Pantera
Projects in the Jungle


2.0
poor

Review

by Kevin USER (7 Reviews)
September 24th, 2007 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a mediocre, cheesy hair metal album.

Before they were the "Cowboys From Hell", Pantera were a glam metal band. Yeah, that wasn't a typo, glam metal. Before they had Phil Anselmo and before Dimebag was a notorious shredder, Pantera were playing songs in the same vein as Motley Crue and Poison.Projects in the Jungle was Pantera's second album. It was released in 1984, right in the middle of the 80's hair/glam metal scene. Pantera was very successful in the metal scene and had a huge fan base, but the glam metal Pantera?Not so much. They had the right look, spandex and all, but weren't a very big hit with the glam metal crowd. I can't say I blame people either.

The music on this album isn't bad, but it's not really that mind blowing either.You might argue and say that Dimebag was the greatest guitarist ever, but not on this album, save for a few moments.. He was too busy playing standard, mediocre guitar parts on this album. If you went back in time to when this was first released you would have no idea that the guitarist for this band was a fantastic shredder. Pantera falls into a trap here that many other bands do as well. They try to follow the scene.

Guitars aren't the only thing that are average on this album. Drums and bass and pretty much every other thing here is average. I guess it was against the hair metal scene at the time to play your instrument to your full skill because even though there are some great musicians in Pantera, they don't show it here. However average this album might be, there are also a few moments where you can tell that Pantera are getting heavier and becoming more of a metal band. The title track Projects in the Jungle is one of these moments. It's probably the heaviest and best song on the album and even features some cool licks from Dimebag. The drumming is also at it's tops for this song. The greatest guitar on Projects in the Jungle is in the song Blue Light Turnin' Red. Blue Light Turnin' Red is a minute and a half long guitar solo by Dimebag in the same vein as Eruption by Van Halen.

Now that I've covered the instruments, it's time to move on to the vocals. Terry Glaze, the then vocalist for Pantera, has a typical hair/glam metal voice. It sounds like Joe Elliot of Def Leppard combined with nameless other hair metal singers. It's not surprising that he sings like this when he was the main influence on the band's spandex and hair spray look. Terry's voice isn't anything special and there are definitely many vocalist way better than him. Sometimes it seems like he's trying too hard to sing like a glam metal vocalist than use his actual voice. He struggles to hit high notes a lot of the time and it just comes of making him sound bad. The worst sounding song vocal wise on this album is probably the lame titled Heavy Metal Rules. You can't get much more cheesy and generic than this song. Terry Glaze wasn't really a master lyricist either. His lyrics are pretty straight forward and generic. Here's a sample from In Over My Head


"All Alone
Late at Night
I Been Thinking About You
I'm On My Own
It Just Ain't Right
And I Don't Know
Where I'm Gonna Go"


When you look at all of this, you might think "Wow, this sounds like a really crappy album". Well it is. If you're looking for a deep, thought provoking musical masterpiece, don't even come near this. However, if all your looking for is some cheesy, mediocre hair metal, then by all means pick this up and enjoy. If you're a Pantera fan, then I still wouldn't recommend listening to this because this just isn't the Pantera you know and love.

Individual Song Ratings
All Over Tonight - 2.5/5
Out For Blood - 3.5/5
Blue Light Turnin' Red - 4/5
Like Fire - 2.5/5
In Over My Head - 1/5
Projects In The Jungle - 4/5
Heavy Metal Rules - 1.5/5
Only A Heartbeat Away - 1/5
Killers - 2/5
Takin' My Life - 1/5

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Overall: 2/5



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Willie
Moderator
September 24th 2007


16117 Comments


I'm not really a fan of much Pantera regardless of what they were playing... but I've seen the glam pictures and they make me laugh.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 24th 2007


3709 Comments


Pantera were awful enough during the 90's, I can't even begin to comprehend how bad they must have been in the 80's.

You might argue and say that Dimebag was the greatest guitarist ever, but not on this album, save for a few moments.. He was too busy playing standard, mediocre guitar parts on this album.
This could fit any Pantera album really.

Monticello
September 24th 2007


805 Comments


Ehhhh, could be interesting, but I doubt I'll be getting this.
Cool review too.

Neoteric
September 24th 2007


3243 Comments


I heard a Pantera glam album and it was pretty funny how they became all METALLL after it.

BallsToTheWall
September 24th 2007


44789 Comments


Mikesn you really are a pantera hater, I understand why. Although I'm not sure if i/m gonna check this out even though im a rabid pantera fan.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Erratic
September 24th 2007


1120 Comments


Take my word for it, don't.

FR33L0RD
September 24th 2007


1464 Comments


IMO "Vulgar Display Of Power" is the only good Pantera album

Willie
Moderator
September 24th 2007


16117 Comments


I'd agree, and even that one isn't very good... oh, and Cemetary Gates off the prior album was pretty good too, although I heard that Phil wouldn't play it live after a while.

Meatplow
September 25th 2007


5524 Comments


[quote=Kevin]Before they had Phil Anselmo and before Dimebag was a notorious shredder, Pantera were playing songs in the same vein as Motley Crue and Poison.[/quote]

A couple of slight factual errors here, first of all Dimebag was always a notorious shredder (even if he hadn't hit worldwide recognition he was still getting booted out of Texas guitar competitions for being ridiculously fast with his axe) and Phil Anselmo was on the album "Power Metal" which was still had some glam elements to it, especially in image.

http://truemetal.org/metalwallpaper/images/powermetal.jpg

I've given the early albums a few spins, they are kind of fun even if they are cheesy and mostly ridiculous hair metal. Metal Magic is the worst of the lot i think, I Am The Night and Power Metal i like though. Projects is not so bad IMO.

I remember seeing in an interview (Pantera - Behind The Music after Dimebag was shot if i am correct) when posed with the question Vinnie Paul said they decided to drop the clothes because the theatrics of hair metal was getting old and they were starting to push a more extreme speed-metal influenced sound on Power Metal anyway so they continued down that road.This Message Edited On 09.25.07

UncalledFor
September 25th 2007


100 Comments


Hahahahahaha @ "Heavy metal rules"

Dethtrasher
September 25th 2007


2211 Comments


I actually had the chance to buy their first glam album, but I don't like that much so I never bought it. Good review.

Erratic
September 25th 2007


1120 Comments


311 views and 0 votes?

Willie
Moderator
September 25th 2007


16117 Comments


HA ha, I don't know if people are stingy with the votes or if they just forget sometimes, but it was a good review, and I voted...

ritchbitch666
August 14th 2010


17 Comments


This album fuckin rules haters. they were still pantera fools. just because they were glam doesnt mean they were bad.

Terrifyer
August 14th 2010


3403 Comments


yeah this is as good as all the other pantera albums




































which means its fucking awful

Prolapse
August 14th 2010


4370 Comments


down are better listen fade

Confessed2005
December 11th 2010


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Quite possibly the greatest metal record to ever exist. Beautiful, bizarre, jarring, twisted and ingenius.

Spec
January 8th 2012


27269 Comments


Steel Panther shit going on here.

Digging: Midnight - No Mercy for Mayhem

KILL
March 5th 2012


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

SHES OUT FOR BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

KjSwantko
March 5th 2012


9446 Comments


lol never heard this, gotta check it out.



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