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|Genres||Groove metal, sludge metal, hardcore punk, thrash metal|
|Years active||1993–2004, 2014-present|
|Associated acts||Down, Pantera, Eyehategod, Arson Anthem, Hank Williams III|
|Past members||Michael Haaga
Hank Williams III
Superjoint Ritual is an American metal band formed by Phil Anselmo, Joe Fazzio, and Jimmy Bower in the early 1990s, later to be joined by Hank Williams III, and Kevin Bond. Their style can be considered a mix of Pantera's style of groove metal and hardcore punk. A small trace of black metal can be heard, as well. Bands like Venom, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Voivod, and Darkthrone have been noted as influences also. The name Superjoint Ritual comes from a lyric in the Darkthrone song "The Pagan Winter". According to Bower, Anselmo wrote 70-80% of the group's music.
Despite their early '90s establishment, it wasn't until a decade later, after the folding of Pantera, that the group recorded any albums. It was then that Superjoint Ritual garnered significant TV exposure on programs such as MTV2's Headbangers Ball and Fuse TV's Uranium.
However, the group's time in the spotlight would prove short lived. A dispute between Anselmo and Fazzio led to the band's eventual split in late 2004, which was confirmed by both Hank Williams III and Jimmy Bower.
It was confirmed that they will have a reunion at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas October 23rd-26th 2014. For legal reasons, the band will perform under name Superjoint. Hank Williams III was initially supposed to take part in this first reunion show, but had to bow out due to personal issues.
Although their appearance at Housecore Horror was supposed to be the only reunion show, it is now confirmed that they will be performing as Superjoint at Hellfest Open Air 2015.
- Current members
- Phil Anselmo - vocals, guitar (1993–2004, 2014-present), bass guitar (2002)
- Jimmy Bower - guitar (1993–2004, 2014-present)
- Kevin Bond - guitar (2002–2004, 2014-present)
- Previous members
- Hank Williams III - bass guitar (2002–2004)
- Joe Fazzio - drums (1993–2004)
- Michael Haaga - bass guitar (1993–2002)
- Marzi Montazeri - guitar (1993-1994)
- Live musicians
- Stephen Taylor - bass guitar (2014)
- Jose Gonzalez - drums (2014)
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|2002||Use Once and Destroy
|2003||A Lethal Dose of American Hatred
|2002||"The Alcoholik"||Use Once and Destroy|
|"Fuck Your Enemy"|
|2003||"Dress Like a Target"||A Lethal Dose of American Hatred|
|"Waiting for the Turning Point"|
|2002||Live in Dallas, TX
|2004||Live at CBGBs
|"Fuck Your Enemy"|
|2004||"Waiting for the Turning Point"|
|"Dress Like a Target"|
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