BILL & PHILL – Songs of Darkness and Despair
I am waaaayyyy too late when it comes to reviewing this little gem of an EP, but better late than never, right? This brilliantly executed and entertaining 6-track release by the living legends that are Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects) and Phil Anselmo (Superjoint, Down, Scour) is a moody exploration and concoction of stoner rock, doom metal, Southern blues, psychedelic rock, and morose country music. That probably sounds somewhat diffuse and strange, but trust me when I say that the EP’s rather eclectic and wonderful blend of different genres and styles of music works in its favor.
The tracks are neither polished nor sterile, but instead raw, lively, and organic. In case you were wondering about Bill Moseley, I can assure you that the guy can actually sing and that his vocals sound both passionate and convincing. It actually sounds like these guys had fun composing and recording this one, but that is hardly surprising; we are after all dealing with two highly creative individuals who are both infinitely fond of all things horror and atmospheric. Ranging from creepy and dark to beautiful and trippy, it is a varied and compelling affair that immediately draws one in and refuses to let go until the last chord of the driven “Bad Donut” rings out. The songs bring to mind all kinds of (nasty) mental images of Louisiana cemeteries, haunted ruins, ghost towns, dead marshes, dark and lonely roads, foul deeds, and all manner of eccentric characters. The memorable riffs and unsettling melodies all underline and emphasize the content of the lyrics. In that sense, the song material is quite “visual” and lends itself well to the imagination, if that makes sense.
There is light and shade to this fucker and it is an awesome experimental release that all you lovers of the weird and obscure ought to invest your time in right the fuck right now. This is hillbilly horror of the highest order, folks.