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.