PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS are pleased to welcome former Cattle Decapitation bassist/current Scour guitarist Derek Engemann to the lineup. Engemann — who takes the place of bass comrade Walter Howard (Grieved, Oppressive Force, Vaginal Bear Trap etc.) — will make his live debut with THE ILLEGALS beginning next week on the band’s Latin American tour where the band will be performing ILLEGALS tracks alongside a selection of Pantera hits.

Comments Anselmo of the new addition, “Derek is a brother; he’s solid, driven, and talented. It’s awesome to have him onboard and I look forward to jamming and writing with him. We’re lucky to have him.”

Adds Engemann, “I’m very excited to share the stage with mi hermanos in THE ILLEGALS! It’s also truly an honor to pay such a great tribute to Dime and Vinnie!”

In March, the band will make their way to Australia and New Zealand on the Thrash Blast Grind tour with Australian grind practitioners and Housecore Records labelmates King Parrot. The journey marks Anselmo’s first visit to Australia in over five years and includes a headlining set at Slayfest in Perth March 23rd. Additional support will be provided by Palm (Japan) and Potion (Australia). The summer months will find PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS playing a host of European festivals including Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, Hellfest in France, and Metaldays in Slovenia, with more performances to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS:
1/24/2019 Teatro Cariola – Santiago, CL * SOLD OUT
1/25/2019 Teatro Cariola – Santiago, CL
1/26/2019 Tropical Butantã – São Paulo, BR
1/27/2019 Toinha Brasil Show – Brasília, BR
1/29/2019 Bar Opinião – Porto Alegre, BR
1/31/2019 Paraguay Alternativo VII – Asuncion, PY
2/01/2019 Montevideo Music Box – Montevideo, UY
2/02/2019 Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, AR
Thrash Blast Grind Tour w/ King Parrot, Palm, Potion:
3/21/2019 The Basement – Belconnen, ACT
3/22/2019 Max Watts – Melbourne, VIC * SOLD OUT
3/23/2019 Slayfest – Amplifier Capitol – Perth, WA
3/24/2019 Enigma Bar – Adelaide, SA * SOLD OUT
3/26/2019 Empire – Christchurch, NZ ^
3/27/2019 Galatos – Auckland, NZ ^
3/29/2019 The Back Room – Brisbane, QLD
3/30/2019 The Factory – Sydney, NSW
3/31/2019 The Cambridge – Newcastle, NSW
^ No Palm; No Potion
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6/20/2019 Graspop Metal Meeting 2019 – Dessel, BE
6/23/2019 Hellfest 2019 – Clisson, FR
7/13/2019 Rock Maraton – Balaton, HU
7/19/2019 Gefle Metal Fest – Gefle, SE
7/24/2019 Metaldays – Tolmin, SI
8/21/2019 Teatro Cariola – Santiago, CL
8/22/2019 Pirkas – Cipolletti , AR
8/24/2019 CC Festiva – Lima, PE
8/25/2019 Samper Mendoza – Bogotá, CO
8/29/2019 Peppers Club – San Jose, CR
8/31/2019 Circo Bolador – Mexico City, MX

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS will be touring in support of their critically-lauded Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue full-length released last year via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records. Crowned, “fifty minutes of gnarly, vicious extreme metal…,” by Revolver Magazine, “an ever-shifting fusillade of extreme groove prog…,” by Decibel Magazine, and, “unquestionably one of the angriest and heaviest albums of ANSELMO’s career,” by Exclaim!, Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue is extreme, abrasive, aggressive, and anthemic.

Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue is out now on CD, vinyl, and digital formats in North America via Housecore Records. Order bundles are currently available via the Housecore Store at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE.

If you missed it, check out the official video for the track “Choosing Mental Illness” HERE. Directed by Katherine Richardson-Anselmo with director of photography Mike Holderbeast and starring Michael St. Michaels (The Greasy Strangler), the six-plus-minute clip pays tribute to Milos Forman’s 1975 comedy-drama, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and finds Anselmo playing the character of R. P. McMurphy.

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