Posts Tagged ‘Phil Anselmo’


Superjoint will take on part two of its Caught up in the Gears of Application U.S. live takeover later this month. The tour will make its way west from San Antonio, Texas, in mid-April through mid-May, with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Support will be provided by Motor City thrashers Battlecross and noise rock eccentrics/Housecore labelmates Child Bite, also of Detroit, who both trekked out with the band during the first leg of the tour in January. See all confirmed performances below.

Superjoint recently played the For the Sick Benefit, a three-day festival-style event organized for Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams, who underwent a liver transplant last December. Check out some live footage of the band at THIS LOCATION, where you also can view the band’s recently issued video for “Caught up in the Gears of Application.” (more…)

CD-anthropocene-coverReview by Jeff Maki
The Anthropocene Extinction is a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onward), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment. Given the band’s strong stance on the environment and animal cruelty, the album title and concept should come as no surprise to existing fans, and for newcomers, the name Cattle Decapitation is not what it seems. (more…)

Philip H. Anselmo

Philip H. Anselmo

Legendary metal frontman and Housecore Records founder Philip H. Anselmo is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will head to San Antonio, Texas, at the Aztec Theater on Nov. 13 to 15, 2015. (more…)


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Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold

Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold

Celebrating its eighth annual installment, the three-day Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, is a lot to endure, but endure we did. Whether you were there as one of the 105,000 diehard rock fans of the sold-out event or, like us, to interview bands and take up shop in the photo pit, you were part of it. If you were kneeling over in the concourse as a casualty of consuming too much alcohol, if you were experiencing your first rock festival or if you were making it your personal campaign for the legalization of marijuana, you were part of it, as well. This one is history. And yes, we’re still looking for some of us.

Now that you’ve had a chance to read my preview I posted days ago, accounting some of the highlights of the long weekend, let’s talk about the actual live performances from a few of the 60 bands on the bill. (more…)


Kill Devil Hill 2014: Rex Brown, Mark Zavon, Dewey Bragg, Johnny Kelly

Interview: Johnny Kelly Part 2 – Remembering Peter Steele and Type O Negative

I think the entire metal community was surprised when bassist Rex Brown was fired/quit (whatever side you choose to believe) the Phillip Anselmo-led Down in 2011. After all, between Pantera and Down, Rex and Phil had played in bands together for parts of three decades. The departure wasn’t without its drama, as posted here, but what might have been even more surprising was Rex uniting with legendary skins-man Vinny Appice (former Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio) to form a metal “supergroup” called Kill Devil Hill that same year. Rex describes the band’s music as “like a cross between Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains and a little bit of Led Zeppelin thrown in.” Together with ex-Pissing Razors frontman Dewey Bragg and acclaimed session/touring guitarist Mark Zavon, Kill Devil Hill released its debut, self-titled album in 2012, and then Revolution Rise on Oct. 29, 2013. Not long after, it was announced that Appice had departed the new band he co-founded (on good terms it seems). But with a new record just out, Kill Devil Hill was left unable to tour and support it until they found a new drummer in March 2014, none other than former Type O Negative/A Pale Horse Named Death drummer Johnny Kelly. With Kelly in the fold, Kill Devil Hill is set with a new lineup and shows booked up.

Kelly and Brown also go way back, with Type O Negative having toured with Pantera in 1995. At that time, it would have been hard to imagine the two playing in a band together almost 20 years later. Funny how things work out.

Live Metal’s Jeff Maki recently had a lengthy chat with Kelly, so long that it had to be broken up in two parts. In part one, Kelly talks about his joining Kill Devil Hill, along with a number of other bands he’s still playing in. Did we mention he’s also the touring drummer for Danzig and has two of his own bands? Read on. (more…)

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Headbanger's Ball Breakthrough Bands

2. Pantera – “Cowboys from Hell”

RIP Dimebag Darrell. No one knew the previous incarnation of the glam Pantera, so when these Southern boys debuted with “Cowboys from Hell” from the album of the same name, it took the metal world by storm. Packed into a small club, with a crowd in a near stage-diving frenzy, Phil Anselmo and the boys slam it home live and in the process molded a new, harder, pissed-off brand of metal that led into the ’90s and changed the mold of American heavy metal.

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Philip H. Anselmo

As frontman of the legendary Pantera, inarguably one of the greatest and most important metal bands of all time, Philip H. Anselmo set a bar so high no one has reached it since. In the years following that band’s untimely end (and even while it was still active), he has expanded his musical palette in acts with varying levels of visibility, including Down, Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem. He also started his own label, Housecore, and turned his life around by kicking hard drugs. In July 2013, he released his first-ever solo effort, Walk Through Exits Only, under the moniker Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals. An all-out metallic assault that defies categorization, the record is a powerful statement that Anselmo remains a strong, vital force in today’s metal scene. When his inaugural tour with the Illegals came to the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., Greg Maki of Live Metal sat down with Anselmo backstage to discuss the new album, his upcoming autobiography and more. (more…)


Photos by Greg Maki (more…)


Rock on the Range 2012. Photos by Greg Maki. (more…)

ArsonSince his Pantera days, Phil Anselmo has been a part of several, if not dozens of bands and musical projects—so much so that he has now formed his own label, Housecore Records, to release the material he’s been stockpiling. The labels’ first release comes from his latest project, Arson Anthem. This is also the first official release I know of featuring Anslemo on guitar rather than vocals. Mike Williams of Eyehategod is on the mic here. (more…)

Down_IIIReview by Greg Maki
Let’s get one thing out of the way: Over the Under (also known as Down III, depending on who you ask) is no NOLA. The 1995 debut album by the New Orleans-based band featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera), guitarists Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity) and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar), bassist Todd Strange (Crowbar)—replaced by Pantera’s Rex Brown in 2002—and drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod), fueled by unforgettable songs like “Lifer,” “Stone the Crow” and “Bury Me in Smoke,” was an instant classic. It’s unfair to hold any band to that standard.

Now, on to our regularly scheduled review. (more…)