Pantera's Final Three Albums To Be Reissued On Vinyl

Rhino continues to honor Pantera's legacy as one of metal's most influential bands by offering the Texas quartet's final three releases on 180-gram vinyl.

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Earlier this year, Rhino unveiled the 20th-anniversary edition of Pantera's "Vulgar Display Of Power", which featured the debut of the incendiary lost track "P-ss". Following up on "Vulgar"'s success, Rhino continues to honor Pantera's legacy as one of metal's most influential bands by offering the Texas quartet's final three releases on 180-gram vinyl, Blabbermouth.net reports.

Presented in gatefold jackets, "The Great Southern Trendkill", "Official Live: 101 Proof" and "Reinventing The Steel" will be available July 24 from retail outlets, including Pantera.com and Rhino.com. The first two albums are double LPs and available for a suggested price of $24.98 each, while "Steel" will be issued as a single LP for $17.98.

This vinyl release of "Trendkill" is different from an earlier version that was issued as a single LP without the track "Suicide Note Pt. I". To include the song for this new release and ensure ultimate sound quality, Rhino expanded the album to a double LP.

Recorded over four years (1996-2000), these two studio albums and live collection represent the final three releases from Pantera - singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.

The follow-up to the classic "Far Beyond Driven", "The Great Southern Trendkill" is the group's fourth platinum album, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard chart. It yielded three singles, "Drag The Waters", "Suicide Note Pt. I" and "Floods", the latter an epic track that features one of Dimebag's defining guitar solos.

The following year, the band returned with its first live album, the gold-certified "Official Live: 101 Proof". Recorded during the tour for "Trendkill", the collection captures the group at the peak of its live prowess as it grinds and grooves through many of its greatest songs, like "Walk", "Cowboys From Hell" and "Cemetery Gates", as well as "Dom/Hollow", which combines the tracks "Domination" and "Hollow". Along with the live recordings, the release also includes two studio recordings, "Where You Come From" and "I Can't Hide".

The group's final studio album, "Reinventing The Steel" was certified gold, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard charts. Along with the singles "Revolution Is My Name" and "I'll Cast A Shadow", the album's other standout tracks include "Death Rattle" and "Goddamn Electric", which features a guest guitar solo by Slayer's Kerry King.

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    Abacus11
    I always thought that "The Great Southern Trendkill" was underrated. I don't know if it's quite as good as the 3 before it but it's a great album.
    Lee_Thrash
    Wolfinator-x wrote: Those are like, the worst Pantera albums.
    Nop, they're the least best. Get your shit together.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    Way Cool JR. wrote: HeavyMetalSonic wrote: How about FIRST FOUR? I would much rather have the first four albums to since they are so rare to find in any format. The 80's Pantera was/is my favorite, I grew out of everything of theirs from the 90's really quick.
    and good thing everybody grew out of the 80s pretty quick
    powachord
    TheExterminator wrote: powachord wrote: Your exactly the kind of elitist that annoys me most when it comes to metal. Just because you dont like it doesnt make it bad. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and your entitled to yours, however, trying to force feed upon ppl with a massive wall of txt doesnt make ur opinion more valid than anyone elses, nor does your arguement somehow make you more 'metal' than anyone else. And you're the kind of Metal fan that annoys me most when it comes to Metal: the one who is so quick to run to the word "elitist" whenever you're met with negativity. Pantera isn't bad because I don't like them; I don't like them because they're bad. Using cop-outs like "EVERYONE HUZ OPINIONS" doesn't make your statements any more valid. In fact, it should completely destroy any credibility you have.. In a perfect world. Taste and opinion are two separate things: taste can be shitty. If you were given a horrible meal, you wouldn't want the chef to come out bitching about opinions. No, you'd want him to realize that your burger was burned beyond recognition, the sauce is semen, and the tomato is rotten, and you want him to understand that no one in their right mind would eat it. The same goes for music. The quality of a creation is definite, it is not in the eye of the beholder. Learn to have some objectivity. Some things just suck, simple as that. Nothing is immune to criticism, and that includes Metal bands. Thinking otherwise is far truer to elitism than anything I have or ever will say.
    Objectivity?? Youve said Pantera and the bands theyve influenced are rubbish... Yet im not objective? And how does having an opinion on anything destroy my credibility? And quality IS in the eye, or ear, of the beholder.... My point still stands, just because you think Pantera are bad, doesnt make it so.
    powachord
    TheExterminator wrote: powachord wrote: TheExterminator wrote: fuzzymunkee wrote: Bands like this don't come around very often. They should have all their albums on vinyl including their awesome cock rock albums. Well, Glam bands were a dime-a-dozen, so.. those kind of bands did come around very often. And Pantera's Groove Metal is just a dumbed-down variation of Exhorder, so.. Yeah that band did come around before. The only unique and truly great album Pantera ever did was Power Metal. Simple as that. Groovetera was horrible, generic, dumbed-down, and absurdly redneck. Glamtera was.. mediocre. BUT POWER METAL. O LAAAWD, POWER METAL Phil's vocals at their best, Dime actually proves he can play guitar by playing riffs that are actually interesting, and solos that aren't just shred wank, as opposed to literally every other album Pantera's ever done, and BASS.. is at least audible. Great Speed/Power/Thrash Metal. If they had kept that style, they wouldn't be one of the worst bands in Metal history. But nope. They aped off Exhorder and created a decade of try-hard tuff guy redneck Metal. If theyre one if the worst bands in metal history then perhaps youd like to explain why theyre also hugely influential? Because of their influence. created a decade of try-hard tuff guy redneck Metal. Every crappy wannabe-Metal genre that's come around in the last.. 20? years, takes major influence from Pantera. Nu-Metal, Metalcore, and Deathcore. All take after in Pantera in that they are incredibly heavy, but have no legitimate content other than that, the little riffs they have are incredibly dull and simplistic, the crappy half-assed vocals take after Phil, after he decided to stop sounding like Rob Halford, and the tuff-guy attitude and lyrics all come from Pantera as well as shitty 90s NYHC. All those crappy -core bands that came out in the mid 2000s, with their vocalists who walk around in power-stance mode like they're apes, and scream mindlessly into cupped mics while the backing band plays generic chug riffs.. They're Pantera-spawn. Horrible bands come and go all the time.. But Pantera was one of the first to become popular enough to force their incredibly false idea of what Metal is onto the mainstream. Unlike Glam Metal, which tried to make Metal and Rock fans out to be women in spandex, Groove Metal, which made Metal fans look like they belonged in a Madball or Hatebreed show, wasn't killed off by a Grunge-like genre.
    Your exactly the kind of elitist that annoys me most when it comes to metal. Just because you dont like it doesnt make it bad. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and your entitled to yours, however, trying to force feed upon ppl with a massive wall of txt doesnt make ur opinion more valid than anyone elses, nor does your arguement somehow make you more 'metal' than anyone else.
    Chronologo
    So for the first time ever we get the very worst of... instead of the very best of. That "live" album with all the tracks being a mish mash of live recordings, no coherence order and some awful mixings. Up to Vulgar Pantera were good (and YES i'm considering the 80s pre Cowboys albums, I like those), then they went downhill and got a few good songs only trying too hard in being "raw"
    SOAD_SoG
    Dude Reinventing the Steel and TGST have some good songs, even better than some of FBD songs or from Vulgar or CFH.
    killektrika
    TheExterminator wrote: powachord wrote: Your exactly the kind of elitist that annoys me most when it comes to metal. Just because you dont like it doesnt make it bad. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and your entitled to yours, however, trying to force feed upon ppl with a massive wall of txt doesnt make ur opinion more valid than anyone elses, nor does your arguement somehow make you more 'metal' than anyone else. And you're the kind of Metal fan that annoys me most when it comes to Metal: the one who is so quick to run to the word "elitist" whenever you're met with negativity. Pantera isn't bad because I don't like them; I don't like them because they're bad. Using cop-outs like "EVERYONE HUZ OPINIONS" doesn't make your statements any more valid. In fact, it should completely destroy any credibility you have.. In a perfect world. Taste and opinion are two separate things: taste can be shitty. If you were given a horrible meal, you wouldn't want the chef to come out bitching about opinions. No, you'd want him to realize that your burger was burned beyond recognition, the sauce is semen, and the tomato is rotten, and you want him to understand that no one in their right mind would eat it. The same goes for music. The quality of a creation is definite, it is not in the eye of the beholder. Learn to have some objectivity. Some things just suck, simple as that. Nothing is immune to criticism, and that includes Metal bands. Thinking otherwise is far truer to elitism than anything I have or ever will say.
    Even the spam I read on this page seemed more interesting than your whiny comment. Not to mention spam is shorter too.
    ToolCreedence
    Abacus11 wrote: I always thought that "The Great Southern Trendkill" was underrated. I don't know if it's quite as good as the 3 before it but it's a great album.
    My favorite album by them. So solid from front to back
    TheExterminator
    powachord wrote: Your exactly the kind of elitist that annoys me most when it comes to metal. Just because you dont like it doesnt make it bad. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and your entitled to yours, however, trying to force feed upon ppl with a massive wall of txt doesnt make ur opinion more valid than anyone elses, nor does your arguement somehow make you more 'metal' than anyone else.
    And you're the kind of Metal fan that annoys me most when it comes to Metal: the one who is so quick to run to the word "elitist" whenever you're met with negativity. Pantera isn't bad because I don't like them; I don't like them because they're bad. Using cop-outs like "EVERYONE HUZ OPINIONS" doesn't make your statements any more valid. In fact, it should completely destroy any credibility you have.. In a perfect world. Taste and opinion are two separate things: taste can be shitty. If you were given a horrible meal, you wouldn't want the chef to come out bitching about opinions. No, you'd want him to realize that your burger was burned beyond recognition, the sauce is semen, and the tomato is rotten, and you want him to understand that no one in their right mind would eat it. The same goes for music. The quality of a creation is definite, it is not in the eye of the beholder. Learn to have some objectivity. Some things just suck, simple as that. Nothing is immune to criticism, and that includes Metal bands. Thinking otherwise is far truer to elitism than anything I have or ever will say.
    powachord
    TheExterminator wrote: fuzzymunkee wrote: Bands like this don't come around very often. They should have all their albums on vinyl including their awesome cock rock albums. Well, Glam bands were a dime-a-dozen, so.. those kind of bands did come around very often. And Pantera's Groove Metal is just a dumbed-down variation of Exhorder, so.. Yeah that band did come around before. The only unique and truly great album Pantera ever did was Power Metal. Simple as that. Groovetera was horrible, generic, dumbed-down, and absurdly redneck. Glamtera was.. mediocre. BUT POWER METAL. O LAAAWD, POWER METAL Phil's vocals at their best, Dime actually proves he can play guitar by playing riffs that are actually interesting, and solos that aren't just shred wank, as opposed to literally every other album Pantera's ever done, and BASS.. is at least audible. Great Speed/Power/Thrash Metal. If they had kept that style, they wouldn't be one of the worst bands in Metal history. But nope. They aped off Exhorder and created a decade of try-hard tuff guy redneck Metal.
    If theyre one if the worst bands in metal history then perhaps youd like to explain why theyre also hugely influential?
    TheExterminator
    fuzzymunkee wrote: Bands like this don't come around very often. They should have all their albums on vinyl including their awesome cock rock albums.
    Well, Glam bands were a dime-a-dozen, so.. those kind of bands did come around very often. And Pantera's Groove Metal is just a dumbed-down variation of Exhorder, so.. Yeah that band did come around before. The only unique and truly great album Pantera ever did was Power Metal. Simple as that. Groovetera was horrible, generic, dumbed-down, and absurdly redneck. Glamtera was.. mediocre. BUT POWER METAL. O LAAAWD, POWER METAL Phil's vocals at their best, Dime actually proves he can play guitar by playing riffs that are actually interesting, and solos that aren't just shred wank, as opposed to literally every other album Pantera's ever done, and BASS.. is at least audible. Great Speed/Power/Thrash Metal. If they had kept that style, they wouldn't be one of the worst bands in Metal history. But nope. They aped off Exhorder and created a decade of try-hard tuff guy redneck Metal.
    Way Cool JR.
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: How about FIRST FOUR?
    I would much rather have the first four albums to since they are so rare to find in any format. The 80's Pantera was/is my favorite, I grew out of everything of theirs from the 90's really quick.
    BwareDWare94
    Not to mention the most overrated song (Walk) in metal history. So damn boring...like, worse than Enter Sandman. At least Enter Sandman was catchy as all hell. Walk is just "don't **** with me, bro" and really boring. Now, I love me some Pantera songs (Cowboys from Hell, Cemetery Gates, etc), but Machine Head was a much better metal band in the 90s (if we must talk popular metal).
    TheExterminator
    powachord wrote: TheExterminator wrote: fuzzymunkee wrote: Bands like this don't come around very often. They should have all their albums on vinyl including their awesome cock rock albums. Well, Glam bands were a dime-a-dozen, so.. those kind of bands did come around very often. And Pantera's Groove Metal is just a dumbed-down variation of Exhorder, so.. Yeah that band did come around before. The only unique and truly great album Pantera ever did was Power Metal. Simple as that. Groovetera was horrible, generic, dumbed-down, and absurdly redneck. Glamtera was.. mediocre. BUT POWER METAL. O LAAAWD, POWER METAL Phil's vocals at their best, Dime actually proves he can play guitar by playing riffs that are actually interesting, and solos that aren't just shred wank, as opposed to literally every other album Pantera's ever done, and BASS.. is at least audible. Great Speed/Power/Thrash Metal. If they had kept that style, they wouldn't be one of the worst bands in Metal history. But nope. They aped off Exhorder and created a decade of try-hard tuff guy redneck Metal. If theyre one if the worst bands in metal history then perhaps youd like to explain why theyre also hugely influential?
    Because of their influence.
    created a decade of try-hard tuff guy redneck Metal.
    Every crappy wannabe-Metal genre that's come around in the last.. 20? years, takes major influence from Pantera. Nu-Metal, Metalcore, and Deathcore. All take after in Pantera in that they are incredibly heavy, but have no legitimate content other than that, the little riffs they have are incredibly dull and simplistic, the crappy half-assed vocals take after Phil, after he decided to stop sounding like Rob Halford, and the tuff-guy attitude and lyrics all come from Pantera as well as shitty 90s NYHC. All those crappy -core bands that came out in the mid 2000s, with their vocalists who walk around in power-stance mode like they're apes, and scream mindlessly into cupped mics while the backing band plays generic chug riffs.. They're Pantera-spawn. Horrible bands come and go all the time.. But Pantera was one of the first to become popular enough to force their incredibly false idea of what Metal is onto the mainstream. Unlike Glam Metal, which tried to make Metal and Rock fans out to be women in spandex, Groove Metal, which made Metal fans look like they belonged in a Madball or Hatebreed show, wasn't killed off by a Grunge-like genre.
    panman79
    fuzzymunkee wrote: Bands like this don't come around very often. They should have all their albums on vinyl including their awesome cock rock albums.
    Werd. I would buy them all and a record player to play them. It would be the only vinyl I own. I saw them twice live, absolutely amazing. My high school daze could not have been at a better time.
    fuzzymunkee
    Bands like this don't come around very often. They should have all their albums on vinyl including their awesome cock rock albums.
    MrFlibble
    I struggle to believe that there are that many Pantera fans who own record players.
    Way Cool JR.
    K!!LsWiTcH wrote: and good thing everybody grew out of the 80s pretty quick
    Nobody grew out of the 80's LOL. There was a-lot more than just Hair/Glam Metal kickin in the 80's. You would probably shit if you sat down and dated every song you love from the big well known Rock/Metal bands. A huge chunk of their best work was made in the 80's. There is no doubt at all that the 80's were a spectacular decade for Rock & Metal.
    AndrewAmadeo
    TheExterminator wrote: And you're the kind of Metal fan that annoys me most when it comes to Metal: the one who is so quick to run to the word "elitist" whenever you're met with negativity. Pantera isn't bad because I don't like them; I don't like them because they're bad. Using cop-outs like "EVERYONE HUZ OPINIONS" doesn't make your statements any more valid. In fact, it should completely destroy any credibility you have.. In a perfect world. Taste and opinion are two separate things: taste can be shitty. If you were given a horrible meal, you wouldn't want the chef to come out bitching about opinions. No, you'd want him to realize that your burger was burned beyond recognition, the sauce is semen, and the tomato is rotten, and you want him to understand that no one in their right mind would eat it. The same goes for music. The quality of a creation is definite, it is not in the eye of the beholder. Learn to have some objectivity. Some things just suck, simple as that. Nothing is immune to criticism, and that includes Metal bands. Thinking otherwise is far truer to elitism than anything I have or ever will say.
    Well, I guess you should probably go cry about it.