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Good 'ol Southern Metal at it's best
on 10 September 2002
You know this is going to be a fantastic album as soon as you realise Phil Anselmo is in the band. Phil Anselmo has achieved godly status over years as the frontman of Pantera.
This, however, is his side project band SUPERJOINT RITUAL. One of many including DOWN and VIKING CROWN and a brief stint as guitarist in gore-metal band NECROPHAGIA.
USE ONCE AND DESTROY is the album Pantera should have released after THE GREAT SOUTHERN TREND KILL. USE ONCE AND DESTROY is so intense in it's sheer heaviness that you come away feeling like you've been jumped by a gang of bikers. There are 18 tracks on the album and all of them are crushing. Not one of them could be considered as an 'Album filler'. Even the demo tracks (the last 2 on the album) are brilliant, although the sound quality of these tracks pales in comparison to the rest of the album.
The first track "Oblivious Maximus" is an instrumental track showcasing the the bands musical brutality. No vocals on this track, but with an opening riff like that. who needs vocals.
The second track is called "It takes no guts" and comes in with a small drum solo, before opening in to a speed that will make your eyes bleed.
"Everyone Hates Everyone" has an ending riff that tests any other metal song i've ever heard.
"4 songs" is a 6 minute epic. it comes in fast heavy, like most of the songs, but kicks in to a crushing riff that makes you want to cry at it's utter brilliance.
The last studio track called "Superjoint Ritual" has an ending that might possibly be the best metal riff in history (Maybe that is being too bold). what a way to finish an album.
each song is broken down in to 6 or 7 sections and they all destroy. The band, which also includes Jimmy Bower (down / eyehategod) are very tight and work well togeather. Kevin Bond and Jimmy Bower make a brilliant guitar team, creating some truly original start/stop guitar structures and breakdowns. The drums and the bass make a very solid rhythem section. The drummer really picks the album up, using double bass aplenty and speeding it up and slowing it down in just the rigt places. Phil Anselmo is on top form on this album, screaming his heart out through the entire album. using all his distingtive vocal techniques such as,the quiet whisper,the beasty pantera scream, talking over the track aswell as some new ones, including black metal vocals and death metal vocals.
Anyone who likes Pantera, Sludge-core and REAL metal will love this album. If you only buy one album this year, on the strenghth of a recomendation from Amazon, let it be this one because satisfaction is guaranteed.
The album tile, USE ONCE AND DESTROY, becomes very ironic after listening. Following your first use of the album, you most certainly will NOT want to destroy it, instead treasuring it as part of your metal collection for years to come.