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General Music News: "I was going slowly insane throughout the touring of this record," Phil Anselmo remembers.

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When you think of pissed-off albums, BLACK FLAG‘s “My War” is at the forefront of them all. That, and MINOR THREAT‘s “Out of Step”. Every so often an album distinguishes itself in the metal and punk sanctions as authentically pissed-off. Considering there’s so much artifice in disguise of angst these days, when you hear the real McCoy, it’s enough to cause shivers.

Leave it to one of metal’s most revered screamers to outdo himself. Phil Anselmo has always been at the forefront of hostility in PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, VIKING CROWN and to lesser latitudes, SOUTHERN ISOLATION and DOWN. There’s sure to be a widespread case of metal euphoria from listeners stepping up to Phil‘s new crunch posse, THE ILLEGALS. Their debut album “Walk Through Exits Only” is as severe as Anselmo‘s perturbed expression on the cover.

Suffice it to say, it’s no secret Phil Anselmo has weathered his fair share of adversity over the years. Even while exiling himself for a brief time until he felt ready to resurface in the music scene, there’s something about “Walk Through Exits Only” that sounds as if everything Anselmo was harboring in isolation has only just now fully climaxed.

This spells outrageous volume, menacing crunch chords, dizzying parlays between double hammer and slithering tempos, plus jacked-up guitar solos to match Phil Anselmo‘s ear-splitting bombasts. In short, “Walk Through Exits Only” is the most pissed-off album anyone’s released in quite some time.

THE ILLEGALS, made up of Marzi Montazeri (guitar), Jose Manuel Gonzalez (drums) and Bennett Bartley (bass), create the heaviest, most insane tones Anselmo‘s ever decked himself out with, no disrespect intended towards PANTERA. The latter had tons of groove to counter the tremendous execution, while THE ILLEGALS are a different beast, focused explicitly upon maximum carnage. There’s little restraint held by Montazeri, who rips bloody arpeggios at will on the slashing title track that only lets up in the slower final section. Even then, Montazeri and Bartley pour out riffs in massive chunks.

Montazeri is a motherlovin’ monster on this album, peeling off high-pitched fret shrieks galore, most notably on “Battalion of Zero” and “Irrelevant Walls and Computer Screens”. Those with pets are advised to keep them clear out of the room when this dude’s jerking out his solos, which come in serious heaps amongst “Irrelevant Walls”‘ twelve-minute running time.

Phil Anselmo, more than ever, rips his throat clean out while his band alternates between slow march patterns and random thrash or grind intercuts. The scheme is repeated all throughout “Walk Through Exits Only”, yet despite a lack of dynamics, the eruptive experience is filled with precise mayhem and enough dirtiness to keep the album at a constant fever pitch. Perfect din scapes for Anselmo to bellow “Insult!” and “Revolt!” like shoved-out mantras on “Betrayed”, “Tantrum!” on “Bedroom Destroyer” and “Rant!” on “Usurper’s Bastard Rant”. Onstage, it’s a guarantee Anselmo will have his audience wailing “(We are) going…going…gone!” from “Battalion of Zero” back at him.

While Anselmo has a bio book on the way, consider “Walk Through Exits Only” a blistering preview. This is a noisome portal into his tortured id that was obviously wrung out to bits during his brief sojourn from music. “Bedroom Destroyer”, “Betrayed” and “Bedridden” gives listeners a candid view of depression via Anselmo‘s wolfing tirades and confessionals. He also sounds off about the dumbing down of man in the digital age with “Music Media is My Whore” and “Irrelevant Walls and Computer Screens”.

Remarkable that Jose Manuel Gonzalez can play both in whiz-bang mode and more tempered rhythms, yet spill as much sensory overload that’s not already hijacked by Marzi Montazeri and Bennett Bartley, much less Phil Anselmo‘s imposing outcries. Put together, “Walk Through Exits Only” is seriously busy as it is seriously fierce.

If Henry Rollins was a walking time bomb on “My War”, Phil Anselmo is likewise here, only he’s set on a much shorter timer.

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During a brand new interview with Artisan News, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) was asked about the possibility of a hypothetical PANTERA reunion with him filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar. “It’d be up to [former PANTERA members] Vinnie [Paul Abbott, drums], Phil [Anselmo, vocals] and Rex [Brown, bass] — they’re the guys that make everything happen,” he said (see video below). “So if they were all gonna do it and honor Dimebag and [if they said to me], ‘Zakk, would you wanna honor Dime and do Dime‘s parts?’ Of course, I was a pallbearer for him — I laid him to rest — so, of course, I’d say, it would be a beautiful way to honor him and stuff like that. And to celebrate all things PANTERA and what they achieved. ‘Cause they changed the game, as far as extreme metal goes. I mean, they’re the kings of it. But it’s up to the fellows. Then it would just be me woodsheddin’ 25-8, learning all of Dime‘s parts, you know what I mean?! Yeah, but like I said, as far as I’m concerned, it would just be honoring Dime. Like with the Yankees, you honor… everybody’s wearing Thurman Munson‘s ’15’ for that day, just because we’re honoring Thurman‘s greatness. So it’s the same thing, man.”

Dimebag‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie and Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

Vinnie, who is Dimebag‘s brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag‘s death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag‘s killer.

Speaking to Fuse News, Anselmo said about the possibility of a PANTERA reunion with Wylde filling in for Dimebag: “For me, really, I think it would mean a lot for [ex-PANTERA bassist] Rex [Brown] and [ex-PANTERA drummer] Vince [Paul Abbott] and myself to sit down and, I guess, bury the hatchet where we can be on more friendly terms. And, you know, I think it would mean a lot to the fans.”

He added: “Without Vince, there’s not any PANTERA reunion at all; it’s useless. But he damn well knows my door’s wide open. He needs to bust out the keys and unlock his, man. I’m waiting, but I’m not holding my breath.”

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Phil Anselmo: remembering Joey

Down and Pantera legend Phil Anselmo has paid tribute to Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze, who sadly passed away last month, in a heartwarming chat that took place when we caught up with the singer recently.

“It was dreadful news and still is for everyone round here,” remembers Phil. “Honestly, Joey was one of the funniest motherfuckers you could ever meet in your life. He was one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever known, as well as one of the most humbly yet superbly talented drummers I’ve ever had the opportunity to watch play.

“I was at his funeral, it was held at a place in the French quarter called the Voodoo Temple. It was a beautiful ceremony and a moment where we all felt the pain of the loss. I’m not a spiritual guy, but when the high priestess was giving her sermon, they passed out tambourines and percussive instruments to all these people that loved him. We went through interludes in these gigantic drum circles in his honour. Tears were streaming down my face, sweating was pouring off the top of my head and I was lost… I had my eyes completely closed and I was beating this drum until my thumb basically got disolocated! I wasn’t paying attention to what was around me, I was thinking about Joey.

Joey LaCaze: Gone but not forgotten

“Mike IX Williams was stood next to me, and little did I know, but I was getting sprinkles of blood on my head because he was beating this tambourine with such intensity. He had bloodied up his knuckles and pretty much ruined this tambourine… but we all took it later, wrote messages and buried it with his ashes. Mike and his wife live above my studio Nodferatu’s Lair, they’ve been here for almost ten years. We’re twenty feet away from each other and you know, we’ve been through some tough times together – we both became clean together. I’m around ten years, maybe ten years plus, away from hard drugs and Mike too… I’m very proud of him.

“It was a beautiful ceremony and the perfect sendoff for Joey. But once that happens, there’s always the quietness of the day after. That quietness was like a dagger in our hearts. That was when reality really soaked in.. It’s been a bit dark and gloomy around here since Joey passed.”

Mike Williams released the following statement soon after Joey’s shocking passing:

“Joseph M. LaCaze, New Orleans native and drummer for Eyehategod, Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight and Outlaw Order, passed away on August 23rd in New Orleans after a very successful five-week U.K. and European tour with Eyehategod. He also performed ceremonial voodoo drumming and in numerous solo experimental electronic projects. Doctors confirmed to family members the cause as respiratory failure. He also suffered from severe long-term asthma.”

Donation funds have been set up for the LaCaze family. Checks can be made payable to the Lilith LaCaze or Joseph LaCaze Memorial Fund at Capital One banks, or via PayPal, using the email address

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Recently it came out that bassist Pat Bruders had quit Crowbar for some reason or another, and we totally thought Bruders had quit Down too… but apparently not. See that picture up there? That came from Phil Anselmo's Instagram and pretty clearly shows Bruders playing bass for Down, so I guess everything is cool with …

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Phil Anselmo has posted some photos showing Down back in action and writing the follow-up to last year’s Purple EP.

Check them out here

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Phil Anselmo has posted images of Down working on new material in their lair. Could “Down IV Part II” be in the works?

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Phil Anselmo does not rest. His solo band just wrapped up touring and he has a huge horror festival he's curating next month. Rather than use this time to rest, he's using it to write new material with his main project, Down. Anselmo posted two photos to his Instagram page last night, showing the band …

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Ok, this sounds insane. Phil Anselmo, Max Cavalera and Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna are part of the lineup for the 2013 Metal All-Stars tour. That's the great news. The band news: It's only hitting South America. Well bad news if you're not South American that is. The tour will happen in November, but no dates …

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Uncle Phil: still fresh

Phil Anselmo has once again reiterated his desire to make peace with former Pantera bandmate Vinnie Paul in a new interview with Fuse TV.

“For me, really, I think it would mean a lot for Rex and  Vince and myself to sit down and, I guess, bury the hatchet where we can be on more friendly terms,” he muses. “And, you know, I think it would mean a lot to the fans. Without Vince, there’s not any Pantera reunion at all; it’s useless. But he damn well knows my door’s wide open. He needs to bust out the keys and unlock his, man. I’m waiting, but I’m not holding my breath.”

Check out the video here

Vinnie and Phil remain on non-speaking terms since the death of Vinnie’s brother and Pantera guitarist, Dimebag Darrell, in 2004.


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