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Classic Album Review: Superjoint Ritual | Use Once and Destroy

Phil Anselmo introduces his heaviest, most hateful and hellacious solo band. So far.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Just how many bands is Phil Anselmo in, anyway? First and foremost, of course, there’s Pantera. Then there’s Down. And Necrophagia. And Southern Isolation. And Viking Crown. And, now, Anselmo’s latest outfit Superjoint Ritual.

Recorded as usual in his home studio and accompanied once again by the usual gaggle of stragglers from the ranks of Crowbar, Eyehategod and C.O.C. — along with, believe it or not, Hank Williams III on bass — Anselmo winds up and clubs you over the head for nearly an hour on Use Once And Destroy. This 18-song debut is a pummelling, punishing, power-mad homebrew of frenzied speed-thrash, sludgy gloom ’n’ doom, gargantuan guitar riffs and Anselmo’s one-man vocal onslaught, which veers from wounded-bear bellow to eyeball-skewered shriek at the drop of an E-string. Equal parts ominously threatening and violently explosive, Superjoint Ritual may be Anselmo’s heaviest, most hateful and hellacious band yet. Until the next one, anyway.


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