Pantera
The Great Southern Trendkill


4.5
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by Liam8VIII USER (8 Reviews)
October 29th, 2012 | 14 replies | 1,544 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "It's just not even a 'cool' sounding album in the climate of today's popular music scene...I'll be honest with you, I love that." Phil Anselmo, 1996.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

1996 seemed to be an excellent year for metal, it saw the release of Acid Bath's 'Paegan Terrorism Tactics', Ministry's 'Filth Pig' and also 'October Rust' from Type O Negative and this, the rawest album of Pantera's back catalogue!

In the 90's (after their glam roots) Pantera were quite obviously on a roll. Each album since 1990's 'Cowboys From Hell' was pushing the boundaries of the popular metal scene, 1994's 'Far Beyond Driven' even gained a #1 spot! Commercial success aside; the music Pantera were producing was distinctively getting more extreme and sounding even more pissed off. In parts, 'Far Beyond Driven' makes 'Cowboys From Hell' sound a little glam at times. 1996 however saw the release of 'The Great Southern Trendkill', the most intense, crushing and downright ugliest album Pantera ever put out (not to mention one of the coolest album titles in metal). In those respects, TGSTK took the heights that the band had previously reached to near-ridiculous levels of raw power despite not repeating chart success or being as unanimously well received.

'Trendkill' storms out of the gate furiously and it may as well be dual-wielding chainsaws with the title track which undeniably sets the tone. The most intense opener on a Pantera disc bar none. 'Drag The Waters' was the albums only single which makes sense in that it is very transition-sounding; it has the sort of mid-paced lurch you be familiar with on 'Far Beyond Driven' but it also harnesses that dense 'Trendkill' sting. It also throws in some cowbell for good measure! 'The Underground In America' and the exquisitely titled 'Sandblasted Skin' are other notable examples of the bands considerable shift into faster tempos and trampling aggression. 'Suicide Note Pt. 2' is utterly relentless and is delivered without remorse. It also features the late Seth Putnam from cult grindcore band Anal Cunt on backing vocals, but only the accustomed will be able to tell the difference between his and Phil's demonic screech. 'Suicide Note Pt. 1' is the band at their most experimentative utilizing acoustic guitars, clearer than usual vocals for Phil and haunting synth towards the end of the song to create a chilling atmosphere. The subject matter is obviously denoted from this songs title which adds to the markedly more morbid lyrical content 'Trendkill' contains.

'Floods' is undeniably the greatest song on the album and most definitely one of the bands very best. At 7 minutes exactly, it is the longest 'Trendkill' has to offer. Imagine a sludgier, pessimistic version of 'Cemetary Gates' that welcomes an apocalypse. Creepy vocals, the first meandering solo and booming one-chord passages lead to one of the most melancholic guitar solos ever recorded; right at the end of the song when the clouds have cleared, Dimebag has his greatest moment. Maybe the sadness created by the last few seconds of 'Floods' still resonates so strongly because of the truly awful way in which the revered axeman's life ended.

'The Great Southern Trendkill' so narrowly betters all efforts by Pantera purely on consistency. 'Far Beyond Driven' and 'Vulgar Display Of Power', undoubted classics they may be but with all of the singles/best songs stacked on side one of each of these releases, the albums do feel a tad uneven. It may just be due to the lack of singles released from this album but even so every song has an attitude which demands further attention. Just when Nu-Metal was gaining prominence, Pantera blasted the new trends with a consistently aggressive, ridiculously oppressive, well-rounded wall of blistering noise. An overlooked gem in a sea of hate and Jack Daniels.



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Emim
October 29th 2012



26570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Smexy rating, sir. Definitely one of my favorite Pantera releases.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2012



28374 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

THE GRATE

SOUTHNRN

TRENDKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

PsychicChris
October 29th 2012



210 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THAT'S RIGHT

MO
October 29th 2012



18419 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FUCK THE WORLD
FOR ALL IT'S WORTH
EVERY INCH
OF PLANET EARTH!!!!

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

whatshisname
October 29th 2012



178 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pos'd.
Didn't like this album really when I first listened to it, but now I might have to go back and listen to it again.

ChopSuey
October 29th 2012



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good

jayfatha
October 29th 2012



2883 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fucking awesome

BlueInTheSoul
October 30th 2012



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pantera rules! Pos'd.

BlackLlama
October 30th 2012



1637 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Easily my favorite Pantera. I remember buying this from the record store, and putting it in my cd player at a red light for the first time. Windows down, system cranked and that first nasty scream hits the air.

The 2 nuns in the car next to me blew the red light to get away :D

Liam8VIII
October 30th 2012



90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's actually incredible! Such a shock to the system if the iPod is on full volume and you put the first song on!

KILL
October 30th 2012



71134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

floods is so good too bad none of the other songs are close

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

Liam8VIII
October 30th 2012



90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree, Floods is head and shoulders above the rest but it is still a solid album all the way through.

BlackLlama
October 30th 2012



1637 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Floods solo = tits. Always struck me as something that would have happened if Pink Floyd decided to go metal....

miketunneyiscool123
July 15th 2014



399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah that song FLOODS over the others. hahahahaha

I'm not funny.

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

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