Scion A/V is offering an exclusive PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS song download titled "Pigs Kissing Pigs". Check it out using the SoundCloud widget below.
The single release celebrates the inaugural edition of Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film And Music Festival, which kicks off on Thursday in Austin, Texas and sees Scion A/V as the presenting sponsor. "Ugly Mug", another previously unreleased track from the band, was made available on Tuesday via MetalSucks, with both songs available at the festival as a limited-edition 10-inch.
Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA) and true crime author Corey Mitchell are curating the festival, explaining they wanted to provide horror and heavy metal fans a place to congregate amongst thousands of like-minded souls. The pair has amassed an amazing array of both established artists such as DOWN, GWAR, GOBLIN and the MELVINS alongside an impressive group of newcomers including PIG DESTROYER, PALLBEARER and WHITECHAPEL. The festival's film component is equally impressive with 35mm screenings of Jörg Buttgereit's "Nekromantik", Jim VanBebber's "Deadbeat At Dawn" and Coffin Joe's "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul".
Anselmo's first-ever solo album, "Walk Through Exits Only", sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip's New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales — "Walk Through Exits Only" is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.
Asked why he felt the need to start another band outside of DOWN, Anselmo told The Washington Times: "If you look at DOWN, we're made up of three different bands, EYEHATEGOD and CROWBAR and whatever the fuck Pepper's [Keenan, guitar] doing, you know; he does a lot of different things. So, we have this flexibility of freedom and dead time is lame. Instead of starting some fucking other band, you know, branding it with a name and having to have people buy into a whole new name, this is something I wanted to do for the long term and something I can do long term because I don't want any other fucking projects. That's the beauty of having a solo band. I can really do what I want. So, 'Walk Through Exits Only' is one expression of music. We have another EP coming out in October that's really completely different than anything that I've put out. And then we're gonna get even more different and base it off the fuckin' mood I'm in, you know? Jesus, It could be an all-acoustic, spoon-playing, flute-playing fuckin', oh man, any type of fuckin' music. I can do it if I feel like doing it. The only two bands I'm in right now, tangibly that I'm going to be working with and putting out records with is DOWN and the solo band. So, it's easy."