Phil Anselmo To Undergo Back Surgery Next Week

It looks like Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, etc.) is set to undergo back surgery once again on January 31. He confirmed the news to Jack Antonio in the below interview:

Anselmo said the following:

“I’m going under the knife next Wednesday. I’m having a follow-up surgery that’s gonna nip something that has been nagging me for the last fucking decade in the bud, and damn it, once this last little kink is ironed out, I’ll feel a whole lot better, man. Which means a better me, [and] that means more work, more gigs, more ability to do gigs, and shit like that. So that’s always wonderful.”

He also added:

“I think the only pain I have left is this one little nagging thing. I think once they zap that, shit… I guess I’ll be closest to feeling as close to normal for the first time in decades.

I’ve talked to everybody close to me and tried to explain to them that I’m gonna have to re-learn how to live life, man, on many, many different levels. It’s interesting. But it’s good. I look at it as a positive, because after a decade of the nagging thing, I’d hit a wall, and when I hit a wall, I get pissed off and I tend to hit back, and my way of hitting back is resenting my condition. Therefore I’m doing everything in my power to overcome, and I’m gonna do it, man, again. Watch.”

The operation will be done by the same surgeon that performed surgery on Anselmo in 2006.

[via Blabbermouth]


Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Stream “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” In Full

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals are streaming their new album “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” in full. You can check that out, along with a performance video for “Finger Me” over at Revolver. The album will be released tomorrow (January 26).

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Premiere New Song “Delinquent”

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals have premiered a new song titled “Delinquent,” via Loudwire. This song is from their new album “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue,” which will be released on January 26.

Click the LINK to go to the stream.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Premiere New Song “The Ignorant Point”

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals have premiered a new song titled “The Ignorant Point.” This song is from their new album “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue,” which will be released on January 26. Anselmo told Revolver the following:

“‘The Ignorant Point‘ is a tip of the hat to today’s top-notch, morally-sincere, trustworthy news agencies, websites, bloggers, etc. that have kept the public in such great spirits with their dedication to truth and honest … Burp. Keep up the good work, bullshit artists. We’ve got our collective eyes on you.”

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Premiere New Song “Choosing Mental Illness”, Reveal Details For New Album

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals have premiered a new song titled “Choosing Mental Illness.” This song is from the new album “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue,” which will be released on January 26.

“Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” Track Listing:

01. “Little Fucking Heroes”
02. “Utopian”
03. “Choosing Mental Illness”
04. “The Ignorant Point”
05. “Individual”
06. “Delinquent”
07. “Photographic Taunts”
08. “Finger Me”
09. “Invalid Colubrine Frauds”
10. “Mixed Lunatic Results”

Anselmo commented:

“It ain’t pretty, It’s more straightforward and cohesive to a degree, but it still goes off the rails here and there. We went through it song after song cut and fucking dry. I was in a specific mindset. I wanted to further my endeavors into a genre of music that I adore. As all ten songs blow by, I wanted an unforgiving feel. This is what was on my mind. It’s a recorded capsule of time.”

He also added the following about Stephen Taylor (Superjoint), Mike DeLeon (Flesh Horder, etc.), Walter Howard (Grieved, etc.), and Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez (Superjoint/Warbeast), who all contributed to the effort:

“Their creative input is fucking fantastic. This is something that was very different from the first record where I was very staunch. I wanted it to be ugly. I was very firm that I was writing every fucking note. The thought was, ‘This is my contribution to ugly music right this second in a heavy metal vein.’ That was great at the time.

Walk Through Exits Only made its own little statement that I am a free agent and I belong to no single band. This time, I worked closely with everyone. We tried different ideas together. It made the spirit of this thing come alive even more because of the enthusiasm these guys bring. It enhanced the integrity of the project.”

He continued:

“Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue is going to get hated. It’s going to get loved. Like every record I’ve ever done, I put zero expectations upon my peers, critics, or the general fucking public. If you take one thing away from it, let it be this: Do not bog yourself down to one brand, character, or whatever. Have the guts to spread your wings and fucking flourish.

I can promise you this is a beginning. As my music trickles out over the next two years, it’s going to be quite the roller coaster ride. This new ILLEGALS is just the tip of the whole fucking avalanche.”

Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals To Release New Album “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” In December

Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals will release their new album “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” in December. Stay tuned for more details.

Phil Anselmo Offers Update On Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals/Discusses Scour

In a recent interview with Metal Underground, Phil Anselmo offered an update on Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals. The band has been working on new material, and have apparently parted ways with Marzi Montazeri.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Rex_84: In addition to the festival and Superjoint tour you’re also involved in other projects like Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals. You recently hired a new guitarist, a friend of mine, Mike DeLeon. I understand you had a short list of names for this guitar spot. What led you to choose him?

Anselmo: Mostly from his association with my drummer, Blue [José Manuel Gonzalez] and my other guitar player/bass player from Superjoint Steve [Taylor]. Steve Taylor was constantly saying, “DeLeon is the guy. DeLeon is the guy. He wants it the most! He wants it the most!” I trust them. I trust their judgment. I trust their intuition. So far, every time DeLeon has come to jam it has been serious grinding. He takes a good beating, man. He’s great. He’s a pleasure to work with.

Rex_84: Can you talk a little about Marzi Montazeri and what happened with him?

Anselmo: Not really. It’s not really worth it, really. What I wanted to do with Marzi anyway was jump start his career, which I did. He’s the type of guy that needs to be the focal point of pretty much anything he does. So he’s got that now and I’m happy for him. More power to him.

Rex_84: Are you writing new material with this band?

Anselmo: Fuck yes! Definitely. It’s fucking SCATHING! It’s going to be absolutely horrible for some. It’s gonna be miserable for others. For others, maybe they’ll get it. It’s fast. I’ll say that. It’s unforgiving, that’s all that I’ll say.

In other news, he also commented on his new project Scour:

Rex_84: Lastly, you recently announced a new band called Scour with members of Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation.

Anselmo: They asked me to sing on four songs. Everybody is freaking out on it. Really, it’s just another project to broaden the resume, I guess. I’m a free agent. The only bands I tour with are Down and Superjoint. The Illegals when we have the opportunity. But I’ve got a lot of different irons in the fire. Scour is going to be fun. In my opinion, I think I can knock that shit out pretty quick. Then I’ve got two other bands I really wish I could talk about right now. Those are some collaborations with some very respected musicians in the underground. It’s my pleasure to work with them. You will know more about it when word gets out.