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A Lethal Dose of American Hatred

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  • If “Use Once & Destroy” was a kick in the teeth, “A Lethal Dose of American Hatred”, the new album from Superjoint Ritual, is a punch to the gut. Musically, the band sounds a bit more evolved than on they’re debut (even though both albums are only a year apart), but the true old school hardcore/metal with a punk vibe element remains. Phil Anselmo sounds better here than he did on “Use Once & Destroy”, and the band as a whole is tighter sounding. Tracks like “Waiting For the Turning Point”, the excellent “Dress Like a Target”, “The Destruction of a Person”, “Death Threat”, and “The Knife Rises” are all headbanging cuts, but the album as a whole is too short. It leaves you wanting more, but just about anything featuring Phil behind the wheel, whether it be Pantera, Down, or even Viking Crown, has that effect. All in all, “A Lethal Dose of American Hatred” is one of the better metal releases this year, but hopefully the best from Superjoint is still to come.

    Posted on December 1, 2009