Posts Tagged ‘Pantera’

war of the covers escapeA couple of weeks ago, we had our very first War Of The Covers which pinned UK Metal band Malefice against French groove/death metal band Trepalium as we decided who covered Pantera’s I’m Broken better. Unfortunately for Malefice, everyone overwhelmingly thought that Trepalium’s version of the track was better. For this week’s War Of The Covers, we are exploring a cover from a band that is in the news right now for all the wrong reasons after the way they opened the year up. Apparently, Metallica is in the news right now because they are being accused of stealing a riff from an 80’s death metal band named Incubus on one of the tracks on their latest effort Hardwired… To Self Destruct. Whether that fact is true or not, there is no denying that Metallica is one of the greatest metal bands of all time (I said one of, not the). They have written some iconic material in albums like Kill Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All. As a fan of music and metal, there is no denying that fact and the fact that they have influenced countless metal bands over the years. That is why I chose them because some amazing bands have covered Metallica over the years and I think we have a good one here. In 2005, if you had the Japanese version of Gojira’s amazing album From Mars To Sirius, then you noticed that the band covered the Ride The Lightning track Escape. Fast forward to 2009, hardcore metal giants Hatebreed released an all covers album entitled For The Lions which featured them covering the Lightning gem Escape as well. Now it is up to you guys to decide who covered it better? You have until the next post to decide.

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WOTC PanteraIt was once known as the cover of the week where we celebrated our favorite covers of the week before it morphed into the cover battle. In cover battle, we took the same song covered by two different bands and asked you to vote as to which one was better is now being called War Of The Covers. Now that we are doing this again, the same rules apply, you have one week to vote as to what version you like better and that version is king. Of course, we all have different opinions and tastes so if you’re version loses then remember to grab some cheese and wine because you’ll need it. This week’s War of the Covers centers around one of my favorite tracks from the chart topping album from Pantera entitled Far Beyond Driven. It was the album that put a band that was already on the map on the map again, but really all it did was cement the fact that they didn’t need radio play to validate them. In 2010, British heavy metal band Malefice covered the track I’m Broken for the Metal Hammer Magazine tribute album Getcha’ Pull: A tribute to Dimebag Darrell. In 2012, French groove/death metal band Trepalium covered the track for their album H.N.P. and now you will decide whose cover was better.

 

cowboysOn December 8TH, it will be 12 years since one of the greatest guitarists in Metal history passed away from a senseless crime. I am talking about the one and only Dimebag Darrell Abbott who was shot and killed while performing on stage in Columbus, Ohio. While the metal scene has persevered forward, it has truly never been the same since. To honor his memory, we are covering the major label debut and fifth studio album overall from his first band Pantera in Cowboys From Hell. The album which also featured Phil Anselmo (Vocals), Rex Brown (Bass), and Vinnie Paul (Drums) was one of the hottest debuts that made the step forward in saving metal. After being rejected 28 times by major labels everywhere, the band finally found a home at ATCO Records and released the record on July 24, 1990. The album would peak at number 117 on The billboard Top 200 as well as eight on the Catalog albums chart. It would go Gold in 1993 and eventually it would go platinum by July 1997. It’s an album that is often overlooked due to the follow ups, but this is an important record in the band’s history.

pantera-cowboysfromhell-back1. Cowboys From Hell– Probably one of the most famous album openers, the hard charging bass line that opens the track followed by Dime giving us some of his guitar licks before Phil helps the band slam it into overdrive. The track is a tongue in cheek as far as the lyrics are concerned because most bands come from LA or New York and these boys are outsiders from Texas. 5/5

2. Primal Concrete Sledge– The track starts with hammering drums from Vinnie with a bad ass bass line from Rex when Dime comes in on a track that could be about breaking down the walls of a government that shuts you out. 4.5/5

3. Psycho Holiday– The track starts off with Vinnie’s drumming that sounds like a machine gun going off and then the music kicks in with the low sounding draw of the guitar. The track seems to be about a man in a mental institution. 5/5

4. Heresy–  Dime’s riffing opens up this absolute headbanger in a track that explores all that is wrong with humanity. Check out the lyrics and tell me different. 5/5

5. Cemetery Gates– This is probably the greatest Pantera song ever in the history of the band. This is the song that captured me and made me interested in finding out more about them. 5/5 (if I could go higher I would).

6. Domination– Definitely one of the most bad ass Pantera tracks that makes you want to bat your chest and get your frustrations out. The end of the song is the absolute shit!!! 5/5

cowboys-27. Shattered– A killer drum riff and guitar riff open the track that features more of Phil’s high vocals. The track could be about war or Armageddon. It features a killer guitar solo too. 4.5/5

8. Clash with Reality– A track that may not be the best on the album, but it’s bad ass and it’s about that time when you finally have to face reality. 4.5/5

9. Medicine Man– an amazing guitar riff fades in on a track that is about you know what, that’s right a drug dealer. I love how the track is mellow during the verses before it launches into overdrive on the chorus. 4.5/5

10. Message in Blood– an insane track that talks about someone as diabolical as Charles Manson. This track and all the others prove what kind of a genius Dimebag really was. 4.5/5

11. The Sleep-The beginning opens with amazing clean channel playing from Dime before Rex helps them move forward. 4.5/5

12. The Art of Shredding– A killer track about banding together and kicking ass through the greatest art form which is Heavy Metal. A killer bass line from Rex opens the track before Dime does his best shredding. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a record that should not be taken fro granted because it is one of the best Pantera records of all time which is a hard thing to choose with Pantera. If you want to get to know the boys, start with this and move forward. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

One of my all time favorite frontman in metal will always be ex-Pantera/current Down and Superjoint legend Phil Anselmo. He will always be an icon in my opinion and that is why when I see he has a new release, I usually pay attention to it which is why for this week’s metal music video of the week, I chose the new track from the rebranded and reformed Superjoint called Caught Up In The Gears Of Application. This is the title track off the band’s latest disc which came out a couple of weeks ago and it’s like any other Superjoint track where it is punishing and chaotic at the same time. The music video the band presents is definitely unique in where it has that old time silent film feel and look to it while switching back and forth to the frontman singing the lyrics. Anselmo described the video very well saying, “The video is supposed to be as ridiculously abstract as the song itself. But regardless, it makes its ridiculous point(s) dreadfully well.” I couldn’t have said it better myself as you see the band dressed in old time clothing handing out flyers in New Orleans to people who look uninterested. Check out the video below:

ScourBandYou are probably wondering just who in the world is Scour and why do I have them as the single of the week this week. Scour is a new supergroup of sorts from troubled former Pantera/current Down singer Phil Anselmo. The band also features John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer) on Bass, Chase Fraser (Animosity, Continuum) on Guitar, Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation) on Guitar and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) on Drums. The best way to describe the band can only be answered by one man and that is Phil himself, “The Scour thing was something that just popped up, and it’s something that I think I can kill, something I can lay it out. They’re short songs. It’s a short EP, and that’s something I can knock out… I think (there’s) one of the fellows from Cattle Decapitation, but it’s predominantly, in my ear, modern-ish black metal-sounding, thrashy black metal type stuff. I’m going to put my own spin on it. I don’t have to sound like your boy from Gorgoroth [laughing] to get the point across, man. There’s other ways of singing over that style of music, and I shall employ many styles.” That is essentially why I chose it for the single of the week. Check it out below:

It’s starting to get a little harder after 66 posts to find a soundtrack that I didn’t cover for the blog, but never fear because I found one. Back in the year 2000, Miramax released the film Dracula 2000 which was a take on the Bram Stoker classic where Dracula is resurrected in the year 2000. Ultimately, the film was a commercial disappointment even though I liked it, but what was really great about the film was the soundtrack of course. If you were a fan of the metal and Nu-Metal genre back in those days, then you were super excited for this soundtrack. The soundtrack featured music from the likes of Slayer, Disturbed, System Of A Down, Godhead featuring Marilyn Manson, Pantera, Linkin Park, and today’s featured artist Powerman 5000 to name a few. Powerman 5000 was running off of the success of their previous Tonight The Stars Revolt! when they recorded the track Ultra Mega for the soundtrack which features that high octane in  your face energy that the band was known for. Check out the track below and definitely check out the soundtrack as well.

For this week’s Unsigned Band Of The Week, we are moving from Buffalo and we are heading to the garden state for Dayton, NJ’s own Strychnia. The death metal outfit who named their band after another name for the chemical strychnine. I don’t remember exactly how I came about the band other than the fact that I thought their name was different and the imagery is pretty bad ass as well. The best way to describe these guys is that they are intense and in your face. Their riffs are unrelenting and they pummel you into nothing before picking up the pieces once again to do it all over again. The song I chose for you guys to check out today is their 2013 track Reanimated Monstrosity that features John Gallagher of Dying Fetus. The track is exactly how I described them above as it’s fierce and the riffs will melt your face off. Why these guys haven’t been signed yet is beyond me. If you want further proof, check out their kick ass cover of my favorite Pantera track off Far Beyond Driven in Slaughtered by going here. Do not be surprised by me if I choose that as a future cover of the week. To check out the band visit their Facebook page here and check out their site here as well. Remember, support your local scene because it all starts somewhere.