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Superjoint Ritual

Formed: 1992
From: New Orleans, LA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

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Below is our complete Superjoint Ritual news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Danzig Brings Blackest of the Black To Austin

Glenn Danzig started his Blackest of the Black tour over a decade ago in 2003. I caught it first in 2005 when he toured with Mortiis, Behemoth (among others) and what I believe was the first appearance of Doyle performing Misfits songs with Danzig. While this year’s lineup isn’t the “blackest,” that distinction goes to the last Blackest of the Black tour in 2010 when he took out Marduk and Possessed, Superjoint and Prong were solid acts nonetheless at this showing at Stubb’s in Austin.

Although they don’t carry the name recognition of a Phil Anselmo or Tommy Victor, openers Witch Mountain put on an impressive performance. The Portland-based doom act were in the news a year ago when longtime singer Uta Plotkin left the group and they hired 19-year-old Kayla Dixon as replacement. Dixon’s performance certainly showed she was up for the task this night. Her range was excellent. Whether she sang in a soaring almost R & B type voice or a death metal growl, her vocals were spot on. The rest of the band’s tones sounded great in their down tempo dirges. Even though there was only about 50 people in the crowd during their set, those in attendance seemed to show their approval. Touring with a big name like Danzig has to be doing wonders for their career.


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Superjoint Adds More Tour Dates

In addition to the previously announced dates as direct support on Danzig's annual Blackest Of The Black tour this fall, reanimated metal legion Superjoint confirms five additional headlining shows in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia and California.

Supplementary headlining performances will also be announced in the coming weeks. For now, see a full listing of dates below.

Slated to commence on October 3 in Tempe, Arizona and run through October 31 in Los Angeles, California, the Blackest Of The Black gala will quake eighteen cities with an included stop at this year's edition of Rock And Shock in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Additional support will be provided by Veil Of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain. The tour also serves as a precursor to Superjoint's appearance at the third annual Housecore Horror Fest in November. Catch these upcoming Superjoint 2015 tour dates: More...

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Danzig Announces Tour With Superjoint, Prong

Danzig's "Blackest Of The Black" tour dates this coming October will feature Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong, and Witch Mountain.

The trek runs from October 2nd through Halloween and will hit the following cities and venues:

10/2 Sat - Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
10/5 Mon - Austin, TX Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre
10/7 Wed - Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
10/9 Fri - New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre
10/11 Sun - Birmingham, AL Iron City
10/12 Mon - Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
10/14 Wed - Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
10/16 Fri - Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
10/17 Sat - Worcester, MA 'rock & Shock' The Palladium
10/18 Sun - Montreal, QC Metropolis
10/20 Tues - Portland, ME State Theatre
10/21 Wed - Nyc, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/23 Fri - Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
10/24 Sat - Milwaukee, WI The Rave
10/25 Sun - Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
10/27 Tues - Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre
10/29 Thur - San Jose, CA City National Civic
10/31 Sat - Halloween Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theatre

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King Diamond Added to Housecore Horror Film Fest

This November, Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest will celebrate its third year of audio and visual bedlam. Set to commence in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater (201 E Commerce St.) on November 13th -15th, 2015, the horror-themed film and metal gala promises to be louder, gorier and more bludgeoning than ever before boasting two film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings throughout the weekend and what's morphing into one of the most debilitating lineups of the year!

Already stacked with a crushing bill that includes Agoraphobic Nosebleed performing their second show ever, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin doing a live score of George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead, Superjoint, Eyehategod, Nails, Crowbar, Dropdead, Autopsy, Poison Idea, and so many others, the gatekeepers of Housecore Horror Fest today welcome the additions of thrash metal icons, Exodus, veteran death metal legion, Incantation, apocalyptic hardcore punk unit, Gasmiasma, atmospheric drone doom duo, Muscle And Marrow and theatrical heavy metal legend King Diamond whose performance will feature 1987 quintessential second full-length, Abigail, in its harrowing entirety! As an added bonus, Gwar's fabled Sleazy P. Martini will also be attending the annual gathering as a special guest!

And the awesome won't stop there. The fest has expanded the range of its grotesqueries, with a second stage located just steps away from the Aztec Theater. The Korova, at 107 E. Martin St. in San Antonio, will play host to even MORE bands throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for additional band announcements for The Korova in the coming weeks.

Comments Anselmo: "I am beyond excited to announce that the mighty King Diamond will be attacking the house on Friday the 13th at the Housecore Horror Festival. All hail the King."

Adds Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor, who's shaping this year's HHF lineup alongside Anselmo: "It's been a lot of fun piecing together this lineup with Philip. It's gonna be a wild one, so get your tickets while you still can!" More...

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Philip Anselmo Discusses Confederate Flag

Unless you happen to be one of those smart or lucky folks who has nothing to do with Facebook, you've no doubt seen your friends and family throw down over whether or not people should keep displaying the Confederate flag in America.

The controversy erupted when Dylann Roof was arrested for gunning down nine African Americans in a church and photos surfaced of him waving the flag.

That controversy has now hit the music world, with Ted Nugent and conservative rocker Kid Rock teaming up to write a pro-Confederacy song titled "Kiss My Rebel Ass."

It seems even metal isn't immune to the debate, as in an interview with Hard Rock Haven, Philip Anselmo (Down, Superjoint Ritual, Pantera) was asked about the flag appearing on album covers. Excerpts from the chat follow.

HRH: Well I’ve got a question for you that might be an awkward one, but the cover of "Use Once and Destroy" and a lot of Pantera’s merchandise has the Confederate flag on it. What’s your take on all this business…the backlash against the flag? More...

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Fulgora Added To Superjoint Shows

The grindcore/death instigators from Fulgora - a mutinous collective uniting members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Dying Fetus - were recently added to a pair of dates on the forthcoming It Takes Guts tour featuring reactivated metal giants, Superjoint.

Fulgora will be crumbling the stages of the tour's Poughkeepsie, New York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania stops on July 17th and 18th respectively. Additional support will be provided by labelmates King Parrot and Child Bite.

Watch Superjoint frontman/Housecore Records head, Philip H. Anselmo's comment on the band's inclusion via a video transmission below. See Fulgora live:

7/17/2015 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Superjoint, King Parrot, Child Bite
7/18/2015 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA w/ Superjoint, King Parrot, Child Bite
9/12/2015 Full Terror Assault - Cave-In-Rock, IL More...

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Superjoint Announces "It Takes Guts" Summer Tour

American metal icons Superjoint (formerly Superjoint Ritual) will embark on the band's first tour in over a decade.

Presented by frontman Philip H. Anselmo's own Housecore Records, The "It Takes Guts" summer takeover will commence on July 10th in Oklahoma City and ravage its way through thirteen U.S. cities with additional dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Support will be provided by punk metal/noise rock misfits, Child Bite, and Australian grind miscreants, King Parrot, both members of the Housecore Records family.

Now featuring Anselmo (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Pantera et al), guitarists Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) and Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), drummer José Manuel Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power), the long-anticipated trek follows Superjoint's crushing performance closing out the second stage of last year's edition of the Housecore Horror Film Fest. More...

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Housecore Horror Film Festival Day 3

A good night’s sleep and mild weather helped me catch a second wind on the fifth consecutive day of metal concerts. I watched NWOBHM legends Satan at Beerland on Wednesday, the day before HHFF kick-off party. The sun’s rays dimmed just a little due to Superjoint Ritual backdrop and a breeze gave us some relief while catching the bands on the Midway stage. For me, today’s activities didn’t start there, though, it started at the Grindhouse tent located around the side of Emo’s. More...

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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces Day Schedule

Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival, has just released individual day tickets! On a tight schedule? Dying to see that one special band? Mean old boss won't let you have the whole weekend off? Never fear, HHFF is here for you! It’s all going down at Emo’s in Austin, TX, right before Halloween, between the unhallowed dates of October 23-26, 2014; tickets for each show are now available, as well as the Combo and Music badges. More...

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Housecore Horror Announces Special TCM Luncheon

Ever wonder what it would be like to be held hostage in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre house and break bread with the craziest family in horror history? Have you always dreamed of eating in the same room as Leatherface?! Well, the fiendish ghouls from the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival would love to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to make your nightmare a reality!

On Saturday, October 25th, for the first time in 40 years, the entire cast of TXCM will return to the Grand Central Café in Kingsland, Texas, 90 minutes outside of Austin,to spend an afternoon at the actual Texas Chain Saw Massacre house. In addition, they will be joined by the cast of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2,as well as HHFF co-founders heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell. More...

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Satyricon Drops Off Housecore Horror Film Festival

We regret to inform everyone that Norwegian black metal legends Satryicon will no longer be able to perform at this year's Housecore™ Horror Film Festival. The band explained via its official Facebook page:

"Dear U.S fans. We regret to inform that Satyricon will not perform at Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA and Horror Fest in Austin, TX in October 2014. The reasons for not being able to perform at these two festivals are both pragmatic ones and entirely different from each other.

"Satyricon will now shift its attention towards the writing of a new album, re-editing the footage from the 'Live at the Opera' live album/DVD and another project that will be announced at a later stage. It is important for the band that the U.S fans understand that you are far from forgotten and that the band look forward to come over for a full scale U.S tour as soon as it is possible. You deserve it." More...

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Roundtrip To Hel, Part I

THURSDAY, 6/27 - 13:30


Unmistakable, husky German accent behind me. I glance over my shoulder, turn, step aside the river of disembarking passengers from the Lufthansa Airbus parked out in the drizzly gray. The veteran green-fatigue-jacketed metalhead, balding, sporting a life-without-parole graying goatee, sticks out his hand.

“Holger. Nuclear Blast.” We shake, he grins and nods at the Testament logo above my lapel, only partially obscured by my boarding pass. He slips me a company card - “Holger Tiefenbach, Distribution & Marketing” - and lifts a finger toward a sign down the corridor: “Matkatavarat.” Luggage.

As we stride through Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, locate the carousel for Flight 848 from Frankfurt, and wait for our suitcases to materialize - I was forced to check mine at the last minute and have since developed acute missing-luggage paranoia - Holger brings me up to speed on our shared reason for being here: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, sixteen years running, 2014 edition set to kick off tomorrow afternoon.

“It used to be held in Kaisaniemi Park, right in the middle of the city. It was the greatest. You’d show up, basically have an afternoon at the park, and then head straight to the bars nearby, when the sun was just barely set.” He seems to almost sigh while tossing off a plaintive, what-are-you-gonna-do shrug. “They moved the location three, four years ago.”

“So it’s not as much fun now?” I want to get my finger on the pulse of conventional wisdom.

He’s quick to clarify. “It’s still awesome. The new location just took some getting used to.” On our painless stroll through the open doorway that passes for an immigration barrier - the stamps and stern looks and “papers, please” stuff was handled back in Germany, natch - Holger gives an inside view of current happenings back at the Nuclear Blast bunker.

“We spent a lot of time promoting that Tuomas Holopainen solo album - the one about Scrooge McDuck,” he tells me. I haven’t heard it, and ask him how it is. “Not metal. That’s how it is,” he chuckles. “But cool if you’re into that wacky stuff, like the last Nightwish album.

“And we signed Slayer!” He clenches a victorious fist like a kid receiving his BB gun on Christmas. “Finally.”

We’ve reached the Arrivals lobby, and a leather-jacketed brunette gives a wave. Rachel Roth (WandererOfKalevala), Metalunderground.com photographer and correspondent, currently residing in Vantaa. We have a bus to catch, and before parting ways with Holger, I bum a cigarette, pocketing the e-cig I’ve been abusing for two months.

I make a half-hearted promise to myself not to do this too much during Tuska (and not to beat myself up for doing just that). Rationalization is still the great human sport. More...

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Superjoint Ritual Added To Housecore Horror Fest

Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, has already released several huge jaw-dropping bands and film events for this year’s lineup.

The event features the Official 40th Anniversary Reunion of the surviving cast members of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, including “Leatherface” himself, Gunnar Hansen; a TXCM 2 reunion with the cast including Bill “Chop-Top” Moseley; and a U.S. exclusive combined headline performance by the legendary Glenn Danzig of immortal classics from both Danzig and Samhain.

Now, they’ve returned for their biggest announcement yet, the return of Philip Anselmo’s legendary band, Superjoint. More...

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Down Frontman Offers Condolences To Gwar

Phil Anselmo, the vocalist of New Orleans based supergroup Down and former singer of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, has posted a video message online in which he offers his condolences to Gwar, after the recent death of their guitarist Cory Smoot, who passed away in his bunk on November 3rd. You can check out the video below. A memorial service for Smoot will take place tomorrow at the Bennett Funeral Home Chesterfield Chapel, located at 14301 Ashbrook Parkway in Chesterfield, VA. The service begins at 4pm and is open to the public. More...

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Hank Williams III To Release Four Albums

With his own new label, Hank3 Records, and the sense that he has thrown off the chains holding him back creatively, Shelton Hank Williams III, aka Hank3, is coming out swinging this year with the release of four records on September 6th, 2011.

The unprecedented launch, in a distribution partnership with Megaforce Records (MRI), features a broad range of music that bridges more than one head-thumping genre - a familiar theme that Hank3 fans have embraced for years. "Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown," a double-album set, is a straight-shooting country collection, flavored with Hank3's trademark hellbilly sound, and heavily weighted with Cajun influence and an ambient, lonesome mood - and a few very special guests.

Two more releases are "Attention Deficient Domination" and "3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin" which are described as "intensely metal-driven records" on which Hank3 plays all instruments. "Attention Deficit Domination" is a pressure-dropping, doom rock statement that has been anticipated by his hardcore fans for years, and Cattle Callin explores a new mind-bending "Cattle Core" sound, featuring Hank3's speed metal woven in and around actual cattle auctioneering.

All three projects were recorded at The Haunted Ranch, Hank3's home and studio that lies on the outskirts of Nashville - a fitting place since the town has never really known what to do with this grandson of the American icon. He finally parted ways with Curb Records January 1.

"I have musical freedom. I'm able to say 'Here's my record' and I don't have to go through a million different channels just to put out a song," he says. "It's all me now." More...

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Arson Anthem Announces Debut Release Date

Arson Anthem, the band featuring former Pantera, Superjoint Ritual and current Down frontman Phil Anselmo, along with Hank Williams III (also formerly of Superjoint Ritual), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod, Outlaw Order) and Colin Yeo of Ponykiller fame, has announced that they will be releasing their debut full length album, "Insecurity Notoriety" on October 12th through Anselmo's Housecore Records.

Anselmo comments: "I'm not sure what it is... but when Hank III, Colin, Mike and I get into "Arson" mode, time stops. We know the mission is to write unforgiving hardcore inspired by a slew of '80's bands... but the result is its own animal, yet not too terrible removed from the genuine article.

"With that said, Insecurity Notoriety is like listening to an old favorite blast from the skanking past... vicious, snotty, grating and anthemic! I know it's typical to call a modern-day hardcore band 'fresh' or 'different', especially when it's your band, but... it is! This effort makes our first EP sound like child's play, as it should. Play it over and over! Piss everyone off!"

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Phil Anselmo To Write Autobiography

Phil Anselmo, the lead singer of New Orleans supergroup Down and former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, has announced that he will soon start work on his autobiography. He will be working on the book with Corey Mitchell of MetalSucks. More information, including the title, is expected to be revealed shortly.

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Phil Anselmo Writes Poem For BoxingInsider.com

Down/ex-Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has recently contributed a poem to BoxingInsider.com. You can check it out below:

A trained; composed; skilled fist
can strike out at an opponent for only so long
before it connects directly into the hearts of loved ones closest.
A pugilistic dementia reaction of habit
with a system in slow motion.
Done by thirty-three
and bitter about it.
What could have been!
Not a single promise kept.
No limelight.
Golden gloves trophies, colorless ribbons
and lost timelines…
gather dust
next to a stack of unopened mail;
forgotten for months.
Or years.
Bloodstains on a battle tested brain.
A warrior
fed back to the cruel streets unwanted and
left to cope alone
with predictable failure lying await in ambush
ticking like a time bomb inside of himself.
Whether it be nerve-damaged ticks
violent, abrupt outbursts
fists through framed family photos
or bottom shelf tequila—
this man is but a trapped, wounded hero
with torn pride inside.
A sad baggage to heave around
with nowhere to put it,
nor knowledge of how to.
The Retired Journeyman will be remembered
as the portrayal of a man that left his mark
as the loser of boxing matches
by those of us who lived through his losses
and have scorned his name because of them.
But let us take a moment to allot compassion for him
because to remember his name
is to know the unparalleled and oft-misguided courage it takes
to climb through the ropes, and into the ring
with nothing left.
For every champion, they must first meet The Journeyman…
who’s scarred face serves its purpose
and with every punch it receives, it
only serves as a detriment to this man’s health
and further distances him, from him.
Woe to The Journeyman—
a hollow young man
with only directionless; puzzled memories of combat
left on his head.
Bereft of family or friends
sitting quietly in his lonely squat—
uninvited, yet familiar company is kept
and can always be found seated in an opposing corner of the house
in a dimly lit smoker
waiting for the bell to ring
in The retired Journeyman’s

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Phil Anselmo Denies Drug Rumours, Talks Pantera

Phil Anselmo, former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual and current vocalist of Down and guitarist for Arson Anthem recently did an in depth interview with AntiQuiet, during which he spoke about his days in Pantera, feud with the Abbott brothers and the rumours that he is back on drugs. Some excerpts are as follows:

Antiquiet: I don’t mean to dredge up old bullshit, but I want to talk about something you’ve encountered firsthand. When you had that beef with Dime and Vin, us fans got the word through fuckin’ Metal Hammer and the music journalists, who of course tend to… you know, pull the juicy quotes out, to keep the circus going, to get attention, to sell magazines.

So let’s say things were different and the journalists minded other business, and you guys had space to work it out on your own. Do you think things might have turned out differently?

Phil Anselmo: Well… it’s kind of a moot point here. But if you’re talking in… imaginary terms, if you’re talking what ifs, theoretically, yeah. Rex and I actually talk about it a lot and we know… Pantera could have kept going.

The interview that sparked off everybody’s imagination… Little to everyone’s knowledge, the guy who asked me that- it was supposed to be off the record- he asked me straight out what would happen if [we] got into a fight- a physical thing. First of all, that never would have happened. Second of all, theoretically, once again- obviously, I would have the advantage over them. So I put it in a [certain] way, like a million motherfuckers do every day- boxers, et cetera- you know, they say they’re going to do terrible, horrible things to each other, and then after everything clears, they shake hands and hug each other and it’s done.

But if things are put as an absolute, and it’s just black and white, it’s just read and it’s taken that way, and it’s very unfortunate that it was. Because, as I’ve said before, Pantera was a mighty force man. More...

Read the full article at AntiQuiet.

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Christ Inversion Announces Release

The official release of Christ Inversion's self-titled recording is set for October 28, 2008 on Housecore Records

Christ Inversion features:
Philip H. Anselmo (DOWN, Pantera, SJR, Etc..) - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Wayne Fabra (Graveyard Rodeo, Necrophagia) - Vocals
Jay Gracianette (Sinkhole, House of Shock) - Bass
Gary Herbert -(Graveyard Rodeo) - Drums

You can check out some of Christ Inversion's material on their MySpace page.

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