PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS: Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue Streaming In Full At Revolver

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS: Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue Streaming In Full At Revolver Alongside A Live Video Of “Finger Me;” Record To Drop Friday Via Housecore Records
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“…Fifty minutes of gnarly, vicious extreme metal…” — Revolver
 
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The wait is nearly over! Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue, the raging new full-length from PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, will descend upon the masses this Friday, January 26th. Revolver is offering up an advance taste of the record alongside a live video of “Finger Me.”
Hear Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue now courtesy of Revolver at THIS LOCATION.
Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue will see release on CD, vinyl, and digital formats in North America via Housecore Records and in Europe by Season Of Mist. Physical preorder bundles are currently available via the Housecore Store at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, point your browser HERE.
PHILIP H. ANSELMO hasn’t just paved his own path; he’s bulldozed it with his bare hands. His primal, powerful presence led Pantera to Grammy Award nominations, sales of twenty million albums worldwide, legions of diehard fans, and an indisputable heavy metal legacy. Simultaneously, Down carved out a distinct niche with a gold-selling debut and three more critically acclaimed releases. Superjoint made a triumphant return in 2016 and in the midst of everything, ANSELMO joined Scour alongside members of Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation and teamed up with horror icon Bill Moseley for the Bill & Phil project. However, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS speaks to a certain need for him.
Instead of treading the same ground, ANSELMO and his bandmates in THE ILLEGALS, open up another doorway altogether with their 2018 sophomore release, Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue. It’s extreme, abrasive, aggressive, and anthemic. In other words, it’s purely ANSELMO.
Following up 2013’s Walk Through Exits Only, this new body of work hinges on no holds-barred lyrical misanthropy and insurgent instrumental intricacy as it sharpens any and all edges to guillotine precision. “It ain’t pretty,” ANSELMO exclaims. “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 ten songs blow by, I wanted an unforgiving feel. This is what was on my mind. It’s a recorded capsule of time.”
Following a successful maiden touring cycle for THE ILLEGALS, the frontman hunkered down at his home studio in Louisiana to record what would become Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue in 2014 and 2015. The lineup shifted as Stephen Taylor (Superjoint) transitioned from bass to guitar, Mike DeLeon (Flesh Horder, Being Killed, ex-MOD et al) joined as a guitarist, and Walter Howard (Grieved, Oppressive Force) took over bass duties. Meanwhile, Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez (Superjoint, Warbeast) held down the drums. Through rigorous rehearsals and writing sessions, a framework for the new music took shape as ANSELMO wholeheartedly welcomed the ideas of his cohorts.
“Their creative input is fucking fantastic,” beams ANSELMO. “This is something that was very different from the first record where I was very staunch. I wanted it to be ugly. I was very firm that I was writing every fucking note. The thought was, ‘This is my contribution to ugly music right this second in a heavy metal vein.’ That was great at the time. Walk Through Exits Only made its own little statement that I am a free agent and I belong to no single band. This time, I worked closely with everyone. We tried different ideas together. It made the spirit of this thing come alive even more because of the enthusiasm these guys bring. It enhanced the integrity of the project.”
“Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue hits with all the subtlety of a jackhammer in the forehead. This is unquestionably one of the angriest and heaviest albums of ANSELMO‘s career.” — Exclaim
“An ever-shifting fusillade of extreme groove prog…” — Decibel
 
“…strong, powerful and ugly…this record has everything one would want from a PHILIP H. ANSELMO project – testosterone-filled, aggressive, no-nonsense metal with attitude… some of the heaviest, most brutal metal he has created to date…” — Metal Nexus
 
“…an album that is pure mayhem on the surface and sublimely intelligent underneath.” — The Void Report
 
“…heavy, vicious and angry…a perfect storm of extreme metal chaos…” — Hellbound
 
“The sheer anger PHIL communicates in his most crushing vocal lines and the mind melting assault of these tracks speaks of a world few of us are truly comfortable with. ANSELMO and the gang are pulling apart societies problems and forcing us to choke on them.” — Two Guys Metal Reviews
 
“…a brutal album, heavy in attack but chaotic in style and grandeur.” — The Rock Pit
 
“Every song is full of relentless anxiety, tension, and malice. Seeking solace is not in the cards as the death-tinged hardcore brutality within this album is terrifying. However, there is a bit of a cathartic release that only the tortured vocals of PHIL ANSELMO can provide.” — Metal Wani
 

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EDENBRIDGE Sign With Steamhammer/SPV

Austrian Symphonic Metal Band EDENBRIDGE signed a new worldwide deal with german based company Steamhammer/SPV.

Bandleader and composer Lanvall comments: “We are extremely happy and proud to be part of the SPV family. After several months of meetings we feel that the title of our new album “The Bonding” fits perfectly into our new home. Our fans should expect a new album filled with emotional and powerful music and a mystical artwork which will form a unity with the message of the album.”

A&R Steamhammer Olly Hahn adds:” Edenbridge were always a band way ahead and I´m happy that they decided to join the SPV family. Together we will create some exciting things for the new album which will present the band in a light which they deserve!”

The new album “The Bonding” will be released on June 21st in Germany, June 24th in Europe and in the US/Canada on July 2nd. It will be available as a limited edition ecol book with a bonus CD and some exciting extras, double gatefold colored vinyl with printed inner sleeves, jewel case version and download.

For more info visit:
http://www.edenbridge.org
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AWOLNATION ANNOUNCE 2013 SPRING U.S. TOUR

TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 18th
AWOLNATION has announced the dates of their upcoming Spring U.S. concert tour. The band has confirmed 30 new shows beginning in March and running through April. Blondfire will serve as the main support act on most dates with Mother Mother to open. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18th. All confirmed U.S. shows are listed below. Recently, the band has been in the studio working on the eagerly anticipated follow up to their debut album Megalithic Symphony (Red Bull Records) and will be performing several new songs in their live set including “This Kid’s Not Alright,” “Some Kind Of Joke???,” and “Cannibals,” alongside their platinum-certified hit “Sail,” and crowd favorites “Not Your Fault” and “Kill Your Heroes.”

AWOLNATION is currently prepping for their first European tour of the new year slated to kick off January 16th in Helsinki, Finland. The band will perform 23 dates overseas hitting Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, and the United Kingdom.

The band capped off a banner 2012 charting three Top 10 singles from their debut album while relentlessly working on the road for more than 250 days worldwide. Highlights include their sold-out headline “Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate” U.S. tour, an awe-inspiring performance at The Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, as well as massive festival slots at Coachella, Rock am Ring/Rock im Park in Germany, Bumbershoot and more.

AWOLNATION’s debut album Megalithic Symphony has been on the Billboard charts for 92 weeks, topping the Billboard Independent Albums chart seven separate times in 2012, having sold more than 330,000 copies. The debut smash single, “Sail” is fast approaching double platinum with nearly two million in digital sales. The track was also recently certified triple platinum in Canada – where the album is certified gold.

Led by musical architect and vocalist Aaron Bruno, AWOLNATION features keyboard/guitarist Kenny Carkeet, drummer Hayden Scott and Drew Stewart on guitar. The band’s debut album Megalithic Symphony is currently available in stores and online.

AWOLNATION CONFIRMED SPRING U.S. TOUR DATES:
(All dates with Blondfire and Mother Mother except where noted*)

DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
March 8 Wild West Lubbock, TX
March 9 The White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
March 10 Brewster Street Ice House Corpus Christi, TX
March 12 House of Blues New Orleans, LA * w/Mother Mother only
March 13 Florida Theatre of Gainesville Gainesville, FL * AWOLNATION only
March 15 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 16 Ponte Verda Concert Hall Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
March 18 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC * w/Mother Mother only
March 19 The Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC
March 20 The NorVa Norfolk, VA
March 22 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA
March 23 House of Blues Atlantic City, NJ
March 24 Rapids Theater Niagara Falls, NY
March 26 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
March 27 House of Blues Cleveland, OH * w/Mother Mother only
March 29 Marathon Music Works Nashville, TN
March 30 Gillioz Theatre Springfield, MO
April 1 Blue Note Columbia, MO
April 2 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
April 3 Liberty Hall Lawrence, KS
April 5 The Cotillion Ballroom Wichita, KS
April 8 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
April 9 The Vault Sioux Falls, SD
April 10 The Venue Fargo, ND
April 12 Babcock Theatre Billings, MT
April 13 The Wilma Theater Missoula, MT
April 15 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
April 16 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
April 18 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
April 25 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK * AWOLNATION only

For more information visit AWOLNATION online: www.AWOLNATIONmusic.com

Megadeth and Zombie Will Continue Co-Headlining Tour

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Megadeth and Rob Zombie rocked Stage AE in Pittsburgh last week and will continue to do so throughout the U.S. and Europe. MPAPPHOTO was there to capture the pure energy of the show and has joined Pittsburgh Music Magazine as a collaborator.

Metal icons MEGADETH are delivering volcanic performances and earning rave reviews on their co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie, which marks the first time the two bands have toured together. The trek kicked off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ and will include two high-profile rock festival appearances including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma, where the tour wraps on Saturday, May 26. A list of confirmed dates is below. For additional information on purchasing tickets, visit www.megadeth.com.

Prior to the show, the New York Times proclaimed that “the speed pioneers Megadeth have the decibels to fill the grandiose PNC” and the New York Daily News said, “At last year’s faceoff with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, the band led by Dave Mustaine offered a set that did both their sub-genre and legacy proud (5/10/12).”

In a review of the first show, Tris McCall of the Newark, NJ Star-Ledger said, “While most of the band’s peers have either slowed down, broken up or switched to a more profitable style, Megadeth presses on, hard and fast as ever. Mustaine is a study in perseverance–and professionalism, too: He recently had to re-learn how to play guitar after suffering nerve damage in his arm. That trauma has left no mark on him–his solos, sometimes taken in harmony with sideman Chris Broderick, are as dextrous, and rapid-fire, as ever (5/13/12).” Theexaminer.com added, “The musicians ripped and shredded their way through riffs and solos with machine-like precision, yet somehow projecting an earnest passion through the notes that speaks to the raw emotion of Mustaine’s songwriting (5/13/12).”

After their tour with ROB ZOMBIE wraps at Rocklahoma, MEGADETH–singer/guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE, bassist DAVID ELLEFSON, drummer SHAWN DROVER and guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK–will head to Europe for shows in Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Czech Republic, England, Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, Romania, Turkey, Switzerland, Greece, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland, then in September will head to South America for concerts in Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

A newly released video for the group’s next single “Whose Life (Is It Anyway?)” can be seen now.. The video is a heavy metal tour de force, depicting youth angst turned violent, resulting in an apocalyptic finale.

The current tour comes on the heels of MEGADETH’s critically acclaimed return of the traveling festival GIGANTOUR, created and curated by frontman DAVE MUSTAINE. Rave reviews poured in for the festival, which also featured MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL. “The return of Gigantour, a nicely curated package tour of heavy metal bands, is just one more step in a great run underway by Megadeth,” wrote the Boston Globe. “It was a smart and well-paced show, one that illuminated metal’s various angles (1/31/12).”

2011 marked the release of MEGADETH’s 13th album, the appropriately titled Th1rt3en. Released November 1 on Roadrunner Records, the album debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. The album also landed on international charts including Top 10 placements in Argentina, Finland, Korea and Japan. MEGADETH also received their tenth Grammy nomination for this project, earning a “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” nomination for their single “Public Enemy #1.” The “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” category was, eerily, category #13.

Check out MEGADETH in the following cities:

DATE CITY VENUE
5/22 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
5/24 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center
5/25 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena
5/26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
5/31 Dessau, Germany Metalfest @ Airfield
6/1 Jaworzno, Poland Metalfest @ Zalew Sosina
6/2 Mining, Austria Metalfest @ Castle Mamling
6/3 Ljubljana, Slovenia Kino Siska
6/5 Zadar, Croatia Metalfest @ Zadar Beach
6/6 Milan, Italy Metalfest @ Alcatraz Club
6/7 St. Goarshausen, Germany Metalfest @ Loreley
6/8 Plzen, Czech Republic Metalfest @ Amphitheater Lochotin
6/10 Leicestershire, England Download Festival
6/12 London, England Electric Ballroom
6/13 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Den Atelier
6/14 Heerlen, Netherlands Parkstad Limburg Theater
6/15 Clisson, France Hellfest
6/17 Bucharest, Romania Ost Fest @ Romexpo
6/19 Istanbul, Turkey Hi-Voltage Festival
6/20 Athens, Greece Iera Oldos
6/22 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks
6/23 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting @ Festival Dessel
6/25 Moscow, Russia Stadium Live
6/27 Vilinius, Lithuania Teatro Arena
6/28 Tallinn, Estonia Rock Café
6/29 Helsinki, Finland Tuska Festival @ Sulvilhati
9/7 Santiago, Chile Teatro Caupolican
9/14 Buenos Aires, Argentina Estadio Cubierto Malvinas
9/16 Cordoba, Argentina Orfeo
9/19 Mexico City, Mexico Pepsi Center WTC
9/21 Guadalajara, Mexico Arena VFG