Vulgar Display of Power is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera. Released on February 25, 1992 through Atco Records, it was the band's second collaboration with producer Terry Date, after having previously worked with him on their breakthrough album Cowboys from Hell (1990). The album was well received by both critics and fans, and is Pantera's highest selling album to date and would eventually be certified double platinum. It is often considered one of the most influential heavy metal albums of the 1990s. In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked Vulgar Display of Power 10th on their list of 'The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time'. Several of its tracks have become among the band's best known, such as "Mouth for War", "A New Level", "Walk", "Fucking Hostile", and "This Love".Wikipedia
Essential album in the evolution of Thrash metal as it grew out of its 80's infancy and continued to spread in the 90's. Anselmo's vocal style over groovy grind riffs are also clear inspiration for Nu-Metal bands that sprang up in the late 90's/early 00's. It's a shame Dimebag was murdered by a whacko, and Phil Anselmo has turned into a real piece of human garbage since the band's dissolution. Big stain on the reputation of a hugely influential band.
Five stars. Duh. wtf.
first listen, nothing reached out and grabbed me -- TOO loud. Maybe next time. 2-3/5 (there were some pretty good rhythms that I heard, so I'll have to try it again. 3 for now)
Awful. And the cynical ballad track at the end made it even worse.
Hate this album and this band
1/10, not my thing
I don't like screaming music, it gave me a headache.
Yeah, I still don't like heavy metal.
Bit much for Mothering Sunday.
What's with the shouting? No.
Powerful album that takes me back to my "rebellious" youth. Listening to this album that my friend burned for me with "P-VDOP" written in sharpie in my Discman. Those were the days. Plus, these boys were local to me (DFW, TX area) and are legends here. 5 stars for sure.
Fucking badass! Proper classic
What a fun listen. I mean, for fans of this stuff. It’s not my favorite Pantera album. That goes to Far Beyond Driven, but this one is a powerhouse in its own right. What a hard hitting, in your face, fuck you if you don’t like me collection of songs. One of the better ones on this list so far!!!
Love this álbum, one of the best metal bands
id never listened to entire metal albums before but this was super good. hollow was my favorite track i could listen to this any day
my uncle used to play metal every day and I hated it but this album made me start to love metal and I'm gonna listen to a ton of metal now. super insane made me wanna riot.
Stone cold classic
My favorite Pantera album, and easily one of my favorite albums as a teenager. Pantera solidified my love for metal music, this is like listening to history for me.
Solid hard core metal album. Walk is a classic that hits hard. The album has a good mix of hardcore lyrics and plenty of flowing guitar riffs. Always enjoyed when in the mood. 8.1/10
Had a terrible time getting this to play in Spotify, and finally got a couple individual songs to play on it. Hated both.
No.... just no
Hated it. Gave up after 2 songs
No me gusta el metal :/
1/5 metal? well sadly no!
Not a fan of this type of music
Not my thing at all. Gave it a fair chance and a full listen and it’s still not my thing. RIP to Laura’s heart rate.
Could barely bring myself to listen to more than 2 songs of this. This is not and never will be me: for that, I apologise. I will never be able to give an objective review of musicianship within this genre due to my pure distain for it. Resting heart rate 103bpm. Praying the next album will be less panic attack inducing.
oh no it’s metal oh my god are their vocal folds okay?? I’m literally on one volume right now they said SCRELTING I can’t with this it’s almost over I can make it
I love this record. It's a great power metal record. Is it power metal? idk I do know that it is one of the best
Erinnert mich daran wie wir in Stefans küche 3kg Hack zu Fleichküchle gemacht haben und Stefan dann mit nem Weizen auf der Plauze eingeschlafen ist. Das ist natürlich umgefallen und alles war versifft. Er wollte erst nicht glauben, dass er sich dieses Schlamassel selbst zuschreiben muss. Und Dimebag auf der Bühne erschossen worden: Mehr Meddl geht nicht
Alles klar, sprach ich gestern noch von weirdem Metal, so werde ich heute damit belohnt. Typisch schlecht gemischt, aber vielleicht macht das auch den Reiz aus. Funfact, nach diesem Album haben Pantera nie wieder Demo-Versionen aufgenommen, sondern oft improvisiert. Es tut mir weh, es tut mir gut. Pantera hat hierbei laut Wikipedia versucht, das härteste Album aller Zeiten aufzunehmen, weil das Black Album von Metallica für sie eine Enttäuschung war. Nun gut. "Walk" liebe ich. Stehe gerade auf der Rofatanze irgendwann um viertel nach vier und lasse mich davon treiben. Viel Bewegung ist nicht mehr, es sind nur noch die harten Metalboys da und lassen ihre Haare schwingen. Ich habe keine Haare und Leute, die ohne Haare bangen, sind für mich Abschaum. Also putze ich weiter die Tische und Bänke, um früher in den Feierabend zu kommen. Währenddessen singe ich leise mit und bewege das Zewatuch im Takt. Es ist perfekt. "This Love" ist auch eine fiese Möpp! Kommt so romantisch daher und bläst im Refrain das Trommelfell weg. Wo sind meine Mosherfriends? Hoch mit den Beinen, ich will Zähne fliegen sehen. Jemand den geilen Song "Piss" in der Remastered-Version von 2012 gehört? "Hollow" auch nicht mehr auf dem Schirm gehabt. Finde alles gut an diesem Album, vielleicht zu wenig gehört in meinem Leben. Werde es nun fester in meine Routine einbinden.
Ah Pantera, Vulgar Display of Power en Far Beyond Driven zijn mijn favoriete albums van deze band. Helaas in mijn jonge jaren te laat ontdekt maar wat een super band. Top 3 nummers: Broken, Walk en Fucking Hostile
Pantera played some of the best gigs I ever went to. As much as Anselmo is a total asshole, these guys rock so hard I can ignore that a while. Love the band, love the album, it makes me want to get up and get aggressive, or dance manically, or both. One of my favourite albums from my favourite time period for music.
Absolute classic! Banger through and through. Ranges from some very fast and "brutal" songs to some slower more relaxing but still groovy songs.
listened to this and did heroin in my ass like phil did <3333
Stevige plaat, veel atypische ritmes, en een zeer goed album tout cours
A brutal assault of an album, Pantera’s vulgar display of Power was exactly that. Building on Cowboy’s heavy guitar tone their follow up took things to a whole new level. Quite simply Pantera sounded like nobody else and with this album they took the crown of the heaviest metal band on the planet. Phil Anselmo’s unmistakable growling vocals and Dimebag’s incredible, truly unique guitar sound compliment each other perfectly - supported brilliantly by the pummelling rhythm section of Rex and Vinnie Paul. Mouth for War, Walk, Fucking Hostile, This Love, By Demons be Driven, Hollow are just a few of the highlights on this incredible album.
Da werde dicke Bretter mit ordentlichen Stihl Kettensägen zu feinsten Mehl verarbeitet. Dabei ist das eingängige Knurren hier und da durch außergewöhnliche Spitzen pointiert. Da stakt nahezu filigranes Schnitzwerk aus Sägespänen hervor. Für das Genre einfach ein genial gebauter Maßstab; variabel, wiedererkennbar, robust. Ich meine, in knapp 30 Jahren keine Verschleißerscheinungen zu erkennen. Vulgäre 4.5
Heavy, powerful, awesome.
Hi- Mouth of War, A New Level, Walk, This Love, Regular People (Conceit) It's really easy to call it "SCREAMO" or "Cookie Monster Music" but those derogatory labels lack nuance, when Vulgar... is a masterpiece. The opening act with Mouth For War, A New Level, Walk, and *** Hostile all feature killer guitar riffs, but then you're hit with This Love, which is filled with melodic and masterful guitarwork. The rest of the album is more of the same but not really the same because each track is unique and executed with masterful precision in new ways. Hatebreed, Static-X, Mudvayne owe a lot to Pantera, as it's clear they've culled much of their sound from here.
Quite possibly the best metal album of the 90’s. Definitely Pantera’s best album
Now we're talkin'! This is an album that takes me right back to high school when I would listen to it constantly. One of the bands that first drew me into listening to heavy music. I spent endless hours trying to learn all of these riffs on guitar, and "Mouth for War" was the first drum track I transposed into MIDI for my drum machine, so this album taught me tons as an amateur musician. Over the years, the tone of the guitars and drums on this album have taken on a "ridiculous" sound in my ears, in that it's an extremely polished and over the top but dated sound, one that I don't think I'd enjoy on anyone else's material, but I just love it on these songs.
Bad ass thrash metal album. No one ever did it quick like Pantera
A fuckin banger
tbh they kinda aren't great as people but this album fucks
Pantera for me will always make for a good listen with their signature aggressive groove metal. Vulgar Display displays the band at full force in that field, making for quite the classic metal record. The first 5 tracks especially are some of my favorite metal songs in general. The second half falls a bit short, but it's overall an excellent time. Favorites: "A New Level", "Walk", "Fucking Hostile", "This Love", "Hollow"
It's funny to hear a music from Doom 1 in the wild (Mouth for war). I love metal so this was destined for a 5 ;)
Obra de arte, uff
5/5 no explanation necessary.
Will never not be part of my rotation
Great album... but why so fucking hostile
Remembering the cringe of when I set my flip-phone’s ringtone to “FUCKING HOSTILE” in Middle School.
Hahahhah, YES. In my metally teens I was a little suspicious of groove metal, preferring thrash or industrial, or nwobhm. I owned this on CD, I'm pretty sure, but it was never one of my favorites. Revisiting it has been an absolute pleasure. I like Pantera going balls to the wall, for sure, but I also really appreciate their softer moments - my absolute fave track is their cover of "Planet Caravan" from "Far Beyond Drive" - wish they'd done a whole album of dreamy lushness like that! Fave tracks - "Walk" and "Fucking Hostile", naturally, and "This Love" for having splashes of that softness I like...
Heavy metal. Can’t go wrong!
nice work, ya fuckin dimebag. sorry Columbus Ohio killed u fav track: hollow
Another classic. The raw Pantera energy is hard to match by bands even today, and the crunchy guitar tone is to die for.
Fat fkn riffs. The way they manipulate the tempo is sick. Walk, This Love and Live in a Hole are my highlights.
Some of the best metal ever. Glad to see this record included
Classic metal zone vibes. One of the most famous metal songs: "Walk"
Good metal album. Has moments where you want to sing along.
A lot of firsts on this list. this was my first full listen through of a Pantera album, and i gotta say, it was fucking good! some songs i've heard before, but i was damn well hooked by this album. the composition was well planned, music was great, and overall it was a great listen.
Absoluter BÄNGÄ. Geil Rotzige Riffs, dreckiger sound und schön sauer der Dude. Ich finds großartig. klingt bissi wie Metallica phasenweise. Insgesamt machts schon Bock zu hören, aber nichts was ich in meine Musiksammlung aufnehmen würde, like actually buy it . Aber weils ne erfrischende Abwechslung war 4*
4 - Not quite my genre, but makes fun to listen to.
Do I actually like metal now, or do we just keep getting really good metal albums? This is definitely closer to the thrash and death metal stuff that I'm not into, but there are some serious bangers on this album. Of course I know "Walk," but it might not even be my favorite track. The vocals are less clear than the other metal bands we've had (Sabbath, SOAD, Iron Maiden), but the instrumentals are very crisp. Some fantastic, heavy guitar work. I like this a lot. Favorite tracks: This Love, Walk, F*****g Hostile, By Demons Driven. Album art: Super DIY. The text blocks are great. Could work as a punk album cover too. This man's neck will never be the same. 4/5
This is a lot of fun, and probably my most enjoyed metal album so far on this list. Really great! Knocking a star off for being a little over long and homogenous
It’s like I’m a young headbanger again! I loved this. Couldn’t sit still.
Lets go! One of my favorite metal songs, Walk, graces this album as I am treated to all the other songs Pantera has to offer. Another case of, I'll listen to them eventually. The time is finally here and I am enjoying what I hear! I may have to give it a second listen to find some gems, but Rise is sticking out and F****** Hostile was wild. I wonder if they were the first to get an F on an album track. I wouldn't be surprised if Slipknot got some of their influences here with the singers lower voiced moments that shift to screams. This can especially be heard on No Good (which I am liking as well). Love the album cover, too. That is me when I was first introduced to metal music and my life was change forever.
A solid staple of a groove metal diet. Big fan, almost a 5.
Fast and loud, I like this!
Love the heavy riffs, and grungy vocals. This music digs through your outer layer and vibrates the marrow. Either exhilarating or horrific - I love it. Some great songs - especially “Mouth for War” and “Walk”. Also props for the quintessential Metal song title “Fucking Hostile”. Solid 4
Pusht anders beim pumpen. Richtig nice ist das besonders guter Metall? oder gibt's noch mehr davon?
So fun to hear this again! Definitely requires a certain mood, but the band is so tight and the songs are high-quality compared to the scream metal they inspired later.
not my kind of music
Chunky groovy goodness, all great songs, but can get a little much to listen to near the end as a cohesive album
Great metal! Had only listened to “Walk” by them before this and I loved this album!
Classic metal record that you can't go wrong with.
Not typically my cup of tea but I am definitely keeping it in mind for a challenging workout day next time around.
Quintessential metal, really enjoyed, right legnth, hits hard
Not my favourite by Pantera, but obviously still a Classic.
Seminal thrash metal album from the 90s. Very rarely does a band's non-musical story surpass the musical one, but man-o-man does Pantera have a hell of a story as a band. Their contribution to metal can be told through this album.
I never really got into Pantera when I was younger, or most metal for that matter. However, there is just something about this album that I think I would have really liked if I had given it more of a chance when I was younger. Just the tone on the guitar is great; it resonates somewhere deep inside your skull. I'm not in love with the lyrical portion of it, but that's generally true of this type of metal for me. 4/5, but I might be talked into 5/5 on repeated listenings
Decent metal, slightly too long for what it is. 7
Pretty good. Got a bit long but enjoyable as far as metal goes. 7
Solid album!! I loved the drumming but found the vocals a little obnoxious 7/10
I was dreading reviewing this album, but I'm pleasantly surprised. The thing that I was dreading the most was the dreadful barking and screaming that has come to characterize screamo, and no doubt, I'm sure that Pantera was deeply influential on extreme offshoots of heavy metal like Black Metal and Death Metal, but vocalist Phil Anselmo is actually singing rather than simply shrieking or grunting--there is a difference. I'm also pleasantly surprised by the competence of the musicians. The rhythm section is powerful, tight and can turn on a dime. And I really like how cleanly this has been recorded. Lead guitarist Dimebag is a superior technician, even if he doesn't have a whole lot new to say in terms of melodic lines. The riffage is equally influenced by Black Sabbath and 80s speed metal, but more complex than either. Basically, Pantera doesn't suck. If I appreciate this more than I like it, it's because my taste in 90s bands influenced by Black Sabbath runs more to Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. Not that those are technically better bands than Pantera. On the contrary. It's just that the point of Pantera seems to be to pummel the listener or perhaps to accompany literal head banging against a wall. Basically, Pantera Vulgar Display of Power registers as a wall of undifferentiated rage, whereas the albums of Alice In Chains and Soundgarden feature distinctive songs that make you feel different things while not neglecting riffage or powerful emotions. Those bands are more nuanced. That said, considering what Pantera is going for, it's hard to imagine how you would improve on Vulgar Display of Power.
My earbuds were completely offended and I couldn't turn it up loud enough. 8/10.
A very accessible and influential album in the realm of thrash metal. Created the genre groove metal and would inspire later 90s albums like nu metal (e.g. "No Good"). Incredibly coherent and easy flowing album with diversity here and there. You got catchy songs and loud mayhem songs. You got slow ballads and rapid playing. Some really amazing solos. All the tracks are good, but I felt the second half was somewhat lacking (except "Hollow"), although they had their great solos and gimmicks, like the sudden stops in "By Demons Be Driven." Catchiest song: Walk Best soft song: Hollow Best hard song: Mouth for War
The first half of this album is unbelievable and relentless. Brutal, powerful, the riffs and guitar are just unreal and Anselmos vocals work perfectly. I always found myself spending less time with the music in the second half although that’s not to say it isn’t good - as close to a five as I can get but just misses out. Their finest moment
Strong 4 stars. As Martin Popoff has said, “give me the money riff”. This album is filled with the slow grove metal money riffs that Pantera is famous for. Production does sound muffled though. And as a guitarist I do not care for dimebag-style shredding. It always sounds convoluted and out of place. Ballads also hold this album back (but shredding fits in much better there)
The first half of this album is MASSIVE. Riffs so chunky you can beat people over the head with them. A slight tailoring off in the second half can't change the fact that this is one absolute beast of an album
Sounding like an even heavier thrashier Metallica
The mighty Pantera! Though I’ll still rock them for workouts they aren’t on my radar like they were in high school and my early-mid 20’s Fave Tracks : “Fucking Hostile” “Walk” “This Love”
A little more 'classic' metal style than I usually listen to, but I liked it!
Quan va aparèixer va ser com un terratrèmol, punt d'inflexió a l'hora d'entendre el metal com a génere. Els anys no han fet sinó que fer-lo encara més mític. No és perfecte, però és capaç de portar més enllà l'evolució de 'Cowboys from Hell', i la conjunció de riffs de Dimebag Barrell amb la veu de Phil Anselmo és insuperable
Rockin stuff. The title describes the album perfectly.
Really liked this. Thought it would be too hard but it was just the right level!
Heavy but interesting
Not my music, but really good stuff. Lots of guitar
Important for heavy music.
I know I've listened to this before, but I didn't remember it very well. Listening with fresh 2022 ears, I found a lot to like. The singles still hold up pretty well, although I probably could never hear Walk again and be ok. This Love is still good. I was most surprised by Fucking Hostile and Rise. Those are straight bangers and I enjoyed them a lot. It fell off a bit near the end, but not by a lot. I was still enjoying it. Too bad Anselmo is a shithead. 4/5
Reminded me quite a bit of metallica - honestly wondered if they shared a singer at first lol. Pretty dated, but still fun to listen to. Album seemed to be heavily back-loaded.
Really like this album. Top of the genre!
I'm not very knowledgable on the genre of "thrash metal" and many of the adjacent genres and bands, so I don't have much of a basis for comparison. That said, this album's sound is what I correlated with Pantera. It turns out, this album was more or less their first full venture into metal that was AS heavy as what is on display on this album. In the beginning of my listening experience, I felt that the vocals had more screaming than I tend to like, but then some damn amazing metal rhythms and riffs would come along to smack me with a vulgar display of power (see what I did there?). This pattern continued on many, if not most, of the tracks, progressively acclimating me. By the end of the album, I was really kind of digging the off-tempo screaming and ridiculously good metal rhythm duality. This was a fun listen, and I'm definitely interested in exploring more of Pantera's discography!
i am thrash metal's newest fan, apparently? pantera absolutely went for it in this album, they held nothing back, they went so metal. i didn't fully realize how into metal i could get, or maybe it was the loud music while working, or those great guitars and drums! whatever it was, it really worked with pantera and this album. i think i'll be adding some of these to a workout playlist. mad respect for a great album cover. and to every song from the album being explicit on spotify.
Yeah, this is timeless and very good.
This is an unapologetically straightforward album with a name that lays plain, what you're getting into. I remember hearing this album for the first time. It compelled me! I couldn't resist the urge to bang my head, clench my fists, furrow my brow, twist my face and gnash my teeth as each track pounded and growled along. I wasn't generally a rage filled person, but the visceral force of this album was infectious. It gave me a means for realizing emotions I had packed away and provided me with some harmless catharsis. This album isn't really in my rotation list anymore, but it was great to hear it again. I can only point to a few albums that have taken me out of the blue like that, and I appreciate them each for what they helped me to learn about myself. As far as the music itself goes, its quintessential hardcore metal. There is no glam. The big hair is traded for shaved heads and sweaty mops. The skin tight pants are traded for ripped denim. These bands look more like the roadies, than the main attraction. That plainspoken affect of the artists carries through to the sound. The guitars grunts, growl, screech and wail, trading blues rock riffs for prog-esque atypical time signatures. The drums, instead of rolling along in the background with the occasional flourish or solo, are right at the forefront, pounding out the path and playing equal parts with all other instruments. The vocals are a gravel throated fist to the face, evoking all of the emotions folded up into each track. All of this is prepared with a simple production quality, much like how the perfect Texas Brisket only needs salt, pepper, and time (prove me wrong).
It doesn't quite have the songcraft of it's 80s counterparts but it's pretty good nonetheless.
Conocía ya al grupo y aunque no escuché el disco completo es mítico, con el tema walk, un himno en el rock/metal.
More like 3 and a half, liked a lot more when i was younger but its definitely a solid metal album, total classic
I listened to this right after a Sigur Rós album so it was pretty hard to adjust. The drums and guitar here are 5 stars, but I have a hard time with the voice. I can't imagine there's a better example of this kind of music, but it's just not for me.
uh, hyvät yläastenostalgiat. oon aina ollu vähän kahen vaiheilla että tykkäänkö tän levyn tärkeimmästä jutusta eli kitarasaundista, mutta kyllä tässä on melkeen pelkästään bängereitä.
Ai saatana viekää mut takas ylä-asteen jälki-istuntoon! Turpaan vetämisen pyhkä taito. Tää levy oli kovaa kamaa kun tän aikoinaan löysin. Ehdottomasti Panteran tiukoin levy - ei heikkoa hetkeä ja kokonaisuus pysyy todella tiukkana. Hyvä metallilevy siis kaiken kaikkiaan. Neljä bongoo tää mun mielestä ansaitsee, sillä on muokannut modernii metallia aikalailla aikanaan. Itse musa ei ehkä purase enää niin lujaa että voisin täydet tälle napauttaa. Mut sanottakoon toki että kyllä mulla tää c-kassu on vielä hyllyssä jos rupee joku oikeen korpeemaan. 4/5
Fuckin dope 4
It's a compelling album, without any doubt. It's not perfect, though. I must rate it four stars at least.
4.5 RIP DIMEBAG DARRELL AND VINNIE PAUL Okay with that out of the way I liked this one. I was wondering if we were ever going to see a metal album on this list and this is a solid starter. I’ve always viewed Pantera as the logical evolution of 1980s Metallica with a very similar but more varied type of thrash. Dimebag’s signature chugging is here in full force along with some gnarly breakdowns and gnasty bass. Face melting solos and some smash starts that’ll give even the most seasoned horror fan a real jump. And of course I have to mention Avenged Sevenfold’s cover of Walk which was actually my introduction to Pantera. An absolute blast front to back. There’s so much to keep me coming back again and again. Favorites: Mouth for War, Walk, Fucking Hostile, This Love, Rise, By Demons Be Driven (those harmonics 👌🏻), Hollow
Pretty great power rock vibes, highlighted by Walk of course. 4.5
Ég fíla þessa plötu vel. Mjög hæfilegir skammtar af hávaða með miklu peppi.
Nice strong metal album. But nothing standing out more than others really, a lot of the songs are similar I feel. Fav tracks: Walk, This Love, Hollow
Puck off! Best track: Walk
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Fucking hostile, This love
I don’t listen to a lot of metal but this was good. Album Cover: Very metal album cover 3/5
Groove metal. Me ha gustado. Un 4.
I liked this album. I had to start it a few times until I was really in a metal mood, and it took a few songs in for it to grow on me. Not my favorite metal songs, but still got me head-banging a bit. I still prefer metal without screaming vocals, but I think this album helped me appreciate those vocals more than before. Favorite song: Live in a Hole Worst song: Walk
What a banger. I really enjoyed this and am having trouble picking a favourite track. Walk is most familiar but so many other tracks are just great.
Almost a four star for me here. Walk and This Love are standouts. Not what I'd listen to each day, but in the right mood I enjoy this. Not quite enough great songs for it to be a 4 though. If I could, it would be a 3.5.
i’d be lying if i said i didn’t like it but i don’t have the ability to listen to the whole thing
‘a new level’ was great. I’m a sucker for some good guitar. some songs like ‘this love’ didn’t sound right to me with the different ranges of style combined between metal and slow grunge-rock, woulda been better off without the shouting on that one. the first half of the album was better. 3.5 -> 4 doesn’t seem right ?
Never listened to Pantera before. Was a fun listen, sort of disjointed across styles of metal though. Not mad about hearing it
groove metal go chug-a-chug. 6/10, could benefit from switching up the instrumentation
Rock duro metálico, paso de este ruido
* did not listen to the whole album* Not as heavy as I was expecting. Didn't mind the music, but vocals were a bit much for me. In ignorance, I'll admit that most Heavy metal sounds the same to me and it all sounds like Metallica? 🤷 Just not as good... Hehe. Always most impressed by drummers in metal bands! Incredible.
Vroeger veel gedraaid, vond het echt te gek; 3 sterren als jeugdsentiment, maar niet omdat ik het echt goed vind.
Makes me appreciate just how good Metallica were at this kind of shit I must. I really like Walk, Regular People & This Love. Overall it's absolutely solid and I can't say that I didn't consider going to 4. Instead, I plan to sit firmly on the fence.
Considered a higher score. Love the music and while it's metal there's still some good melodies. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Maybe it caught me on a particularly angsty morning but this was more enjoyable than I assumed. Almost earned a 4 but some of the slower, quieter songs are actually what lost me.
Definitely won’t be for everyone. Can get very ‘samey’ but I can see how some people would love it! Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. Probably not going to return to it anytime soon, but I also wouldn’t be furious if someone wanted to listen to some Pantera now so y’know…there’s that!
oula je viens d'écouter 10 secondes ça commence mal, trait mâle. Nvm c'est stylé un minimum en fait!!!! XD genre enjoyable un peu ! ouais j'imagine ca va, 3.63 mais je vais pas arrondir a 4 quand meme faut pas dec
Classic metal album, not sure if I'd revisit. Probably only one or two songs.
Para cultura general.
Not into metal but this really surprised me. Some class punchy guitar playing and less screamy than some heavier forms of metal. Not as bad as I expected it. Good job for what it is.
It's pretty much established at this point that the metal, of whatever flavor, is not generally my thing. Competent but for me monotonous and uninspiring.
6/10. Pretty decent metal album, but I wish all metal albums didn't insist on being an hour long.
I wanted to like this more than I did since these guys throw down some crunchy grooves on the tracks, but my problem with this album is that most every song is pretty simple sounding so in the end it all just devolves into indistinguishable background noise.
Alright. Seems to have been groundbreaking at the time. Over the course of the album I went from "Hell yeah" to "meh" so either it got old fast or the best songs were also the first.
Tight, crunching riffs. Great 90s guitar production fork Terry Date. Could be the great lost metallica album (if they hadn't gone down the Black Album accessible route). Tends towards "all loud, all the time", with some exceptions with greater dynamic range, such as "this love". The Rollins-like yelling gets a bit wearing after a while.
Bit too heavy for my tastes. Could do with a few more flourishes.
Das war (und ist!) truly Musik zum Eltern schockieren. Geiler Maschinengewehr-Metal! Diese Sattheit der Drums, ich könnte direkt jemanden verprügeln. Nutzt sich - für Nicht-Metal-Fans - auf Albumlänge bisschen ab/wird eintönig, aber trotzdem mit 3,4 knapp unter 4 Vollsternen raus. Fucking Hostile!
один из лучших их Альбомов у них
This is not really the type of music I enjoy. although it is not bad, I don't like it.
En su momento los escuché. Eran demasiado Heavies para mi gusto. Sin embargo, pasado el tiempo veo que tenían más en común con los primeros Soundgarden o Alice in Chains de lo que recordaba. Interesantes. Estaba tan desconectado de ellos que ayer me enteré de la muerte del guitarrista tiroteado por un fan. Muy triste terminar así.
i wanted to like it...felt kind of generic though. metallica rip off, C+
not really a fan of speed metal but give them credit for their skill
Perhaps not the best time to listen. Some really interesting chord progressions in the groovier bits, but the vocals somewhat distracted me from such goings on.
Heavy metal music is fine for me... but I cannot bear such voice... it exhausts my own throat simply on listening.
Not a big fan of this kind of music anymore, but I did really think it was pretty good. If I am ever in the mood for something like this, I'll definitely think of it. 3/5
I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.
This is the most overrated Pantera record by a mile. Personally, I find this band peaked with their groovier stuff, specifically GST. Give me Exhorder’s Slaughter in the Vatican or The Law over this & CFH 10/10 times. Still, these dorks had considerable influence on extreme metal of so many varieties it’s ridic, and this album is a big reason why. Say what you will about Dime’s shit tone (something I think people should be aping more often), dude had a style and carved himself a guitar legend niche, I suppose by way of writing tons of killer and innovative riffs and solos. Similarly, Vinnie had his own style, but for me his party trick doesn’t come to fruition until later records. Not that he’s slacking here (IIRC everything he recorded is sound-replaced – I could be wrong – but it just works better for me in slower contexts), he’s got a super ear for drum hooks and really knows when to dial things back. Phil is serviceable at best, technically (a dumbass at best, otherwise), but is the perfect kind of meathead to pull together this fusion of hardcore and heavy metal that’d live on for decades. Rex played electric bass guitar in Pantera… (lol). Side A is loaded with the hits, though if I never hear “Walk” or “Fucking Hostile” in my life ever again, I’d be just fine. “A New Level” and “This Love” hold up fairly well. Side B is pretty uneven, but this is where you can hear ‘em lean into the stomp/groove shit they master on later records. “Rise” and “No Good” are laughably bunk, but “Live in a Hole” is neat, working this schticky classic rock call-and-response thing, keeping the leads front and center. “Regular People” also has some cool lead work, but that’s about it… The 1-2 conclusion of this album is killer, though. “By Demons Be Driven” is one of my faves from their discography – that blend of livewire leads and jackhammer kicks is the essence of Pantera – and “Hollow” is the kinda “Cemetery Gates” shit this band should’ve wrote five times more of (honestly, someone should blatantly rip this off, there’s an entire band idea sitting right here). 3.5/5
Pantera are one of the first metal bands I really fell for. I skipped past the nu metal scene, which was really fading out at that point, and went for Texas' finest after becoming acquainted with the classics, but just before discovering death metal. So I know this album pretty well. But at the same time, while my devotion for Sabbath and Maiden will never die, Pantera do little for me nowadays. Part of that comes from recognizing their problematic elements, primarily with racism. Anselmo is by far the guiltiest, but Dime and Vinnie did love the Confederate flag... And I'm southern, yet I have no defense for said love. Even before that, I just realized that the songwriting just isn't there. They're all fine musicians- I do have a lot of respect for Dime being a one-man guitar team and making the band sound just as full as your average twin attack in metal- but this all feels too juvenile to resonate for me beyond, like, 10th grade. I'll always go back to Beavis and Butthead's take down on the "This Love" video- "You treat your stepmother with respect, Pantera, or you'll be sleeping in the street." I laugh despite that track being a highlight for me. Cowboys would probably rate higher for me, but even when I was all aboard the Pantera train, I always found Vulgar a little overrated. Current grade would be a C-, but 15-year-old me would easily be in the B range.
The songs here are solid. A New Level is groovy as fuck. Fucking Hostile is a thrashy rager. This Love is an eerie alt metal song, while Rise is another angry groovy banger with a great solo. The album does grow repetitive around the halfway point and the overly macho lyrics are a little cringe when you know who's singing them. But it's overall a fun, heavy album.
Trash. Pesado. Se hace machacón.
not for me mate
Never been a metal fan but have come to appreciate to an extent. Some very good musicians here but I can't stomach the screaming lyrics. A few cuts in, I gave up on this.
Not particularly my cup of tea, but I'm sure it's considered good for the genre. My man needs to calm down. See a therapist or something.
Can see where they're coming from. Enjoy it on the right mood. Not in regular rotation.
Classic album artwork! As for the album itself, I can't make my mind up. The guitar riffs are ace, but feels dated now, maybe "you just had to be there, man!"?
Does better than the usual metal album at keeping things interesting and varied. The wide variety of rhythmic structures and guitar tones here keep the LP from falling into the usual metal doldrums of endless mid-heavy guitar tone and chugging riffs for 40 minutes straight.
några låtar som är tvåor, några låtar är fyror. så det får bli en trea
Made it about halfway through, but I've heard it a few times in the past. Some surprisingly groovy parts, albeit extremely straight and very aggressive. Reminds me of growing up in rural New England.
Back when I was a metalhead I didn't really like Pantera and I still don't, although the reasons might be different now. The guitars on this album are pretty nice, but I find the vocals quite annoying. Despite the nice guitars, the music gets pretty repetitive. That makes it not interesting enough to pay too close attention, but it's still too intense and abrasive for pure background listening.
First, I love the title of this album. "Oh my! Those are some rough vocals!" was my first reaction to listening. I'm often not a fan of being yelled at. But behind that voice was some pretty amazing guitar work that really grabbed my attention (especially as I'm not usually a rock guitar guy). And soon I found myself moving my head to the beat and finding that the guitar and voice were really working together. I liked "Mouth for War" (that part towards the end where it goes nuts), "Walk" has some hard swinging syncopated moments, and "Rise" kicks ass! The rest can get tiresome and make me beg for relief, but I was surprised how much of it I got into.
As someone who bough Kerrang every fortnight in my teenage years to supplement the weekly inkies, 'metal' in the 90s lost me. 80s metal was just more fun and colourful even if it wasn't really 'metal'. Far better for escapism from small rural towns by the sea than the angry shouty men that came after it. This is ok. Still better than a lot of what came after it.
I was a teenage dirtbag. Not in the parlance of our current time, where a celebrity like Reese Witherspoon will post awkward photos from her teenage years where she had braces, then type “cringe” as a caption and #teenagedirtbag. I was a teenage dirtbag in the traditional sense: a weird, cigarette smoking metal head; a total societal misfit. To prove my dirtbag credentials: The first concert I went to of my own accord was a split bill of White Zombie and Pantera in 1996 at the Brendan Byrne Arena in NJ. (Now I’m not saying metal heads are dirtbags, but at that time, if you were 15 and listening to Pantera, chances are you weren’t one of “the cool kids”. ) A little known (at the time) band called Deftones opened the show. Being the hipster that I am, I had already known about them and owned Adrenaline. I must’ve been one of maybe 100 people in the arena who were excited to see them. It was rough going for them. Pantera fans were not interested in buying what the Deftones had to sell and made their disapproval known throughout the set. Still, Chino and company managed to coax a few mosh pits out of the crowd and it was going about as successfully as it could, given their mostly unknown status… Until Chino decided to go crowd surfing. Towards the end of their set, he jumped from the stage and into the crowd. He finished out the song, getting tossed around atop the crowd, occasionally screaming his lyrics into the mic. The song ended and he returned to stage, missing a shoe. “Who stole my fucking shoe?” He says. “Bunch of thieves in here tonight.” He argued with the crowd a little bit, gave them the finger and moved on to the next song. A minute or so later, about 50 feet from the stage, dead center, a sneaker flies through the air, hurtling towards Chino and hits him right upside the head, mid-song. The NY Giants or Jets should have drafted whoever threw that shoe to be their quarterback in ‘96. My man dropped a dime right on Chino’s head in a dark arena. It was an amazing toss and you could hear laughter and cheering throughout the crowd. Deftones finished up and White Zombie took the stage shortly after. Their show was a psychedelic horror trip with crazy video, pyrotechnics and lights. Highly entertaining. The crowd was weirdly subdued, but I guess tormenting the Deftones for 40 minutes drained them a little. Now, for the “relevant” part of this story: Pantera. I was never a huge Pantera fan. I liked Vulgar Display of Power back then, but that was about it: Cowboys from Hell was always cheesy to me and Far Beyond Driven had a few decent tracks, but was grating on the ears after a while. My friend who got the tickets was a fan, though, and at 15 you’re going to go to whatever concerts you can. They were touring “The Great Southern Trendkill” that year, which was a concept record about…the South rising again to kill all false metal (?). I’m projecting a little, but Pantera always kind of had a Lynyrd Skynyrd gone metal vibe to me. However, as we all know, that title actually belongs to Jackyl. A few weeks prior to this show, Phil Anselmo nearly died from a heroin overdose. Technically, he was dead for a few minutes, but was resuscitated. I know this because he made a point of telling the audience about it in between songs and then announced his invincibility, saying “Nothing can kill me!” That was the lesson he took away. Not “maybe I should stop doing heroin” or “man, I’m lucky to be alive”. Nope…”I’m invincible”. That left a bad taste in my mouth. Pantera fans loved it that night, though, and maybe it was all for show…faux bravado for a rabid fanbase. Whatever it was, I felt dumber just having been in the room. I know I took the scenic route to get here and this might be my longest “review” to date, so I’ll touch on Vulgar Display of Power quickly then see myself out. It’s one of the most aptly named albums ever. It’s heavy, aggressive, blunt and lacking sophistication. Is that a bad thing? I don’t know. Pantera isn’t for me at age 40. Phil Anselmo certainly isn’t, either - his antics have only gotten worse over the years. Dimebag was an amazing player and his death was beyond tragic, but that’s where my appreciation of this band starts and ends. This is probably the best Pantera album and it is genre defining, so I think its inclusion here is warranted, but it’s hard for me to reconcile the music with Phil Anselmo’s persona. After all, he’s the one that’s screaming at you for 40 minutes.
Idk if I finished it, its a little too hardcore for me but I see how it could be fun live.
Pantera have been a bit of a palette cleanser on this list which I’ve really enjoyed. Loud, heavy, brutal chaos. Fucking Hostile says it perfectly. Don’t think I’d ever properly listened to them before so I’m glad this come up. Dimebag shreds. Anselmo is a racist piece of shit
Fuck yeah, Dimebag 4 life.