PANTERA — Cowboys From Hell (review)

PANTERA — Cowboys From Hell album cover Album · 1990 · Groove Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
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Cowboys From Hell sounds like what would've happened had Van Halen kept getting heavier after Fair Warning and discovered thrash metal. At first listen, it's an amazing masterpiece, and I've listened to this album so many damn times (Currently my most scrobbled album on Last.fm) that different things stand out each listen. The rhythm section on songs like Psycho Holiday have that same punch and force from Van Halen's Women and Children First and Fair Warning albums, but beefed up with thrash grooves. Domination has the best breakdown in all of metal, and The Art of Shredding has one of the best hooks in all of thrash. Dimebag has a signature playing style, blending the bravado of Eddie Van Halen's style with the intensity of thrash soloing. Phil Anselmo's vocals are at a perfect balance between his Halford-esque shrieks from Power Metal and gruff screams from the following Vulgar Display of Power.

There's a reason Pantera were the kings of 90's metal. Few could come close to the pure energy, personality, heaviness, and songwriting on display here.
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