Sound — 10
Right from the get go you know this is a heavier album than their previous one Cowboys From Hell. The CD isn't all about heavy riffs though, there are some slower parts to the CD such as This Love, and Hollow. Dimebag Darrells riffs are always great, just coming at you punch after punch and his solo's make you beg for more. Vinnie Paul on drums and Rex Brown on bass really make the rhythm's work and vocalist Phil Anselmo's voice is noticably deeper than it was in Cowboys From Hell.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrics are just what you would expect from Pantera and Phil Anselmo. Angry, volatile, aggressive, in your face, but at times hints of a softer side such as in the song "This Love". The lyrics go side by side with the music, both working on enhancing the other. Phil's style of vocals was meant for Pantera.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall this CD is amazing. Every song is great. Best one's being "Walk" "F--king Hostile," "This Love" and "Hollow" though the other songs are great as well. It's pure blooded Pantera and there aren't many better things than that when you're a metal head. The album may be their best one, guitar wise it isn't as great as Cowboys from Hell technically, and it isn't as heavy as Far Beyond Driven, it fits right inbetween the two making for a spectacular album. If it were lost or stolen I would definatly buy it again. It is the sort of CD that you can listen to over and over again and never get bored with.