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Power Metal

Pantera Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0009OE9AO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Agma
Format:Audio CD
The Pantera of the 1980's as some who might remember is very different from the heaviness that ensued from the following successive decade. Power metal is exactly that and shows off some of the "quite dated" but never-the-less classic power metal trump with a light sprinkle of an ever so slightly glam metal edge. Several metal genres are encapsulated on this disk from the shrill and defiance of "Rock the world" to the speed metal thrash staple title track "Power metal" To the guitar ballad of "We'll meet again" and the guitar slam of "Over and out" Additionally, a special mention is due to the addictive riffage excellence of "Hard ride and down below" which rate as my personal favorites of the album.

Power metal simply cannot be lamp'ed for it's diversity, it's charm or indeed the effort that's gone into the creation of these musical entities that are on this CD. Technically I admire the band for their creative use of solos and riffs whenever it is necessary and some of the experimental moments that some of these musical passages go through. Clearly, the time it took for the band to pick up a record deal during the 1980's was astonishingly unjust for a band making CD's that were often much better than the similar quell who were picking up contracts immediately for their debuts. Persistence pays off in the end and it's thoroughly excellent that the band had pursued the abject record deal so long before they eventually landed one to launch their classic opus "Cowboys from hell" in 1990. Whilst this CD is not considered an official album, it is a studio production in it's own right and deserves to be viewed as part of Pantera's catalogue as much as any other from their golden 1990's era.

The album then is essentially a straight forward 1980's rebellious and fun metal album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pantera : Proud To Be Loud In 1988 7 Feb 2006
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What you think of this album(if you can find it) will depend on if your a hardcore fan or not. As for myself, I love Pantera!! They changed the path of metal with skull crushing albums like VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER, FAR BEYOND DRIVEN, and REINVENTING THE STEEL. But 1988's POWER METAL sounds alot like a mix between early Metallica and Judas Priest(Not that thats a bad thing). Alot of people forget that Pantera were a run of the mill hair metal band in the early 80's with albums like I AM THE NIGHT and METAL MAGIC. POWER METAL is different though, it is the first to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals and the whole band go for a more heavier approach. Dimebag Darrell plays phenomenal guitar work here(As usual) and even sings on the last song P.S.T 88 and sounds alot like early James Hettfield singing. Songs like OVER AND OUT, WE'LL MEET AGAIN, DOWN BELOW, DEATH TRAP, HARD RIDE, and BURNN show that with Phil Anselmo on board there was alot of gelling going on. So I would just have to say to listen to POWER METAL with an open mind if your not a hardcore fan, because it really isn't anything like their later work. It is really interesting and exciting to see where one of the best bands of metal started from, and then to see how far they went. I highly reccomend! ROCK IN PEACE DIME
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pantera Almost Found Themselves 5 Nov 2007
By A. Capistrant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD

Power Metal (1988)

Review: After a fateful meeting with James Hetfield, Diamond Darrel wanted Pantera to get heavy. "I Am The Night" in '85 was still glam, but wanted to get metal. Getting better. Now after hiring new vocalist Phil Anselmo, Pantera wants to achive an excellent level of metal.

They did it. Despite the corny looking cover picture, this is actually really decent. The previous Pantera albums were heavily glammed up, but here Pantera ditched almost all of that and replaced it with fast and high paced drumming, excellent bass, intricate thrash riffs, and metal vocal shrieks. This isn't Power Metal, no, this is a re-awakening. Phil's vocals here are intense and the shrieks are just right. Phil really had what it takes back then and it shows! Diamond's leads are just killer. Every lead here is definetly worth it alone. Listen to the thrash riffing in the tune, one of my Pantera favorites, "Over and Out". Pantera delivers all out excellent thrash. It's all out menacing. There are a few glam moments here, but are so few and far in between. With tunes like "Over and Out" and "Death Trap", Pantera got their wish to be metal. Even in the final tune "P.S.T. '88", Darrel sings here and had a pretty decent voice.

Overall, Pantera's soul searching came to a near end here. It wasn't till two years later when Pantera reached their pinnacle and finally found themselves. I Highly recommend Power Metal. The only shame is that Pantera ingnored this just because of the silly picture. This is an excellent album!
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And it all started HERE! 22 May 2005
By L Salisbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After three RATT soundalike LPs (Metal Magic, Projects In the Jungle and I Am the Night) Pantera got Phil on vocals and gave us Power Metal. This sounds more like the band we all knew n loved in the 90s than their other 80s efforts but this 88 album still hardly predicts their 90s sound- although at times it does sound like a rough ROUGH blueprint for Cowboys From Hell. Worth buying for hardcore Dimebag fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am 18 years old and this beats modern Pantera 29 Nov 2011
By oldtree - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Some people say "it's only the old heads who saw pantera come out in their heyday who miss this band", that "this was glam/hair metal trash and only cowboys onward is pantera". Those people suffer from inferiority complex and can only understand the "BR00tal dude" Pantera of the 90s. This is PanterA's 4th album and first to feature vocalist Phill Anselmo on vocals. Too bad the whole band decided in the early 90's to act like the 80s stuff didn't exist(not manly and tough guy enough?), I love Cowboys from Hell through Reinventing the Steel era Pantera, but they are making a mistake when they ignore the magic of these 80's albums.

Many of the riffs on Power metal are the epitome of metal guitar playing, the drumming on here is great with an organic bass drum sound, and Phil Sounds like Rob Halford on steroids, putting on the best vocal performance of his career. Some of the songs like Proud to be Loud are a little weak but they are catchy and badass at the same time. If you love good old heavy metal with that magic 80s quality, than you must buy this cd.
13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First Album with Anselmo 16 Jun 2005
By Barbanegra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I really don't know why they tried everything to keep their 80er-Career as a secret. Ok, they looked like transvestites on Speed, had kindergarten-style artwork, humiliating lyrics... but their music wasn't THAT bad. Pantera started in 1983 with the album "Metal Magic", which couldn't be more cliche-like Poser Metal. The thing, that made this band interesting, was their 17year old guitarrist, later known as "Dimebag Darrel", who was able to play solos with exceptional technical abilities for his age. They continued in 1984 with "Projects In the jungle", which featured the same, but musically improved, style of 80s Mainstream Metal, the same ridiculous outfits an the same hilrious artwork. One year later they released "I Am The Night", probably the best of their 80s effords. This album was undoubtably the first one, where Dimebag found his pattented style of guitar playing. The music sounded like a mixture between Judas Priest and good ol' 90s-Pantera, but still with a singer, that would have fitted better to bands, like Ratt and Poison. The vocalist was fired for some reason afterwards, and Anselmo entered. Since the band improved in their development from album to album, and this is like the "real" Pantera-Line Up, one might expect, that this album must be better, than "I Am The Night". No, wrong. It more an development backwards, with sappy, cheesy Mainsteam Hair-Metal Tracks, like "We'll meet again" or "Hard Ride", even using poofy keyboards to make it more "suck". Dime's got away from his experiments on "I am the night" for the biggest part of the album, and follows a more conventional style, somewhere between Judas Priest and Pop Metal. Some songs stand out and feature more of their typical panterastyle shredding and soloing, like "Over And Out", which is really a rough piece of thrash, or "Death Trap", which sounds pretty much like the stuff on "Cowboys..", only with Anselmo trying to imitate the likes of Halford and Tate. "Burrrn" is also a fine speed metal track. The Rest is quite conventional, slightly above average 80ies stuff.

So an album for Fans of american 80ies-Metal ment to storm the charts, with only short displays of what made Pantera so successfull and important just two years later.
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