Philip Anselmo and Warbeast "War of the Gargantuas" Split Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:51:03
Nobody embodies "heavy metal" quite the way that Philip H. Anselmo does.
He's the genre's greatest frontmen for a few reasons. With Pantera, he elevated the playing field for everybody with one timeless album after another. In Down, he showed that there's room for soul within sludge. Fronting Superjoint Ritual, he proved that there's nobody quite as raw as he is. Then there's the myriad of death and black metal projects he's been involved in such as Christ Inversion. We also can't forget his label Housecore Records, which stands out as a true purveyor and flag waver for the extreme underground.
War of the Gargantuas gives listeners a hearty taste of what's to come from Housecore in 2013.
Warbeast practically rip right through the speakers on their two contributions to the split "Birth of a Psycho" and "IT". Their taut, tough thrash claws with brutality and bloodthirst that's as unadulterated as it is unique. Veterans of the scene, Warbeast don't simply rely on the '80s template. Rather, they blow it up and rebuild it into an even more vicious and vital monster.
The EP also includes the world's very first look at Anselmo's anxiously anticipated first solo LP. His visceral scream charges forward at the beginning of "Conflict" as double bass and razor sharp riffing blasts along. The track echoes his rawest moments, while brandishing a direct and deadly rage all its own. Anselmo's gotten even more powerful, and the visceral and violent gut punch of "Conflict" stands out as shining proof. That brings us to "Family, Friends, and Associates". It's another slugger that incorporates a dash of hardcore punk inside of its unhindered metallic warfare. This is everything Anselmo fans and metal fans have been hoping for and so much more. As with all of his projects, you've got to hear it to believe it.
After all this, there's still no one more metal. Hail…
Are you excited for War of the Gargantuas? Will you be picking it up on January 8?
Get it at the official Housecore Records store here!