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Rex Brown @ BUILD Studio

You know him from Pantera, Down and Kill Devil Hill and now musician Rex Brown will be doing an intimate speaking appearance as a part of the BUILD Series. Admission is free but you must register and do this fast since space is extremely limited.

Hails To 1/4 Century Of Pantera’s “Vulgar Display Of Power” (1992-2017)

Can you believe that we are at the 25th Anniversary of Pantera’s “Vulgar Display Of Power”? Well we are and while this is actually the sixth album in the bands discography, it’s pretty much the second in the more throttling and intense “Groove Metal” sound that they were laying down and claiming some dominance over. I remembered that I first got into Pantera when I heard some tracks on WSOU and despite my being a fan of some of the earliest Power Metal and Glam Rock of the day, I never did hear of the band during their non-Thrashy times. To say that I played “CFH” to death would be an understatement but it was with “VDOP” that this band firmed up in everyone’s Metal minds that they meant business. As always, these milestone reflections are more personal thoughts as the full litany of what made this album come to pass are well outlined in the official Wikipedia entry below. Let’s continue.

From the moment that I first played this at the time new album I felt that the band had upped their Heavy Metal game. They were intense and very in your face and had this whole “Take No Prisoners” sort of attitude. In 1992 the Grunge Rock scene was getting more and more prominent and the Metal Legions had to stick by their favorite music in order for it to thrive. It would not be an easy task for Phil, Dimebag, Vinnie and Rex to do since these Seattle based melodic strains were quickly taking over the airwaves and even the video ones. Bands like Pantera were slowly relegated to only being showcased on the later evening “Headbangers Ball” that broadcast once a week. When you did play this album it was very often done at levels that would send a more civilized sort into hiding. Like I said up above, this was some true in your face stuff and for those of us who were enjoying it we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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“Cowboys From Hell” (Deluxe Edition) by Pantera

Artist: Pantera
Title: “Cowboys From Hell”
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 9/14/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

Continuing a year of interesting anniversary releases comes Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell” which is celebrating its being first delivered some twenty years ago. It was an album that while arriving at the beginning of the Grunge Era was one that said “F You! We’re dishing out some Metal with this band so hold onto something”. The album was the groups major label debut and originally came to us on ATCO Records with their signing coming care of Mark Ross who witnessed them in action after being stranded in their region by a hurricane. In today’s Metal Republic there are few fans among us that have not heard this album nor been impacted by its level of power. It was truly a beacon to all fans and one that showed just how much life the true Heavy Metal sound still had in it despite what the conventional radio stations were pushing down our throats at the time. To celebrate the milestone those folks at Rhino Records have given us the 20th Anniversary Edition in a number of different formats and the one we are examining is the 3CD version. This particular one features the original remastered album, a CD of previously unreleased live material and a third CD of demo recordings. With each disc being special in its own right I have decided to break up my thoughts on each of them one at a time. Strap yourselves in for the ride as we shall begin with some thoughts about the bands debut.
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“Over The Under” (Deluxe Edition) by Down

Artist: Down
Title: “Over The Under” (Deluxe Edition)
Label: Down Records
Release Date: 10/14/2008
Genre: Southern Sludge/Heavy Groove Rock
Rating: 4/5

So you were hanging around with some Metal friends who were playing the most recently released Down album “Over The Under” and you liked it so much that you snagged it for a few moments to upload onto your music player of choice to save yourself a couple of dollars. After that you made sure to hit a gig that they did and even bought yourself a t-shirt at the show but since you already had the music on your player you never did get around to officially picking up a copy of the album for yourself. Well, if this scenario describes you in any fashion I can now inform you about now being your chance to make all right by the band and get the new Deluxe Edition of “Over The Under” so you can sleep at night with a better conscience. The reason being not only as it’s the right thing to do but also because the new edition comes packaged in a nice little slipcase with a slightly different booklet, and it comes with a DVD to enjoy as well. We reviewed this profound release when it came out and were instantly blown away by how heavy and good it was from top to bottom so please read on for our own recap before we talk a little more about the Deluxe Edition and the DVD that they delivered with it.
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“Over The Under” by Down

Artist: Down
Title: “Over The Under”
Label: Down Records
Release Date: 9/25/2007
Genre: Southern Sludge/Heavy Groove Rock
Rating: 4/5

It’s great when a band that first starts out as a side project becomes something special in its own right and such is the case for that group of Southern Fried Doom Metallers – Down. The last we heard from them was on 2002’s “A Bustle In Your Headgerow” and based on the album preceding that one, the group seems to join forces every five years or so. If for some reason you don’t know much about the band let’s get that out of the way first for on lead vocals we have Phil Anselmo, Kirk Windstein & Pepper Keenan on guitars, while Rex Brown handles bass over Jimmy Bowers drums. If you are schooled in that which is Metal then you already know the bands that these guys originate from but I will remind you by saying that Down is a united force of ideas that propelled the bands Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Crowbar, Corrosion Of Conformity and Eyehategod into the Metal record books. Together all of these ideas meld and blend into a crushing groove that is born in anger and despair while offering up respectful riffs to legendary Stoner Doom sounds of the past. There is more than a tip of the hat to the likes of Black Sabbath but there is also a Southern fried twist to a lot of what’s going on as well. Together this makes the bands third outing a step up from the rest and ahead of anything that is calling itself the savior of the Doom Metal movement.
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