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Phillip Anselmo Unleashes A Bastard Rant

Phillip H. Anselmo & The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only

Phillip H. Anselmo is such a recognized name in the metal community that you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that didn’t recognize it. One of the most caustic and recognizable metal frontmen of all time, he lead the legendary Pantera in their prime, as well as Down and Superjoint Ritual – he is arguably as recognizable as Henry Rollins; filling that same sort of angry, but relatively wise patriarchal role within the metal and hardcore community. As of late Anselmo has kept himself busy by running his reputable label Housecore Records and collaborating with the bands that feature on it. Most recently he released an EP with a thrash band called Warbeast.

Fans of Anselmo will be thrilled that the grizzled frontman is currently set to release his first official solo album with his band The Illegals which is comprised of guitarist Marzi Montazeri and drummer Jose Manuel Gonzalez (Three guesses as to how they came up with the name.). A couple of days ago they unveiled the first track from the record, titled “Usurper Bastard’s Rant“. The song successfully channels elements from all of Anselmo’s work, proving that he has always been a strong creative force in his projects. The guitar playing is relentless and rhythmic with a killer solo belting into focus at the end, while the whole song is driven by bold percussive touches. Anselmo’s voice of course, sounds as good as ever, and it’s clear that he’s putting a lot of passion into this release.

Usurper Bastard Rant” is, according to Anselmo, inspired by how watered down music has become and the number of “sound alikes” that exist within the industry. While that’s an amicable view, that of course isn’t necessarily true, certainly not much more than usual, so it causes us to not help but wonder just how wide Anselmo’s view of the current industry is. Prominent musicians who make it the top tend to have blinders when it compares to seeing what’s actually happening in the underground, which can prompt them to make less than accurate statements about the state of the industry. At the same time though, Anselmo does some good work with Housecore Records, so he likely has a better idea than some of his famous counterparts.

Phillip H. Anselmo & The Illegal’s debut album, Walk Through Exits Only will be released on July 16th via Housecore Records. They’re also currently planning a North American tour. If you’re a fan of Anselmo’s previous work then you can’t afford to miss this.

Does an Anselmo solo album excite you? Do you think his comments about the scene are accurate? Is his style of music outmoded?

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