EN MINOR – the Southern gothic/dark Americana project led by Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, etc.) – have confirmed a special livestream later this month.
Set to take place on November 25th at 6:00pm Central/7:00pm Eastern with on-demand replays through November 29th, the eight-camera, cinematic experience will find the ensemble performing at the historic Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana. Built in 1918, and opened for Vaudeville in 1921, the magnificent Beaux-Arts-style building went on to host silent movies, “talkies,” live music, and much more. The auditorium is currently the home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and is prized for its acoustical purity. The theater is an example of “vertical hall” construction, initially built to provide perfect sight lines and acoustics for Vaudeville shows which didn’t have the benefit of amplifiers or modern lighting.
Comments Anselmo, “To play a beautiful room like The Orpheum with all my guys in this particular band, and for the rest of the world to be able to watch, is a dream come true. This is honestly a once-in-a-lifetime gig.”
An experimental and eclectic musical endeavor that finds Anselmo exploring a softer, graver vocal style, EN MINOR is an honest and deliberate change of pace for the legendary frontman delivering brooding tales of pain, regret, and sorrow. The upcoming live performance will feature Anselmo backed by the collective talents of Stephen Taylor (Superjoint, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Wovenhand, 16 Horsepower), Kevin Bond (Superjoint, Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver), Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Superjoint, Warbeast), Paul Webb (Classhole, Mountain Of Wizard, The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight), Calvin and Joiner Dover (The Dover Brothers), and Steve Bernal (former first cellist in the Temple Symphony Orchestra).
Find livestream tickets, packages, and exclusive merch at THIS LOCATION.
EN MINOR released its long-awaited debut full-length, When The Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out, early this September via Housecore Records. Recorded and mixed at Anselmo’s Nodferatu’s Lair Studio on the Northshore outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, the critically lauded offering is available on CD, digital, and vinyl formats. For physical orders go to THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE.
“A brooding, thoughtful comedown. It’s Anselmo’s gothic country record, and a twisted one at that. The singer has been outspoken about his love for horror films and noir over the years. EN MINOR appears to be the musical realization of those affinities.” – Consequence Of Sound’s 20 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of Fall 2020
“EN MINOR‘s debut achieves its atmosphere of southern gothic self-loathing with the gravel of Anselmo’s sullen voice and concentrated gloom. These are pensive songs for bruised souls seeking catharsis.” – Decibel
“With EN MINOR, he’s embracing a gravely vocal style of defiance and regret, singing songs from a lifetime of experience and hard lessons learned in the outlaw country tradition of Merle Haggard… The measured pace and acoustic instruments of his new project reflect a state of mind and a possible sign of maturity finally catching up with Anselmo at a time when addiction is now years behind him.” – Revolver
“Phil Anselmo’s low key new acoustic project dubbed ‘depression core’ was strangely invigorating. This was one of the most chill and memorable sets of the weekend.” – Metal Injection (Psycho Las Vegas 2019 recap)
“Dressed in a suit and looking like a suave Mike Patton, Phil had the audience in the palm of his hand. We were willing to take whatever journey he wanted us on. We all knew Phil Anselmo had poetry in his heart but perhaps not to this great extent.” – Janky Smooth (Psycho Las Vegas 2019 recap)
“When The Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out …. takes you on a journey into a dark fog-shrouded alley that is hauntingly irresistible. The music moves around and through you like the lazy hazy in an Amsterdam coffeeshop. EN MINOR have created a fantastic album that will surely be the soundtrack for a birthday party in a funeral parlor.” – Metal Wani
“… the culmination of Phil Anselmo’s development as a musician…a captivating listen if only for the intense power of Anselmo’s deep, clean singing…” – Ultimate Guitar
“…a cohesive and emotionally devastating record. It’s hard not to be entranced with the simple poetry of what they conjure up here. This record is in many ways unexpected from this particular group of guys, but their execution is flawless.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews
“…a wonderful and mesmerizing journey into America’s folk music. Anselmo and his ensemble go deep to America’s southernmost cities and cultures, seeking the darkest melancholic tunes of the south. In an experimental structure, they ambitiously have written a modern day southern gothic classic… When the Cold Truth… is a place for Anselmo to face his pain and sorrows, to soothe and purify his bewildered yet wounded soul.” – Heavy Music HQ
“…an enjoyable slice of dark Americana goodness from beginning to end.” – Angry Metal Guy
“Instead of relying on volume, Anselmo and his gaggle of musicians deliver the heavy by way of atmosphere and naked emotion. The album is largely built upon acoustic guitars, lush instrumentation, and Anselmo’s clean vocals – most akin to Mark Lanegan at the bottom of a well… After listening to this album, you will realize this isn’t such an extreme departure from Anselmo’s aesthetic. All of these songs make perfect sense. What’s more, it’s a refreshing makeover that fits right into our current existence of fear and uncertainty.” – The Void Report
“…When The Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out explores elements of Americana, and gothic country, paying tribute to songwriters from generations ago while still having a fresh sound. It’s territory that Anselmo has only hinted at in the past, but alongside this accomplished crew of musicians EN MINOR has delivered an engrossing and bleak take on these genres.” – Metal Trenches
Philip H. Anselmo – vocals, guitars, bass
Kevin Bond – acoustic, electric guitar, bass
Stephen Taylor – guitar
Calvin Dover – keys
Joiner Dover – bass
Steve Bernal – cello
Jimmy Bower – drums
Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez – drums (live)
Paul Webb – guitar (live)