Pantera – ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’

Dimebag Darrell (R.I.P. -
August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004) – guitar, backing vocals (1981–2003)
Vinnie Paul – drums (1981–2003)
Rex Brown – bass guitar, backing vocals (1982–2003)
Phil Anselmo – lead vocals (1987–2003)

Track Listing:
1.) “Mouth For War”
2.) “A New Level”
3.) “Walk”
4.) “Fucking Hostile”
5.) “This Love”
6.) “Rise”
7. ) “No Good (attack the radical)”
8.) “Live In A Whole”
9.) “Regular People (conceit)”
10.) “By Demons Be Driven”
11.) “Hollow”
bonus track:
12.) “Piss”
Live In Italy (“Mouth For War”, “Domination/Hollow”, “This Love”, “Cowboys From Hell”)
“Mouth For War”, “This Love”, “Walk”

A Vulgar Display of Biography:
The band was originally named Pantera's Metal Magic and consisted of Vinnie Paul Abbott on drums, Dimebag Darrell Abbott (called Diamond Darrell at that time) on guitar, Donnie Hart on vocals, Terry Glaze on guitar, and Tommy Bradford on bass. In 1982, the band was renamed Pantera in order to shorten the name and to settle an agreement between all band members. Hart left the band because he did not agree with the bands' ethics and Glaze became the group's vocalist, leaving Darrell as the sole guitarist. Later that year Bradford also departed and was replaced by Rex Brown (then known as Rexx Rocker). Pantera became an underground favorite, though its regional tours in this era never took them beyond Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The band began supporting fellow heavy metal acts such as Stryper, Dokken, and Quiet Riot, who in turn promoted Pantera's debut, Metal Magic. Metal Magic was released on the band's record label of the same name in 1983 and produced by the Abbott brothers' father, Jerry Abbott (referred to as "The Eldn”), at Pantego Studios.
The following year, Pantera released its second album, Projects in the Jungle. Though still very much a glam metal album, the band members crafted songs that had less overbearing melodic influences than songs from Metal Magic. Another change was Terry Glaze's name, as he was henceforth credited as "Terrence Lee". In addition, a music video for the album's lead track, "All Over Tonight", was eventually created. Projects in the Jungle was also released on the band's independent Metal Magic Records label and produced by Jerry Abbott.
In 1985, Pantera again released a full-length album on Metal Magic Records, entitled I Am the Night. As with Projects in the Jungle, this album saw Pantera's sound becoming heavier (though still rooted in glam metal), and the heavy metal press took more notice of the band. Because of poor distribution, I Am the Night was a costly album to many fans. Around 25,000 copies of I Am the Night were sold. Pantera's second music video was produced for the track "Hot and Heavy".
1986 and 1987 saw the release of several landmark thrash metal albums that would prove influential to Pantera's developing musical style. Among the most prominent of these were Metallica's Master of Puppets, Slayer's Reign in Blood, Anthrax's Among the Living and Megadeth's Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? Terrence Lee's glam approach did not fit the band's new outlook and he and the other members parted ways, beginning the search for his replacement. Terrence then went on to form rock group, Lord Tracy.
The band went through temporary vocalists Rick Mythiasin, Dave Peacock and Matt L’Amour before eventually discovering New Orleans native Phil Anselmo in 1987. Anselmo had previously been the vocalist for the bands Samhain (not to be confused with Glenn Danzig's band of the same name) and Razorwhite. Upon playing with Pantera, Anselmo immediately clicked with the other three members. More than just the band's image was changing, however. In 1988, Pantera released its first album with Anselmo, entitled Power Metal. By far the band's heaviest album at this point, Power Metal was a mix of 1980s hard rock and thrash metal, sometimes blending both styles in a single song. Complementing the band's new sonic approach was Anselmo's harder-edged vocals compared to those of Terrence Lee. After the release of Power Metal, the band members decided to seriously reconsider their glam metal sound and image. Referring to the band's spandex appearance, Vinnie Paul remarked at a band meeting that "These magic clothes don't play music; we do. Let's just go out there and be comfortable—jeans, t-shirt, whatever—and see where it goes."
As with the previous three 1980s albums, Power Metal was released on Metal Magic Records. Power Metal began to reflect the characteristic sound of later Pantera, though it still contained many elements of 1980s glam metal. The band members would later ignore their independent releases, including Power Metal, as they sculpted a new, heavier image to accompany their developing "groove" sound. Their four independent albums are not listed on the band's official website and have become hard-to-find collector's items.Shortly after Power Metal was released, "Diamond Darrell", as he was then known, auditioned for Megadeth's vacant guitarist slot, and was invited to join the band. Darrell insisted his brother, bandmate Vinnie Paul, be included, but because Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine had already hired a drummer, Nick Menza, Darrell declined and Mustaine instead decided on Marty Friedman. The Abbott brothers refocused their attention on Pantera, and in 1989 they were given their first shot at commercial success. 1989 was also when the band formed their relationship with Walter O'Brien at Concrete Management (the management arm of Concrete Marketing), who remained their manager until they disbanded in 2003
After being turned down "28 times by every major label on the face of the Earth",[5] Atco Records representatives Mark Ross and Stevenson Eugenio were asked by their boss Derek Shulman, who was interested in signing Pantera, to see the band perform after Hurricane Hugo stranded them in Texas. Ross was so impressed by the band's performance that he called his boss that night, suggesting that Pantera be signed to the label. Atco Records accepted, and at the close of 1989, the band recorded its major label debut at Pantego Studios.
Released on July 24, 1990, and produced by Terry Date and Pantera, Cowboys from Hell was another leap into heavier territory. Pantera showed a more extreme style on this outing, leaving behind its glam metal influences in favor of an amalgamation of thrash metal and groove metal dubbed "power groove" by the band. Although Anselmo still used Rob Halford and Eric Adams-influenced falsetto vocals, he also adopted a more abrasive delivery. Darrell's more complex guitar solos and riffs, along with his brother's faster-paced drumwork were evidence of the band's extreme transformation. The album marked a critical juncture in the band's history. Many fans, as well as the band itself, consider it Pantera's "official" debut.Cowboys included the tracks "Cemetery Gates", a brooding seven-minute piece that focuses on death and religion, and the thrashing title track, which gave the band members their nickname and asserted their raucous personality and style.
So began the Cowboys from Hell tour alongside thrash acts Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies. In 1991, Rob Halford performed with the band onstage, which led Pantera to open for Judas Priest on its first show in Europe. The band eventually landed a billing for "Monsters in Moscow" with AC/DC and Metallica in September 1991, where they played to a crowd of over 500,000 in celebration of the new freedom of performing Western music in the Soviet Union shortly before its collapse three months later. The band was often found at the Dallas club "the Basement", where the band shot the videos for "Cowboys from Hell" and "Psycho Holiday". Pantera's 2006 home video compilation 3 Vulgar Videos from Hell features performances of "Primal Concrete Sledge", "Cowboys from Hell", "Domination", and "Psycho Holiday" from the show in Moscow.
Pantera's unique "groove" style came to fruition in its breakthrough album Vulgar Display of Power, released on February 25, 1992. On this album, the power metal falsetto vocals were replaced with a hardcore-influenced shouted delivery and heavier guitar sound. Two other singles from the album became two of Pantera's most notable ballads: "This Love", a haunting piece about lust and abuse, and "Hollow", somewhat reminiscent of "Cemetery Gates" from Cowboys. The band would play the song "Domination" (from Cowboys) leading into the ending of "Hollow" (what is roughly the last 2:30 of the album version), forming a medley referred to as "Dom/Hollow", as can be heard on the band's 1997 live album. Singles from Vulgar also received significant airplay on radio as did the companion music videos on MTV. The album entered the American charts at #44.  Pantera hit the road again, visiting Japan for the first time in July 1992 and later performing at the "Monsters of Rock" festival co-headlined by Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath in Italy. It was around this time that Darrell Abbott dropped the nickname "Diamond Darrell" and assumed "Dimebag Darrell", and Rex Brown dropped the pseudonym "Rexx Rocker".
The fourth track from the commercially successful Far beyond Driven that was nominated for a Best Metal Performance Grammy at the 1995 Awards.
Far Beyond Driven (released on March 22, 1994) debuted at #1 in both United States and Australian album charts. The album's first single, "I'm Broken", earned the band's first Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance" in 1995. Driven saw Pantera continue its groove metal approach, while taking an even more extreme direction with its musical style. The album's original artwork (a drill bit impaling an anus) was banned, so it was re-released with the now familiar skull impaled with a drill bit. A limited edition was released with a slip-cover case.
Also, a boxed set called Driven Downunder Tour '94 Souvenir Collection was released in Australia and New Zealand to coincide with the tours there. It featured Far Beyond Driven (with its original banned artwork) with a bonus 13th track, "The Badge" (a Poison Idea cover), the 5-track aLIVE and hostile e.p., and the Japanese collector's edition Walk EP, all presented in a special cardboard box with an 8-page color biography. Just like the other rare editions of Far Beyond Driven, this box set is very rare and is highly sought after.
Pantera hit the road again and toured South America, along with being accepted into another "Monsters of Rock" billing. At that festival on June 4, 1994, the Abbott brothers got into a scuffle with journalists from the music magazine Kerrang! over unflattering cartoon depictions of drummer Vinnie Paul. Then in late June, Anselmo was charged with assault for hitting a security guard after he prevented fans from getting on stage, Anselmo was released on $5,000 bail the next day. The trial was delayed three times. In May 1995, he apologized in court and pleaded guilty to attempted assault and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service. continued their tour of the United Kingdom in 1994 and eventually ended it in the United States where the band was opened for by fellow groove metal band Prong.
‘Vulgar Display of Power’    
Vulgar Display of Power is the sixth studio album by heavy metal band Pantera. It was released through Atco Records, on February 25, 1992. It is the last album where Darrell Abbott is credited as "Diamond Darrell". One of the most influential metal albums of the 1990s, Vulgar Display of Power is said to have played a major role in defining groove metal. Several songs from this release have become some of the band's best known, such as "Fucking Hostile", "Mouth for War", "This Love", and "Walk".
Vulgar Display of Power was the band's second album released under Atco Records, following their first major label release Cowboys from Hell.  The album was produced by Terry Date who specializes in the rock and metal genres, he had previously worked with the band on Cowboys from Hell and went on to produce the band's following two albums, Far Beyond Driven and The Great Southern Trendkill.  The album was recorded and mixed in 1991 at Pantego Sound Studio, Pantego, Texas.
The title of the album is taken from a line in the 1973 film, The Exorcist. When Father Damien Karras asks Regan MacNeil (or the demon who possesses her) to break her own straps and release herself using her evil power, Regan replies "that's much too vulgar a display of power.".
In April 2007, the title was used for the book A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa, which includes many song titles to name its chapters.  The book details those involved and the details leading up to the murder of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott.
The album's cover is a now iconic photo of a man being punched in the face. The band told their label that they wanted something vulgar, like a dude getting punched.  The first version of the cover that the label brought to the band showed a boxer with a punching glove. The band didn't like it so the label did a second version showing a man being punched.  According to Vinnie Paul and Phil Anselmo, the man on the cover was paid $10 a punch and was hit in the face 30 times to get the right picture.  Bulgarian hard core band Last Hope used the cover art as a inspiration for their DVD ‘Vulgar Display of Power.
The album spawned five singles. "Mouth for War", "This Love" and "Hollow" were released in 1992   In 1993, the band released the fourth single, titled "Walk", along with a number of EP's featuring remixes of the song.  In April 2012, the unheard song "Piss" was released.  It was recorded during the sessions for the album but never featured on the original album.  he music video for "Piss" debuted at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, on April 11, 2012.  The main riff from "Piss" was used in the song "Use My Third Arm" on the        On May 15, 2012, a two-disc deluxe edition of Vulgar Display of Power was released to celebrate its 20th Anniversary.   Disc one is a remastered version of the original album along with the song "Piss".  Disc two is a DVD featuring six songs from the 1992 Monsters of Rock performance in Reggio Emilia, Italy   Disc two also contains the three music videos for "Mouth for War", "Walk" and "This Love".
Vinnie Paul said that "Piss" was "the only undiscovered complete Pantera track there ever was and it will be part of the package. It should be cool to hear the first new thing from the band since 2000. He also said that at the time of the original release, the band thought that it didn't feel right to go on the record.

     The assistant editor and I were talking the other day about this release and Pantera in general.  Though she admitted she was never a fan.  Her perspective of the band was that they were supposed to be the second coming of metal.  Though I greatly value her opinion, on this subject she is only half right.  Though the band’s first album on a major label ATCO Records titled, ‘Cowboys From Hell’ was released on July 24, 1990.  The Abbott’s formed Pantera  in 1981 and had released 4 albums through Metal Magic. (‘Metal Magic’ – 6/10/83, ‘Projects In The Jungle’ – 7/27/84, ‘I Am The Night’ – 8/16/85, ‘Power Metal’ – 6/24/88) So it would really be hard to argue the point of Pantera being the second coming of metal. 
     The original eleven tracks on the CD portion of this 20th anniversary were left untouched.  While going through the masters of ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ co-founder/drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott rediscovered the song “Piss”.  Which was recorded during the ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ sessions and stored away and never used.  Because the song was one-hundred percent complete and recorded during the ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ sessions Vinnie opted to add it to this 20th anniversary release.  Disc II is a DVD consisting of two segments the first segment is a rare unreleased concert that was filmed in 1991 at the Monsters of Rock show in Italy. (setlist: “Mouth For War”, “Domination/Hollow”, Rise”, “This Love”, “Cowboys From Hell”) The second segment consists the three promotional videos for ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ which are, “Mouth Of War”, “This Love”, and “Walk”.  If you’re a true heavy metal fan you purchased this CD twenty years ago.  That is unless you’re Stewart Stevenson from Bevis & Butthead (This is the character that wore the Winger t-shirt).  This release is an absolute must have for all metal fans!!!