Famed metal vocalist Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) has released a new song from his upcoming solo album Walk Through Exits Only, which was recorded with his band The Illegals. The track “Usurper’s Bastard Rant” can be heard below (courtesy of Rolling Stone).
Walk Through Exits Only will be coming out July 16th via Anselmo’s Housecord Records label. A North American tour is planned for this summer. READ MORE
Details have emerged regarding Walk Through Exits Only, the upcoming solo album of ex-Pantera singer Philip Anselmo (Down, Superjoint Ritual). The album will be released digitally, on CD, and on vinyl on July 16th via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records and will feature eight tracks. The album cover has also been unveiled and can be seen below.
Anselmo explains, “It wasn’t about doing a paint-by-numbers thrash or heavy metal record. It’s an angry album that only I could do. I don’t see anybody else out there screaming about the same shit I’m screaming about. On this album, there isn’t any wordplay, there isn’t any hidden message, it’s all right there in front of you.”
The first sampling of tracks from Philip Anselmo and The Illegals was heard with the Philip Anselmo/Warbeast split War Of The Gargantuas (review). You can hear the track “Conflict” below. READ MORE
It has been announced that Down, Crowbar, and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals will be performing at the inaugural year of the Housecore Horror Film Festival (HHFF), which takes place Oct. 25th-27th in Austin, TX.
Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual) teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting’s own Corey Mitchell to create the ultimate horror and metal festival, which will combine several heavy metal and hard rock acts with over 70 screenings of horror, true crime, music video, and more. There will also be guest appearances from many underground horror directors.
There will also be a Haunted Corridor that will be constructed by a special Texas haunted house team that received creative design input from Anselmo, who is one of the co-founders of the House Of Shock haunted house in New Orleans, LA.
Film submissions are currently open here. The official website also launched today.
You can read our review of the Philip Anselmo/Warbeast split EP War Of The Gargantuas here. READ MORE
While the media is often focused on the (falsely) negative impacts that rock and metal music cause in society, they are often keen to ignore the massive benefits that these genres can provide. And in a gesture of just how true this statement rings, Alice In Chains just wrapped up their 4th annual Alice In Chains & Friends Fantasy Football League charity. The league this year was comprised of AIC members Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez, former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, ex-closer of the World Champion San Francisco Giants Brian Wilson, NFL contributor Elliot Harrison, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Black Label Society guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde, former Queensrÿche songwriter/guitarist Chris DeGarmo and Gun N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
Each year, the participants donate an item that will be auctioned off via eBay. At the end of the auctions, all proceeds are donated to the league winner’s charity of choice.
This year, Anthrax’s Scott Ian won the league and chose The Painted Turtle as the charity which will be the recipient of the proceeds. The Painted Turtle is a group of camps that host children with serious medical issues, all free of charge. As a result, all proceeds to the charity go directly towards helping the families and children directly.
If you wish to enter a bid on any of the items, head on over here. READ MORE
New Orleans metal band Down, which is fronted by Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo, will be embarking on a short US tour at the end of May. The band will be touring in support of their latest release, the 6-track EP Down IV Part 1, which will be coming out on vinyl on Feb. 26th. You can see all tour dates below.
Down just finished a tour with Warbeast with whom Philip Anselmo released a split EP entitled War Of The Gargantuas (review). READ MORE
For all you metalheads who have been desperately wanting some new reading material while you do your holy business on your porcelain throne, authors Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins may very well have provided you with your next big thing: The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists! This book is a compendium of dozens of factual, random and often outrageous lists that celebrate the best and the worst aspects of metal.
Contributions come from such authority figures as Scott Ian (Anthrax), Gary Holt (Exodus), Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly), Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault/Brutal Truth), Katon W.DePena (Hirax), and many others. There will also be lists from Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel, Eddie Trunk, Monte Conner, and many more.
Per the official press release: “You want to know about album covers that feature goats on them? What Motorhead icon Lemmy’s warts might tell you if they could speak? The achievements Iron Maiden would never have reached had their original vocalist Paul Dianno remained in the band?”
The book can be pre-ordered here. READ MORE
Thrash metal band Warbeast are set to release their upcoming full length album Destroy on Apr. 2nd. The album was produced by Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Down) and will be released via his Housecore Records. The band will host a CD release show on Apr. 6th at The Rail Club in Forth Worth, TX.
Vocalist Bruce Corbitt issued a statement regarding the departure of bassist Dre’ Karst, saying, “Warbeast Bassist Dre’ Karst will be leaving the band because he is unable to keep up with our busy touring schedule due to his work occupation. We are saddened that Dre’ has to leave the band. But we will be the first to acknowledge that Dre’ did an amazing job while he was in Warbeast. He only had two weeks to prepare to record our upcoming full-length album Destroy. He also kicked ass at all of the shows and on the three tours with Down. So please everyone… join us in giving Dre’ his props for what he accomplished in his time in Warbeast. THANKS SO MUCH DRE’!!! We will miss ya bro… thanks for being part of our family.”
Corbitt continues, “So obviously that means that Warbeast is now on the hunt for our next bass player. Please only serious musicians contact us about this. Obviously we need someone that can tour constantly and that has a schedule that will work with Warbeast. So for those interested please send an email to [email protected]” READ MORE
Want to find new metal bands on Spotify? Looking to get into the world of metal but don’t know where to start? Billy Mays here to tell you about Earache Records brand new app called Earache Metalizer! This easy-to-use app works like a charm to help you find those thrashing, banging, demonic new tunes you’ve been after! All you do is use the four simple sliders marked “Metal”, “Thrash”, “Death”, or “Grind” in whatever combination you like and BOOM! Spotify puts together a new playlist just for you!
But don’t go thinking that this only applies to Earache Records bands, oh no! This app brings you music from every metal band that Spotify has to offer, from the biggies like Metallica and Pantera to the underground slammers like Pig Destroyer and Bring Me The Horizon! Once you’ve found that perfect playlist, save it and share it with your friends like you normally would, then go mixing those sliders all over again for even more tunage!
Now, you’re probably asking yourself, “How much does this amazing app cost?” Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s FREE! That’s right! You can download this app right now AT NO CHARGE! We don’t even charge you for shipping! So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Spotify and download it right away! READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
For those of you who have been craving a taste of the Philip Anselmo/Warbeast War Of The Gargantuas EP, your patience has just been rewarded. If you head over to Amazon, you can listen to samples of each of the four tracks. On Amazon, the first two songs, “Family, “Friends”, And Associates” and “Conflict”, are from Philip Anselmo while “It” and “Birth Of A Psycho” are from Warbeast. Just head here to get your metal on.
Make sure to check out our review of the EP here. READ MORE
The Japanese film War Of The Gargantuas is about the battle between two gigantic hairy men and…well, that’s kinda the plot in a nutshell. It’s one of those cheesy, giant rubber suited monster movies that are hilarious and loads of fun to watch. And sometimes, you want music to be like that. Y’know, those heavy and crushing albums that you pop on that you’re just gonna have a good time listening to.
So what does that have to do with the Philip Anselmo And Warbeast EP of the same name? Head on below for our album review and find out! READ MORE
Revered metal icon King Diamond has signed a worldwide three-record deal with metal Blade Records. No release dates for the first of these albums has yet been released, but you can believe that we’ll let you know the moment we hear something! Diamond is revered by such bands as Metallica, Pantera, Goatwhore, and more.
“This is gonna be awesome! Another perfect piece of the puzzle. We have the full backup of Metal Blade, and there’s an understanding between us that goes much, much deeper than before. Our new business setup will noticeably benefit the fans in so many ways. You must have already noticed some of all the cool new stuff that is happening. Now we can’t wait to get out there and start touring again! Stay Heavy, King Diamond” READ MORE
Down and Warbeast have announced that they will be touring the US throughout January 2013. The full touring schedule is below.
Down’s vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual) has teamed up with Warbeast to release a four-track split EP entitled War Of The Gargantuas on Jan. 8th, 2013 that will feature two tracks from each band. This will mark the first release of any solo Anselmo tracks. READ MORE
Ex-Pantera singer and current Down vocalist Philip H. Anselmo is teaming up with Warbeast to release War Of The Gargantuas, a split album that will feature two new songs from each artist. This will mark the first solo work Anselmo will have officially released. The two tracks will feature ex-Warbeast bassist Alan Bovee before his amicable split from the band. The split will be released Jan. 8th, 2013.
Anselmo says, “This split is a glimpse into the future of both my solo project and ultimate thrash metallers WARBEAST. The title of the split is War of The Gargantuas and it is fitting on many levels because of our combined love for the 60′s Japanese film of the same name, the power of our combined musical output(s) and our humorous affection that plays out within each of our “Gargantuan” personalities. Both WARBEAST and myself have full length LP’s that will be released shortly after this is released, but this split is unique musically. It is a time capsule; a loud pause ‘til we both release our full length products. Enjoy the destruction of music!”
Warbeast guitarist Scott Shelby adds, “These two songs we have on War of the Gargantuas were the next level after Krush The Enemy. They’ve been a staple in our set list for the last two years. These songs are a pure demonstration of our unique Texas thrash metal style.”
Warbeast will be releasing a full length album entitled Destroy in early 2013. READ MORE
I was hemming and hawing over what kind of descriptor I should use in the headline. Should it be an LOL? Nah, because some of them aren’t funny. Should it be a Random Cool? Ehhhh….maybe? I settled on OMFG because that was pretty much my reaction looking at each photo.
You see, below you’ll find an image that features 18 yearbook photos from some of the biggest names in rock and metal. You’ve got “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Eddie Van Halen, Gene Simmons, Tom Araya, and many more. It’ll definitely get a chuckle or two! Check it out below, READ MORE
Down, which is fronted by Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo, is now streaming Down IV Part 1 – The Purple EP via Billboard. The first of four scheduled EPs, The Purple EP will be released Sept. 18th. It is the first Down release to feature Crowbar bassist Pat Bruders (who replaces Rex Brown). You can stream the album below.
Anselmo tells Billboard, “It’s obviously easier to knock out six songs rather than 12 songs. Me personally, I hate doing full-length records ’cause it drains the f*ck out of you. And (an EP) leaves ways less chance for songs that you’d consider filler songs to get through. I think it’s the healthiest way for Down to continue to get music out on a reasonable schedule.” READ MORE
In a video interview with Horns Up Rock, Headbangers Ball host Jose Mangin announced that it looks like MTV2 will be canceling their show Headbangers Ball. The question and answer come around the 7:00 minute mark in the below video.
Mangin says about MTV, “They do a lot of hip hop, and they support that music fully. They used to support rock.”
It’s actually a very true statement. The 80′s and 90′s had a ton of rock artists that got a lot of support from the mainstream. Then, as hip hop became more and more popular and took over the airwaves, support for rock and metal fell entirely to the wayside. And even though I didn’t watch much Headbangers Ball, it was comforting knowing that it was there, supporting a style of music that, while once being the king of the industry, ended up as the shunned outcast.
Ah well, such is life. I’m gonna go blast some Pantera now to brighten my day. READ MORE
Pantera and Down singer Phil Anselmo and true crime best-seller Corey Mitchell have teamed up to bring you Anselmo’s autobiography, tentatively titled Mouth For War: Pantera, Pain, & Pride – Heavy Metal Highs, Drugged Out Lows, & The Battle For My Life. Agent Jeff Herman had been shopping the book around and the proposal was picked up by Jeremie Ruby-Strauss at Gallery/Simon & Schuster. The book is tentatively scheduled for a 2014 release.
The description states that the book is, “a no-holds barred look inside of Philip’s brain, his history with Pantera, the loss of his best-friend, Dimebag Darrell, and an unflinching examination into the downward spiral of pain and drug addiction that nearly cost him his life.”
Author Mitchell was given carte blanche to interview anyone and everyone he deemed necessary to get the full story.
I, for one, am definitely excited to check out this book! Who else is interested in reading about Phil and his story? READ MORE
Yesterday brought you the first in a weeklong series of 25 Guitar Riffs That Make You NEED To Headbang. Today continues the countdown with numbers 20-16. Will your favorite make the list? Check on below for the answer and make sure to get your neck brace ready!
Check out entries 25-21 here! READ MORE
Down has premiered a new song entitled “Witchtripper” on Rolling Stone. The song comes from their upcoming title EP One, which is the first of a four-EP series (more on that here).
Singer Phil Anselmo explains that he was originally hesitant about the name of the song, “Somebody would suggest to me, ‘Hey, man, that might make a killer song title.’ And at the time I’m like, ‘You’re out of your fucking mind. There’s no way I’m gonna call a song ‘Witchtripper.’”
When the band brought the song to Anselmo, he responded, “I was like, ‘OK, check this out, you dicks. ‘Witchtripper’ you want, ‘Witchtripper’ you will get’. I laid it on them, and sure enough, they were right – it worked, as usual. So there goes the genius of Phil Anselmo. Always doubting, and I’m the last one to get it.”
You can follow the above link to read more about the song or listen to it below. READ MORE
Down, the heavy metal supergroup comprised of Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Pepper Keenan (Corrosion Of Conformity), Kirk Windstein (Crowbar), Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Superjoint Ritual), and Pat Bruders (Goatwhore), have confirmed that they are working on a collection of four EPs. These EPs will each have an individual release with a year in between so as to allow for touring and promotion. The first of these EPs, EP One, is slated for release on Sept. 18th and can be pre-ordered here.
When asked about the four EPs, Anselmo explained, “That’s the idea right now, but I think that after you work on a body of music, you need to reload, you need to refresh, you need to clear your head. Get that, digest it, get it out of your system, and then decide what direction you’re going to go. It’s a good idea and I think we should see it through. But there’s no way we can rush it. Because I think if it is a series of four, each one should be unique, and that… We’ve shown flexibility — we have songs like ‘Bury Me In Smoke’ and then we have songs like ‘Stone The Crow’… acoustic pieces and what-not… We have all that. So we’ve touched on many, I guess, dynamics, so… I would expect each EP to have its own life.”
Below is the track list for EP One as well as video performance of a new song, “The Misfortune Teller”. READ MORE
Extreme skateboarder Mike Valley has teamed up with Dimebag Hardware (the company started by Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell and girlfriend Rita Haney) to premiere the official Dimebag Darrell tribute skateboard, which you can order here. The promotional trailer for the skateboard was filmed at Dimebag and Rita’s house in Texas and features a previously unheard solo song (all parts, including vocals, done by Dimebag) from the late guitarist entitled Twisted. Check it out below and check here for more info on the skateboard. READ MORE
Last night, at the Revolver Golden Gods awards ceremony, the official video for Pantera‘s Piss was shown to the audience and viewers around the world. The song was recorded during the Vulgar Display Of Power and was recently discovered by drummer Vinnie Paul while putting together the 20th anniversary edition of said album. It is technically the first new single from the band since the Reinventing The Steel era. You can watch the video below and get the song on iTunes here.
Upon watching the video last night, I couldn’t help but feel something that I hadn’t felt in a long time. It’s an indescribable feeling, one that only fans of Pantera can understand. Hearing Phil, Vinnie, Rex, and Dimebag together again, even if it was just a remixed, remastered oldie, was something magical.
Having met and partied with Dimebag, it was also a bit painful to watch the video. It’s a stark reminder of the great loss we experienced almost 10 years ago. So even though this video is a time for celebration (we get to hear some new Pantera!), I still want to take a moment for Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Erin Halk, Jeff “Mayhem” Thompson, and Nathan Bray. R.I.P. gentlemen. READ MORE
Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, brother of guitarist Dimebag Darrell, has announced that an unreleased Pantera song, entitled Piss, will be on the upcoming Vulgar Display Of Power 20th Anniversary reissue (no official release date yet). Having been a big Pantera fan for YEARS, I’m beyond excited to hear this track! Check out some words from Vinnie below.