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Pantera’s Power Play by Todd Leibowitz

While going through my iPod for some fast, in your face music, I stopped at one of the most powerful albums ever made…Pantera’s 1992 Vulgar Display of Power.

Every once in a while, there is a guitar lick that stands the test of time. A guitar lick that everyone (metal fans) know the second it starts, the song “Walk” is that song. Dimebag Darrel (RIP) was a phenomenal guitar player in 2004. It was a terrible tragedy when he was brutally murdered on stage by the mentally disturbed Pantera fan. I have never seen them live, but I wish it did.

Singer Phil Anselmo’s vocals on ALL Pantera albums is something to be wreaking with. He sounds so aggressive.  When you see his picture he looks as scary as he sounds.

Other greats from this CD.

F**king Hostile – A under 3-minutes 300 mile per hour song. It’s like mixing a Red Bull with an espresso. Wakes you up fast.

Regular People – Dimebag at his best!


This Love – Don’t this it is a “love song balled”. Can you ever see Anselmo sing a balled? It starts out slow, but as usual, the screaming of Phils voice kicks in and fits right in with the other tunes on the album.


Another one of my favorites are Mouth For War. “Hold your mouth for the war, Use it for what isn’t for.” Need we say more in these times…

Hollow – Another song that starts off slow, but nothing stays slow for long on this album.

If you need a good kick in the ass album to listen to at the gym, I highly recommend Vulgar Display of Power.

What got me into Pantera was the title track song off their first album, Cowboys From Hell. If you never heard of this song, just by the title you know what to expect. Cemetery Gates is right behind this as well.

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