulo Baron. Asked if he and Rex would be open to playing some shows in celebration of PANTERA‘s legacy, Anselmo said: “If Rex and I had a show to play, or we were ever gonna be on stage again together, I would welcome it with open arms. I love Rex. And he’d be the same way. We’re brothers forever. So playing on stage together, or doing some shows together, is not out of the question. It could happen.”
In April 2021, Rex told Eonmusic that he and Philip still get offers for a PANTERA tribute tour. “But if you don’t have the other guys in the band, it’s not going to sound the same,” he said. “If we were ever to do something like that, it would have to be spot-on, or I wouldn’t do it. It would be a tribute.”
Talk about a possible PANTERA “reunion” intensified when Anselmo regularly joined Wylde‘s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to perform PANTERA‘s song “I’m Broken” during DOWN‘s 2014 stint on the “Revolver Golden Gods Tour”. That buzz only got stronger after Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 when the tour swung through Texas.
Up until his passing, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmo, whom the drummer indirectly blamed for Dimebag‘s death.
Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts.
PANTERA is managed by Scott McGhee of 1 Degree Music Entertainment. The band’s legal representative is Nick Ferrara And Associates. PANTERA is booked internationally by Rod MacSween at ITB. Artist Group International will book PANTERA‘s North American dates, with Dennis Arfa and Peter Pappalardo as the responsible agents.
Pantera is one of the most successful and influential bands in heavy metal history, combining elements of hardcore and thrash to create a menacing sound that many acts have tried to replicate. Created by late brothers Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott on drums and “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar, Pantera broke through following the release of their fifth album, 1990’s Cowboys from Hell, with new singer Phil Anselmo and the 1992 follow-up Vulgar Display of Power, with the simplicity of tracks like “Walk” gaining the band mainstream popularity.