En Minor is a project that had been rattling around in Philip H. Anselmo“s head since he was a child; they are an unexpectedly emotional and deeply serious sound that freefalls out of the genres most of the band members are associated with, including Anselmo himself, and into uncharted territory. Unconventional and, in many ways, experimental, their 2020 release, When the Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out (Housecore Records) is steeped in reverence to the Jazz tradition in New Orleans, and maybe more markedly serves as a morose interpretation of a Jazz Funeral March with hints of Vaudeville; an unironic gothic twist on Tom Waits that Anselmo has since self-described as Depression Core.
One thing that is apparent as we grind down to the end of 2016 in the music world, is the dearth of quality legacy acts. Sure there are some great bands still kicking around and the dad metal crowd will always love the reunions that seem to be on tour forever. It’s definitely tough be nostalgic when you don’t have time to miss anyone. So when a quality act like Superjoint makes a comeback, you need to pay attention to it.Continue reading
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Reactivated hardcore metallers Superjoint, formerly known as Superjoint Ritual, have entered the recording studio based on a series of photos posted to band photographer and friend Jody Dorignac’s Instagram account. The photos depict the band recording at Philip H. Anselmo’s home studio and Housecore Records headquarters, Nodferatu’s Lair. The new Superjoint album, the first in over twelve years, is due out some time next year.
In a series of interviews, Anselmo has discussed the return of Superjoint and making a new album:
Phil with Full Metal Jackie:
“It won’t sound any different, because myself, Jimmy and Kevin have always been the main writers in Superjoint anyway, so, really — for the most part, really, me and Jimmy. So it shouldn’t sound much different at all.”
Discussing the return of the band with the Phoenix New Times ahead of their tour opening date for Danzig’s “Blackest of the Black Tour” this past fall, Phil was asked why the bands shows were better than ever: In a recent interview with “So-briety! [Laughs] Simply put. Sobriety.”
“You know, originally we were plugging along with Superjoint, truth is, and I’m not a bit embarrassed or ashamed to admit it at all, I really don’t remember much about Superjoint from back then except for little pieces. I was fucked up out of my fucking mind on heavy drugs … and the overindulgence of booze. These days, don’t get me wrong, I like my suds and I like a bit of the white grape…. But I think every damn one of us has a much clearer mind. A much more stable support system within that realm. And we’re all veterans now, man. We’ve been through the lowest of times together, and this group of people — specifically, [guitarist] Jimmy Bower and [bassist] Kevin Bond — when it was time to say ‘fuck this road to destruction,’ we all kind of did that together. We all came off of heavy drugs at the same time. So I think there’s this strength with knowledge there about what not to do. So really it just happened from our clear minds and fresh blood there. It’s a positive thing. It feels like it’s fun again, and isn’t that the point? If you’re going to make music and you’re having fun while you’re doing it, nothing in this world cane deter from that.”
“I would just say, as far as energy goes, we know from being in the scene for 20, 30 years that we don’t have to get up there and jump around and dance around for the kids anymore. All we need to do is throw our amps and drums up on stage… And play the music as tight as possible with no bullshit, man. Just lay it on them. And during this [fall], we’re also going to be doing a multitude of shows with the mighty Glenn Danzig, who I’ve been friends with, for, geez, 25 years. He’s always been a complete gentleman and supporter of myself and what I do. You look at a set like that … our game plan is to rip it song after song after song, with nary a break. And we will always have interaction with the audience because I love that part as well. But it comes down to leading people with a positive impression and playing as many songs as possible.”
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Superjoint, the band risen from the ashes of 90s hardcore metal band Superjoint Ritual is currently on the road opening for Danzig’s “Blackest of the Black Tour”, along with Veil of Maya, Prong, and Witch Mountain. Superjoint was conceived of and is led by Philip Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals), Jimmy Bower (Down, EyeHateGod) and Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver) and came to form a supergroup 15 years ago. They are currently backed by Anselmo accolytes José Manuel Gonzalez Jr. on drums (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Wovenhand, 16 Horsepower), on bass. In addition to tearing it up on the Danzig tour the band is heading toward the finish line of Phil’s 3rd annual Housecore Horror Festival. On the first night of the full tour at The Marquee in Tempe, Superjoint seemed energized from coming back and the reaction of crowd was vocal in their support. Unlike other bands trying hard to be clean and all prettied up, Superjoint is 100% no bullshit. Just ugly music for brutal music fans, who don’t need their riffs white-washed with interludes or overlong jams. The only breakdown you will hear is an emotional one, collectively from the crowd when all is said and done. Thanks to Melina Dellamarggio of Melina D Photography for being on point in the photo pit on this night.
In a post to his website and social networks Philip H Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Phil Anselmo And The Illegals) has announced he will tour this summer with his band Superjoint on the “It Takes guts” Tour, which is the current incarnation of his Superjoint Ritual project. Joining the tour will be the Anselmo produced King Parrot and Child Bite. Superjoint had planned to start playing select shows, such as the last Housecore Horror Festival and their upcoming appearance at Hellfest in Clisson, FR. After originally calling the housecore Fest show “a one off”, the band is apparently writing new music for future release.
Trailer video for tour:
Superjoint Tour Dates (more TBA):
Jul 10 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Jul 11 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
Jul 12 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
Jul 14 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Jul 15 Machine Shop – Flint, MI
Jul 17 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
Jul 18 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Jul 19 V Club – Huntington, WV
Jul 21 Greene Street – Greensboro, NC
Jul 23 Warehouse Live – Clarksville, TN
Jul 24 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
Jul 25 Warehouse – Shreveport, LA
Superjoint’s current lineup:
Phil Anselmo – Vocals
Jimmy Bower – Guitar
Kevin Bond – Guitar
Stephen Taylor- Bass
Jose Gonzalez- Drums