Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals

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Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals Band

PHILIP H. ANSELMO is an iconic artist – maybe a little bruised, scarred, singed, and somewhat battered by time, himself, and others. But the Texan remains proudly standing, unbent, and still angry. Loved and hated, attacked and praised, Phil is not ready to go down into the archives of musical history without a fight.

His new cooperation with the band that Phil himself created, THE ILLEGALS, is as brutal, kicking, lashing, and fury-filled as one could expect from this artist and PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS’ debut ‘Walk Through Exits Only’ (2013). Their sophomore album, ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ is a much the metaphorical fist in the face and display of force as his adherents could wish for.

‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ is not a simple repeat of the past – as tempting as that might sound, considering that no other artist left a deeper mark on metal in the 90’s than PANTERA. Raging, roaring, and bulldozing their way through the metal scene, the Texans have left a lasting legacy. At their front stood anger and hostility personified, PHILIP H. ANSELMO. What followed for example with DOWN and SUPERJOINT RITUAL has further cemented the singer’s reputation as a living legend. As an artist in his own right, Phil finally emancipated onto a solo-path with ‘Walk Through Exits Only’, which enabled him to do exactly as he pleased – with no need to compromise on anything.

Now, ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ follows along the path that PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS’ debut has carved, but takes the mega-heavy, angry monster born out of mating the visceral aggression and power of PANTERA with the devastating thrash and Southern sludge that Phil and the New Orleans scene pioneered.

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are back and about to mercilessly install ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ as a new benchmark for extreme heaviness.


  • Philip H. Anselmo : Vocals
  • Mike DeLeon : Guitars
  • Jose 'Blue' Gonzales : Drums
  • Stephen Taylor : Guitars
  • Walter Howard : Bass

This band is no longer active on Season of Mist.

Available territory: Europe.

Date Venue City Country Info
July 24th, 2021 A2 Green concert St. Petersburg Russian Federation + Baest
July 25th, 2021 Adrenaline Stadium Moscow Russian Federation + Baest
July 29th, 2021 Metal days Tolmin Sierra Leone
July 30th, 2021 Sylak Festival Saint maurice de gourdans France
July 31st, 2021 Tivoli Utrecht Netherlands
August 1st, 2021 Turbinehalle Oberhausen Germany
August 4th, 2021 Barba Negra Budapest Hungary
August 5th, 2021 Beogradski Sajam Belgrado Serbia
August 6th, 2021 Yunak Sofia Bulgaria
August 7th, 2021 Rockstad Extreme Fest Brasov Romania
August 9th, 2021 Simm City Vienna Austria
August 10th, 2021 Studio Krakau Poland
August 11th, 2021 Brutal Assault Festival Jaromer Czech Republic
August 13th, 2021 Bloodstock Festival Derbyshire United Kingdom
August 14th, 2021 Alcatraz Festival Kortrijk Belgium
Posted on March 5, 2019

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS have an extensive tour in Europe this summer. The tour includes performances at European festivals such as Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Open Air, Roskilde, Metaldays, as well as club shows in Germany, The United Kingdom, Austria and more. Find the full list of tour dates below.

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