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Cowboys from Hell

4.5 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 7 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B000002JNJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 122 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Cowboys From Hell
2. Primal Concrete Sledge
3. Psycho Holiday
4. Heresy
5. Cemetery Gates
6. Domination
7. Shattered
8. Clash With Reality
9. Medicine Man
10. Message In Blood
11. The Sleep
12. The Art Of Shredding

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Certified platinum by the RIAA. (7/97)


Even those who scoff at the idea that rock & roll is the devil's music have to think twice when listening to Pantera. The pill-popping, strip-bar-ogling, beer-guzzling Texas combo takes Metallica's speed-metal cues to new heights of brutality and sacrilege. Fortunately, they're extremely good at what they do. The polyrhythmic complexity of Vinnie Paul's drumming in "Psycho Holiday" and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell's breathtaking solo in "Heresy" are examples of state-of-the-art metal musicianship. Vocalist Phil Anselmo often sounds like Metallica's James Hetfield, but his brooding croon on "Cemetery Gates" and his falsetto screams on the blindingly fast "Shattered" are more like vintage Deep Purple. Released in 1990, Cowboys made Pantera one of metal's top draws during an era in which it was almost eclipsed by alternative rock. --James Rotondi

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Format: Audio CD
This album solidified pantera as rip off artists of the worst kind. On their first 4 albums they played hair rock music facilitated by the fact that diamond darrels dad owned a recording studio. Once fellow Texans exhorder got well known globally pantera realized that metal was going to be the next big thing so they stole exhorders musical style completely.pantera then dropped their make up and spandex and took on a grunge look instead. The music on this CD is not only badly written and serves as a reminder of the terrible early 90's mistakes bands were making but the recording is thin and compressed to hell(should have been the actual title). Add in the fact that second pantera singer Phil Anselmo is a well known white power enthusiast/racist and you have a CD and band that you want absolutely nothing to do with. Yep this is a white power band folks.google pantera 1995 Montreal and watch anselmos hate speech he gave in front of thousands of people. Look up his recent white power salute and cheer fiasco. Pathetic.if you like crap ripped off music and white power then this is for you.its not for real metal fans however so avoid at all costs.
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By A Customer on May 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
To simply put it, I love this album. It is very original. This album definitely put pantera on the map as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Each album I own, never disappoints to deliver a few songs that are full of fury, brutality, and plenty of thrashing. The title track is a classic example for thrashing. Cemetary Gates, the best track on the album, is masterfully orchestrated, goes from slow, soothing guitar rifts to faster and more pounding guitar rhythms along with strong drum patterns, and incredible vocals. Shattered, one of the faster tracks is an approach to speed metal and the title describes the sound of the song; it is very shattering. The Sleep, in my opinion, is a very underrated song. Sure it's a ballad, but it's a very catchy one, not to mention it has one of the best guitar solos I have ever heard. The guitar solo just fits the sound and tone of the song perfectly, I don't think you find a better solo to fit the song. This is a must-have for any Pantera fan.
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A band who made it big without radio or television hosting, Pantera made some of the best albums in the metal industry today, noteably 'Cowboys From Hell'. With sound-proof guitaring from Dimebag Darrell, machine gun drumming from Vinne Paul, hard-hitting bass riffs from Rex Brown and incredible vocals from Phil Anselmo this album is everything a heavy metal fan could want. However, still inspired by the glam scene of the early 80's it's evident in some songs with Anselmo screaming out in a very glam rock style. The album is full-on thrash and heavy metal with the exception of 'Cemetary Gates' which shows Anselmos wide range of vocals and Dimebags endless skills with a guitar. An album, a band like no other, Pantera got their claim to fame by constant touring and hard work. A band who never sold out to the corporate music business to make their money. If you like Metallica, Megadeath, Slayer etc. then you'll love Pantera. If you are after music from a band with power then 'Cowboys From Hell' is for you.
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Format: Audio CD
I first bought a pantera album when i saw the familiar cover of far beyond driven, it was on sale so i bought it.
When i first heard it i found it slightly too noisy, the vocalist seemed hard to listen to at first.
I am a big MegadetH, Metallica and anthrax fan, so i believe that heaviness not all that counts
i still do not like far beyond driven that much, but tracks like
Im Broken
5 minutes alone
these very good tracks make it definatley worth purchase
I bought cowboys from hell in some random music store in florida on my holidays.
From the second that i put it in the CD player, i was hooked
This album combines the fast riffs from metallica and megadeth
mixes that with the heavier style of john bush Anthrax
adds this to the sheer rage of slayer and THEN pous some sugar on top!
The riffs are powerful,fast and melodic
the vocals are much more like metal
the drums are mindblowing and the solos are near unmatchable.
The opening and title track Cowboys from hell is amazing
inventive and addictive riff and chorus with a great solo to boot
The next standout track is heresy, very fast and ferocious with a kick ass solo
The greatest track on the album(and one of the greatest metal tracks of al time) cemetary gates is mindblowing a true ballad
the lyrics are both inventive and thoughtful the song flows well and the guitar solo has to be listened to 20 times to believe the speed of it at points, if you see him perform it it is an expierience 10+++/10!
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Format: Audio CD
Pantera. What name could evoke more of an image of heavy metal in the 1990's (well, before all the numetal bands ruined that image for what still seems like forever)? Sure, screaming, swearing, downtuned guitars, all that good stuff had been around for ages before Pantera, but they made it simply a MUST for metal. And to think, before this album, Pantera had a close resemblance to the endless (*gasp!*) glam-"metal" bands that plagued the '80s! I have yet to hear this earlier Pantera, but that hardly matters at this point; here, with their 1990 major-label debut, COWBOYS FROM HELL, Pantera proved that THEY, and they alone, were the masters of their game.
Four of metal's most-worshipped classic idols are here: Dimebag (here Diamond) Darrell on guitars, Phil Anselmo on vocals, Rex "Rocker" Brown on bass, and Vinnie Paul on drums. This is such a tight, fierce lineup, and their individual and combined efforts made Pantera one of the most important and original metal bands, ever.
This album has many now-classic songs; from the opening title track to the semi-power-ballad "Cemetary Gates," Pantera's thrashy, furious sound pounds out like nothing else at the time.
Sorry I'm being so vague here; perhaps I'll someday edit this review so I get more into this album. I just needed to acknowledge Pantera's supreme importance and unrivaled power, and until their recent breakup (due to, among other things, a rather rude lack of communication on Phil's part...jerk), they were simply THE seminal heavy metal band in the 1990's.
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