The following was originally published in our Review section.
Review by Dr Fever
As you may or may not know, Philip Anselmo
stays busy. He has a plethora of side projects to go along with that whole
Pantera thing. Down is his most well known project, but it won’t be long
before Superjoint Ritual is challenging for that crown.
When anger and alcohol are your muse one
band just isn’t enough. With his latest ‘side offering’, Anselmo and his
bandmates deliver a brutally heavy album..but those words don’t do it justice.
I’m not sure I can accurately describe just how amazingly brutal and beautifully
heavy this album is within the context of this review. You’d just have
to listen too it for yourself.
The best way I can describe this album
is this: Imagine an entire album full of songs cut from the same mold as,
say; “f***ing Hostile”, “Strength Beyond Strength”, and “Sandblast Your
Skin”. Then, add a bigger dose than usual of drugs and alcohol and you’ll
get the idea. Don’t let the name of the band fool you, this isn’t
some sludgy stoner rock. This is balls to the wall brutality.
An amazing aspect of this album that cannot
go overlooked is who the bass player for Superjoint Ritual is. Hank Williams
the 3rd. Yep, Hank 3. Ol Bocephus’ son lays down the thrash. Don’t write
him off though...Hank 3 may be classified as “alt-country” by a lot of
people, but this guy is just as comfortable with Slayer and The Misfits
as he his with the music of his daddy and his granddaddy. I admit, this
was a major drawing point for me. Well, that and I worship at the alter
of Phil Anselmo.
Anyway, if you haven’t figured out by now
that you need to own this album then go back, read this again, and then
GO BUY THE DAMN ALBUM!
Ritual - Use Once and Destroy
Tracks: Oblivious Maximus
It Takes No Guts
Everone Hates Everyone
f*** Your Enemy
All Of Our Live Will Get Tired
Drug Your Love
Stupid, Stupid Man