Superjoint Ritual

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Phil Anselmo performing with Superjoint Ritual at Ozzfest in July 7, 2004
Background information
Genres Groove metal, hardcore punk, sludge metal
Years active 1993–2004, 2014–present
Labels Sanctuary
Associated acts Down, Pantera, Eyehategod, Arson Anthem, Hank Williams III
Members Phil Anselmo
Jimmy Bower
Kevin Bond
Joey Gonzalez
Steven Taylor
Past members Michael Haaga
Joe Fazzio
Hank Williams III
Marzi Montazeri

Superjoint, previously 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 1990s 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 23–26, 2014. For legal reasons, the band will perform 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, it is now confirmed that they will be performing as Superjoint Ritual at Hellfest Open Air 2015.[2] The band is expected to release a new album. [3]

Superjoint will release Caught Up in the Gears of Application in late 2016 through Housecore Records.


Current members
  • Phil Anselmo - vocals, guitar (1993–2004, 2014–present)
  • Jimmy Bower - guitar (1993–2004, 2014–present)
  • Kevin Bond - bass guitar (1993–1998), guitar (2002–2004, 2014–present)
  • Stephen Taylor - bass guitar (2014–present)
  • Jose Gonzalez - drums (2014–present)
Former members



Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Indie
2002 Use Once and Destroy 87 5 145
  • US: 45,148+[7]
2003 A Lethal Dose of American Hatred
  • Release date: July 22, 2003
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
55 2 135
  • 1995 Demo
  • 1997 Demo


Year Single Album
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"



Year Album details
2002 Live in Dallas, TX
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
2004 Live at CBGBs
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Sanctuary Records

Music videos[edit]

Year Single
2002 "The Alcoholik"
"Fuck Your Enemy"
2004 "Waiting for the Turning Point"
"Dress Like a Target"


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