Pantera
Vulgar Display of Power


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
January 16th, 2005 | 625 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


Pantera released their classic album, "Vulgar Display Of Power" in 1992. It was the album that gave Pantera their signature sound and to this day, it remains as Pantera's definitive album. While Pantera had made some glam albums in the 80s, following the trends, most Pantera fans regard the band's "Cowboys From Hell" album as their official debut album. While the 80s material still contains most of the band members, they were very much a different band at that time.

"Vulgar Display Of Power" is easily one of the most influential metal albums of the 90s. Pantera created their own sound with this album. Pantera's later releases never really matched "Vulgar Display". The trademark Pantera sound is all here. Phil Anselmo rejects singing on this album and takes up a sort of roar or bark. By doing this, however, he sounds frighteningly like James Hetfield (Metallica). The album is full of hostility all the way through.

Musically, this album is genius and does everything Metallica does better. Dimebag's speed riffing is all the way through the album, along with brutal and extremely tight heavu drumming. The bass thuds it's way along with the guitar all of the way through. Phil's vocals fit in well with all of the music. The album has some excellent rhythm and while this record is pretty heavy metal, the listener may find themselves bopping along to a lot of the music. Pantera have something that a lot of similar bands don't: groove. Most of the songs on this album get the groove exactly right, making the rhythms awesome to listen to. Dimebag's solos are of course, extremely good and fast. On the last track of the album, Phil actuallly sings properly and does quite a good job of it.

Although the album has excellent groove, the lyrics are rather dodgy. While Pantera are more based around rhythms than lyrical content, the lyrics are still substandard are boring. Many songs just throw big and stupid "f" words all over the place. The album's two ballads ("This Love" and "Hollow") also have quite boring lyrics and are not really worth looking into. Bottom line; if all you want is good lyrics, stay as far away from this album as humanly possible.

The album's track order is sometimes quite irritating. All of the best songs are at the start of the album and most of the album's greatness dies in the last few tracks. There is just about no diversity on the album either. Nearly all of the tracks are heavy guitars, drums and bass playing fast riffs. The band use the same dynamic techniques on most of their songs and they get old quickly. The album's two ballads, some of the only places that clean guitars are heard even have heavy, screamy, hard hitting choruses. However, the album is great fun, nearly all the way through.

Pros
- Great grooves
- Excellent rhythm as well as leads
- Awesome solos
- Fitting vocals

Cons
- No diversity whatsoever
- Bad lyrics
- Slightly irritating track order

Recommended Tracks
Mouth For War
Walk
This Love

FINAL RATING: 4/5



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MxShredder
November 23rd 2004


58 Comments


Good review, I don't own this album but I've heard it a few times, I'd agree with 4/5.

Walk is kickass

manuscriptreplica
November 24th 2004


431 Comments


The only good thing about this CD is the cover

IKilledMyValentine
November 24th 2004


2 Comments


Grady Champion? WTF is he?

manuscriptreplica
November 24th 2004


431 Comments


He looks like the rhythm guitarist to me

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 24th 2004


2125 Comments


:lol: Give that man a cigar!

Priestmetal
February 8th 2005


542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is fucking badass!!! I certainly agree with the irritating track order though. Also, i find that diversity is not necessarily needed when u can create such a kick ass album.

TwItCh13
March 30th 2005


13 Comments


A very good album, there are some minor bumps, but theres always mistakes along the way. Its a must have if your into Heavy Metal, it would be a true classic, if it came out a few along time ago, but 92-93 wasnt that long ago. GOod review keep it up.

spawn of cliff
April 16th 2005


1 Comments


That is a kick ass c.d. Rise is the best track... MOTHA FU*KER RISE!

ANGEL_OF_DEAD
April 16th 2005


6 Comments


Good Review Great Album! Walk is a cool song so is mouth for war

deat
April 18th 2005


3 Comments


"The album's two ballads ("This Love" and "Hollow") also have quite boring lyrics and are not really worth looking into."

I'd have to disagree with having substandard lyrics for Hollow. I find them quite good. It's talking about a friend lost because of being in a coma. Most of the song brings chills to my body.

Overall though, great review.

Xenophon
April 27th 2005


1 Comments


Gotta love this CD. Thew sheer Brilliance of Dime and the rest of pantera.

a_flower_blooms_as_i_decay_101
May 30th 2005


39 Comments


hmm pantera are probly just a couple of steps below metallica yes i said that there a couple of steps behind metallica only because after vuglgar display of poower how ever leganday as it was they just seemed to slip tlanet wise i mean they were all still there but dime got a bit more stingy on his solos and phils voice evolved from pure traditioanl heavy metal singin into some what of a growl(if i wated his growl i would go and listen to superjoint ritual)but all in all i would give this album a 5/5 and i no that that is fairly biast but look at the music that was comming out at the time of vulgar display of power it was all laid back grunge and then bamm pantear were there.....

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 30th 2005


2125 Comments


So you're saying that Pantera got bad but Metallica didn't?

a_flower_blooms_as_i_decay_101
May 31st 2005


39 Comments


metallica did get worse(im not saying that they got bad because i mean shit even st anger is better than some of the musik thats coming out these days)but pantera sliped far quicker than metallica dont u agree?

a_flower_blooms_as_i_decay_101
May 31st 2005


39 Comments


metallica did get worse(im not saying that they got bad because i mean shit even st anger is better than some of the musik thats coming out these days)but pantera sliped far quicker than metallica dont u agree?

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 31st 2005


2125 Comments


Depends how you look at it. I do agree that Pantera went down towards the end of their career, and quicker than Metallica, but they didn't get as bad as Metallica did.

So in one respect I definitely agree with you, but in another respect I don't.

a_flower_blooms_as_i_decay_101
June 1st 2005


39 Comments


yeh thats totaly true but u gotta tkae into consideration pantera could have gotten worse if they had made another album(but this couldant hav happend now because of dime)because there was nothing definetly sayign that pantera had split but yeh ur right they dident get as bad as metallica

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 1st 2005


2125 Comments


Yeah, they very well could have gotten dodge. But I don't think they would have changed their direction in the way Metallica have done.

Dead_Trench
August 2nd 2005


159 Comments


Is it just me or does the song Walk sound really nu metally?This Message Edited On 08.01.05

Priestmetal
August 2nd 2005


542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think its just you.



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