Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, August 16, 2020

En Minor - When The Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out


Well this is a stunner. En Minor is the new acoustic project from Philip H Anselmo. On the record you find a number of the usual suspects from his various musical projects over the years. Perhaps most notable though is Jimmy Bower, most famously of Eyehategod. The point being this project is a Nick Cave inspired masterwork. These songs are moody and powerful. The pure pain, misery and honesty captured here make this one of the best records that Mr. Anselmo has been affiliated with in years and quite frankly might end up as my personal favorite across Phil's vast discography. 

From the opening tolls of 'Mausoleum' you know you are in for something special and devastating. The truly sorrowful conjurations that they evoke here are powerful and deep. The gorgeous production only helps add to the magic of what is being done. There are simply so many layers that you can sink your teeth into. Phil comes across as brooding, his voice as low as ever trudging across these ten devastatingly sad tracks. The real magic of this is that not only do some of Phil's most impressive vocal performances come decades into his career, but the sheer diversity represented here. In particular the funeral waltz of 'Dead Can't Dance' really caught me off guard - it's fantastic. 

When The Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out is a crusher in the weirdest possible sense. There are just so many weird ways that it goes, but as a general rule this is 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. It's a thrilling offering and one that I think people are going to stay mesmerized and enamored with for years to come. 

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