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Official Live Live, Explicit Lyrics
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Certified Gold by the RIAA. (5/99)
It's a bit surprising that Pantera waited until 1997 to release a live album, considering how brutal and powerful the band had been in concert. At an average Pantera show, it would not be unusual to see security evicting overzealous fans and club bathrooms filled with bloody wads of paper towels from mosh pit injuries. Official Live 101 Proof captures the group in its natural, violent element, combining abrupt, barbed riffs with pulse-pounding beats and furious vocals. The record spans Pantera's career, from the classic guitar lick of "Cowboys from Hell" to the fuzzbomb fury of "Suicide Note Pt. 2" (from album The Great Southern Trendkill). As an encore, the band offers album buyers two new studio tracks, the bluesy bonecrusher "Where You Come From" and the grinding "I Can't Hide". As the fortress of alternative rock continues to crumble, Pantera stomp vindictively through the rubble, their metallic legacy intact. --Jon Wiederhorn
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Now comes a live album from the band and it is said that they do justice when they take their music and lyrics and blow away fans that attend their concerts. This album is "Official Proof" of that. Taking a variety of songs from past albums, Pantera raises the bar in how a live concert should be - true to the fans and true to themselves. Before or after each song, Phil Anselmo talks about his band avoiding the majoirty and sticking with the minority. In the first place, their music was never intended to be enjoyed by the radio-friendly masses and teeny-boppers. In fact, those who expect to hear words like "Oh baby," in every song from Pantera will definitely be hearing the wrong band.
Some songs that standout from the live performance would be songs like Cemetary Gates, 5 Minutes Alone, I'm Broken, This Love, and Strength Beyond Strength. While I would have like to hear songs that are underappreciated by many Pantera fans, like The Art Of Shredding or Underground In America, the other songs that are part of this live set still display an enormous display of power and intensity.Read more ›
Tracks are taken from every pre-Reinventing album, and made super-heavy. Phil has so much energy live, he makes the three Trendkill tracks listenable even. The constant swearing between tracks might seem idiotic to some, but it sort of reminds me of Jim Morrison's concert speeches. Phil goes on and on about how they could give a  about trends. He introduces half the tracks, and sometimes introduces a bass intro by Rex or a guitar squeal by Dime. It's amazing. It feels like you're at the concert for real. Highlights were:
Hearing "Cowboys From Hell" at twice the heaviness and being screamed.
Hearing Phil warn the crowd about the home video being filmed during "Walk".
Hearing the intro to "Hostile".
In fact, the few complaints I have are these: "Domination" and "Hollow" sound bad as a medley in my opinion. It took from both of the songs and left key parts out. Also, "This Love" could have been replaced with "Mouth For War" or "Psycho Holiday" or even "Planet Caravan" instead. Just minor complaints. The production is also very good. The drums and crowd are both very audible. The CD is even designed to resemble a whiskey bottle--I found that humorous.
ROCK ON PANTERA!!!
After the live tracks, there's two excellent unreleased studio recordings. "Where You Come From" is instantly one of the band's best songs with complex, bone-crushing riffs. "I Can't Hide" is a pure adrenaline rush from hell that, like an exciting roller-coaster ride at Great America, will leave you screaming for more.
All in all, an excellent live album that no true metal fan should be without. PANTERA ARE THE IMMORTAL KINGS OF ALL THAT IS METAL.
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Badass live album. Thank you very much. I can't wait until Pantera come together again (I hope)... Damn you Electra Records!Published on June 8 2004 by Adam Wyatt
I own some pretty good live albums, but comparing them all to this one is a tough feat. Phil, Dimebag, Vinnie, and Rex are so full of energy and adrenaline when it comes to... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Jeremy Brackeen
This really is an awesome recording. I usually have 2 gripes with live albums...either it sounds too polished (like it came direct from a studio), or you can't hear the crowd... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by The Deac
I've been into Pantera since about '97,and I think this was the third album of their's I bought.This cd includes ALL of the best Pantera songs,plus the two bonus tracks(the... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by Trottin'-Butterz
This is the best collection of Pantera. It's got all their best songs and it's live! What more could you ask for? By the way, the last 2 tracks(2 or 3)are studio songs. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by [inactive user]
Pantera sound amazing live. There is just no stopping Phil Anselmo when he starts. He is the man, especially after cheating death, and he and his band put on one mean live show. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2003
This is one hell of a live album man....excellent performance by all four of em....
heavy metal on!!!
one of em best live thrash album.
Pantera. The defining band of heavy music. The opening riff of New Level just tears you apart. And to lead right into Walk, that's the way to give the crowd exactly what they... Read morePublished on May 24 2003 by Matt Massuch
This was actually the first Pantera CD I ever bought, so it was interesting to hear the live versions of these songs before I heard the actual studio versions. Read morePublished on May 11 2003