Saturday, October 30, 2010

CD Review: 20 Years for Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell"

Heavy metal band Pantera has just released a 20th Anniversary edition of their breakthrough album “Cowboys From Hell.” The album is considered one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all-time.

The original 12-track album gets digitally remastered and you hear all the outstanding guitars by the late Dimebag Darrell, as well as the powerful drumming of Vinnie Paul. Philip Anselmo’s vocals and Rex’s bass also benefit from the clarity of these songs. But, that’s not only reason to buy this new release. The second CD is made-up of two live appearances around the time of the original album’s release. The first 7 songs are recorded live at the Foundation Forum Metal Convention in 1990. It features a Pantera band hungry to prove why they should be considered one of the best heavy metal acts in music. The last five songs on the disc are from the Monsters in Moscow music festival in 1991. The band performed along side the likes of Metallica and AC/DC and held their own with these other heavy rock giants. There is even a 3CD set which also includes a CD of demos that were recorded for the album, as you hear the songs go from glam metal to hard and heavy hitters.

The album is available is available now in 3 different versions (single CD – album only, double CD – original album/live album, triple CD set – original album/live album/demos). Lead singer Phil Anselmo is appearing on the October 30th episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show and has also been featured on the cover of Decibel magazine. Visit the band website ( for up-to-date information from the band.

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