Songs Of Darkness And Despair is the new collaborative release from horror icon Bill Moseley – most notable as Chop Top in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Otis in Rob Zombie's House Of 1000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects – and extreme music legend Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint). Produced and performed by Anselmo and Stephen "The Big Fella" Berrigan (Down, Eyehategod,), and mastered by Scott Hull of Visceral Sound, Bill and Phil's Songs Of Darkness And Despair includes guest appearances by Kevin Bond (Superjoint) on guitar, Squizzy Squires (King Parrot) on bass/guitar, and Jose "Blue" Gonzalez (Superjoint, Warbeast) on percussion.
From preppie journalist to Satanic serial killer, Bill Moseley's taken a long and unusual road to cult stardom, firmly cementing his place in the annals of horror history along the way. Having released his Spider Mountain record (No Way Down), and collaborated with Buckethead on the Cornbugs project, Moseley expands his musical endeavors by teaming up with Anselmo. Bill and Phil's Songs Of Darkness And Despair is a brilliant trip that will give everyone a thrill. Comments Anselmo: "Working with Mr. Moseley was an awesome experience! Bill brought the lyrics and Stephen [Berrigan] and I just improvised directly on the spot, and squeezed out six tunes in three days. All the songs have a different vibe because I wanted the music to represent Bill's lyrical vision(s), and we needed to, because Bill does indeed have a unique, visual element within his choice of words and phrasing."
PureGrainAudio hails a record that's, "strange," and, "haunting," further elaborating, "Opening track, ‘Dirty Eye,' soars with huge guitars, a swampy Louisiana vibe, and some fairly impressive vocals by Moseley...Kevin Bond adds some great lead work, but the only other rocker on this album is the late-era Black Flagish track ‘Catastrophic.' The remaining tracks on this EP each have their own vibe and all around ‘thing' going on. ‘Corpus Crispy,' sounds like it could have been on Tom Waits' 1999 Mule Variations LP with an added touch of darkness, while the semi-ballad ‘Tonight's The Night We Die' offers sparse percussions, hallucinatory lyrics, and an overall spooky soundscape perfectly suited to a desolate evening drive."