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Last Known Status: Regrouped
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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.
In the February 2006 issue of Revolver magazine (web site), several of PANTERA's former business associates recount the band's amazing rise to the status of the biggest extreme metal act in the world and the circumstances that led to their eventual break-up.
Though it would be unfair to blame PANTERA's demise directly on vocalist Philip Anselmo's side band DOWN, it's clear that the project — as well as Anselmo's many other projects, like SUPERJOINT RITUAL — became another snowball in the avalanche of bad feeling that eventually overwhelmed the band. Certainly, the lack of direct communication between Anselmo and the Abbott brothers (Darrell and Vince) also had something to do with it, as did the "he said/they said" salvos that were fired back and forth between the two camps — with bassist Rex Brown caught in the middle — via interviews in print magazines and online publications.
"Really, it was just a complete lack of communication [within PANTERA], and the wrong things being said at the wrong time," offers Kim Zide-Davis, who joined the band's management team a few months after the group's "Far Beyond Driven" CD came out. "Philip doesn't have a real understanding that he needs to be careful of who he says what to, and how people can misconstrue what he's saying. It got to the point where I'd come into the office and Phil was out on tour with DOWN or SUPERJOINT RITUAL and had just said something else. Honestly, it was gut-wrenching.
"I spent the better part of the last three years [with PANTERA] working with them on and off, trying to keep them from disintegrating. The brothers were ready to go, and so was Rex. But Philip was beyond anybody's control."
"I blame the media for making a circus out of the fact that there were a few things I wanted to get out of my system, and we were going to take a break," says Anselmo today. "The media blew this 'we hate each other' thing up to the sky."
But while the "who broke up PANTERA" argument can (and probably will) rage well into the next millennium, the premature death of Dimebag Darrell ultimately renders it moot. Though drummer Vinnie Paul has vehemently stated that he and his brother would have never participated in a PANTERA reunion, Brown would like to think otherwise. "Maybe somewhere down the road we would've smoothed stuff out — the four of us getting together in a room and beating the shit out of each other or whatever," he says. "We can’t do that now. All that we can do now is move on and do the best we can and try to preserve the legacy that we built, and at least keep Dime's musical legacy alive."
The February 2006 issue of Revolver magazine — containing a lengthy interview with Anselmo and comments from many of the group's longtime associates — will hit newsstands on December 6.
Blabbermouth.net has assembled a series of links on the war of words that contributed to PANTERA's eventual demise.
Former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo has spoken exclusively to Revolver magazine (web site) about the death of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Anselmo's much-rumored substance-abuse problems and the role the heavy metal media has played in PANTERA's eventual demise, among many other topics. Several excerpts from the article (published in the magazine's February 2006 issue, due to hit newsstands on December 6) follow:
Revolver: Tell me about the past year.
Anselmo: "Man, this has been the worst year of my life — it's been the worst year of many people's lives. Ever since… Ever since my guitar player was taken from me, basically."
Revolver: How much do you miss Dime?
Anselmo: "I miss him more than I can even begin to say. I think of him every single waking day — every 30 minutes, if not every five minutes.
"And… [he pauses] Trying not to get choked up here. I'm trying to compose myself. I speak with Rex [Brown, PANTERA's bass player] often. We both are dealing with it… I'm in therapy. I never had to see a psychiatrist before. I see one regularly now. They tried to put me on antidepressants, but I won't take them because I don't trust drugs at all anymore. I don't trust a fucking pill, not unless it's a vitamin.More...
In a recent interview with Metal Maniacs magazine, EYEHATEGOD/SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist and DOWN drummer Jimmy Bower revealed that he is "sure we'll do another DOWN record. I've talked to Phil [Anselmo, DOWN/SUPERJOINT RITUAL/ex-PANTERA frontman] and everybody else. Everybody's expressed interest in wanting to do a DOWN record, so that's basically all it takes. Hopefully within the next year or two that can happen. DOWN records are fun. Phil's doing a lot better as far as handling [Dimebag's death]. It's been a big wake-up call for a lot of people over the the last five, six months. People are doing cool things with their lives; cool, positive things. Let's save metal!"
DOWN is the New Orleans "supergroup" featuring Anselmo, Bower, Pepper Keenan (guitars, C.O.C.), Rex Brown (bass, ex-PANTERA) and Kirk Windstein (guitars, CROWBAR). The band's sophomore album, "Down II", was released in March 2002 on Elektra Records.
Candlelight Records with Rise Above Records have announced the first confirmed dates on DEBRIS INC's forthcoming tour. Beginning April 13, the month-long tour will conclude with their second appearance at the annual Emissions of the Monolith Festival in Youngstown, OH. The tour will be in support of the band's self-titled debut set to hit stores nationwide on April 5. Some venues are still confirming in their locks on the tour; with noted additions available at the band's official website, debrisinc.com
DEBRIS INC is the new band featuring St. Vitus alumni Dave Chandler with long-time Trouble bassist Ron Holzner. Outlaws who on occassion join in the drunken bedlam include Trouble’s Barry Stern, Eyehategod/Superjoint Ritual/Crowbar skinsman Jimmy Bower, and Goatsnake/Obsessed-famed Greg Rogers among others.
Already extremely active, DEBRIS INC have toured the US with labelmates Orange Goblin, have made appearances at Templars of Doom, Emissions of the Monolith and Milwaukee Metal Festivals (with European sightings at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival). The band recently collaborated with Los Angeles-based Crisis for a reworking of X’s “Nausea.”
Debris Inc. Spring tour dates: More...
Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."
Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."
Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."
Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...
Phil Anselmo is working on a new project, called Body And Blood. Little is know about it, except that Crowbar's Kirk Windstein (a former bandmate of Anselmo's in Down) and Valume Nob drummer Sid Montz are involved.
Pantera/Down/Superjoint Ritual Frontman Phil Anselmo has shared his thoughts of late concerning Dimebag Darrell's murder and Pantera of old at length. Here's his posting to his own philanselmo.com:
Philip H Anselmo; On Behalf of Darrell Lance Abbott-Pt. I
I’ve been stumbling around in a coma of loss. No truer lyric has been written than “You don’t know what you’ve got, ‘til it’s gone.” To explain my side of things with the hiatus of Pantera, please give me a moment and think about what I say. Think.
I joined the band in late ‘86/early ‘87, and the chemistry clicked like a vice grip, we hit it off like four bad mother fuckers could. Perfection. Dime, Vince and Rex could play fucking anything. You pick the style, they could pull it off. So in reality we had to find out where our musical hearts lay strongest. After short deliberation, our intention was to be the most devastating ‘hard core-heavy metal’ band in the world.
You know, when the so called heavy metal press first got wind of ‘Cowboys from Hell’ they were absolutely unsure what to think. More bad reviews than good at the time. The Reason? They had never heard a band quite like us before, and I can’t blame the press or anyone for not hearing the full experience, but there were flashes in songs like ‘Primal Concrete Sledge’, and “Message in Blood’. Once again as I have said before, the press remained basically unimpressed, BUT, with the heavy metal audience, the phenomenon of Pantera had already begun. Slowly but surely, the fan base grew larger and larger (the best fans in the world I say still!) More...
Phil Anselmo planned to attend Dimebag Darrell's public memorial service Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas, but was told that Darrell's family didn't want him to attend. "I never got a chance to say goodbye in the right way and it kills me," he said. "I wish to God I could've gone to his funeral, but I have to respect his family's wishes, and they do not want me there. I believe I belong there, but I understand completely, I'm so sorry."
Not only did Darrell's death dash the hopes of a Pantera reunion, Anselmo said the incident has made him question his own career as a musician. "This has changed the entire world, and this is the last you'll be seeing of me for a long time," he said. "I hope you're happy, heavy metal music magazines, media, I hope you're happy. I'm done."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo did NOT attend the the funeral of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott ? apparently because he was told that he was "not welcome" at any of the events honoring the late musician who was slain last week at a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Anselmo's former PANTERA/DOWN bandmate Rex Brown (bass) DID attend, as did a number of other high-profile musicians, such as Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS, OZZY OSBOURNE), Jim Root (SLIPKNOT), Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT), Paul Gray (SLIPKNOT), and Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY).
Cantrell, Inez and DAMAGEPLAN singer Patrick Lachman reportedly performed acoustic versions of two ALICE IN CHAINS songs ("Brother" and "Got Me Wrong") at the funeral, while Eddie Van Halen gave a speech that included an impromptu playback of a phone message he had received from Abbott at some point before his death.
An article has been posted on SFGate.com on Dimebag Darrell:
In the outrage over the senseless murder of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, 38, in a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub on Wednesday by a man who charged the stage and shot point-blank at the band and crowd before being shot dead himself by a police officer, less attention has been paid to the former Pantera member's extensive musical influence.
Though hardly a household name, Abbott, who was on tour with his new band, Damageplan, played guitar with a rare intensity that brought together virtuosity with deep-rooted Texas blues riffs. So it's appropriate that the people hit the hardest by the news were not only the band's hardcore fans but also fellow musicians who recognized Abbott not just as a bearded heavy metal icon but a maverick in a field that was used to stagnation.
"He was certainly one of the most influential guitarists of his particular generation," said Brad Tolinski, editor in chief of Guitar World magazine, in a phone call from his New York office. "He played it straight up and wasn't influenced by the trends. I see Pantera as the bridge between the thrash music of bands in the late '80s like Metallica and Megadeth and the nu- metal of today, whether you're talking about Linkin Park or Disturbed."
"When you think of '90s heavy metal or hard rock, Pantera is one of these seminal bands," said Tom Calderone, MTV's executive vice president. "They are quoted today as influences by many bands. Hard rock has lost a legendary guitar player."
Read the full article at SFGate.com.
Philip Anselmo's (Superjoint Ritual, Down, ex-Pantera) friend "J" has posted the following message on the official Down forum in regards to the tragic death of Damageplan/ex-Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott:
"I don't have a big official statement. I do have a lot of inside knowledge on the Pantera feud from Philip's side and tonight he gave me the green light to let everyone else in on what I know. He trusts me to do this, and I take 100 percent responsibility for anything that is inaccurate, but I'm confident you all know I'm not going to touch on this subject unless it's from the heart. He didn't even give me any specifics except for the final part of this post... he just wants me to tell people what I know to be true. More...
Superjoint Ritual bassist Hank Williams III has posted the following message regarding the death of Damageplan/ex-Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell:
"It just ain't fuckin right... Alcohol should have killed Dime, not a fuckin piece of shit worthless fuck with a gun trying to recreate the John Lennon's killing... This happened on the same day, if you didnt know... Dime will never die EVER!!! His style of guitar playing took metal to a whole new chapter in metal history.
"For those of us that were lucky enough to be around Dime as a person... or see him jam in no matter what band it was, you know he liked to have a good time... In his honor, crank up his fuckin music and get motherfuckin wasted on whiskey!!!!!!!
"And no matter what was said with all the shit talking between Superjoint Ritual and Damageplan, that's all it was, nothing but talk!! If we had ever been in the same room together as both bands, it would have been cool… Kinda like seeing 'ole family....
"I'm sure there will be plenty of new rumors surfacing.....And fingers pointing at people to blame... But Philip [Anselmo, ex-Pantera] and the rest of Superjoint Ritual are in a state of shock and blown away by this tragedy! We do not take this shit lightly... What this kid did is so fucked up its not even conceivable. May you burn in the hottest corners of hell, you pistol-packin' pussyfuck...
"R.I.P Dimebag. You rocked harder than you will ever know!!!!"
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
Superjoint Ritual have uploaded a live video clip recorded during the band's recent performance at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL at their official web site. Check it out at this location.
As previously reported, Superjoint Ritual will release a new live DVD, entitled "Live at CBGB 2004 - Changing the Face of Music through Uncompromising Anti-Image", on October 5 through Sanctuary Visual Entertainment. Directed by Denise Korycki, the DVD was filmed at New York City's legendary CBGBs on May 3, 2004 and features a virtually uncut viewing of the band's performance along with an up-close and in-your-face look at Superjoint Ritual before and after the show.
Commented Superjoint Ritual frontman Philip Anselmo: "The type of show we had [at CBGBs] separates the men from the boys, as you'll see. It also shows how far Superjoint Ritual have come as a band."
"Live at CBGB 2004 - Changing the Face of Music through Uncompromising Anti-Image" (view cover here) track listing:
02. Fuck Your Enemy
03. The Introvert
04. Personal Insult
05. The Destruction of a Person
07. The Alcoholik
08. Waiting for the Turning Point
09. One Song/Ozena
10. Stealing a Page or Two from Armed & Radical Pagans
Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reviewed the Ozzfest 2004 traveling heavy metal festival when it hit Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday (August 28). An excerpt from his review follows:
Black Label Society, featuring Ozzy axman Zakk Wylde, roared through a set of squealing metal with guitars all up to 12. It was full-out, no frills and a little undistinguished compared to what was to come. Wylde, a rugged character, did impart some wisdom from his WWII-vet father: 'You can fly planes into our buildings, but when you [mess] with the best, you're gonna die with the rest.'
Phil Anselmo takes the award for the most hostile performer of the day — and perhaps the year. He didn't seem to understand why the corrosive hardcore of his band, Superjoint Ritual, didn't inspire the overheated crowd to maintain a constant mosh pit.
The tattooed and mohawked Anselmo took to insults (or at least his idea of them): "If you're standing with your arms folded, you are a homosexual!" He also ratcheted up the military rhetoric: "This is the United States of America, and we can hate whoever we want! So, let's start busting heads!"
Ultimately, the angry but amusing kook went off the stage, slamming down the mike and saying, "You're the worst audience I ever played in front of."
Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath took the stage intoning, 'We have been spelllllbound! By the devilllll!' The Norwegian band held down the costumed freak slot on the main stage, bounding out in white facepaint, swinging hair and spiked leather pants. They had a cool take on gothic metal with monster vocals and funereal keyboards over the grinding guitars. Twenty minutes into the set they unleashed the vocals of bassist Simen Hestnaes, who had a high, pure voice to offset Shagrath's demonic growl.
Read the full article at post-gazette.com.
Vehemence have issued this band update:
The mini tour we just headlined went extremely well and we thank all the extremely talented bands that we played with for their support. The tour proved to us that we can now do our own headlining tours really at anytime. We now urge bands to contact our booking agency if they think they are suitable for touring or setting up various shows with Vehemence. Playing Mexico was a blast and wasn't really a culture shock, it was more like Hollywood meets Las Vegas in a way. The metal heads are hungry for extreme metal and it was our pleasure to perform for the audience. We will be back in Mexico soon, and thanks to the crew that took us down there. The Houston off date Ozzfest show with Superjoint Ritual went very well, around 600 people attended and Vehemence ended up earning the respect from all the bands on the bill and from comments we have heard backstage. Look forward to our tour with Crematorium, All Shall Perish, and Animosity in September on the west coast. Also look forward to seeing us on month full U.S. tours with Mortician, Akercocke in Sept/Oct and Vital Remains in Oct/Nov. Please check our tours and shows page for more updates! The Thoughts From Which I Hide has officially sold out, so we will not be taking any more orders for it. We urge you to download the album from wherever possible, we have mp3's featured on our website. Thanks to all those that purchased this album from when it was released till its extinction and we might be re-releasing it in the near future.
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
Videos you can vote for: More...
The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:
METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL, SHADOWS FALL, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STONE SOUR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, LAMB OF GOD, VIO-LENCE, KREATOR, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, VOIVOD, CHIMAIRA, BIOHAZARD, FOZZY/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, THE HAUNTED, D.R.I., SOILWORK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HEATHEN, Brian Slagel, Jon & Marsha Zazula, authors Ian Christe (Sound of the Beast) and Steven Blush (American Hardcore), NY metal radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Rampage Radio's Ron Quintana and featuring the music of unsigned bands: EXIT TO ETERNITY, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, ULYSSES SIREN
Vehemence is embarking on some upcoming touring in support for their newest album called "Helping The World To See" released April 6, 2004.
Dates are announced below:
Jul. 30 - El Paso, TX - The Key Lounge
Jul. 31 - Juarez, Mexico - Planet Rock
Aug. 02 – Houston, TX- Engine Room
Aug. 03 – TBA
Aug. 04 - TBA
Aug. 05 - Harlingen, TX - Smiley's Ballroom
Aug. 06 - TBA
Aug. 07 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
Aug. 19 – Phoenix, AZ - The Mason Jar
Sept. 10 – Texas – TBA
Sept. 11 – Houston, TX – Texas Murder Fest
Sept. 12 – Dallas, TX – DFW Metal Fest
TBA dates are unconfirmed off-Ozzfest dates with Superjoint Ritual & Devildriver. Vehemence will be on tour with Vital Remains for one week at the end of August. Another upcoming tour in the beginning of September will include a tour with Crematorium, All Shall Perish, and Animosity. Vehemence will be supporting the Mortician and Akercoke full U.S. tour in mid September through October. A European tour is also being arranged by Bruchstein Tours for April 2005 with Abscess. More dates and info will be available on www.vehemence.com.
On Sunday, July 18, 2004 I enjoyed one of the best Ozzfests I've witnessed at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, despite a day that started off pretty bad. To put it all in perspective, I'll start at the beginning. I awoke to prepare for the day and immediately noticed that my right eye which was slightly irritated the day before was swollen half shut. After 30 minutes or so of being awake, I was developing a serious headache from the pressure of my swollen eyelid being open. Although I had fully intended to arrive at Ozzfest by 9:30 and see every band perform, I quickly resigned to going in to the hospital to have my eye checked out. The decision was an easy one because the headache was already terrible and I could only imagine the situation worsening throughout the day as dust, rain, sweat, and/or sun screen got into my eyes.
After two hours in the hospital to get some antibiotic eye drops, I was on my way. One side effect of the eye infection was that I was forced to wear glasses instead of contacts, which totally sucks - it's kind of hard to headbang with glasses on.
Factoring in travel time, I arrived at Ozzfest just two hours into the show. The weather was overcast and comfortably cool 70's. They were calling for a 60% chance of rain, but the weather was holding, despite passing through some rain on the drive to Bristow. More...