In the eighties, Pantera was a hair metal band. The horrific genre where yor hair had to be big, your guitar had to be loud, and your power ballad had to be sappy. They had released four of these albums, but by the fourth album, it was becoming increasingly obvious. Change was inevitable. So they ditched all that hair metal *** (which was good since hair metal would be officially dead a year later) and created a more normal image. Plus, they changed the way their music was played. It became much heavier, much louder, and more evil than ever before. And thats exactly what you get on Cowboys From Hell
Vinnie Paul Abott, the band's drummer really is the driving force on this album. His lightning quick hands and thunderous double bass greatly supports his brother Dimebag's furious guitar work and catchy rythms. Just listen to Primal Concrete Sledge, Psycho Holiday, Dominatio, or the Art of Shredding to see what I mean.
One thing that I truly do enjoy is how insanely catchy the rythms are. Songs like Psycho Holiday, Message in Blood, Cowboys From Hell and Primal Concrete sledge automatically suck you in with their insane rythms that will automatically make you want to get out your guitar, bass or drums, and immediately try to figure out the song.
However, Pantera is not for everyone. Phil Anselmo's voice will either make you want to start growling along with him, or vomit with rage. He just growls and screams throughout the whole album. and occasionally go into this high pitched falstetto that will definitely annoy some listeners. Personally,I think his voice is ***ing awesome. It really gives off the rage and raw emotions within the band saying such unforgettable lines as, "SO THEY CAN LICK MY SACK!" "AIMED AT YOU WE"RE THE COWBOYS FROM HELL!" "COME AND BE WITH ME! LIVE MY TWISTED DREAM!". I think his falsetto is really unique. Specifically on Shattered, Medicine Man, cemetary gates, and Heresy.
Dimebag's guitar work is incredible on this album. His guitar sounds like a grinding chainsaw ready to kill any bastard that gets in his way. i love how he makes his guitar screech and howl making insane riffs such as cowboys from hell, Psycho holiday, and cemetary gates even better. Dimebag also does great acoustic work on Cemetary gates and The sleep. They're just so evil and and so dark.
All of the songs are great on the album. But Cemetary Gates is by far the best. It starts out with acoustic arpeggios by dimegbag, and then all of a sudden it goes into this heavy, dark, crazy riff and then it gets even faster and then goes back to acoustic. And the end, Phil screams gates in his falsetto and dime "answers" him making his guitar do the same. Amazing song. If you don't like this song, you don't like Pantera.
Phil's voice may give some people ear herpes
May be too heavy for some listeners
Clash with reality is sub-par at best