The Philip H. Anselmo project En Minor has announced a special hometown show this Friday, December 20th, their third show ever which will take place at the One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to this latest live show release, the band have announced that they will be releasing an album some time within the next year.
The band’s live lineup will consist of Anselmo, Stephen Taylor (Superjoint, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power), Kevin Bond (Superjoint, Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al), Paul Webb (The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight, Mountain Of Wizard), Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Superjoint, Warbeast), Calvin and Joiner Dover (The Dover Brothers), and Steve Bernal (former first cellist in the Temple Symphony Orchestra).
The city holds a special place in Anselmo’s musical history, as it became the first place where he learned to play the guitar, and where he recorded his first demos. In 1993, he returned to the city, became involved with the local music scenes, which he described as “therapeutic.”
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.”
These sessions eventually helped form En Minor, which takes a more goth style approach to his music rather than the metal style that made him famous. He explained that the band started to take shape in 2012, as he began recording demos with Taylor.
“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,” Anselmo explained. “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.'”
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