New Orleans sludge ritualists SUPERJOINT (formerly known as SUPERJOINT RITUAL) are back with their first record since 2003’s "A Lethal Dose of American Hatred".

"Sociopathic Herd Delusion", a brand new song from former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo's SUPERJOINT can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application", which will be released on November 11 via Anselmo's Housecore record label. The disc was recorded at Philip's New Orleans-area studio, Nodferatu's Lair and was produced by Anselmo and Stephen Berrigan. The effort was mastered by Scott Hull* (AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, PIG DESTROYER) a Visceral Sounds.

At the behest of the late Corey Mitchell, co-founder of The Housecore Horror Film Festival, SUPERJOINT founders Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem et al), Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) joined forces with longtime comrades, drummer José "Blue" Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power). A new era of the band was born.

Mitchell's idea worked brilliantly, as the band members found true joy in playing together again. After just two tours, new material followed culminating in the scathing sounds of "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application". The album remains true to SUPERJOINT's original strategy: to spew forth an acrimonious crossover of hardcore punk, metal, and unrelenting, hostile, New Orleans-style angst.

"The minute we started writing, I knew this record would be brutal," reflects Bower, "Sticking to our true hardcore roots and signature SUPERJOINT sound, we accomplished a record that needed to happen in today's underground. It's pissed off! After being on hiatus for eleven-plus years, the chance at a new SUPERJOINT record wasn't something we took lightly. With newcomers Steven and Joey, we were psyched and eager to get in the Lair and start writing and after two tours with the new lineup, we were able to hit the writing hard! Didn't take long to accomplish, and we stood and smirked at the playback of what would be the new SUPERJOINT record. With songs like "Receiving No Answer To The Knock" and "Sociopathic Herd Delusion" we had everything to smirk about! This record brings our viscous style of hardcore back to life. Pissed off with everything to prove, SUPERJOINT is back!"

Anselmo adds: "The overall theme means many things, or no things, but there is an underlying message regardless, about how modern technology - computers and all that comes with them, mainly - has affected our lives. As a musician, it has affected my life both negatively (music being stolen) and positively (being in touch with fellow musicians around the world and staying visible). But when looking at the broader spectrum, computer-land has given everyday people a platform in which to bellow like carnival barkers about anything and everything, humdrum or political, whether qualified or not, some with good intentions, some with disingenuous intentions, and some with ideas that lay somewhere in the middle, creating a mishmash of results."

As a precursor to the release of "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application", the confrontational "Sociopathic Herd Delusion" is available for streaming. Anselmo simply states: ""Sociopathic Herd Delusion" is an absolute SUPERJOINT hook-a-rama done in one-thousand-percent SUPERJOINT form! It's a state of cerebral address, and thicker than a hundred-year-old deck of collectable boxing cards."

Pre-order "Caught Up In The Gears Of Application" here

"Caught Up In The Gears Of Application" track listing:

  1. Today And Tomorrow
  1. Burning The Blanket
  2. Ruin You
  3. Caught Up In The Gears Of The Application
  4. Sociopathic Herd Delusion
  5. Circling The Drain
  6. Clickbait
  7. Asshole
  8. Mutts Bite Too
  9. Rigging The Fight
  10. Receiving No Answer To The Knock
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