Philip H. Anselmo/Warbeast
War of the Gargantuas Split EP
Despite my inability to get into the last Down release, I truly love Phil Anselmo. Is he batshit crazy? Ya, probably. Is he a joke or what he once was? I don’t think so, but that might be just wishful thinking. Is he still capable of putting out crushingly heavy music? Without a fucking doubt. What proof do I have? Philip H. Anselmo/Warbeast – War of the Gargantuas Split EP. Will this be the last question answer set? Yes.
Although Down has been putting out music at a steady peace for the last few years, I still desperately the shreaking/desperate/murderous Phil vocals ala “Suicide note Pt. 1” and “Sandblasted Skin”. While I guess you could say some of that was available with Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem, it’s good to finally hear him doing some heavier, metal-based stuff. Apparently this is a precursor to a proper solo full-length (with his band The Illegals) ...which I’m now stoked to hear!
As for the other band, Warbeast, I’m thoroughly impressed. Before this release I had heard of them, knew they were from Texas, and had been around a while, but I had never checked them out before....and shame on me for that. They are extreme, sludgy, and fucking rip. If you haven’t checked them out yet, do yourself a favour and pick up this release.
In short, I was pleasantly surprised by Warbeast and finally realized how much I love and miss Phil-fronted metal. It’s only 4 songs, but these are 4 songs worth checking out.
Philcore for Philcore.
Buy it here.