Thursday, March 17, 2016

Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach about Phil Anselmo's "white gesture": "He has done this before"


Killswitch Engage singer Jesse Leach was recently interviewed by Artisan News, you can read some excerpts below.

About Phil Anselmo's "white gesture", he said: "It shouldn't rock the metal community; they should have known. Anselmo has done this before. It's not a surprise. What's a surprise is backstepping. If that's what you are, and that's what you're all about, then so be it. To me, there's no place for that in music, but that's just my opinion. I think it's terrible. I wrote a lot of songs about actively fighting against racism."

He added: "Every time I get this question, my answer is the our song 'Hate By Design'. Just read the lyrics. There's your answer. Pantera is a legacy, absolutely. But, to me, Pantera was a band; it wasn't just Phil. It's Pantera. I'm not gonna hate Pantera because of what one person did. But, you know, the way I think about it now, he dug his own grave, and good luck to him."