PHILIP ANSELMO: 'PANTERA Is Dead'

Ben Ratliff of The New York Times is reporting that SUPERJOINT RITUAL, a raw, sloppy hardcore punk band led by former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo, is on a quixotic mission to convince the world that his new group is better than his old one.

"The exercise is both fun and enervating to watch; it involves a lot of heckling, from the audience and the stage," Ratliff writes. "At one point during the band's Ozzfest set [at the Jones Beach Amphitheater Wednesday evening (July 14)], his back turned to the crowd, after spitting out a mouthful of water, Mr. Anselmo blankly said the unsayable: 'PANTERA's dead.' Nobody liked hearing this.

" 'SUPERJOINT RITUAL are the most dangerous band out there, period!' he seethed. 'We're anti-image; we're anti-everything. All we have is our music. And me.' "

SUPERJOINT RITUAL's latest CD, "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred" (2003), has sold 99,302 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its predecessor, 2002's "Use Once And Destroy", has shifted 107,305 units so far.

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