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Pantera
Reinventing The Steel
April 2000
Released: 2000, EastWest
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Well, I guess it’s about that time…the new slab of Pantera is upon us. Back now after Phil has had his fun screwin’ around in both death and black metal (Necrophagia and Viking Crown respectively), Pantera are ready to cave more skulls with a new Steel. For some, this new record’ll have ‘em screaming with joy, others’ll just sigh and get on with their lives. Count me somewhere in between those two extremes and really, count this as a non-review ‘cause the truth is Pantera do what they do and ain’t nothing gonna change ‘em. You’re either going to love it or hate it and the band wouldn’t have it any other way.



I mean, you basically know what you’re going to get when you crack the cellophane on a new Pantera album. You’ve got Phil screaming his guts out, Rex banging away in the background, Vinnie kicking the living shit out of his drums and Dimebag…well, I’m still not entirely sure what Dimebag does. Really, therein lies my whole problem with Pantera. Some people can’t stomach Phil’s screams, and I will grant that he can grate on one’s ears, but my issue lies with Dimebag. I really cannot see how this guy gets the accolades that he does. Yeah sure, he can play some excellent riffage but when he starts going into that whole annoying guitar squeal schtick (see “You’ve Got To Belong To It”), man, pass me somethin’ else (yes, a dose of Amon Amarth would do just fine thanks!).



Don’t get me wrong, ‘cause Pantera can still bash it out like they did back in their glory years (i.e.: Cowboys…and Vulgar…) as they so amply prove on “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit” and “Revolution Is My Name”, but this album is far from the “return to yesteryear” that some are hyping it as. At least, I don’t hear it. I mean, kudos to Pantera for finding a quality winning formula and sticking with it through all the trends, but geez, doesn’t something gotta give? Progression? Forget about it! We’re plunged headlong into the same Pantera trench that they’ve been exploring since Far Beyond Driven. As Phil himself wails in the awesome “We’ll Grind That Axe For A Long Time”: “every fucking year it stays the same”. You called it Phil.
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Pantera
Reinventing The Steel
April 2000
Released: 2000, East West
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Pete

"It's Goddamn Electric", bellows frontman Phil Anselmo, and you know what, he's goddamn right!!!!!!!



"Reinventing the Steel" is Pantera's latest studio offering on Elektra and is packed w/a 1-2-punch from start to finish. I must admit, Pantera kinda lost me on the last couple of studio albums. Don't get me wrong, I liked Far Beyond...."& "Great Southern..", but I found it maybe too intense at times, not enough groove & melody that was found on "Cowboys.."& "Vulgar.." Thankfully that has resurfaced once again on this album: groove, thrash, intensity, melody...it's all here.



Fave tunes include "Yesterday Don't Mean Shit", "Goddamn Electric"(complete w/Kerry King solo by the man himself), and "Grind that Axe For A Long Time." The biggest surprise by far is the Sabbathy - "Revolution Is My Name", as it almost pays as a tribute to Sabbath, complete w/soloing that would make Tony proud. Well done guys.!! Clocking under 45 minutes, a definite ass-kicker.
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