Phil Anselmo‘s ARSON ANTHEM will be releasing Insecurity Notoriety, their first full-length album, on October 12th through Housecore Records. Anselmo commented on the release…
“I’m not sure what it is… but when Hank III, Colin, Mike and I get into ARSON mode, time stops. We know the mission is to write unforgiving hardcore inspired by a slew of ’80’s bands… but the result is its own animal, yet not too terrible removed from the genuine article. With that said, Insecurity Notoriety is like listening to an old favorite blast from the skanking past… vicious, snotty, grating and anthemic! I know it’s typical to call a modern-day hardcore band ‘fresh’ or ‘different’, especially when it’s your band, but… it is! This effort makes our first EP sound like child’s play, as it should. Play it over and over! Piss everyone off!”
The hardcore punkers, rounded out by Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK), Mike IX Williams (OUTLAW ORDER, EYEHATEGOD), and Colin Yeo (PONYKILLER), put out a ripping self-titled debut EP back in February of 2008.
Formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina from jam sessions between Phil Anselmo and EYEHATEGOD‘s Mike Williams, ARSON ANTHEM‘s debut EP unleashes eight blistering tracks of muddy, DISCHARGE meets NEGATIVE APPROACH hardcore punk. Fans lamenting the demise of SUPER JOINT RITUAL will find much to like in ARSON ANTHEM as the band delivers quick, no-nonsense punk with urgent, spastic delivery. Although far more stripped down than SJR (and less-metal influenced), the band could almost be looked at as a reimagined version of SJR with some role reversal. Anselmo concentrates solely on guitar this time around, passing on the vocal duties to Mike Williams. Hank Williams III switches from bass to drums as he and newcomer Colin Yeo display a stripped down, bare bones approach to the proceedings. But if there’s any star to this show, it’s Mike Williams whose abrasive, anguished vocals fuel the rage of the band with fury and disgust. At barely longer than ten minutes, ARSON ANTHEM‘s debut is short and to the point, wearing their influences proudly on their sleeves with no apologies. If there’s any complaint to be had, it’s that the songs tend to blend in to one another with little distinction, and since the EP flies by at such a rapid pace, the lack of hooks makes it difficult for the listener to grasp on to anything substantial. Nonetheless, the band’s conviction and delivery make up for these shortcomings. And since this Louisiana crew doesn’t over stay their welcome, eleven minutes is plenty of time to get their pissed-off point across. (Housecore Records)