Horror movie icon Bill Mosely and metal legend Phil Anselmo team up together to create a recording that mixes southern rock and sludge metal together and this is a review of their 2017 ep "Songs Of Darkness And Despair" which was released by Housecore Records.
A very hard and heavy southern rock sound starts off the ep while also mixing in the heaviness of sludge metal while the solos and leads a re done in a 70's tradition and the clean singing vocals are also done in a classic rock tradition and spoken word parts are also added into certain sections of the recording.
While the music is mostly retro the heaviness gives the songs more of a modern day feeling and the vocals also have a touch of classic doom metal at times and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording along with one track being very long and epic in length and clean guitars can also be heard at times and there is also an acoustic ballad while all of the songs stick to a very slow musical direction.
Bill & Phil creates a recording that has some of the occult and southern rock influences of the 60's and 70's which they also mix in with classic metal and the heaviness of sludge to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark, occult, and real life themes.
In my opinion Bill & Phil are a very great sounding mixture of southern rock and sludge metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this duo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Corpus Christy" and "Tonight's The Night We Die". 8 out of 10.