PANTERA

(UNITED STATES)

POWER METAL

(1988)
LABEL:

AUTOPRODUCTION

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
High-pitched vocals, Rasping vocals
"With "Power Metal", Pantera shifts into high gear and prepares to give a new breath to a genre that is starting to run out of steam."
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With "Power Metal", everything changes for Pantera. Terry Glaze leaves the band and is replaced by the one that will become the iconic frontman of the quartet, Phil Anselmo, the element that will propel the combo further and further. His hoarse tone, which still hesitates to assert itself and remains rather high, contributes to underline the hardening of the tone. "Power Metal", whose title was shamefully recovered by a radically different musical branch, is not a glam record. It is a real heavy metal record, square, wild, ambitious and innovative.

From the riff of "Power Metal", a Thrash anthem, to those of the poisonous "Over And Out", Darell unleashes everything he has in a dazzling fury. We are still far from the prowess that will make him a guitar hero but his influences now digested do not weigh down his game anymore. The brother is not in rest, and goes there happily of the double pedal, between two jouissifs breaks, supported by a Rex with whom a communion of the groove is about to be established for good, as "Death Trap" proves it.

The last remnants of glam are to be found on "Hard Ride", a hit in the form of a power ballad. A real little nugget, with a luminous writing and an undeniable efficiency. Darrell shows here that he is not only a shredder and that his art can also be expressed in a - relatively - calmer register. Thrash fans will probably not be satisfied but those who loves heady melodies will be delighted. Note also the presence of "Down Below", from the previous album, which is here covered with Phil and which benefits from a much better sound.

With "Power Metal", Pantera shifts into high gear and prepares to give a new breath to a genre that is starting to run out of steam. The band will continue to struggle a little more than a year, scouring the bars and clubs of the Deep South, developing its stage performance and its appetite for excess, until one fine day, an A&R (Artists & Repertoire) manager from Atlantic Records has the good idea to be in the same club as the quartet, one stormy night... The rest is now part of metal history.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Rock The World - 03:34
02. Power Metal - 03:53
03. We'll Meet Again - 03:54
04. Over And Out - 05:06
05. Proud To Be Loud - 04:02
06. Down Below - 02:49
07. Death Trap - 04:07
08. Hard Ride - 04:16
09. Burnnn! - 03:35
10. P·s·t·88 - 02:51

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