I’m in the minority of people who think Superjoint is Philip H. Anselmo’s best band to date, yes even better than Pantera. This Philip fronted band had me at the first chords of the original groups initial offering in 2002 “Use Once and Destroy” and followed that up on 2003’s release named “A Lethal Dose of American Hatred”. So here we are now in 2016 on the eve of Superjoint’s new release “Caught Up In The Gears Of Application” with a new line up, no Ritual in the name and very high expectations.
With a line up consisting of founders Philip H. Anselmo, Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver) being joined by drummer Jose “Blue” Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power) this group picks up where the initial band left off 13 years ago.
Right out of the gate the first track entitled Today and Tomorrow comes out swinging. This heavy groove based song is a stop and go of heaviness. With a healthy supply of “F” bombs in the chorus the best way to sum up this track is angry.
Jumping ahead to track 4 the title track Caught Up In The Gears Of Application, this song is pure old school sounding Superjoint. After a minute or so of being pummeled by Jimmy and Kevin with some really fast riffs it breaks down and in comes some great “dirty” sounding Southern style Metal grooves. The combination of Blue and Stephen on the slower parts of this song are some of the best grooves I have heard in a long time. This track is a perfect blend of speed and heaviness.
Track 7 is called Asshole and it is my favorite. To me this song is a perfect Superjoint song and I have already put it up with some of my favorite previous releases. Heavy, groovy, crunchy and powerful, this song has it all. If you like a good old fashion circle pit with multiple gears, this is the song for you.
Having listened to this album probably ten times in the last twenty four hours a few things really stand out to me. “Caught Up In The Gears Of Application” has a heavy punk influence mixed with a Southern Metal sound. Philip H. Anselmo gruff vocals are still one of the best in metal period. Jimmy and Kevin’s guitars are steady and consistent and have just enough twang on them you can practically smell the swamps of Louisiana. And finally I’m a sucker for a good rhythm section, it’s the back bone to any great sound and Blue and Stephen are pure Metal magic together on this album.
“Caught Up In The Gears Of Application” is a really solid mix of different sounds, speeds and influences and has a little bit of everything for everyone. As a fan of Philip and any incarnation of this band, I can say wholeheartedly my high expectations have been met and I can’t wait for these Dudes to get on the road and support their latest release live. (Multiple Nor Cal stops would be nice!)
Superjoint will bring their venom to the stage for their official record release show on November 12th, 2016 in Dallas, their only US appearance of the year. Tickets are on sale now!
11/12/2016 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX w/ Tombs, Warbeast, Wolvhammer, Protest [tickets]
Gene A Gaona