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Use Once And Destroy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2002
I bought the Superjoint Ritual cd because i'd heard one of the tracks a few months before it came out and it sounded pretty brutal,but mostly cos Phil Anselmo from Pantera sings and plays guitar on it.Its a good album and good for listening to if you like Pantera,it has the same kind of sound as "The Great Southern Trendkill".
Standout tracks are F**k your Enemy and The Alcoholik and I like the instrumental opening track Oblivioua Maximus.
This album is quite nice you might like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
we all know phil anselmo,he oozes rage and it spits out of him,even when he fronted the stoner like Down,it was layered in venom,this is his other band and its heavy,heavier than pantera?yeah i guess it is,at the time of the release of this he was still very sour about the whole pantera split up and he was still battling the demons of his drink and drug abuse,it shows in the lyrical content and the heaviness of the guitars ,it wont be for everyone,some pantera fans may feel its a bit harsh but it is the result of anger
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on 13 February 2015
What to say or what not to say, bad-ish bits are yes the album is a bit top loaded but take nothing away from this album. This is how metal should be, it's raw and powerful. I'd go so far to say if you like the genre and you don't own/appreciate this album it would be hard to take your opinion seriously. This is a skull badgering, assault that makes you want to go a little bit ape...gran two machine guns and ride a horse through fire...nough said!
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Superjoint ritual's first album has gotta be their most famous, its heavy, aggressive and loud. it represents phill's years going back to his "roots" in Louisiana, releasing Down's first album along with a number of other projects he add been involved with throughout the 90's - this is one of 'em! and its very heavy.

think EYEHATEGOD, Corrosion of conformity/crowbar kinda thing and turn it up.

good album
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on 30 May 2002
i was unsure what to expect from phil and his thrash project, as it would be hard to ever match the power of pantera.
i was completely amazed! the whole group give it their full here and produce hardcore grinding metal that almost stands tall next to the rest of the worlds greatest thrash bands.
every song on the album is sick! THE VIOLENCE, i love it
go buy now!
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The first few tracks are devastating! Usually around 5 tracks into I get a little tired of how extreme it is. It doesn't have the dynamics of a Pantera album. I think it would have been better as a shorter album like in the days of metal LPs. I've still given it 5 stars though as there are some awesome tracks on here.
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on 21 May 2002
I was quite surprised when I heared this; it it's extreme metal, heavy and mostly fast with harsh vocals. With a name like Superjoint Ritual I thought i'd be more stoner/blues influenced like Down, but oh well!
Can't fault Anselmo though.
If you like Far Beyond Driven era Pantera this is a must have.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2005
First off, this isn't Pantera, and this isn't Down. This is Superjoint. Much heavier than his Anselmo's other work, I'm not going to say if it's better or worse, but, damn, man, this stuff is brutal. I love it. Great music. A mix of Black Flag, and Black Sabbath. Good stuff.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2002
this is stunning, put simply.
once again philip anselmo has told the 'nu' metal world to kiss his a*s. this is an astonishing piece of work put together by some of the finest musicians today.
not one of the tracks on this album is slow, not one.
this rip-roaring rid of heavy thrash/hardcore takes you to new extemes as phil anselmo growls and shrieks like a mental patient. of all the tracks i think 'takes no guts' is the best,the lyrics are brutal;which reflects on the music.
this album is as intwined with rape, murder and hate as it is with weed, booze and sex.
this album combines the talents of 5 incredible musicians who- as the album is called-use once and destroy.
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