Philip H. Anselmo, legendary frontman of PANTERA and DOWN, will release his first career solo album, ‘Walk Through Exits Only,’ on July 19th via Season of Mist in partnership with Anselmo’s own Housecore Records. ‘Walk Through Exits Only’ features artwork from Vance Kelly (DOWN, THE SWORD, HUNTRESS) and will be available on limited digipak CD and limited edition vinyl including an exclusive, limited-to-150 grey/red haze LP, as well as digitally. The artwork for ‘Walk Through Exits Only’ can be viewed here.
Produced by Philip Anselmo and Michael Thompson (DOWN), and recorded over the past couple of years at his New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS – guitarist Marzi Montazeri, bassist Bennet Bartley, and drummer Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzales – ‘Walk Through Exits Only’ is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo. The album’s eight songs are as unrestrained as it gets, from “Battalion of Zero” to “Usurper’s Bastard Rant,” to the album’s crushing title track. Brash, brutal guitars cut through punishing percussion as Anselmo screams with uncompromising ferocity and uncontainable fire.
“It wasn’t about doing a paint-by-numbers thrash or heavy metal record,” Anselmo explains about the project. “It’s an angry album that only I could do. I don’t see anybody else out there screaming about the same shit I’m screaming about. On this album, there isn’t any wordplay, there isn’t any hidden message, it’s all right there in front of you.”
Anselmo and THE ILLEGALS will support the new album, ‘Walk Through Exits Only,’ with a major North American tour planned for this summer and a European tour following later. Anselmo, who is up for Best Vocalist at this year’s Revolver Golden Gods awards, will make a special appearance at that event.
On ‘Walk Through Exits Only’ and over his entire career, Anselmo hasn’t just paved his own path, he’s bulldozed it with his bare hands.