Like the fashionable male that I am, I have come late to the party. I am posting some music I planned to review on time, but due to extenuating circumstances (life, money), I am posting them late, because hey, better late than never.
Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue”
Phil Anselmo needs no introduction, and the only thing that should be discussed about metals southern Renaissance Man is his unsubtle racist actions and his denials and apologies that come immediately afterward. This is a review, so I must do my best to be objective, his band the Illegals have released a new album, titled “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue.”
This album show Phil’s love for the extreme music genre, the one that started to peak through at random moments on his previous bands albums. It shows immensely here on the vocals, as you can hear Phil’s classic snarl and growl, but he also uses more of a deeper tone, one that invokes death metal and black metal. It is quite interesting and different from any other post-Pantera band, and thank the fucking gods it isn’t Hellyeah or any of the other mainstream type shit that came out.
The music is good, although it is a metric crap-ton of blast beats and good drumming mixed in with an overly hardy dose of tremolo picking and 16th notes. Seriously, the guitarist is good but his pick hand has one speed. Listening to this, I could not help but add for a little variety in that department.
Overall it is a good record and well done. The vocals fit, the music is metal, down to the basic sense of the term. It can get a little bland and needs some salt, but over all it is quite decent. This album should continue to shut down the people who question a good post-Pantera band. Now if we can figure out Phil’s shit ideas on race and humor we may be all set.
The best Pantera album is “Far Beyond Driven,” not “Vulgar Display of Power.” Fight me on that shit.
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Label: HouseCore Records
Favorite Track: “Finger Me”
For Fans Of: It’s Phil Anselmo. You know if you will like it or not.
King Witch “Under The Mountain”
A Debut EP! King Witch fall into the long hair doom group who listened to classic heavy metal and doom while also listening to 80’s arena rock and shred. This new crop of rockers know their riffs and song writing and know how to play. “Under The Mountain” has a lot of tasty riffs and great drumming, showing a band that can be technical while also being great song writers.
The singing is a gonna be the draw, as Lara Donnelly channels her inner Candlemass to create soaring vocals that could easily be the anchor for the band and the staple. She does a great job, and only serves to support the awesome music that these guys create. The only issue is that the music tends to overstay a riff or tempo, which would work if their technical 80’s flash didn’t present it self in various times. This causes a schizophrenic feel, which is unintended (I hope) for this band.
All in all, solid work. Come to revel in the 80’s glory, stick around for the impressive songwriter and vocals, notice the technicality that isn’t mere jerking off notes. Seriously, this album is pretty good and caught me by surprise.
Release Date: February 9, 2018
Label: Listenable Records
Favorite Tracks: “Solitary”, “Under The Mountain”
For Fans Of: Candlemass