Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals’ ‘Walk Through Exits Only.’ – Album Review

Since his days with Pantera, every project Phil Anselmo has been involved with has been a little different, so I had no idea what to expect from "Walk Through Exits Only." This album is short but it's Phil at his most aggressive. One listen will leave your head spinning and you'll be completely worn out.

The production is purposely raw and songs like "Betrayed" and "Bedroom Destroyer" will fill you so full of adrenaline that you'll be able to run through a brick wall. I had to listen to "Walk Through Exits Only" more than once before I really started enjoying it because one time wasn't enough to be able to separate the musical elements from the insanity-driven brutality.

Once I was able to comprehend what was going on, I could hear that there's some really good musicianship from guitar shredder Marzi Montazeri and drummer Jose Manual Gonzalez as they rip through "Usurper Bastard's Rant" and the album's title track. By the time "Irrelevant Walls and Computer Screens" ends, you feel like you've had your ass kicked, which is what I'm sure Phil's intention was while making this record.

Anselmo can sometimes come across as cartoonish and silly but he is in full badass mode here. This isn't something to listen to while studying and if you play it in the car you could wind up doubling the speed limit and hurting someone. This album is extremely intense and ferocious. Be careful with it!


Tim Taylor is a writer for Zoiks! Online, and is based in Dallas, TX. Follow him on Twitter at @nutgoat. Email Tim at

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