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A Drug-Induced Ego Trip - 50%

mike584, February 20th, 2004

Isn't it amazing how drug use destroys creativity unlike what some have said. This album is a fine case in point. There was a reason why Superjoint Ritual's first release, 2002's Use Once And Destroy was as good as it was. Phil Anselmo wrote many of those songs when he was either the tough strong-willed fighter of old, or the depressing herion addict of the mid nineties. That's a period of at least a decade. So either way you put it, Anselmo had ample time to make a good album, and that was a very focused record. It was a reflection of it's creator himself in that it was perhaps the most intense album he had done. It touched on the hardcore spirit with it's Black Sabbath meets Black Flag approach. And to boot, it was recorded in 2000, as Pantera were releasing what became their last album, Reinventing The Steel. Fast forward three years later. Anselmo, always seen high as a kite now, has decided to ditch his former Pantera mates without warning and focus all of energy into Superjoint. It's a shame because with the exceptions of "Waiting For The Turning Point" and the backwards guitar ladden, spine-tingling "Permanently", the songs are the most lifeless of Anselmo's entire carreer. Drummer Joe Fazzio is an excellent drummer, but it does nothing to cover the hard truth - Phil is an ego maniac. Just maybe is he laid off the ganga for just five minutes, he'd realize that he is not the king of hardcore. Minor Threat can do better than this garbage because they're actually listenable. The same goes for Black Flag. Despite what Anselmo thinks, just because you grow up during a certain scene doesn't always mean you are able to touch upon it, like this poor man believe he is doing. This is why drungs are bad after all.