Posts Tagged ‘Pantera’

exhorder singleWhen you think of Groove Metal, the first band that pops into the minds of most metal heads is that of Dallas, TX’s Pantera. After all, they made the genre popular and they took it to new heights back in the 90’s, but what if I told you there was a band that pre-dated them in the groove metal genre. Would you believe me? Well, you should because the band that is considered the progenitors of the groove metal scene is none other than New Orleans Exhorder. The Groove metal titans returned to action back in 2016 when they reunited and now in 2019 have released their first album in 27 years (The Law was the last one) in Mourn The Southern Skies which was released on September 20TH via Nuclear Blast Records and was produced by Duane Simoneaux. The lineup now features former Superjoint Ritual guitarist Marzi Montazeri, Jason Viebrooks (Heathen) on bass, Forbidden’s Sasha Horn on Drums with vocalist Kyle Thomas and guitarist Vinnie LaBella as the only two from the original lineup that returned. The track I am presenting to you is the title track which is a nine minute epic that starts off very ominously with wind in the background as a clean channel guitar plays before Kyle Thomas comes in. The track does not disappoint as they bring the thunder and you should check it out below:

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Hellyeah-Hellyeah-FrontalThis past Friday (June 22), the metal world found out some terrible news when it was announced that Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah/Ex-Pantera/Ex-Damageplan had passed away in his Las Vegas home. The second half of the greatest and most dynamic brother duo in metal history has joined his brother in Heaven. I decided that I was going to pay tribute to Vinnie Paul this week by dedicating the album of the week to him. While there are many bands that I can choose from whether it be Rebel Meets Rebel, Pantera, or even Damageplan, I decided that I was going to choose an album from his latest band Hellyeah. The album that I chose is my favorite album from the band that I got autographed by the band in their self titled debut album. It had been two years since Vinnie had joined a band and he decided that the supergroup that featured members of Mudvayne and Nothingface was the right choice. The band was made up of Chad Gray (Vocals), Greg Tribbett (Lead Guitar), Tom Maxwell (Rhythm Guitar), Jerry Montano (Bass), and Vinnie Paul on the drums. The album was released on April 10, 2007 and it took no time for the album to peak at it’s highest point on the Billboard Top 200 Charts at number nine selling over 45,000 copies in it’s first week.

hellyeah-back-cover1. HELLYEAH– The opening track can be considered some what of an anthem for the band and what they meant moving forward. An amazingly heavy track that reminds us why we love Vinnie and how much better he made this band. 5/5

2. You Wouldn’t Know– Some say that the track is about someone trying to be true to themselves in the way the industry is run and some say that it’s about Vinnie and he deals with the death of his brother. Nevertheless, this is one of my all time favorite Hellyeah songs. 5/5

3. Matter of Time– An insane in your face track that reminds me of Mudvayne a little much, but no surprise with Chad Gray at the helm. I think the track or at least a part of it could be about Dimebag once again in the verse when they refer to the man with the gun in his hand. 4.5/5

4. Waging War– Another in your face track that I have to be honest in saying that I think the track is about Phil Anselmo and what he had said in that interview about Dime and Vinnie. 4/5

5. Alcohaulin’ Ass-A cool track that starts out with some acoustic guitars and some slide guitar in this track that is just a good time party song. 5/5

6. GodDamn– A bad ass groove metal number that I think is the band confessing their distaste over the music industry exes that run it. 5/5

IMG_20180628_00017. In the Mood-I love the way this instrumental track starts off as it’s very melodic before it leads to the next track. 4/5

8. Star-A track that sludges along mixing a little element of Nu-Metal into it that I think is about a guy finding a new love that has made his life shine brighter. 4.5/5

9. Rotten to the Core– I think this is a cool track that can be looked at like it’s coming from the perspective of a Villain who just wants destruction and chaos. Check out the lyrics to the track. 4/5

10. Thank You– This is a track the band did in tribute to Dimebag Darrell, Tom Maxwell’s Mother and Chad Gray’s Grandmother who all passed away. 5/5

11. Nausea– A track that is about someone who just doesn’t care about life or anyone around him that he is willing to ruin everything only because he feels he’s been fed lies his whole life. 4/5

12. One Thing– The last track on the album that has a real Pantera feel to it musically in this track that is about someone who feels they’ve lost everything that they just want one sign of hope. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is still collectively my favorite album from a band that I have been up and down with over the years. There is no denying that they’ve come into their own over the years. My favorite tracks on the album are GodDamn and You Wouldn’t Know while my least favorite track is Nausea. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

Update 6/24/2018 8:19PM ET: Sources are reporting that someone close to the Abbott family are telling TMZ that Vinnie died from a Major heart Attack. Loudwire reached out to his management and this is the statement they released:

We have no knowledge of who spoke with TMZ.
Whoever spoke to them did so on their own and not
based on any factual information or authorization
from Vinnie’s family or Pantera management.

Our official statement remains:
Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul passed away on Friday, June 22.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.
No further details are currently available.
When they are, an updated official statement will be released.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.
Thank you for your query.

 

180623013401-vinnie-paul-pantera-super-teaseI am still not quite sure what words I need to say to express the utter shock that the rock/metal world and I are in after the news broke of the passing of Former Pantera/Damageplan/Heallyeah drummer Vinnie Paul. At first, I had to do a search online to find out if this was one of those fake articles that are always posted on Facebook when it says a celebrity has died. CNN, the new site confirmed for me that Vinnie Paul born Vincent Paul Abbott died at the age of 54 years old. We still at this time do not know what the cause of death is, but what we do know is that he is finally reunited with his brother Dimebag Darrell. Vinnie along with his brother Dimebag were the co-founders of the groove metal band Pantera who dominated the metal scene with the release of Cowboys From Hell in 1990 and they continued to dominate with albums like Vulgar Display Of Power and Far Beyond Driven until the band broke up in 2002. They went on to start a new band in Damageplan releasing their only album in 2004 entitled New Found Power and toured with the act until the death of his brother in December of 2004.

getty638images-115361519jpgVinnie had taken some time off from the music scene releasing the home video collection Dimevision, Vol. 1 in 2006 as well as a never before heard collaboration album with Country music legend David Allen Coe entitled Rebel Meets Rebel. He didn’t get back in the studio until 2007 when he officially became a member of the supergroup Hellyeah which featured Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne, Tom Maxwell of Nothingface, and Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla to record the self titled debut album. Together the band would release five albums with the latest Unden!able coming out in 2016. It is said that Vinnie has laid down drum tracks for an upcoming album, but it is not known yet what will become of that album as of this time. The band however has released a statement with Tom Maxwell saying, “Just so broken hearted and in shock. I’m struggling to write this but we want to thank you all for your kind words and support in this tragic time. We don’t have much info to give you other then Vinnie is now with Dime and they are together in a better place. Sadness, shock, confusion, anger, despair. We feel it all together. Hug your loved ones and keep them close. Thank you all again for all your love. Vinnie will be and is greatly loved and missed but his music will live forever. Crank it loud today and scream to the heavens so he can hear you.” Fellow musicians and other celebrities have come out to pay tribute to one of the greatest drummers of the modern era. There is a lot more tributes online and on Twitter, but the ones below are just some of them. R.I.P. Vinnie Paul (1964-2018)

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crow soundtrackI honestly believe that if you were to ask me what were some of the greatest movie soundtracks of the 1990’s, one of them would definitely be the original soundtrack to the 1994 film The Crow. The Crow was a film that starred the late Brandon Lee that was based off of a comic book created by James O’Barr about a man who comes back from the grave thanks to a crow to have vengeance against those who killed him and his fiance. The soundtrack featured some of the best 90’s alternative acts like The Cure, The Jesus and The Mary Chain along with some really awesome up and comers in the Industrial rock scene like Machines Of Loving Grace, My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult, and the Nine Inch Nails. The soundtrack also featured some bands that were either already on the rise like Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, or about to make a huge splash like Rage Against The Machine . It was definitely the album that made a splash on us because it made the film come to life and helped bring out the raw emotions of the characters. It did well on the charts as it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and it has been certified platinum three times.

crowost1. Burn by The Cure- This is my favorite song on the whole album that made me fall in love with Simon Gallup and his bass playing abilities as he drives the song forward while Robert Smith does his best invoking the spirit of the Crow in his lyrics. 5/5

2. Golgotha Tenement Blues by Machines Of Loving Grace- Machines bring the industrial rock sexiness with this blues tinged goth classic. Golgotha is the place that Jesus was crucified so the track could be their way of saying that this is where Eric Draven was “crucified” if you want to use those terms. It’s an awesome track. 5/5

3. Big Empty by Stone Temple Pilots- This is a classic STP track, but it’s not the original track intended for the soundtrack. Apparently, they had written one song called Only Dying, but management thought it wasn’t a good idea to release since the death of Brandon Lee had happened. This was definitely a great substitute as this is an STP classic. 5/5

4. Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails- Trent Reznor went all out with this cover of Joy Division’s Dead Souls which is amazing. This is a very haunting track lyrically and Trent does a great job adding his flair to it while trying to remain true. 5/5

5. Darkness by Rage Against The Machine- A very young Rage brings this track to you with all the in your face, boombastic sound that we are used to while Zach De La Rocha spits that gospel. Zach is talking mostly about how AIDS was an epidemic in Africa and America was barely doing anything about it. 5/5

6. Color Me Once by Violent Femmes- Life can be cruel and tough and that is the message that legendary folk rock act Violent Femmes brings to you on the soundtrack. The track features a very cool bluesy guitar solo that is a true highlight. 4.5/5

7. Ghostrider by The Rollins Band- Henry Rollins reverting back to his punk roots as he covers Suicide’s Ghostrider for the soundtrack. This was always a surprise track for me because the music is just infectious with those big bass riffs. 5/5

BSO_El_Cuervo_(The_Crow)--CD8. Milktoast by Helmet- this is an alternate version of the band’s track Milquetoast where this one was mixed by Butch Vig as it features a distorted outro and some feedback loops that weren’t there before. This track also features some bad ass bass playing by Henry Bogdan. 5/5

9. The Badge by Pantera- Any soundtrack that features the late and great Dimebag Darrell is a winner in my book. This is Pantera’s cover of Poison Idea’s The Badge. It’s heavy and fast and it showcases some of Phil’s other influences. 5/5

10. Slip Slide Melting by For Love Not Lisa- I had never heard of this group, but the song has quite the kick to it cause the track drives. 4.5/5

11. After The Flash by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult- an industrial banger that is bound to get the inner goth out of you with it’s Ministry/Electric Hellfire Club like industrial dance beats. This track kicks ass and you can’t help but groove to it. 5/5

12. Snakedriver by The Jesus and The Mary Chain- an alternative rock track that is a little different than the rest of the songs on here and it’s a good change as the singer talks about how life can be just as we thought it would be. 4.5/5

13. Time Baby III by Medicine- I think this is a very underappreciated song on the soundtrack because her voice is hypnotic. The band makes a cameo in the film playing the club. 5/5

14. It Can’t Rain All The Time by Jane Siberry- This is the actual version of the track that Eric Draven’s band’s song that appears on the soundtrack. The track is about no matter how tough or bad things get, it can’t be that bad all the time. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of the greatest soundtracks of it’s time and it will live on in the hearts of all those that loved the film and soundtrack. My favorite tracks on the record are Burn by The Cure and Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails. My least favorite track is probably Color Me Once by Violent Femmes. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

a0750464161_16We are getting back into the tour bus once again to complete our goal of 50 bands from 50 states and we only have 17 states left to visit. So to knock one of those states off the list, we are traveling to the great state of Maryland to check out our latest act. The band that we have for you guys are veterans of the metal scene as ZFL who hail from the Aberdeen/Belcamp area are a brutal groove metal band that formed in 1996. The band endlessly toured their butts off playing show after show with the likes of bands like Mastodon before imploding. The band would come right back to life in 2012 with a revived lineup that is out to share their brand of metal with the world. In 2015, the band released their latest effort in Rumors Of War and the track that I want to share with you guys is melodic and heavy effort That Which Is Unnameable. The track starts off very dark and melodic before the band comes in with ferocious punch that reminds me of Lamb Of God and Pantera. These guys are not signed to a label and it’s a shame because they should be. Check them out on Facebook, Bandcamp, and on Reverbnation as well. Check out the track below:

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.

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.