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.
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)
Five stars. Duh. wtf.
1/10, not my thing
Awful. And the cynical ballad track at the end made it even worse.
I don't like screaming music, it gave me a headache.
Hate this album and this band
Bit much for Mothering Sunday.
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.
Yeah, I still don't like heavy metal.
No.... just no
Hated it. Gave up after 2 songs
No me gusta el metal :/
1/5 metal? well sadly no!
What's with the shouting? 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.
A fuckin banger
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).
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.
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.
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
when i channel my hate to productive, i dont find it hard to impress lol but sorry not for me, i said ill skim this and call it a day just a few seconds in you verbal masturbate??? actually the lyrics aint that bad and these are the kinds of songs na i can only listen to when i need to headbang (which is almost never hahahaha) ok finally, do we have a peaceful song [this love] ok at least it lasted 2:31 hahahaha
While it's just at the edge of how much grunting and raw metal I can listen to, this is still not very enjoyable
Heavy metal, like the kind of jams that would play at Kuma’s. I respect the genre, but I could never listen to it every day
I liked the song Hollow. As the long intro is more melodic. The last part of the song is more hard metal or what name you want to give it.
Trash metal, con cierto interés pero esa voz es intragable
Yeah not for me
Leuk voor een paar nummers, maar dan houdt het ook echt op.
I listen to metal so infrequently that I struggle to tell good metal from bad metal. My enjoyment of the guitar in some tracks is pretty speedily quashed by someone screaming 'FUCKING HOSTILE' in my ear. This album doesn't really do it for me, but I wouldn't call it 'bad'. Favourite track was probably 'Regular People'. I'd split the difference between a 1 and a 2
Heavy metal and hard voice. Too much for me.
Pantera must be one of the pioneers of the cookie monster vocals and for that alone they should be excoriated if not tarred and feathered. I'll throw a slight amount of credit their way due to technical dexterity and a few listenable solos. Again it should be obvious this isn't my bag and as such take into account as I find the vocals comical at best and generally horrific and the so-called songwriting non-existent outside the poor man's Maiden lifting of the intro to Hollow. A generous 2 from me since this doesn't seem to be a genre to easily grow into, even for one who grew up on hard rock. Where are the songs?
the hard metal was just not the best and it got super repetitive.
Walk This Love
I just can't listen to this genre of music. It's just noise to me.
Metal is way too repetitive for me.
I think it’s funny that there’s typically little to no overlap between fans of rap and fans of heavy metal. Both feature mostly spoken/shouted vocals, sick beats, and percussive instrumentation from non-percussion instruments. In Pantera’s case, the crunchy guitar acts like a second drum kit driving the rhythm. Lead singer is not really singing, exactly… but it’s not necessary that he do so in order to get the point across. I’m sorta meh about this. It’s kinda boring, IMO… even though I should be energized by the RAWKK!!!!1!! I guess because I’ve heard it all a hundred times, done in more interesting ways. But I should give credit where it’s due; some of my favorite bands wouldn’t exist without the influence of early metal bands like Pantera. I was barely sentient in ‘92, but there can’t have been many bands like this before then. Credit for defining the genre, but I don’t love it.
Some songs are decent, though not for me. Just couldn't get into it
Ok to listen to but way too heavy for me.
Wreszcie mam okazje uslyszec pantere, czyli bande ktora znam calkowicie ze slyszenia, nie mialem pojecia, ze w ogole jest to hamerykanska banda, bo nazwa kierowala mnie raczej w strone ukejowa lub niemca sentymentujacego za rzesza, co nawet by pasowalo do kontentu ktory mozna uslyszec na wulgarnej manifestacji sily, wiec jest to 6 studyjny album bandy, ktory wedlug wiki jest z okresu przejscia z bycia banda znana w podziemiu hamerykanskim do grania na wiekszych scenach dla miedzynarodowej publiki, jesli pamiec mnie nie myli z ciezkich gran na liscie byly juz judasy, sabaty i metalika, ale tamte zespoly gdzies juz slyszalem, widzialem, a pantera jakos przemknela niezauwazona przez moje muzyczne wojaze, po przesluchamiu albumy jestem przekonany, ze jeszcze kilka lat temu moglbym odnalezc cos dla siebie na tej plycie, teraz nie jestem w stanie juz wczuc sie w traszowe przeslanie sily ponad wszystko jakie manifestuje soba ten krazek, o ile przeslanie liryczne jest dosc bezposrednie i prosto podane, wiec bedzie o bezsensownosci religii, nieudolnosci rzadzacych masami politykanow, czy mediantow, jak na kawalku fucking hostile, gdzie wszystkie te 3 kwestie sa poruszone doglebnie, za to wirtuozeria skali ryczenia jaka potrafi wydobyc z siebie frontmen bandy Phil Anselmo jest godna podziwu, od niskiego growlowania do darcia ryja wyzej niz gitarka, a przy tym na walku jeszcze calkiem normalne fragmenty wokalne mozna uslyszec, a pomyslec ze przy pierwszym podejscu odsluchowym to wlasnie na walku sie poddalem, a okazalo sie, ze to jeden z najbardziej sluchalnych kawalkow plyty, nie tylko dzieki ultra precyzyjnemu drumowaniu pana paula, ale jego polaczeniu z rytmicznym basem rexa browna i nietypowym riffem gitarkowym ktory jest tutaj grany przez darrella diamondowego, na tym kawalku banda najlepiej klei sie jako calosc, najciezej bylo przebrnac przez psuedo balladowanie jak na trakach this love czy hollow, przez pokrecone wyginanie omawianego tematu pod ideologie sily jaka jest wszedzie forsowana, az takiego parcia jak tutaj nie czulem na poprzednich metalowych pickach, a przeciez juz byl trasz grany, ale widocznie pantera to jakies ultra koty jesli chodzi o brutalnosc brzmienia i przeslania, ktora niestety do mnie nie trafia, wiec z jednej strony slysze jedne z lepszych drumow metalowych jakie slyszalem, dobre gitary, jak u daisukiego, zwlaszcza na fucking hostile, ktory brzmi jak wyrwany z gierki, gdyby zreworkowac kontent wokalu, ciezko by mnie bylo naklonic na przesluchanie reszty dyskografii, wiec na plejke wrzuce walka, ktory pozytywnie zaskoczyl w porownaiu z reszta materialu, drugim pickiem bedzie live in a hole, ktory lirycznie jest blizszy punkowemu niz traszowemu podejsciu do problemu weltschmerzowego, trak konczy sie brakiem jasnej odpowiedzi na pytanie co robic jako jednostka rzucona w wir swiata, dobrze wreszcie wiedzic z czym sie je panterke i gdzie ja stawiac na skali metalowego traszowania po kablach
no es mi género más apreciado, por lo tanto este tampoco es mi álbum favorito aunque no es un mal trabajo en general. algunas canciones llegaron a sonarme repetitivas.
They were good in their own way, but I really won't listen to this album again
Some heavy and cool riffs, but the overly clean production robs this album of any emotion for me. The vocals also seem weirdly disconnected from the music, like someone doing an impression of a metal singer over a karaoke backing track. 2/5.
Not my taste. A little too intense and edgy.
The music is fantastic. Hard, of course, but surprisingly nuanced for metal. Slow bits and quiet bits make the hard bits harder. But I still can’t stand screamo vocals. I need to tune it out to get through the thing, which is not fair to the musicians present. Too bad.
Eh. Good for them, I guess... Fav new track: Walk
Unlike other reviewers, I’m not triggered by this. No, I don’t feel the need to go clutch my teddy bear or Rainbow Brite dolls after listening. I’m not concerned if my heart rate goes up listening to it. But it’s not my thing either. Reminds me of Beavis and Butthead for some reason.
I will always like it more than I want to. Good riffs, obnoxious people.
good but not for me
Didn’t really enjoy anything on this.
"Vulgar Display of Power" is a remarkably heavy offering, and one can hear the inspiration in later bands where growling vocals put more into being loud but also with better clarity encouraging unification of listeners through sing-a-long. Musically, the driving beats the heavy distortion sounds clean on this album, driving home the point of clarity. Where heavy metal seemed to embrace chaos, there was a touch of beauty here as well. A fair example is "By Demons Be Driven" with its clear hook, but modest drums, loud and screaming vocals leaving no doubt to what is being sung, with chants of "beckon the call" complementing the chorus, giving us the dark and gritty. In an interesting change of pace, we get a ballad in "Hollow" until about halfway through when the emotions explode into anger imploring their best friend to emerge from an apparent vegetative state. However, this is about as interesting as the album gets. The energy only lasts so long if you are not doing something else to match with it.
Not my type of music. I can appreciate it though, very hard core
If I enjoyed metal or rock music more, I think I would find this album amazing. I appreciate the emotion in the singing and lyrics and the instrumentals aren't awful, but just not my type of music at all. I'm kind of out of my depth with metal music, but I didn't dislike it as much as I expected. 3/10
It is a heavy metal album. I typically do not care for heavy metal. I listened to each song but some of them carried on a little too long so I skipped to the end of it. I see no need to listen to this album again. None of the songs were noteworthy.
Too screamy for me, really, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting after the first minute or two. Won't listen to it ever again, but glad that I did. Top end of a 2/5.
Enjoyed this more than I expected to. Close to a 3 but I still don’t see myself picking this up again.
Pretty bad metal 2
Metal is just not for me in most cases.
I do not like metal.
I don’t like metal. Incoherent screaming isn’t entertaining.
Extremely not for me :/
Ik heb het geprobeerd maar was snel klaar met proberen.
Too screamy for me.
I'm not a fan so this is going to be rough. I don't enjoy the vocals at all.
Metal isn't for me
not for me
Ho hum... On etrack is enough really, you know what you're getting. And then there's the slow one...
Motorsågs-gitarrer, inget för mig ;)
This kind of music is literal torture for me.
7th October 2021 Listened while working from Marbella. Not my thing. Got time for heavy metal as a genre, but not for me.
Awful. The worst album so far
Could listen to a instrumental version of this album much easier than this one with screaming. Glad I made it through the end. My ears need a break. Ouch.
Absolute pish, hated every minute of it.
Definitely not for me. I couldn't even listen to most of it.
-The scooped-mid guitar tone is abysmal -The tough-guy posturing is embarrassing for anyone older than 18 -Fucking Hostile sounds like they tried to write a Ride-era Metallica song but forgot the part where Metallica is good -Walk is goofy as hell and has been memed into oblivion at this point -Vulgar display of bad music
HEAVY METAL BY DEFINITION!!!
this album really… confused me because I really hate this kind of metal music, but when I tried to think of what made me hate it, I felt hypocritical since there are other genres I love that have those same qualities I love hard rock (eg. Helter Skelter and Led Zeppelin) I love punk/post-punk (I love Le Tigre and I still need to get around to hearing Kathleen Hanna’s other stuff, Sonic Youth is amazing too, I also enjoy GRLwood’s songs but I hate that the singer is an awful person) I love Industrial (Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor all the way, bro) and I even enjoy some Grunge here and there (mostly Kurt Cobain’s discography which I don’t listen to often since it’s not really for me but when I do hear it I at least appreciate the hell out of it) And this is kinda why Swans is probably my favorite band, they have amazing diversity from album to album they started out as an Industrial Rock band that would shatter your eardrums every chance they could take, then they moved into post-punk and (in my opinion) made the weirdest post-punk for the time, like you got Joy Division that was making the more dark depressing stuff or Talking Heads who loved messing around and breaking the rules and getting kinda weird, but when you listen to Swans’ Children of God, it’s just so far distant and weird from any of the other stuff I’ve heard, it’s amazing to me anyway, after that they made post-rock and without spending forever talking about why I love it, their entire discography is just consistently amazing to me and I recommend you check them out if you’re a fan of Industrial, post-punk or post-rock, there’s probably a few albums they have that you’d enjoy (other super weird bands (that are difficult to label genre-wise) that I enjoy are Xiu Xiu and Kengo Iuchi, but that’s super weird stuff that you’re probably gonna have a hard time enjoying unless you’ve already been down the rabbit hole with other wild stuff) sorry, back to the album ughhhhh… I just hate it and I don’t know why I was even trying to give them the benefit of the doubt and hear their first album before this one and all it did was give me 2 albums to loath today it just sounds so douchey, I fucking hate every song my running theory is that it’s about the fanbase, the awful fucking fanbase like when I listen to this shit all I think of is some fat fuck who’s got his hair grown down to his ass crack, paired with a red bandana and a crusty, cum-stained t-shirt of whatever lame-ass band they need everyone to know they love they think they’re so tough and cool but they’re one big mac away from a heart attack like idk, this just sounds like neckbeard music for neckbeards who think they’re all hard and shit the lyrics sound like they were written by a fourteen year old who watched V for Vendetta (or Fight Club) and got “radicalized” there’s very little to enjoy about an album like this when it comes to a biased little shit like me, I’m gonna give it a 2/10 but even that feels too generous I mean fuck dude, I hated this so much I spent half the review talking about bands that I actually enjoy
It felt like I was under attack, which I suppose was the point. It was more physical experience than music like going on a fairground ride. Once you got over the adrenaline it was just not very exciting or interesting. There is music I like that does similar things but this just felt pointless.
I hate this style of singing, so it was pretty much unlistenable for me.
Bit shouty. Exactly what you'd expect from the album name/art.
die kürzlich erhaltenen guten neuigkeiten bezüglich der zukünftigen lohnarbeit in kombination mit diesem album erwecken das verlangen mein stahlhartes t(d)rittbein in mein müllbefülltes macbook zu rammen. gude pladde.