Sound — 10
This is the first Pantera album for a major label, and it is a great (and incredibly heavy) one. Dimebag's guitar is amazing, excellent power groove, chuggin machine gun riffs, and blazing, screaming, wailing solos, a must have for guys who love guitars. Vinnie Paul show how great a drummer he really is, him with Rex (bassist) make for a incredibly strong rhythm section that compliments Dime's guitars in every song whether it be a ballsy power balled, a high speed thrash rocker, or power groovin masterpiece (power groove is something Pantera created, that is Heavy music that has great rhythm). Phils voclas are amazing, his range can reach from low meanacing words to high falsetto screams that rival Rob Halford. Thier incredible talent is rivaled by thier amzing songwriting ability, thier songs are amazing, a creative blast of heavy metal carnage. This all combines into the sound of Cowboys From Hell.
Lyrics — 10
Thier lyrics are great, they match the southern metal sound with a great sort of short story kind of lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a classic, one of the best metal albums of the '90s. If you are a fan of metal, you will love it. When I first heard it I was blown away by the heaviness, skill and creativity of this kickass band!