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Format: CD
Sku: 218163031
UPC: 081227979157
UPC 14: 00081227979157
Release Date: 11/22/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Cowboys From Hell ~ Pantera
2. Primal Concrete Sledge ~ Pantera
3. Psycho Holiday ~ Pantera
4. Heresy ~ Pantera
5. Cemetery Gates ~ Pantera
6. Domination ~ Pantera
7. Shattered ~ Pantera
8. Clash With Reality ~ Pantera
9. Medicine Man ~ Pantera
10. Message In Blood ~ Pantera
11. Sleep, The ~ Pantera
12. Art Of Shredding, The ~ Pantera
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Domination - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pantera
2. Psycho Holiday - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pantera
3. Art of Shredding, The - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pantera
4. Cowboys From Hell - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pantera
5. Cemetery Gates - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pantera
6. Primal Concrete Sledge - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pantera
7. Heresy - (previously unreleased, live) ~ Pantera
8. Domination - (live) ~ Pantera
9. Primal Concrete Sledge - (live) ~ Pantera
10. Cowboys From Hell - (live) ~ Pantera
11. Heresy - (live) ~ Pantera
12. Psycho Holiday - (live) ~ Pantera
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Will To Survive, The - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
2. Shattered - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
3. Cowboys From Hell - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
4. Heresy - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
5. Cemetery Gates - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
6. Psycho Holiday - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
7. Medicine Man - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
8. Message In Blood - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
9. Domination - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
10. Sleep, The - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera
11. Art of Shredding, The - (previously unreleased) ~ Pantera

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Pantera: Philip Anselmo (vocals); Diamond Darrell (guitar); Rex (bass); Vinnie Paul (drums).
Muze PNote Engineers include: Pantera, Terry Date, Matt Lane.
Muze PNote Recorded at Pantego Sound Studio, Pantego, Texas.
Muze PNote Personnel: Phil Anselmo (vocals); Diamond Darrell (guitar); Vinnie Paul (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Pantera; Terry Date.
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Howie Weinberg.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Mark Ross ; Terry Date.
Muze PNote Recording information: Foundactions Forum, The Sheraton Plaza La Reina, Los An (09/15/1990); Monsters In Moscow (09/15/1990); Pantego Sound Studio, Pantego, TX (09/15/1990); Foundactions Forum, The Sheraton Plaza La Reina, Los An (1989); Monsters In Moscow (1989); Pantego Sound Studio, Pantego, TX (1989); Foundactions Forum, The Sheraton Plaza La Reina, Los An (1991); Monsters In Moscow (1991); Pantego Sound Studio, Pantego, TX (1991).
Muze PNote Photographers: Joe Giron; Frank White .
Muze PNote Arranger: Pantera.
Muze PNote Although Vulgar Display of Power remains Pantera's best and definitive album, Cowboys from Hell was the creative breakthrough that set the stage for its conception. Not only were its demos responsible for getting Pantera signed to a major label in the first place, but its fresh musical perspective also gave them a much-needed blank slate with which to conquer the 1990s and, first and foremost, erase their 1980s failures. These failures were cataloged on no less than four independently released LPs packed with largely derivative and thoroughly unimpressive hair metal, and only the fourth of them even counted with recently installed lead vocalist Phil Anselmo, whose broader influences and irrepressible energy cannot be underestimated in altering Pantera's fate. As the "new guy" entering the Texans' insular world, Anselmo made only tentative contributions to that fourth Pantera album, 1988's Power Metal, but its incremental heaviness and titular statement of intent nevertheless presaged the wholesale reinvention that would be effectively crystallized by Cowboys from Hell. Here, at last, virtuoso guitarist Diamond (soon to be rechristened Dimebag) Darrell Abbott was finally inspired to snap out of the rampant Van Halen-isms that had creatively shackled his formidable talents thus far, and established his own unmistakable imprint for the instrument, and, by extension, Pantera's signature sound. This was characterized by a subtlety-free sledgehammer approach informed by, but not beholden to, recent developments in extreme metal, as well as a groove-laden, muscular riffing style punctuated by squealing pinch harmonics -- as illustrated to perfection by the downtuned post-thrash beatdown of the title track, "Primal Concrete Sledge," and "The Art of Shredding," among others.
Muze PNote For his part, Anselmo was only too eager to decorate Darrell's blunt rhythmic onslaught with cavernous roars declaiming impetuous and empowering lyrics that challenged all comers. In the process, he virtually abandoned his impressive melodic singing range (on par with the great Rob Halford) altogether, only reaching for those higher registers on "Shattered" (a rather misplaced throwback to the power metal era) and the stately lament "Cemetery Gates," which, years later, would sadly serve as requiem for Darrell's untimely passing. Not to be left out, drummer Vinnie Paul almost matched his baby brother's coming-out party with a heretofore unknown percussive dexterity, and bassist Rex Brown not only managed to keep up with Darrell's six-string tour de force, but bolstered the band's bottom end with added gut-punching power. So it was that, in what can truly be described as a collective ritual of musical catharsis, the members of Pantera were reborn as Cowboys from Hell, simultaneously defining an entirely new subgenre in the process: groove metal. [Indeed, such was the album's lasting impact that in time it was accorded a 20th anniversary reissue comprised of three separate discs: the first contained a complete remastering of the original set; the second packed 12 live recordings, of which seven (recorded at the 1990 Foundations Forum music industry event) were previously unreleased; and the third collected the all-important album demos (most of them very faithful to the album versions, although "Shattered" boasts an intro that was later dropped -- "Cemetery Gates" still lacks the intro it got) plus a never-heard album outtake called "The Will to Survive," which, with its more traditional heavy metal riff and predominating melodic vocals from Anselmo, wouldn't have sounded out of place on Judas Priest's Painkiller.] ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

Producer: Pantera; Terry Date; Kimberly Zide Davis (Reissue); Mason Williams (Reissue)

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Dracula 2000 (ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Domination (Rock)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/22/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1990
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8122797915
Music Label Name Label : Atlantic (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 3
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227979157

Professional Reviews

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Primal Concrete Sledge,' `Cemetery Gates,' `Psycho Holiday' and `The Art Of Shredding' will be imprinted on the heavy metal DNA permanently."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Pantera
Product attributeLabel:   Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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