Most Pantera purists have problems with this album, they’re just being metal snobs, this is such an evolution for the band that it reached mainstream audiences; hard core fans could not accept it and shunned, in my opinion the second best Pantera album of all time! Phil sounds vocally superior, and Dime Bag most certainly pours his anchoring and creative genius into this album!
By NinjaWolf Lvl.27
The fact that this album was recorded and put together while the band was in major turmoil, so much so that the vocals were laid down by Phil after all the rest was finished at Trent Reznor's studio in NOLA, is a testamet to their prowess. Floods is epic, the wandering but classically rooted (unintentionally) arpeggios are recorded with computer precision thanks to Dime. This album was pivotal for me, and introduced me to a vein of metal completely different than what I'd heard to this point. Glad I was able to meet Dime before he was taken.
It may take some time to really grow on you, but it's great when it does.
Great album but
This review is broken into 2 parts, first is for the people who don't have this album at all. It's a 5 star album, just like everything Pantera did in the 90's and is definitely worth owning. If you already have the original version though it's a different story....
The remaster wasn't really necessary, the original's sound quality is just fine. This does sound better slightly better IMO but I don't feel the need to re-buy it for the remaster. The extra material isn't really essential either, it's a nice bonus but again it doesn't motivate me to re-buy this album to get it. Luckily none of the bonus stuff is album only so I would recommend at least checking out the samples to see if you want any of the extras and stick with the original version if you already have it.
If only things would have worked out differently, I would love to have seen what could have been from Pantera.... RIP Dime
Killer stuff as expected...dime-bag, where art ya???
This sounds way worse than the original.
Love The Album
This is my favorite Pantera album, but this remastered version is in no way better. It seems to have too much treble and too much lows when the toms are hit. If for some reason you don't have this album yet, go with the original version. You'll thank me later.
This record doesn't get the hype that the first three do, but for me it's a toss up between Trendkill and Vulgar for the top spot.
Excellent riffs, aggression, lyrics that make you think. But also a variety of sounds and textures.
Straight speed and power in places. Groove and swing in others. Somber, introspectiveness in some. It really has a little bit of all of their songwriting strengths.
The ending of floods early mix is just too beautiful R.I.P dimebag
The most underrated Pantera record for reasons unknown to me. This record is; and always has been brutal and awesome! CFH killing the trends!