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Bill + Phil: “Songs of Darkness And Despair” EP Review

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Bill + Phil: “Songs of Darkness And Despair” EP Review

A pair of legends in their respective fields team up and share their talents on the six-track EP, Songs of Darkness and Despair.  

Horror movie fans are no stranger to Bill Moseley, who has appeared in cult favorites such as House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. Phil Anselmo needs no introduction to metal fans, having fronted Pantera, as well as other projects like Superjoint and Down.

Despite Anselmo’s name in the title of the project, Moseley provides the lead vocals on all the tracks. While Moseley wrote the lyrics, Anselmo wrote the music (along with Stephen Berrigan of Eyehategod fame), and the Southern-sludge influence is definitely noticeable. “Dirty Eye” kicks the EP off with a heavy, thick guitar groove that’ll get your head bobbing right away. However, the mood shifts on the next track. “I saw a seagull eat the sun, It barely melted on its tongue,” is how “Corpus Crispy” starts, and it is reminiscent of a bad acid trip in searing desert heat. “Catastrophic,” with its spoken word vocals, sounds like a down-tuned, slow Southern version of Suicidal Tendencies‘ “Institutionalized.”  The darkness and despair from the EP title really come through here, and Moseley’s lyrics are full of anger as well. “Widder Woman” is a 30-second interlude that doesn’t fit in with anything else on the EP, but then again, that’s the point.

Knockin’ up the widder woman
Wondering what she’s gonna have
Will it be a human being?
Will it be a two-head calf?
Will it be a baked potato or a dragon breathing ice?
Knockin’ up the widder woman
That’s a birth with a price

“Tonight’s The Night We Die” is a beautifully arranged piece featuring a lead acoustic guitar backed by an electric guitar counter rhythm. The lyrics seem to tell the story of a couple who’ve been together for a long time, but know the end is near. You’ll need to listen to the whole song to find out what happens, but knowing Moseley’s penchant for terror, it shouldn’t come as a shock. “Bad Donut” is the up-tempo, almost punk sounding closer, and Moseley’s lyrics deliver hate-filled scorn in an aggressive, in-your-face way to an unknown person.

Although darkness and despair are the prevalent themes in this collection, I found myself enjoying it immensely. Kudos to Anselmo for putting together the perfect musical arrangement to Moseley’s uneasy and at times creepy lyrics.

Songs of Darkness and Despair is out now on Housecore RecordsBuy it here!


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