New Found Power Review

artist: Damageplan date: 03/05/2004 category: compact discs
Damageplan: New Found Power
Released: Feb 10, 2004
Genre: Groove Metal
Styles: Elektra
Number Of Tracks: 14
With their album "New Found Power," Damageplan did an excellent job of finding their own sound in the midst of Pantera's enormous shadow.
 Sound: 9.2
 Lyrics: 8.2
 Overall Impression: 9.8
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overall: 9.3
New Found Power Reviewed by: unregistered, on october 17, 2005
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Sound: Some might say it's nu-metal, but I don't care because Damageplan kicks ass! The guitar playing by Dimebag isn't as good as in the old days (with Pantera), but he's still got that trademark chainsaw sound on the riffing. And, you probably already know, it works perfect with Vinne Pauls drumming. The only thing that I don't like is that Bob Zilla isn't half as good as Rex Brown. // 9

Lyrics: Replacing Phil Anselmo, one of the best frontmen ever, isn't an easy job, but Pat Lachman does it very well. There's a lot more singing and less screaming, and I like it. The lyrics contain classic themes, no more no less. // 9

Overall Impression: I really love this album. The best song is of course the amazing Breathing New Life, but there are several other tracks that are great! New Found Power, Save Me, Blink Of An Eye, Blunt Force Trauma and Pride are all excellent songs. The only ones that I really don't like are Fuck You, a completely unnecessary track starring Slipknot's Corey Taylor on vocals, and Reborn, written together with Zakk Wylde. It ain't bad, it's just that I don't think it fits in. However, if you're a Pantera fan, you should definately get this one, and if you're a mateal fan, you should also get it! // 10

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overall: 9.3
New Found Power Reviewed by: Jrsnyder881, on july 26, 2007
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Sound: This album is by far one of my favorite albulms to listen to. It's got this appeal to it that allows it to be listened to over and over without wearing down the listener. The main feel of all the songs can't be summed up in one word it is a variety that includes hate, knowing who you are, and everything in between. I was impressed by it's lack of filler material with only one or two songs that are stale or cliche. This album is a full blown metal albulm with the exception of one slower paced song all in all great record. // 9

Lyrics: Pat Lachman makes a great metal frontman as he proved in every song on this album. He even slows things down in Soul Bleed (one of my favorite songs in this album) and still manages to have great vocals. The lyrics in this album run pretty deep and I believe that the bandmates really support the message given off in them. The lyrics describe feelings of anger and power all set to some of the greatest guitar licks ever written by the late Dimebag Darrell. // 9

Overall Impression: This album isn't Pantera and anyone looking for that will only find what they want in Pantera itself. Damageplan is it's own unique breed in my opinion with some great riffs by Dimebag and some of the best drumming to be heard on any recent album not to mention the killer vocals and bass. I love how I can find a way to relate with each song on this album and how it seems to make more sense to me everytime I listen to it. If it were stolen I would deffinetly get it back because this album is worth fighting for. // 10

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overall: 8.7
New Found Power Reviewed by: unregistered, on march 05, 2004
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Sound: I'll be the first to say I was reallllyyyy looking forward to this album. I am a huge Pantera fan and I love every album they did. That said, Damageplan is understandably similar in style to Pantera's last album, Reinventing the Steel, but with a more sludgey sound. As overused as grunge metal is, thats basically what this CD is. But that is a good thing, because Dimebag and Vinne are so good at what they do, they elevate the usually listless genre. Dimebag is still using pummeling riffs, but they sound more simplistic in this setting, and not half as daring as on Pantera's previous efforts. Vinnie is as good as ever pounding away back on the drums, and Bobzilla does a quality job keeping up with Dimebag.

Zakk Wylde guest stars on the track "Reborn" and you can tell, because the track sounds like something right out of the BLS handbook. But thats a good thing, and Dimebag and Zakk are made for each other. On "Reborn", Zakk manages to make the most ungodly banshee wail ever heard on a guitar solo and it sends shivers down your spine. Dime still gets some killer hooks on his riffs and manages some tight solos, but its nothing overly groundbreaking compared to his previous offerings. // 8

Lyrics: Pat Lachman is a relative unknown former lead singer from the band Halford, and it shows. Trying to replace a lead man of the quality of Phil Anselmo is next to impossible, and it is unfair to make such comparisons between the two. Lachman is pretty generic lead man by metal standards, but he does do a good variety, doing a lot more yelling at the beginning of the cd and a lot more singing later.

The lyrics go very well with the music, but take the music away and the lyrics are nothing great and quite run of the mill. While Phil was able to channel and articulate his rage into his lyrics, Lachman still has to forge an identity for himself. And the track "F*** You", with guest star Corey Taylor, is totally unnecessay and a worthless exercise in obscenity. // 8

Overall Impression: This disc is basically Dime and Vinnie's project to prove they don't need Phil. And they do a pretty impressive job, as the disc is focused in its theme and delivery. I was skeptical at first, but after 10 listens I was hooked. The end is particualarly strong, especially the acoustic number "Soul Bleed" which is eerily reminiscent of Suicide Note Part 1 and Cemetary Gates crossed with Layne Staley harmonies. Best songs are Breathing New Life, Reborn, Pride, Save Me, Moment of Truth, Soul Bleed, and Blink of an Eye. While it may be a little too "nu-metalish" for some, it's still Dime and Vinnie and that's what matters. It's a solid debut, but the lyrics could use some work and it could be fresher. But I still love the album and I've been listening obsessively. Zakk's guest spot was refreshing and further joint ventures would be a great thing. Between this album and Probot, the best metal discs of this young year come from the veterans who have been doing it for years. // 10

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overall: 8.7
New Found Power Reviewed by: jojothdestroyer, on march 23, 2004
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Sound: They sound exactly like I figured they would sound because Dime is in the band, with a really girthy, sludgy vibe but the solos on this cd are awesome reminds me of the days of Van Halen and Priest, if they dropped their guitars. // 10

Lyrics: Nice hard cutting lyrics, which kinda get redundant after hearing the same basic theme over and over again pat lach man dude awesome singer man he can gut it or make it clean either way it sounds awesome! // 6

Overall Impression: This one blew my irish-american ass off kids not comparable to the thrash god that was pantera (solute bitch) but I understand where their coming from and they wanna be Damage Plan not Pantera. The stound out tracks are New Found Power, Explode, Breathing new life and Pride. Definitely Pride is one song that'll stay with your ass. Definitely dude if somebody stole this (or any cd of mine, for that matter) I would fuckin go apeshit on their ass definitely. // 10

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overall: 10
New Found Power Reviewed by: unregistered, on july 30, 2004
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Sound: This band is a very impressing band to listen to. Dimebag Darrel is such a great guitarist, I could only wish to play like him, I think I'm gonna buy one of his signature guitars after listening to this album. This album is diverse and thats something I always look for in albums, got tired of that nu-metal stuff. I think their impact with the bass player playing lots of riffs that could be played on guitar is neat. The singer is awesome too. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics meet my standards, nothing horrible. The lyrics and singing goes along with the songs very well too. The lyrics aren't puzzling and amazing like the works of A Perfect Circle, but they aren't crap and they carry a meaning. // 10

Overall Impression: Well this CD is one of my most frequently listened to. I recommend it to anybody who comes by it and anyone who is a metal fan. I would definately buy this CD if I lost. // 10

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overall: 8.3
New Found Power Reviewed by: RyanLoftusMusic, on july 01, 2015
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Sound: When they were first promoting this album, the Abbott brothers Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell frequently described this album as diverse. After listening to this record, I'd say that description could not be more accurate. With their album "New Found Power," Damageplan did an excellent job of finding their own sound in the midst of Pantera's enormous shadow. The band experimented in many ways, from new effects and arrangements to Dime utilizing new tunings to go lower than he ever had before. The guitar tones are also nothing like the ones Dime used earlier in his career. During his time in Pantera, Dime was known for using heavily distorted, mid-scooped, and trebly tones. This album saw him moving in the opposite direction through his use of a bassy, minimalistic tone to compliment the detuned songs. The songs feature tight arrangements, solid musicianship, and a truly unique sound.

1. "Wake Up" - This song serves as the perfect intro to the album. Great riffs, incredible tribal-esque drumming, and powerful lyrics make this one of the best songs on the album. The only disappointment is the solo. It fits the song well, but is a let down considering that we know Dime was capable of so much more.

2. "Breathing New Life" - This song is pretty straightforward, but features a solid performance from drummer Vinnie Paul and excellent dynamics to keep the song interesting.

3. "New Found Power" - Simple, short, and heavy, the title track serves as an exciting listen. The highlights of the song are the bridge and main riff.

4. "Pride" - With its eccentric use of effects, this song steps into Tom Morrello territory. This flashiness is backed up by solid riffs and one of the best solos on the album. Singer Pat Lachman also demonstrates great versatility and range during this performance.

5. "F--k You" - Perhaps the heaviest track on the album, the title makes this song pretty self-explanatory: fast, brutal, and heavy, but simplistic and containing disappointingly childish lyrics. A guest starring by vocalist Corey Taylor adds some dimension to the vocal arrangement, but isn't enough to save the song.

6. "Reborn" - A strong vocal performance, heavy riffing, and great leads by Dime and guest musician Zakk Wylde make this track a solid addition to album, but lacks the magic to keep up with the more diverse and memorable songs on the album.

7. "Explode" - Same as above, but more repetitive and predictable.

8. "Save Me" - Heavy, melodic, and single worthy, this song is perhaps the catchiest on the album. This track sees Damageplan combining the very best of their melodic and heavy roots to deliver something worth remembering.

9. "Cold Blooded" - This continues the album's trend of diversity and combines it with an infectious groove. The song flows well and is able to make the most out of the main riff without feeling too repetitive.

10. "Crawl" - With this song, Damageplan has truly outdone themselves. The verses are dynamic and energetic, the choruses are unique and melodic, and the bridge brings the song to a climax that serves as one of the best of the album. This song holds up with every listen.

11. "Blink of an Eye" - This song is probably the most bizarre metal song I have ever heard. Sometimes it's heavy, sometimes the chorus sounds like pop, and sometimes it brings in a refreshing dose of disco. Unique, unpredictable, and incredible. This song is unlike any other.

12. "Blunt Force Trauma" - As to be expected, listening to this song is like getting hit by a 2x4. This track serves as the embodiment of the Abbott brothers' trademark Power Groove. This song does not disappoint, nor do its incredible vocals and solo.

13. "Moment of Truth" - Slow and brooding, this song takes a while to get its point across. But, when it finally does reach its "Moment of Truth," the climax is incredible. The solo of this song is one of the greatest of Dime's career, right up there with "Cemetery Gates" and "The Sleep."

14. "Soul Bleed" - This song serves as an opportunity for the band to demonstrate their range and experiment with an unplugged approach. Its peacefulness, combined with a nice solo and a memorable vocal performance augmented by guest vocalist Zakk Wylde make this song the perfect album finisher. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics on this album leave a lot more to desire. There's really nothing about them that has not been done before. Songs like "F--k You" read like they were written by an angsty twelve year in his bedroom. To an extent, this is balanced out by more mature lyrical content, such as "Soul Bleed." The lyrics during the first verse demonstrate this quite well: "Now that I'm all alone// Painfully aware// I'm starting to fell the cold// Knowing you're not there."

While some songs such as "Pride," "Crawl," and "Blink of an Eye" are exceptions, the lyrical content of the album doesn't live up to its fullest potential. // 7

Overall Impression: Overall, this album is a solid listen. Although there were some weak moments and unnecessary filler, many of the songs are truly memorable. This record is required listening for any Pantera fan so that he or she can understand where the Abbott brothers were at musically before Dimebag Darrell's death. I would also recommend this album to any metal fan so that they can understand the entire catalog of one of the Abbott brothers, one of the most influential duos in metal. While it is not necessarily they're best material, it was nice to see the brothers forge their own identity with such a unique and diverse album. // 9

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