91758-2 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
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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.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. MUSIC FOR WAR    3:56
  2. A NEW LEVEL    2:57
  3. WALK    5:15
  4. FUCKING HOSTILE    2:49
  5. THIS LOVE    6:32
  6. RISE    4:36
  7. NO GOOD (ATTACK THE RADICAL)    4:50
  8. LIVE IN A HOLE    4:59
  9. REGULAR PEOPLE (CONCEIT)    5:27
  10. BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN    4:39
  11. HOLLOW    5:45

    All songs written & arranged by Pantera

CREDITS

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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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/UK/AUSL/GER February 25, 1992 Atco CD/CS 91758 lyric sleeve
BRA 1992 Atco LP 6704 285  
SAF 1992 Atco CD EKCD-6281  

 

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