PANTERA

(UNITED STATES)

REINVENTING THE STEEL

(2000)
LABEL:

EASTWEST

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Growl, Opera-Rock, Rasping vocals
"Strongly criticized at the time of its release, "Reinventing the Steel" is however the dreamed testament for Pantera, a band which entered since in the legend to never leave it."
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Pantera seems to have used up all its cartridges by the end of the millennium. Overwhelmed by the success, stuck in conflicts which are often stupid, the members of the group are on the verge of the break, as testified by the side-projects starting to be numerous, in particular on the side of a Phil Anselmo more and more excessive and victim of a chronic inability to make the slightest compromise: wounded in the back by years of uncontrolled scenic performances, he refuses to be operated not to have to interrupt his career and sinks even more in alcohol and drugs. However, far from being detrimental to his music, his behavior and his charisma of a crazy megalomaniac propel Pantera one last time to the firmament of the metal galaxy.

The regular listener will have noticed that the tone has become much harder with each album, and that the playfulness of "Cowboys From Hell" has been forgotten for a long time... Therefore, "Reinventing the Steel" sounds like a fulfilment, the end of a journey to hell that was more than metaphorical for Anselmo, since he was the victim of an overdose a few years before, and barely escaped death. The growl of the previous album reaches here a phenomenal extent, and whether it is about its tone or its texts, it remains unequalled in the metal.

Darkness is also the rule for Dimebag, who offers for the last time a festival of riffs simply unthinkable, made even heavier by a very special production, sticky cement that gives this album its identity. The sound is singular, huge, overpowering. The soli, screaming and rock'n roll, become less present, less systematic, and Dime pours at several moments in a dissonant chaos, making his six-string scream like never. Pantera is no longer a colorful 4x4 but a tank on acid. As for the Rex/Vinnie pair, it is as usual remarkably solid.

Strongly criticized when it was released, "Reinventing the Steel" is however the dreamed testament for Pantera, a band that has since entered the legend to remain in it forever. Black, crazy, at the limit of abstraction sometimes (especially in the lyrics, much richer than it seems), it is the logical conclusion of an artistic and human evolution started twenty years earlier
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Hellbound - 02:41
02. Goddamn Electric - 04:56
03. Yesterday Don't Mean Shit - 04:19
04. You've Got To Belong To It - 04:13
05. Revolution Is My Name - 05:15
06. Death Rattle - 03:17
07. We'll Grind That Axe For A Long Time - 03:44
08. Uplift - 03:45
09. It Makes Them Disappear - 06:22
10. I'll Cast A Shadow - 05:22

LINEUP:
Dimebag Darrell: Guitares
Phil Anselmo: Chant
Rex Brown: Basse
Vinnie Paul: Batterie
   
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