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Philip Anselmo’s En Minor Set August Release For Debut 7″


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En Minor, the long-gestating project fronted by Phil Anselmo of Down, ex-Pantera, etc. fame will have their debut release out on August 02nd through Anselmo‘s Housecore Records label. A full-length album will follow later in the year. Pre-orders for this new two song 7″ are currently available via this location with it due to feature the songs “On The Floor” and “There’s A Long Way To Go“.

Anselmo is joined in the project by his Superjoint, etc. bandmates guitarist Stephen Taylor, guitarist Kevin Bond and drummer Jimmy Bower . Calvin (keyboards) and Joiner Dover (bass) and cellist Steve Bernal round out the lineup. Described in an official press release as ‘an honest and deliberate change of pace delivering brooding tales of pain, regret, and sorrow,’ Anselmo had the following to say of the project:

“The initial strains — in the most primitive sense — came about when I was given my first guitar at nine-years old. I didn’t have the patience to learn other people’s music, so I wrote my own. And some of those early parts are still prevalent in the songs we’re working with now. Fast forward to 1988 when I bought my first four-track recorder; those old songs took on a new life and newer songs were written.

Heavy metal was at the forefront of my performance-based output, but these little four-track songs were always there. I always had an apprehension about allowing them to be heard though, because they were so different; only a small circle of close friends got to hear them.”

Those sessions continued in 1993, as Anselmo explained:

“At ungodly hours, these old four-track songs took on an even newer life jamming with these cats. We learned a few of the songs and wrote several more, and soon we were recording under the moniker ‘Body & Blood.’ We wrote more songs, all recorded on a newer model four-track. It was fun. We did it for the vibe. And it was pleasing to break away from multi-tracking studios and heavy metal. Metal music consumed most of our time and lives. Those ‘B&B’ sessions were damned-near therapeutic.”

“We kept things simple and just jammed when everyone was home and played our recordings for friends. Then I eventually moved again, Hurricane Katrina hit, and life sent all of us in different directions.”

It wasn’t until 2012 when Anselmo was introduced to Taylor that En Minor began to fully form, as Anselmo explains:

“He and I began experimenting with some vibey stuff, and soon after began recording the sessions. This led to the current incarnation of En Minor. Together, we re-worked a few of the old four-track songs and wrote several new ones in short order. These sessions are hypnotic and pulling. And we continue to write songs suitable for this project to this day. Ugly and beautiful, En Minor, isn’t ‘party music.’ This is ‘kill the party music.'”

The band are due to make their live debut at this year’s ‘Psycho Las Vegas‘ on August 16th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

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