Philip H. Anselmo is omnipresent these days. He just released the Red EP with Scour, has been touring with Superjoint, and has now announced a new album with Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals.
The follow-up to 2013’s Walk Through Exits Only, Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue finds Anselmo backed by Stephen Taylor (Superjoint) on guitar, Mike DeLeon (Flesh Horder, Being Killed, ex-MOD et al) on guitar, Walter Howard (Grieved, Oppressive Force) on bass, and Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez (Superjoint, Warbeast) on drums. The frontman writes of the album:
It ain’t pretty. It’s more straightforward and cohesive to a degree, but it still goes off the rails here and there. We went through it song after song cut and fucking dry. I was in a specific mindset. I wanted to further my endeavors into a genre of music that I adore. As all 10 songs blow by, I wanted an unforgiving feel. This is what was on my mind. It’s a recorded capsule of time.
Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue is going to get hated. It’s going to get loved. Like every record I’ve ever done, I put zero expectations upon my peers, critics, or the general fucking public. If you take one thing away from it, let it be this: Do not bog yourself down to one brand, character, or whatever. Have the guts to spread your wings and fucking flourish. I can promise you this is a beginning. As my music trickles out over the next two years, it’s going to be quite the roller coaster ride. This new ILLEGALS is just the tip of the whole fucking avalanche.
Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue will be released on January 28 via Housecore Records in North America and Season of Mist in Europe. Listen to the title track from the album below, and pre-order Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue here.