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Superjoint
Phil Anselmo performing with Superjoint Ritual at Ozzfest 2004
Phil Anselmo performing with Superjoint Ritual at Ozzfest 2004
Background information
Also known asSuperjoint Ritual (1993–2004)
Genres
Years active
  • 1993–2004
  • 2014–2019
Labels
Associated acts
Past members

Superjoint, formerly known as Superjoint Ritual, was an American heavy metal band.

History[edit]

The band was formed by Phil Anselmo, Joe Fazzio, and Jimmy Bower in the early 1990s, later to be joined by Hank Williams III and Kevin Bond. They were founded by Anselmo parallel to his membership in Pantera, but became a full-time endeavor a few years later after Pantera's dissolution.

Despite their early 1990s establishment, it was not 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.

The band reunited at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas in October 2014. For legal reasons, the band performed under the name "Superjoint".[1] 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, the band would later perform at Hellfest 2015.[2][3]

Superjoint released their latest album to date, Caught Up in the Gears of Application, on November 11, 2016, through Housecore Records.

In January 2017, Superjoint played a tour with Battlecross and Child Bite.[4]

In an interview in June 2019, Anselmo mentioned that he was no longer interested in playing with Superjoint.[5] In October 2020, bassist Stephen Taylor said he is unsure if the band is still active.[6] Further interviews with guitarist Jimmy Bower in 2021 confirmed that the band is finished, with no plans to do any further work. Bower cited his and Anselmo's disinterest in working on material related to the band, as well as their existing commitments to Eyehategod and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals.[7]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Superjoint's style has been described as a mix of sludge metal and hardcore punk.[8][9] Bands like Venom, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Voivod, and Darkthrone have also been noted as influences. 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.[10]

Members[edit]

Final lineup
  • Phil Anselmo – vocals (1993–2004, 2014–2019), additional guitars (1993–1998, 2002–2004, 2014–2019), lead guitar (1998–2002)
  • Jimmy Bower – rhythm guitar (1993–2004, 2014–2019)
  • Kevin Bond – lead guitar (2002–2004, 2014–2019), bass (1994–1995)
  • Stephen Taylor – bass (2014–2019)
  • Jose Gonzalez – drums (2014–2019)
Former
  • Michael Haaga – bass (1993–1994, 1995–2002)
  • Hank Williams III – bass (2002–2004)
  • Joe Fazzio – drums (1993–2004)
  • Marzi Montazeri – lead guitar (1996–1998)
Timeline

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Demos[edit]

  • 1995 Demo
  • 1997 Demo

Videography[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • Live in Dallas, TX 2002 (2002, Sanctuary Visual Entertainment)
  • Live at CBGB's (2004, Sanctuary Visual Entertainment)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superjoint Ritual to Reunite for Housecore Horror Fest; Gwar, Voivod, Others Announced!". MetalSucks. August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "Hellfest Open Air 2015 Artists". Hellfest.fr. December 8, 2014. Archived from the original on December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "PHILIP ANSELMO's SUPERJOINT RITUAL Recording New Music". Blabbermouth.net. December 29, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Initial Dates Emerge For Superjoint, Battlecross & Child Bite Tour". Theprp.com. December 1, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ Oz, Diamond (June 30, 2019). "Phil Anselmo On The Illegals, Scour And En Minor, Playing Pantera Again, Boxing And More". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Blabbermouth (October 3, 2020). "SUPERJOINT Bassist Doesn't Know If Band Is Retired: 'I Have No Idea'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  7. ^ Linzinmeir, Taylor (October 30, 2021). "Superjoint Is 'Done' According to Guitarist Jimmy Bower - 'We Don't Want to Do it Anymore'". Loudwire. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  8. ^ "Superjoint Announces Winter 2017 Tour Dates -". mxdwn Music. December 7, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "New Orleans sludge metal embodies the spirit of collaboration – The Miscellany News". April 21, 2021. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  10. ^ "Interview with Jimmy Bower on 8/14/04". metalupdate.com. Retrieved November 28, 2020.

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