April 30, 2017
Superjoint, also known as 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 garnered significant TV exposure on programs such as MTV2’s Headbangers Ball and Fuse TV’s Uranium.
The band reunited at the 2014 Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas, released Caught Up in the Gears of Application in 2016, and are touring with Battlecross and Child Bite in 2017, including this terrific date at Slim’s.
Listen to “Burning the Blanket” by Superjoint: