Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals
War Of The Gargantuas


3.5
great

Review

by BlackLlama USER (40 Reviews)
January 9th, 2013 | 10 replies


Release Date: 01/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Phil Anselmo is back and he’s even more pissed that usual. That fact gives hope that a worthwhile album may be coming soon.

After the end of Pantera, Phil has been in a rotation of side projects. With a revolving cast of characters he has recorded everything from stoner and doom metal to straight up death and black metal. The results of which have been inconsistent. Some border on greatness, while others touch the murky bottom of the metal world. So after years of slipshod projects it was with a collective ‘meh’ that it was announced that Phil would be releasing a solo release in 2013. The project so far is to be known as Phillip H. Anselmo and the Illegals, however with a shady release date that is subject to change. What we do have though are 2 tracks on a split E.P. with Texas based thrash outfit Warbeast. While the Warbeast songs are worth the download I want to focus on Phil’s effort here.

Being a big fan of his work with Pantera I can say that this is the most energetic he has been both vocally and musically since the release of The Great Southern Trendkill. The venom drips from the two tracks that are presented here. It is difficult to write about a project from Anselmo without invoking his namesake band. It is fitting however, as the new music here sounds like a “what if” situation where Pantera toned down the guitar wankery after Trendkill and focused more on the thrashier elements of their music. Bringing along former Superjoint Ritual guitarist Marzi Montazeri, drummer Jose Manuel Gonzales (of Warbeast) and bassist Bennett Bartley they showcase 2 cuts from the impending release on this split. The music is stripped down and raw metal with a heavy, and I mean HEAVY dose of thrash influence. It is interesting though that you can pickup bits and pieces of each of Phil’s side projects through the two songs. The main thing that shines here are the vocals. Rage like we haven’t heard from Phil in years blast from your speakers on these 2 tracks. It’s the sound of pure domination that we haven’t heard from him in over a decade. This taste of what’s to come gave me a great feeling of nostalgia while listening to it and gives me hope that the full album coming later this year will be something special.



Recent reviews by this author
Overkill White Devil ArmoryBobby Jimmy and the Critters Ugly Knuckle Butt
Razor Malicious IntentSteel Panther All You Can Eat
We Are The In Crowd Weird KidsBiohazard Urban Discipline
user ratings (15)
Chart.
3
good
related reviews

Walk Through Exits Only
recommended by reviewer
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill

Comments:Add a Comment 
BlackLlama
January 9th 2013


1668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't usually do reviews so close together, but a friend sent me this last night. Fans of Pantera should def. check this out.

Digging: Stigmata - Do Unto Others

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013


19749 Comments


Another day another skele at ^

Good review blacklama

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

JViney
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2013


322 Comments


I saw Warbeast supporting Down late last year. They were ludicrously bad. Singer looked like he'd been kicked out of Anvil for being too cliched.

BlackLlama
January 9th 2013


1668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"I saw Warbeast supporting Down late last year. They were ludicrously bad. Singer looked like he'd been kicked out of Anvil for being too cliched."

Hah! Yeah, I haven't really listened to them. I did download their older release to check out, but now maybe not so much.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013


9034 Comments


Why does this exist?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2013


28517 Comments


who the fuck even is this guy

this guys is just rippng off the guy from parkway drive

darkthrone1
January 9th 2013


387 Comments


phil anselmos solo stuff looks interesting. definitely gonna check it out

InbredJed
January 9th 2013


5883 Comments


"why does this exist?"

A fair question


Digging: JJ Cale - Okie

Lalka
January 14th 2013


35 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

gave it a go on YT. futile.

tempest--
January 14th 2013


13458 Comments


Will listen, simply because want to hear Phil's vocals.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy