5 Pantera Gems from Unsung Opus "Reinventing the Steel"
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:40:14
Pantera's Reinventing the Steel never gets enough credit. When you ask someone their favorite Pantera album, you’ll most commonly hear Vulgar Display of Power or Far Beyond Driven. Often, you’ll get someone who says Cowboys from Hell. This writer’s personal favorite is The Great Southern Trendkill—and after years of convincing he has a few friends who agree. However, a little more than 15 years since its release, Reinventing the Steel feels more powerful than ever. In essence, it stripped the Pantera sound to its core. The riffs are as thick as ever and the grooves pummel with poise, passion, and power. It’s almost like the direct successor to Vulgar Display Power with just ten slamming anthems that purge with no-nonsense, no-frills, and no-regard attitude. That was what Pantera did best, and it’s on full display here.
Make no mistake about it, Reinventing the Steel remains one of the greatest metal albums of all-time. We want to highlight that, in case for some reason you missed it or got so entrenched in Vulgar Display of Power or Far Beyond Driven, you haven’t switched Spotify or your record player over.
Check out the list below of 5 gems to crank extra loud from Reinventing the Steel.
5. ”Death Rattle:” “Death Rattle” exorcises the same kind of screams that made The Great Southern Trendkill hit so hard. It’s the heaviest salvo on the album and in the group’s catalog. It practically sounds like the snake of the apocalypse shaking the world to its core as Dimebag Darrell’s guitar screeches, Vinnie Paul’s drums pound, Rex Brown’s bass bludgeons, and Philip Anselmo wields a massive and, now timeless, refrain.
4. ”I’ll Cast a Shadow:” The final moment on the record feels chilling to this day. Anselmo’s lyrics burn vividly, illuminating just how brilliant of a writer he is as Dimebag’s shredding simply stuns. That middle riff stands out among his best. It’s an essential one.