...thrash would have died out. That's the honest-to-God truth. I can easily recommend this album for anyone who's looking for a more brawny and hirsute alternative to Metallica. CFH has lots of outstanding tracks. My personal faves are "Cowboys From Hell", "Art Of Shredding", "Heresy", "Domination", and of course, the uber-ballad "Cemetery Gates". Some say that VULGAR is their best album, but I don't believe so. COWBOYS has better songs, better melodies, and it captures Phil, Dime, Rex, and Vinnie at their youthful prime. Especially Phil, though. Too bad he wasted himself; you can't train enough to have the kind of vocal talent Phil had during this time. Both COWBOYS and VULGAR are phenomenal albums, but this album has their most innovative material. Easily kicks Metallica's arses back to their fricking group therapy. Mwahahaha!