Flashback Friday: Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power

Perhaps one of the most influential metal albums of the 1990s, Vulgar Display of Power is said to have revitalized thrash metal, speeding up the riffs and rhythms and adding a harder-edged, grinding vocal flourish. 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“, the latter of which reached #35 on the UK Singles Chart.

God damn. This CD hit me like a sack of bricks. Shit, even the CD cover was 100% brutality. Released way back in 1992, I didn’t think anything heavier or more brutal would ever be released, and I’m not sure that there ever has. Vulgar Display of Power was a pre-eminent CD in my life’s soundtrack for a good 5 years… this also happened to be a quite aggro period of my life full of bar fights and other mischief, and it is time to give it mention on this site. There are no cute stories to go with this Flashback Friday because Vulgar kicks the crap outta cute stories. There are only rock fists, blown speakers, bloody knuckles and fat lips to tell. I once saw Biohazard and Pantera together, and it took two months for the bruises to heal.

Pantera followed up Vulgar with Far Beyond Driven, which, for any other band, would have been a crowning achievement … but it just wasn’t Vulgar. Looking back, the heroin was probably already getting the upperhand with Phil. In my opinion they never released another decent album after Far Beyond Driven and over the years a lot of bad shit happened between the band members. In November of 2004 any chance of a reunion was extinguished when some piece of shit (whom I will not immortalize by typing its name) jumped on stage and killed Dimebag. My brother has always said that “good music is fleeting and should be enjoyed while it is there”. More often than not he is proven right.

In July 2004, Vulgar Display of Power went double-platinum.

Pantera – Fucking Hostile
Pantera – Mouth for War
Pantera – Regular People

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