Content tagged 'Metal'
The Great Southern Trendkill (20th Anniversary Edition) (Album of the Day)
Two years after Pantera topped the chart with FAR BEYOND DRIVEN, Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown, Dimebag Darrell, and Vinnie Paul returned in 1996 with the dark, unrelenting and highly personal THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRENDKILL. Featuring the singles “Drag The Waters,” “Suicide Note Pt. 1” and fan favorite “Floods” (a power ballad that includes one of Dimebag's best-ever guitar solos), the collection reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and went on to become Pantera's fourth consecutive platinum release. Rhino's new 2-CD 20th anniversary edition includes the original THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRENDKILL remastered, plus a dozen previously unreleased mixes, instrumentals, and live recordings - every album track is represented with an unreleased version. It's the ultimate way to experience one of the most intense and hardest-hitting albums Pantera ever recorded.
Blow My Fuse (Album of the Day)
Eat 'Em and Smile (Album of the Day)
Wake Me When It's Over (Album of the Day)
If you're inclined to dismiss Faster Pussycat with the tag "hair metal," give a listen to WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER first. The L.A. quintet's second album, the 1989 collection dials back the glam for a bluesier guitar attack, giving these dozen originals a gritty, streetwise foundation. While crowd-pleasers like "Poison Ivy" show the group can dish out pop-metal anthems with the best of them, songs like "House Of Pain" hit like a punch to the gut – this was a band living the life rather than just posing for pictures of it. With frontman Taime Downe in fine voice and the band roaring behind him, WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER is one of the 1980s most underrated hard rock albums.
Heaven and Hell (Album of the Day)
The Last In Line (Album of the Day)
This worthy 1984 follow-up to Dio's debut announces its intentions from its opening track: “We Rock.” From that soon-to-be concert favorite to the epic finale “Egypt (The Chains Are On),” the headbanging quintet never lets up, though the addition of Rough Cutt keyboardist Claude Schnell to the line-up moves the band's sound ever so slightly closer to the mainstream. THE LAST IN LINE explores dark fantasy terrain that will be familiar to fans, but the powerful presence of Ronnie James Dio and the insistent guitar riffs of Vivian Campbell make every song a thrill. Dio passed away on this day in 2010, and we'll cue up this terrific 1984 collection to remember the distinctive frontman – when it came to heavy metal singing, he truly was THE LAST IN LINE.
Official Live: 101 Proof (Album of the Day)
"We felt like after 7 years of playing live, that we wanted to put out a record with all our best tunes,” noted Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul of the band's first concert collection, OFFICIAL LIVE: 101 PROOF. The 1997 album, produced by Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell, showed the decade's leading heavy metal band was as powerful on stage as in the studio with driving versions of 14 of the quartet's most memorable songs, including “Walk,” “Cemetery Gates” and “Hostile.” As an added bonus, the set closes with a pair of fiery new studio recordings: “Where You Come From” and “I Can't Hide” If you ever saw a Pantera show, it's not something you're ever likely to forget, and if not, don't miss OFFICIAL LIVE: 101 PROOF.