Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals – Walk Through Exits Only

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only album review

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It’s nice to see that when Phil Anselmo gave us two new tracks earlier in the year; one he was wasn’t short-changing us out of anything from what was upcoming, and two he was still one angry mother. Walk Through Exits Only, the first album by Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, lands a second perfect aural smack to the mouth. Musically WTEO seems to mirror quick-shifting thought patterns and emotions with its disjointed time signatures, whilst the Phil-on-Phil vocals provide an echo that almost isn’t there. Historically Phil has often sounded like he’s musically itching to do someone in, but cries of “Who’s my enemy?” leave you unsure if it’s you, him, or the world that’s the problem. Troubling to its end, WTEO doesn’t ring true to its name – it walks where it pleases, and you better respect that.

 

Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

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