Superjoint Ritual was formed by Phil Anselmo, Jimmy Bower, and Joe Fazzio in the early 1990’s. The New Orleans Sludge/Thrash group was later to be joined by Hank Williams III and Kevin Bond. Their sound can be heard as a crossover between hardcore punk and Pantera. Black metal influences can also be heard in trace amounts on their albums. The band name, Superjoint Ritual, comes from lyrics found in the Darkthrone song, “The Pagan Winter”.
Bands like Venom, Celtic Frost, Slayer, and Voivod have been noted as major influences.
Superjoint Ritual eventually received exposure on programs on television networks such as MTV2’s, Headbanger’s Ball, and Fuse TV’s, Uranium. During the bands active years, Bower stated that Phil Anselmo wrote between 70-85% of the lyrics.
However, their time in the spotlight was short lived. An argument between Anselmo and Fazzio led to the band’s disband in early 2005, which was confirmed by Hank Williams III and Jimmy Bower.