Pantera
1990-2000: A Decade of Domination


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by Conor USER (12 Reviews)
April 7th, 2010 | 74 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tasty music, utterly pointless release.

From their humble beginnings as a glam metal act from Arlington, Texas in imitation of the Sunset Strip scene in Los Angeles, Pantera were an underground favourite but it was not until Phil Anselmo joined in 1988 and the band renounced their glam ways that the band broke new ground, becoming one of the founders and key innovators of post-thrash metal music, dubbed ‘groove metal’. The crushing, downtuned guitar attack of Dimebag Darrell, aggressive vocal work of Phil, groovey bass work from Rex and tight drum rhythms of Vinnie Paul, Pantera became hugely popular for taking heavy metal and making it even heavier. Their major label debut Cowboys from Hell was a huge success for them and are still cited today as one of the most influential bands in metal history. Pantera dissolved in 2003 and Dimebag was tragically shot to death by a deranged fan while performing with his new band Damageplan in 2004.

From 1990 to 2000, The Pantera Lineup Was:

Philip Hansen Anselmo- Vocals
Darrell Lance Abbott- Guitars
Rex Robert Brown- Bass guitar
Vincent Paul Abbott- Drums

Was It Necessary?

It is inevitable that when a band has had so much influence on a musical genre like Pantera had on heavy metal, in time at least one ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best Of ’ compilation will be released, even if the band has been long gone, to either serve as a cash grab for the record companies by cashing in on the popularity and success of the group or as a genuine introduction to the band for casual fans. In 2003, one such compilation was issued, known as The Best Of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboy’s Vulgar Hits! in America or simply Reinventing Hell internationally. This year, twenty years after the release of the band’s smash major label debut Cowboys From Hell, another greatest hits package comes screaming our way, in the form of 1990-2000: A Decade of Domination. Of the two categories I mentioned above, which one does this belong to? (Hint: The first one, most likely)

Whereas Reinventing Hell had sixteen tracks from the band’s five major label albums as well as their seminal Official Live: 101 Proof from 1997 AND a bonus DVD of music videos AND extensive liner notes courtesy of Dimebag and Vinnie Paul AND some cool tour photographs to boot, this little number, released exclusively through Wal-Mart, comes with a grand total of ten remastered tracks from the same five albums and…well, nothing else. Really, Wal-Mart, ten freaking tracks? I don’t know if this collection was sanctioned by Vinnie Paul or any of the other surviving members of the band, but if so then they really messed up here, and big time.

That isn’t to say, of course, that the music herein is bad. On the contrary, what we have here is a cool trip down memory lane with some nice groovey head banging fun with the likes of Cowboys From Hell, Psycho Holiday and Walk, as well as taking the aggression down a notch with arguably their greatest track, Cemetary Gates. So, if the music is good then what’s the problem? Notice anything from the tracklisting? That’s right, it’s just singles! No album tracks, no bonus demos, no live rarities, nothing. This album is entirely pointless and redundant. Any self-respecting Pantera fan should already own the albums on which these tracks are on and any casual listener or someone trying to get into the band would be better off in splashing out that little bit extra on Reinventing Hell, simply because that collection is far superior in every way. I mean, as a starting point this isn’t all that bad but since there is a much better compilation widely available for not much extra then this is hardly even worth a glance.

Taking all that into account, there is little that excuses this from being anything other than a cheap move by the record company to try to screw a few extra bucks out of unwitting fans and the curious. Not to mention that the song Domination isn’t even on it either. In summation, this compilation is a decent listen but where the previous compilation perfectly does its job and then some, this one’s potential is thoroughly wasted and is left as an utterly pointless release. Much like anything from Phil’s next band, Superjoint Ritual, in that regard then.



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LepreCon
April 7th 2010


4156 Comments


A resubmit because the original was accidentally deleted yesterday. All pos' are welcome again and if my faithful ghost negger can make himself and his motives known, that would be great too

BigHans
April 7th 2010


26454 Comments


I have one too, don't feel bad. Pos.

maidenpmcc
April 7th 2010


1425 Comments


Is it just me or did a review on this get deleted?

KILL
April 7th 2010


72280 Comments


erm

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

maidenpmcc
April 7th 2010


1425 Comments


Because I remember going to this and writing something along the lines of - What a pointless release.

LepreCon
April 7th 2010


4156 Comments


Yeah that was mine as well but it got accidentally removed by a Sputnik Super-Glitch or something

LepreCon
April 7th 2010


4156 Comments


Oh and er thanks for the pos'

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2010


28812 Comments


WUTT WUTTTTT

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

maidenpmcc
April 7th 2010


1425 Comments


Ahhhh, so the review got deleted (Y)

Well apart from Pantera, i'm looking forward to Down's next studio album. I'm not sure it will see the light of day in 2010 though but nevertheless, i'm anticipating it's release.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2010


28812 Comments


JE VEUX TON AMOUR ET JE VEUO TON REVENGE JE VEUX TON AMOUR I DONT WANT TO BE FRIENDSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

LepreCon
April 7th 2010


4156 Comments


theacademy comments in a LeperCon review

maidenpmcc
April 7th 2010


1425 Comments


Did it seem impossible....

LepreCon
April 7th 2010


4156 Comments


I was wondering when he'd come around to start a party in one my my reviews xD

maidenpmcc
April 7th 2010


1425 Comments


Im guessing it's a regular thing for him?

LepreCon
April 7th 2010


4156 Comments


It's never a party on Sputnik without monsieur theacademy

Nagrarok
April 7th 2010


8315 Comments


Good to see you doing more reviewing than usual, I've heard only Cowboys from Hell which is excellent to get into a good ol' headbagin' mood.

maidenpmcc
April 7th 2010


1425 Comments


You don't need me to tell you this dude but you should listen to Vulgar Display of Power.

LepreCon
April 7th 2010


4156 Comments


Thanks Nag, I've been in a reviewing mood recently, and I agree with maidenpmcc, you should listen to Vulgar Display is you liked Cowboys From Hell

Nagrarok
April 7th 2010


8315 Comments


Will do. For the moment I'm busy, busy, busy restoring my old giant digital music collection on my new laptop.

LepreCon
April 7th 2010


4156 Comments


Aargh I know the feeling, I had like 180gb to recover when my old computer broke



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