[SONG REVIEW] Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals – “Usurper’s Bastard Rant”

As the two tracks released on the split album with Warbeast, War of the Gargantuas, were brutal, aggressive, and heavier than the Titanic, the latest from renowned metal vocalist Phil Anselmo’s solo project follows suit.  From Anselmo’s forthcoming full-length release, Walk Through Exits Only, “Usurper’s Bastard Rant” incorporates elements from Reinventing The Steel-era Pantera, NOLA-era Down, and Superjoint Ritual to create one angry musical bastard child.

Anselmo has done some amazing work in music.  From performing in his own bands to singing with Alice In Chains before William DuVall’s recruitment to playing Pantera’s “This Love” with former band mate Rex Brown and the entirety of Anthrax at the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards, Anselmo has participated in many entertaining endeavors.  With that said, “Usurper’s Bastard Rant” is no exception.  If most of the songs on Walk Through Exits Only are this well-composed and exceptionally interesting, it may very well be in the running for many “Best of 2013” lists.

It is great to see and hear that Anselmo is undeniably sticking to his roots with this solo project.  It would be pretty foolish of him to write a country album, especially with his success in heavy metal music.  Therefore, that is always reassuring to know.  Although, he has only released three songs from this project thus far, so it is possible there is some country and perhaps R&B on Walk Through Exits Only.  Let’s hope not.

Walk Through Exits Only will be released on July 16th via Anselmo’s own record label, Housecore Records.  “Usurper’s Bastard Rant” can be heard here.  His recently announced tour dates can be found here.

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