Superjoint Ritual
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3.5
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by InbredJed USER (4 Reviews)
January 13th, 2013 | 15 replies | 2,298 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An important, but commonly overlooked release that warrants a closer look...

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Jimmy Bower describes Superjoint Ritual as "witnessing a bad car accident". I find this statement to be pretty apt, since this album is the perfect auditory accompaniment to a 3 day bourbon bender, interspersed with constant weed sessions, fist-fights and junk food. The sludgy and at-times, out of tune guitars fuse with break-neck rhythm changes that flawlessly combines off-time jarring shots with half-time grooves and old school thrash beats. Anselmo leers overtop of the chaos like Captain Ahab on the nod, alternating his static-scratch screams with fractured lower-register howling.

The music itself is essentially a combination of early Melvins, Slayer, Agnostic Front, and Black Flag. Lots of stops and starts, guitar feedback, and half-time. This is far from unique in todays metal market, and begs the question, "what DOES make this album worth listening to?" The answer is chemistry. The album begins with Oblivious Maximus an instrumental jam that builds ominously and then changes direction several times, like a drunk driver who starts out cruising to pick up some drive-thru and ends up running everyone else off the road. The next 5 tracks all clock in under 4 minutes and the album hits its stride. Every track drips with venomous attitude and hard hitting time changes before the jam experiment 4 Songs surfaces to remind you that you are being given a tour of the asylum by the inmates. The conquest of aggression continues until the band takes time out to observe the (Black) Sabbath on the 11th track, Ozena. With 18 tracks, this album could have been released separately as a demo and an Lp, and the continuity suffers throughout. The album also contains 2 demo tracks which appear on the following album, A Lethal Dose of American Hatred as the songs Waiting For The Turning Point and Stealing A Page Or Two From Armed & Radical Pagans.

This is a challenging collection of work, as the songs were written throughout the mid-nineties by Anselmo, Joe Fazzio and Jimmy Bower during down time in EHG, Pantera and Down's respective touring schedules. The booklet contains Phil's hand-scrawled lyrics as well as dates and in some cases, liner notes, which fills in some of the story for curious fans. All things considered, its kind of amazing that this band ever formed or got the chance to tour, let alone record an album. It has to be noted that Superjoint Ritual would probably have gotten very little exposure if not for interest from fans of Phil's other projects, although this album can remain a little inaccessible to fans of Pantera or Down. If you fall into this category, it would behove you remember that this band is an entirely separate project (think of Mike Patton creating Fantomas after Faith No More), and check your reservations at the door.

There is some interesting songwriting to be found here, some of which works quite well, while other parts drag or clash, but that is the self-professed philosophy of the band. This band has no smoke and mirrors, what you see is precisely what you get. A bunch of songs written by friends who like to get drunk and stoned together, who happen to be very talented musicians. There isn't any re-inventing the wheel here, but there is the unique energy that Anselmo brings to the table distilled to a near lethal dose. Complaining that these songs are discombobulated, is missing the point, just sit back and let it rip, 'cause rip you it will.


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darkthrone1
January 12th 2013



387 Comments


nice review, this needed it. POS

InbredJed
January 12th 2013



5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ty, its a little rushed, but ya, there wasn't one up

darkthrone1
January 12th 2013



387 Comments


Anselmo rocks on this.

XingKing
January 12th 2013



10320 Comments


Surprised this wasn't reviewed yet. Nice write up! Fuck Your Enemy is such a good jam.

Wizard
January 12th 2013



19298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Meh band. Good review and I like your band comparison to these guys. Might go back and give this another listen.

Digging: Downer - Downer

InbredJed
January 12th 2013



5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they aren't all winners, but there are some fun songs on here, FYE, Everyone Hates Everyone and Anti-Faith especially

BlackLlama
January 12th 2013



1637 Comments


I may have to re-visit this as well. Really ignored the hell out of this when it came out.

InbredJed
January 12th 2013



5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There are better songs on LDOAH, but most of this stuff was written pre-9/11

random
January 20th 2013



2261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The Alkaholik" is great.

mark7477
June 5th 2013



392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This is definitely the better SJR album out of the two and shares more greatness in songs like The Alkaholik and Ozena but nearly as great as phil's other bands like Pantera and Down.

InbredJed
June 6th 2013



5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It could have been if it were a bit more organized, but that's part of the beauty of it.

Moople
June 22nd 2013



228 Comments


rip dethtrasher

InbredJed
June 22nd 2013



5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

Davil667
November 29th 2013



399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some true gems on here. Might have to 4 it...

InbredJed
December 8th 2013



5786 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it's damn close



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