After a decade of sacrificing everything to be successful some band members want a "real" life - whatever that is. It looks appealing as "little things" (spouse, kids, house and pets) take up more and more time.
Meanwhile, the hard core members realize fame is measured in nano-seconds; you have to strike while the fire is hot - or at least smoldering. A side project allows the serious musicians to record or tour while the homebodies unwind. Nobody gets kicked out of the group or feels bad - at least not right away.
Egos are another problem. A successful group has a load of 'em. But it's hard to pull an ego trip around people who have seen you on your knees puking.
Then there is the most fatal tendency of all - the group thinks you're repetitive. It's either the same licks, vocal inflection or attack. There are two ways to handle this. One, totally reinvent yourself or two (a far simpler solution), find a new set of musicians to hang with.
The above contributed to the founding of Superjoint Ritual, a group that, for a while, was tagged as Pantera vocalist Philip Anselmo's side project. But as often happens, side projects take on a life of their own.
After hanging out, jamming and even playing a few low-key, unpublicized shows, Anselmo (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Bower (guitar), Kevin Bond (guitar/bass), Hank Williams III (bass) - grandson of the Country great and son of Jr. - and Joe Fazzio (drums), decided to make a go of it.
Superjoint Ritual released their '02 debut "Use Once And Destroy." The album did well enough to prompt Anselmo to dedicate himself full-time to the group. '04 saw the release of "A Lethal Dose of American Hatred," an unashamedly pro-American record.
But Anselmo's commitment apparently didn't resolve the disagreements between the vocalist and Fazzio. The group disbanded.
A decade later, Superjoint Ritual performed as Superjoint, for legal reasons, at a "100% one-off" reunion show at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. Williams III was initially slated to take part in this first reunion show, but had to bow out due to personal issues.
Anselmo, Bower and Bond were augmented by Stephen Taylor (bass) and Jose Gonzalez (drums),
But it didn't end there. Reunion shows in '14 and '15 led the group, back into the studio to begin work on their long awaited third LP, "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application." The set dropped in '16.
2002 Use Once And Destroy
2004 A Lethal Dose of American Hatred
2016 Caught Up In The Gears Of Application
Superjoint Ritual oscillates between a hard-core and a straight-ahead Metal attack. The songs have power and Anselmo rips through them royally.