Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals recently confirmed that they will be releasing their new album, Choosing Mental Illness, on January 24th via Housecore Records. Along with that announcement came the title track, and thanks to Revolver, you can hear another vicious new song today. Continue reading
Bruce Corbitt may have performed his final show with Warbeast in May, but the Texas thrashers still had one last gig booked at The Rail Club this past Friday night. With help from the likes of Philip H. Anselmo, Edwin (Hitchhiker) Neal, and Wayne Abney of Hammer Witch, their final show was a fitting tribute to Bruce, and the band’s legacy in the heavy metal scene. Continue reading
After over thirty years in the scene, Philip H. Anselmo remains one of the biggest names in the business. From his time fronting Pantera, to his numerous other projects, Phil’s love of music has taken him in several directions over the years, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. One of his newest projects, Scour, absolutely destroyed Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn last week, and before their set I got to speak with the legendary vocalist about everything going on in the world of Phil. The front man reveals that new music from Scour and The Illegals is coming, hints at two other projects, talks about his special performance with Warbeast next month, shares his opinion on the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight, and much, much more. Continue reading
Bruce Corbitt may have performed his final show with Warbeast last month, but the Texas thrashers still have one last gig coming up in July. The band’s CD release party will be taking place on Friday, July 14th at The Rail Club in Ft. Worth, Texas, and since Bruce will not be able to perform, the vocals will be handled by none other than Philip H. Anselmo, Edwin (Hitchhiker) Neal, and Wayne Abney of Hammer Witch. Continue reading
Recently recovered from a life-saving liver transplant – metal survivor Mike IX Williams of EyeHateGod returns to the stage this weekend, first tonight at Berserker Fest in Pontiac, Michigan alongside Off!, Negative Approach, GWAR, The Obsessed, Fuck You Pay Me and many more. Then the band will play a string of headline dates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York this weekend, with additional booked shows for next month in Louisiana and Texas. Mike IX chatted with Ghost cult Chief Editor Keith Chachkes about his current health, his transplant surgery, recovery, and getting back on stage!Continue reading
One thing that is apparent as we grind down to the end of 2016 in the music world, is the dearth of quality legacy acts. Sure there are some great bands still kicking around and the dad metal crowd will always love the reunions that seem to be on tour forever. It’s definitely tough be nostalgic when you don’t have time to miss anyone. So when a quality act like Superjoint makes a comeback, you need to pay attention to it.Continue reading
Phil Anselmo granted his first proper interview since his now infamous usage of racist gestures and phrases at this year’s ‘Dimebash‘ event to Decibel Magazine, and the entire chat is now online. Continue reading
Detroit sludge punkers Child Bite have released a new music video for their song, ‘Vermin Mentality’ The video clip features an all-star cast of horror move personalities like Bill Moseley, Wayne Alon Scott, and more. You can see the clip from Bloody Disgusting below:Continue reading
Reactivated hardcore metallers Superjoint, formerly known as Superjoint Ritual, have entered the recording studio based on a series of photos posted to band photographer and friend Jody Dorignac’s Instagram account. The photos depict the band recording at Philip H. Anselmo’s home studio and Housecore Records headquarters, Nodferatu’s Lair. The new Superjoint album, the first in over twelve years, is due out some time next year.
In a series of interviews, Anselmo has discussed the return of Superjoint and making a new album:
Phil with Full Metal Jackie:
“It won’t sound any different, because myself, Jimmy and Kevin have always been the main writers in Superjoint anyway, so, really — for the most part, really, me and Jimmy. So it shouldn’t sound much different at all.”
Discussing the return of the band with the Phoenix New Times ahead of their tour opening date for Danzig’s “Blackest of the Black Tour” this past fall, Phil was asked why the bands shows were better than ever: In a recent interview with“So-briety! [Laughs] Simply put. Sobriety.”
“You know, originally we were plugging along with Superjoint, truth is, and I’m not a bit embarrassed or ashamed to admit it at all, I really don’t remember much about Superjoint from back then except for little pieces. I was fucked up out of my fucking mind on heavy drugs … and the overindulgence of booze. These days, don’t get me wrong, I like my suds and I like a bit of the white grape…. But I think every damn one of us has a much clearer mind. A much more stable support system within that realm. And we’re all veterans now, man. We’ve been through the lowest of times together, and this group of people — specifically, [guitarist] Jimmy Bower and [bassist] Kevin Bond — when it was time to say ‘fuck this road to destruction,’ we all kind of did that together. We all came off of heavy drugs at the same time. So I think there’s this strength with knowledge there about what not to do. So really it just happened from our clear minds and fresh blood there. It’s a positive thing. It feels like it’s fun again, and isn’t that the point? If you’re going to make music and you’re having fun while you’re doing it, nothing in this world cane deter from that.”
“I would just say, as far as energy goes, we know from being in the scene for 20, 30 years that we don’t have to get up there and jump around and dance around for the kids anymore. All we need to do is throw our amps and drums up on stage… And play the music as tight as possible with no bullshit, man. Just lay it on them. And during this [fall], we’re also going to be doing a multitude of shows with the mighty Glenn Danzig, who I’ve been friends with, for, geez, 25 years. He’s always been a complete gentleman and supporter of myself and what I do. You look at a set like that … our game plan is to rip it song after song after song, with nary a break. And we will always have interaction with the audience because I love that part as well. But it comes down to leading people with a positive impression and playing as many songs as possible.”
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On Saturday we were running a little late to the venue for Housecore Horror Festival III. I made it just in time to catch most of NAILS’ set, most of which Todd Jones was visibly displeased the entire time. While dozens of kids could be spotted wearing their hardcore and metal shirts all around San Antonio, the floor of the theater was lightly peppered with kids there to watch the band. Coupled with the fact that there was little to no moshing, or just overall lack of general mayhem during their caustic performance, it was leaving a bad taste in Jones’ mouth.
Catching only snippets of Poison Idea and Crippled Bastards, we jumped over to see Providence, RI power-violence group Dropdead. Seeing our fellow New Englanders in the south was cool. Dropdead are here with a message, and that message hasn’t changed, nor will it ever; says singer Bob Otis. Otis is also the main lyricist and mouthpiece of the group, and he made a speech about animal cruelty and corporate greed. The group wants you to leave their shows informed, if anything. After getting crushed by Crowbar, then sped back up again by Negative Approach, we close in on the headliners of the night , Corrosion of Conformity, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and New York’s own Suffocation.
COC, back with Pepper Keenan at the helm, had a setlist full of classic tunes ending with ‘Clean My Wounds’. Jesus then showed up to clean the crowds wounds and sung with Pepper, followed by stage diving off both ends of the stage to “bless” the theater. To the untrained eye, ANB look like four people standing around waiting for something to happen. But as soon at the lights dim and the projector flashes their name, the audible noise of our butt holes tightening with excitement shadowed the opening notes of the set. It was strangely entertaining to see such a large stage completely devoid of a drum kit, yet welcome.
Suffocation began much like that of ANB, a few people standing on stage waiting for the go ahead amidst sound checking. Once the OK was given, the lights go down and the grindcore onslaught began. Shortly before the small tour they embarked on leading to Texas, the Suffo guys asked the fans what songs they wanna hear in an online poll, and boy did they deliver. From classics to more recent jams, few songs were spared. A love song, ‘Entrails of You’, seemingly penned by Ed Gein himself for a long since passed lover was a highlight.
Sunday Funday! Day three of the festival and the wear and tear is starting to show on just about everyone, but spirits remain high. Maybe they were just waiting for the headliners or even just to hang out and shop upstairs at the booths in the convention floor. By the way I got a great haul of shirts, patches, and the god-like Boss HM-2 guitar pedal; the most Swedish of all metal pedals! The fest had great vendors with booths both local and internationally based. Often times it was hard to traverse due to hall size and all the people, but with a little courtesy and sucking in of the gut, the metal head marches on! After being preoccupied with a handful of other tasks and waiting in lines, I got to chit-chat with horror film legend Mr. Bill Mosley for a bit before heading back over to the stage,
Next up was the barrage that is Author & Punisher. Tristan Shone was joined onstage by tour mates Muscle and Marrow for a song, but was mostly accompanied by projections and skewed video segments. They were followed by YOB who were flawless, even with a sick Mike Schiedt. Had he not told me himself that he was ill, I’d have never known.
Shortly after YOB’s set I caught up with Mike to have a chat and we found ourselves at Whataburger a block away. We got to talking about touring, music and the state of metal. We discussed the weekend so far and previous tours they had been on, and our mutual love and admiration for Neurosis. In short Mike was my own personal Yoda for an hour and I couldn’t have been happier. Next I briefly checked out Autopsy and Incantation and while both are awesome and historic in their own right, at this stage of the game I was so tired every thing was blurring together tonally. Old school death metal just wasn’t for me that night. To close out the weekend Dawn Of The Dead was screened with the live film score to accompany the film performed by Goblin. Unfortunately by this time it was getting close to midnight, and the walk to the hotel was getting longer. My hotel bed was actually starting to look comfy.
The long trip was totally worth it, and I’m very honored to have gone and shared this weekend with both the bands, the fans, and fellow metal heads. Thanks to the staff of TheAztec Theater for being both friendly caring, and above all professional. Lastly every one behind the scenes working with Philip Anselmo to put the Housecore Horror Festival III together.
WORDS BY ANDREW FRANCIS