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Music before image is group's credo

Superjoint Ritual calls itself an anti-image band

You won't find flashy clothes here. "It all boils down to the quality of music. And that's all we're interested in," vocalist Phil Anselmo says.
You won't find flashy clothes here. "It all boils down to the quality of music. And that's all we're interested in," vocalist Phil Anselmo says.
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Superjoint Ritual formed out of necessity, said vocalist Phil Anselmo.

"The state of the music scene is pretty crappy," Anselmo said during a phone call from Amarillo, Texas. "There are a lot of people out there who think that you have to look good and wear flashy clothes when you play music. It's like glam metal. You might look wild, but the music isn't very good.

"We're what you would call an anti-image band," he said. "It all boils down to the quality of music. And that's all we're interested in."

Superjoint Ritual — Anselmo, guitarists Jimmy Bower and Kevin Bond, drummer Joe Fazzio and bassist Hank Williams III — came together back in 2001. Anselmo, who fronted Pantera at the time, was on the prowl for other creative outlets.

He formed Down and then found himself in the midst of gathering a new tribe that would eventually become Superjoint Ritual.

"Actually, Hank was the last piece of this puzzle," Anselmo said. "Joe, Jim, Kevin and I have been jamming with each other since 1993. We all had, and still have, this common idea of the type of music we wanted to play.

"Joe had played with Hank and a couple of years ago, we welcomed him into the fold."

The band released its debut album, "Use Once and Destroy," in 2002. That group of songs was inspired by the state of the music business, the nation, the world and life.

"The purpose of that album was to bring America back to heavy metal and hard-core, or the combination of those two styles," said Anselmo, who officially left Pantera earlier this year. "We had written a load of songs from 1993 to 1997, and 'Use Once and Destroy' was the culmination of what we were doing at the time."

Tracks such as "It Takes No Guts" and "All of Our Lives Will Get Tried" are commentary about the demise of society.

The new album, "A Lethal Dose of American Hatred," is a cry to the world that America will do what it takes to stand strong regardless of what the world thinks.

"Personal Insult," "Dress Like a Target" and "Waiting for the Turning Point" not only refer to America as a whole, but can be boiled down to a more personal, individual level, said Anselmo.

"Believe it or not, the album is about taking steps to attain happiness," he said with a little laugh. "It's something that a lot of people, especially the youth, can relate to these days."

Anselmo believes there are two types of kids who listen to music.

"There are those average 15-year-olds who are attracted to the most popular acts of the time," he said. "Then there are those 15-year-olds who are looking for that extreme punch. They seek the kind of thing we do, and, hopefully, we're what they're really looking for."


If you go

What: Superjoint Ritual

Where: DV8, 115 S. West Temple

When: Wednesday, doors open at 7 p.m.

How much: $18-$20

Phone: 467-8499 or 1-800-888-8499

Web: www.smithstix.com


E-MAIL: scott@desnews.com