CMJ (5/27/02, p.16) - "...Raw and short musical eruptions...providing a pleasantly violent experience..."
Superjoint Ritual: Philip Anselmo (vocals, guitar); Jimmy Bower, Kevin Bond (guitar); Joe Fazzio (drums).
Additional personnel: Michael Haaga (bass, background vocals).
Recorded at Balance Recording Studios, Mandeville, Louisiana.
Superjoint Ritual, something of a heavy metal supergroup, may be the baby of Pantera's Phil Anselmo, but with the addition of guitarist Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity), and Hank Williams III (yes, you heard it right) on bass, this hard-rocking outfit became a lethal force. According to the band, they're here to wipe the floor with all the metal-come-lateleys who can look no further back in their musical influences than Korn and Limp Bizkit.
Superjoint Ritual combines the classic hardcore punk attack and sore-throat vocals of Black Flag et al with doom-laden riffs that would make Black Sabbath blush, and a completely uncompromising thrash sound that lays waste to all in its path. To hear Phil Anselmo shout/bellow/wail as he vents his spleen on such tracks as the self-explanatory "F**k Your Enemy" is to stare straight into the face of modern hard rock as it was meant to be played. USE ONCE AND DESTROY may have been recorded in Anselmo's home state of Louisiana, but there's nothing funky or laid-back about this musical neutron bomb.