|Vulgar Display of Power|
|Produced by Terry Date & Vinnie Paul, Co-produced by Pantera|
|Released on February 25, 1992|
|US CHART POSITION #44 . . . 2x PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #64|
|Find it at GEMM|
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T his didn’t just blow me away, it blew me back into metal. For the next year, I went on a death metal buying binge, shaved my head and let Vulgar Display of Power serve as the soundtrack to my sartorial self-destruction. No sirree, nothing was going to be the same. Of course, my hair grew back, I started wearing suits again and Far Beyond Driven drove me back into the arms of sweet, forgiving prog, but nothing lasts forever. Still, this album gives me chills whenever I hear it. The Nineties only produced a handful of perfect albums (Nevermind, BloodSugarSexMagic, The Slim Shady LP) and Vulgar Display of Power is better than any of them. No one has rivaled the riffs of Diamond Darrell (not even Randy Rhoads) and no one has delivered lyrics with the aggressive energy of Philip Anselmo. Factor in the brutal rhythms of Vinnie Paul and Rex, and it was like the planets aligning. There’s not a weak spot on the album; it’s just a barrage of bombs on the senses. “This Love” and “Hollow” first appear as oases of calm, but they prove to be a mirage masking yet another metal assault. Not since hearing the first side of Among The Living have I been so convinced that the future of metal had taken a decisive turn. Vulgar Display of Power completely changed the way I heard metal. It was fearless, it was flawless, it exceeded my own imagination for what metal might become. Vulgar Display of Power remains, for me, the best metal album ever made. Beckon the call.
|91758-2 gatefold sleeve||91758-2 back sleeve|
PHILIP ANSELMO -- vocals
DIAMOND DARRELL -- guitars
VINNIE PAUL -- drums, engineer, mixing
REX -- bass
Terry Date -- engineer, mixing
Brad Guice -- cover photo
Joe Giron -- band photography
Bob Defrin -- art direction
Larry Freemantle -- design
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|US/UK/AUSL/GER||February 25, 1992||Atco||CD/CS||91758||lyric sleeve|
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