Released by: Sanctuary/Housecore Records
Genre: Groove metal, Hardcore punk, Sludge metal
Release date: Friday, November 11th, 2016
Philip H. Anselmo – Vocals
Jimmy Bower – Guitar
Kevin Bond – Guitar
Jose “Blue” Gonzalez – Drums
Stephen Taylor – Bass
1. Today And Tomorrow Burning
2. The Blanket
3. Ruin You
4. Caught Up In The Gears Of Application
5. Sociopathic Herd Delusion
6. Circling The Drain
9. Mutts Bite Too
10. Rigging The Fight
11. Receiving No Answer To The Knock
So as Remembrance Day/Veteran’s day approaches and we take a moment to salute our troops and our freedom, so approaches the release of the first Superjoint album in over 13 years.
Caught in the Gears of Application is technically Superjoint’s first album as they have traded up a few players and adding some Blue Thunder.
Im gonna go freestyle with my track choices because honestly, by the time you are done listening to CITGOA you are dizzy as fuck! It really is a start to finish tumble wash and dry that puts you through the wringer!
So the line up for this new Death Metal Boy Band is Jimmy (gentlemen legs) Bower, Joey (Blue Thunder) Gonzalez, Kevin (Sweet Stuff) Bond and Stephen (the Skeptic) Taylor and a relatively unknown singer by the name of Philp H. Anselmo.
Let it also be known that I am a NOOB to all things Superjoint and the old ritual they had. This is my first exposure to the band and I have nothing to compare it to. The closest I get to anything Anselmo is Down (because Pepper Keenan is in Down and Corrosion of Conformity is the greatest band in the world) so this was a real eye opener to the creative geniuses that surround this man and that continue to be added to his tribe.
Most of the songs are really fast – under 5 minutes. Basically a panic attack in an elevator ride.
Knowing that this album was in its final stages in October 2015 – the lyrics are as everyone has been saying – prophetic – Songs like Clickbait, Ruin You and Sociopathic Heard Delusion which almost foretell the coming year in Anselmo’s life before it has happened! Freaky!
This music is one of those things that makes me giggle every time I hear it because I envision the sea of flying, swimming and fishing human beings that will make up the “pits” at the upcoming shows (Like the one in Dallas on November 12, 2016 – tickets are $10 and Warbeast is playing too – that’s double time for Blue!)
Receiving No Answer To The Knock does show that they save the best for last, or in this case the longest song with the most killer fucking tones.
Caught Up in the Gears of Application slows it down a bit (whatever that means) and allows the jam at least resonate with the listener before being flung in another direction by Sociopathic Herd Delusion (first time ever I’ve actually been able to understand PHA first time!). This is such a fun track – the way the tempo goes from heart attack to stoner jam in a heartbeat – or drumbeat.
I have described my experience with this album as “feeling like I’ve been thrown in the trunk of a car and am being driven at high speeds to my own mafia hit”.
Big shout out to Stephen (The Skeptic) Taylor for Mutts Bite Too. It’s not very often where you hear a bass lead that goes all the way pretty much through the song. SuperGroove.
There is a lot of brutality when listening to songs like Burning the Blanket and Ruin You showing why these guys can come back after all these years and still be pissed off. It’s a beautiful thing.
Most of the names for the songs make me laugh. I understand why the fans have been salivating for this album and I hope that they like it as much as I did as a new fan
Start to finish – a brutal, unapologetic fucking good time put to music.
Now let’s hear it live!
Cya on tour Superjoint!