Pantera
Reinventing the Steel


4.5
superb

Review

by NorseLaQuet USER (3 Reviews)
February 4th, 2005 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Overview:

This final studio release by Pantera, is, in the words of guitarist Dimebag Darrell (R.I.P.) "a best of in its own right." Really, this album is an eclectic mix of the different sides of Pantera that preceded it. When one hears a doupble bass drum, or a screming harmonic on guitar, you can bet that the player has heard his or her share of Pantera. This is a very overlooked album by some great musicians, and is just as good as their classic releases.

Hell Bound
The first track opens with some good sound production with dime's guitars, as well as some double vocal tracking by Phil Anselmo. You can tell the artistic shift that was made with this song in Pantera. 3.5/5

Goddamn Electric
One of my favorite Pantera songs, i think that the catchy part in this song isnt necessarily the tune, but the 'tribute to metal lyrics'
" Your trust is in whiskey
and weed and Black Sabbath"
and then
"Your trust is in whiskey
and weed and Slayer"
In fact, this is one of Panteras most interesting songs because it was recorded backstage at Ozzfest with Kerry King, (the guitarist of Slayer) doing backing guitars on the outro. 4/5

Yesterday Dont Mean ***
Sounds like a quickly recorded "sound check riff" its still an ok song, again the part that stands out most is Phils vocal work. 3/5

Youve Got To Belong To It
When i first heard this song, within the first 20 seconds, the guitar part had me mesmerized. A real break from traditional guitar playing, even among metal. The lyrics are good as well. 3.5/5

Revolution is My Name
Another one of my faveorite Pantera songs, this one has probably one of the coolest guitar riffs ive ever heard. It made me almost shiver when i first heard it. 5/5

Death Rattle
Unfourtuneatly, this song seems like it was slapped together. Not really steller playing, until the chorus. The drumming could be better on the verse, still a good song worth a listen. Especially for the awsome bridge/breakdown.4/5

W'ell Grind THat Axe For A Long Time
A good song, not that great, it actually sounds better when your not totally awake. ITs not a bad song though, i would be happy if I could write one half as good.....3.5/5

Uplift
One of my faveorites from this album, it really makes you want to turn the volume up to 11 when Phil is screaming with just the drums in the background. Good solo too. 5/5

It Makes Them Disappear
When i first heard this song, i was really freaked out, it sounded like nothing they have ever done before, but then i discovered after the intro that they really did a good job of blending experimental guitar effects with awsome double tracked vocals and classic pantera riffs. Play this one for your grandmother.....4.5/5

I'll Cast A Shadow
Ahh yes, a true Pantera epic. This song really shows that Phil was getting ready to change musically. When you listen to this song after hearing "Heresy" from Cowboys from hell, you really can tell the band has grown. 5/5

Well, all in all this album gets a 4 and a half. Its great, mind blowing, but not 'classic'.


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Priestmetal
February 8th 2005


542 Comments


Good review. Its too bad pantera didn't release any more albums after this one. They were heading in a good direction musically.

Apathy
September 14th 2005


645 Comments


Decent album. The highlight is clearly "Goddamn Electric" though.

Royd Rage
February 9th 2006


419 Comments


everyone gives more praise to vulgar display of power...but for me this is the one...i'll cast a shadow describes my life right now...no it's not "classic" but not all albums are classic so soon. it was only 6 years ago...

sadly as of now i don't have this album anymore.This Message Edited On 02.09.06

Drunken Viking
February 11th 2006


1023 Comments


I love this album, It's definately their best studio effort.

chaosmonger06
April 25th 2006


10 Comments


my favorite is far beyond driven, then trendkill...then cowboys...vulgar is great except for "walk"...i'll leave that crap for the preppy homo's that the band gained as fans for this stupid song. But this album kicked ass as well...but how could u say death rattle is not a good song...that track is bad ass in my opinion.

WARPATH_88
May 24th 2006


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a great album. Anyone who says they got worse as they went along is deaf.

anguspage007
May 24th 2006


64 Comments


I agree. Pantera is not my favorite band, but the sound remained true to itself, which is what probably influenced people to buy it in the first place. Good.

Bron-Yr-Aur
May 24th 2006


4405 Comments


This is a great album. Anyone who says they got worse as they went along is deaf.



I assure you I'm not deaf.

WARPATH_88
May 24th 2006


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i agree with anguspage, i loved the later Pantera. It was pretty much unchanged.

Bron-Yr-Aur
May 24th 2006


4405 Comments


I wasn't a huge Pantera fan to begin with, and to my ears, they simply deteriorated from a good metal band to a dull and average one.

WARPATH_88
May 24th 2006


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you could look at it that way. thats your opinion so ill drop the subject.

Mathias HIMSELF
May 30th 2006


161 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my favorite Pantera by a long shot, every song is amazing, i never get bored listening to this.

Mathias HIMSELF
May 30th 2006


161 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pantera did what every band should do after one album, that is to experiment. Thats what Zepplin did, Metallica, Floyd.... you get the point.

Thor
May 30th 2006


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't think experimented as much as they just got heavier. Still, it works.

Their "experimental" album was The Great Southern Trendkill.This Message Edited On 05.30.06

Mathias HIMSELF
May 30th 2006


161 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just ment "experiment" from album to album... so they dont all sound the same

bigguy69
March 21st 2007


199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im enjoying this album a lot right now as i listen to it for the first time in a while...lovin revolution is my name..imo best song on the album

khashayarx
August 16th 2007


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yesterday Don't Mean Shit Because Evolution Was Their Name.

Metalikane
November 1st 2007


851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A step down, but good non the less. It sucks they ended on this one.This Message Edited On 11.01.07

Foodforthegods
November 1st 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yesterday Dont Mean Shit, Revolution Is My name and Goddamn electric are classic pantera songs.

Regulator
April 3rd 2008


605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked this album from the day it came out. Honestly I thought it was better than Far Beyong Driven, by quite a bit. There are some really crushing monster riffs on this cd, like It Makes Them Disappear, and Goddam Electric, and the shredding on Deathrattle was sweeter than angel pee. A great final studio album from a great band! i'd still rate it as a 4 for sure.



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