First Impressions: Superjoint Ritual Returns 13 Years Later with Two New Tracks
Written by Matt Drummond
The first thing I recommend for everyone to do is listen to the song ‘Waiting for the Turning Point.’
Now that everyone’s a Superjoint fan, welcome to the unbearable wait. You new Superjoint fans have it easy; you only have to wait about 3 weeks. I myself have been waiting 13 long years for a new record, and finally, the bell tolls for thee.
In the early 2000’s, Superjoint hauled off with two massive albums; 2002’s ‘Use Once and Destroy’ and 2003’s ‘Lethal Dose of American Hatred.’ What would follow was a 13 year silence. With other Phil Anselmo fronted bands releasing material, Superjoint remained absent from the list year after year. With great relief I can finally say that Superjoint has finally arisen from the New Orleans swamp and they plan to torment their way to reparations.
The lineup for this album has changed slightly, it is as follows; Phil Anselmo-vocals, Jimmy Bower-guitar, Kevin Bond-guitar, Joey Gonzalez-drums, and Steven Taylor-bass.
On November, 11, ‘Caught up in the Gears of Application’, will be released. Enormous amounts of time between records, typically doesn’t bode well for fans anticipating a continuation of the old. However, this case has special circumstances, and it’s not like the members of Superjoint have been away from music.
Superjoint decided to let fans have a glimpse into ‘Caught up in the Gears of Application’, releasing two tracks early and man was I excited to sit down and check them out.
Released first was ‘Sociopathic Held Delusion.’ About three seconds into my first listen I said to myself, “I fuckin’ knew it,” because Superjoint immediately rips into their dirty, unpolished style as if they never left. And if you’ve heard this tune and you’re turned off by the gritty style, you need to understand that Superjoint purposely looks to achieve a crude sound and it’s one of the reasons they’re so badass.
The second track to get released is ‘Ruin You’. ‘Ruin You’ and it’s not only a gnarled slugfest, it’s absolutely pulverizing. Having only heard two songs so far, I don’t want to get carried away, but my first impression of ‘Ruin You’, is this album’s ‘Antifaith’. Yes, it’s that good.
If I was a betting man I would go all in on ‘Caught up in the Gears of Application.’ I realize two songs is a small portion of a whole album, but what I heard in those two songs amputates any shred of concern. At this point, it’s only presumable that ‘Caught up in the Gears of Application’ will be a grandiose butchery, which will leave everyone’s eardrums disfigured.