It was a struggle to decide on an album this week, purely because I've had a resurgence in so many classics. In the end I had to choose the classic, "Great Southern Trendkill", which also happens to be my favourite Pantera album.
The album hits you in the face from the get-go with the title track and does not let up until it finishes. Its brutality, heaviness and power is why the album stands out to me amongst Pantera's discography. The highlight for me on this record would be Phil Anselmo's vocals, which are brutal, here you can hear a man who has a lot to say and the angst carries through the whole album.
It's difficult to describe Dimebag's playing, as on this record his solos are groovy and at times bring out an emotional feeling, (head to "Floods" and "13 steps to nowhere"..you'll see what I mean). The accompayament of Rex Brown, and brother Vinnie Paul make for an album which is unbelieavably aggressive and one that does not let up. I could write for hours about the diversity of this album but I'll list a few key moments which still resonate for me all these years later after first picking up this album.
-The end break down in "War Nerve", could quite well be responsible for an earthquake
-The contrast between "Suicide Note Pt. 1 and 2", both Anselmo's vocals and lyrics are both thought provoking and dark
-Dimebag's solo in "Floods", any guitar player would agree this solo could be the soundtrack to his career, among the "Walk" solo
-The opening riff of "Living Through Me (Hell's Wrath), is heavy, fast and would send concert goers in a frenzy
Like I mentioned this album is a special one for me, I'd even put it in my top 10 favourites, its unique sound, production and message is something that fans can hold in high regard.