Phil Anselmo Reveals First Solo Track

"On this album, there isn't any wordplay, there isn't any hidden message, it's all right there in front of you," says Phil.

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Phil Anselmo, legendary frontman of Pantera and Down, will release his career-first solo album, "Walk Through Exits Only," on July 16 via his own Housecore Records (MRI/Megaforce), Blabbermouth reports.

The album was produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip's New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair, with his band The Illegals - guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual) and drummer José Manuel Gonzales (Warbeast). The first album track, "Usurper's Bastard Rant," is now available for streaming using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of RollingStone.Com).

"It wasn't about doing a paint-by-numbers thrash or heavy metal record," Anselmo explained 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."

In a recent interview with UK's Terrorizer magazine, Anselmo was asked what prompted him to make a solo CD now. "I am a lover of all sorts of music but really my heart is ... really I love extreme music, underground music, whether it be grindcore, death metal, thrash, black metal, [or whatever other] subgenre, and I find beauty in a lot of this stuff," he replied.

"I wanted to do an extreme record that didn't necessarily fit in any of those aforementioned categories, really, but it's metal. It's very tough for me to describe, man. I really wanted to do an extreme record again. I did it out of pure, f--king need - need - and love. I just needed to do it for myself."

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    Badass. Anselmo is as intense as ever. This is not as good as the tracks from the split though. Gets kinda repetitive.
    wat I'm not going to criticize because it's not my preferred genre. I, personally, wouldn't listen to it.
    The song is pretty bad, at least for me, but oh my god, the low end on this track is amazing...
    I think I went into this like everyone else, thinking I was gonna hear something like Pantera or Down, but not quite. It could definitely be better, but then again, I'm not a huge fan of extreme metal, but Pantera is one of my favorite bands and it's nice to see Anselmo bringing us anther full metal assault on our eardrums.
    Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual) WTF? Marzi wasn't on SJR, it was Kevin Bond and Jimmy Bower.
    Saw an episode of TMS with him on it. He's a funny ****ing guy. Anyways, can't wait for the new record.
    Good to hear some SJR-esque metal from phil again. But id rather here a new down ep. hopefully he'll drop both this year
    My Last Words
    I don't think Phil was planning to appeal to as much people as possible with this record, taken the fact that this sounds like Superjoint II. That being said, I like the track but the split had some better ones. Also, I feel like solo's are a bit out of place here, but that's just me..
    I don't know if it's just me, but the vocals don't seem to gel with the rest of the song. Almost as though they've taken the vocals from another song and put them over an instrumental track. His consideration for the rhythm in Pantera was awesome, but I'm not getting it here. Just a personal observation.
    actually had the very same feeling, and that's just cause for some odd reason the vocals have a lot of echo/reverb while the rest of the instrumentation is mixed super dry which is a really odd, if not bad mix choice