Pantera ‎– Vulgar Display Of Power

ATCO Records ‎– 91758-2
CD, Album




- Recorded & Mixed at Pantego Sound Studio, Pantego, Texas (R.I.P.).
- Mastered at Masterdisk. New York, NY.

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7 91758-2, 91758-2 Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power(CD, Album) ATCO Records, ATCO Records 7 91758-2, 91758-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
7 91758 4 Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power(Cass, Album) ATCO Records 7 91758 4 US 1992 Sell This Version
A2 91758 Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power(CD, Album, Club) ATCO Records, Columbia House A2 91758 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
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February 24, 2018

If you're a metal fan, you're no doubt gawking at this three-star review and seething with anger, and nothing I say will justify my views in your eyes. So let me just say, to Pantera; I'm sorry.

Pantera were one of the first metal bands I got into way back in the day, and I'm sure there was a time when I first purchased this CD that I thought it was awesome, even though I'd never really heard it enough times to familiarize myself with it. As a result, years of neglect and seeing absolutely nothing but the highest reverence for it has set the bar very high. Too high, in fact, as 'Vulgar Display...' has failed to live up to my expectations.

It's not a bad album, but it's very much the same as its predecessor, 'Cowboys From Hell', in that it's a good record with its fair share of filler songs, but it hasn't been helped by the expectations set by the countless fans who treat it like an absolute masterpiece. I mean, c'mon now... 'By Demons Be Driven' and 'No Good (Attack the Radical)' are incredibly forgettable.

But when Pantera do get it right... oh boy! 'Mouth For War', 'This Love', 'A New Level', 'Regular People (Conceit)' and the legendary though slightly overrated 'Walk' are all ballsy songs that are heavy as hell and groove-laden to the brim, with enough attitude and energy to make up for the albums shortcomings.

And the performances are all-round pretty good. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell shows off all the skills that would validate his countless accolades as one of the genres all-time greats, and vocalist Phil Anselmo screeches passionately with pure disdain at the world. While not every track is to my liking, there's no denying the chemistry between everyone.

In conclusion, 'Vulgar Display...' is one of the most influential metal albums from the 90's, and while it's reputation may be justified, I don't think it's stood the test of time too well. Perhaps it's one of those things where "you had to be there" to truly appreciate it.