17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs For War
Arguments and musical disagreements are something you may come to expect from Pantera, a band who after-all are one of the most downright angry and purely vile metal bands out there. They seem to have survived a lot of things over the last 13 years, but it seems this time, with front man Phil Anselmo's rapidly increasing obsessions with black and death metal, and his...
Published on 5 Oct 2003 by S. Wright
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the albums this is a quick fix
Dont get me wrong its still Pantera its jus not the same as the albums thouhg some of the best songs are missing unfortunately which lets it down a little. if you havent heard pantera before this is perfect infact its brillient it definaely worth buying only for the dvd which youll watch again and again!
Published on 4 May 2004
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs For War,
This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)Arguments and musical disagreements are something you may come to expect from Pantera, a band who after-all are one of the most downright angry and purely vile metal bands out there. They seem to have survived a lot of things over the last 13 years, but it seems this time, with front man Phil Anselmo's rapidly increasing obsessions with black and death metal, and his decision to make a second album with his apparent side-project, and much more extreme musical assault, Superjoint Ritual, finally ditching his other more accessible side-project, Down, and now a 'Best Of Pantera' emerging from seemingly nowhere, that Pantera a finally over, and have finally stalled their 6 litre All-American engines.
Upon first hearing, 'Reinventing Hell: The Best Of Pantera', several emotions will come through several people. There may be a slight sense of disappointment that they are seemingly finished, but as you listen through pummelling riffs, screaming choruses and ripping solos, that Pantera's muscular musical onslaught still contains all the power it ever did, perhaps more, and it always will. Behind Slayer, Pantera are the thrash metal equivalent of pure rage and insanity mixed into a pummelling mix, including some huge southern-fried riffage to blow your senses off to, and for those who have grown up with such ear-blistering intensity, and for those about to discover this terrific and highly influential band, you can't help but think that Pantera really were kings among men. They might not have been the thrash band with the most initiative and creativity, but Pantera were the greatest thing to ever happen to thrash metal...
They may have been one of the most disgusting and turgid bands to deal with throughout the 90's, but it wasn't always like that. On their first album with vocalist Phillip Anselmo (before this, they were an 80's hair metal band), 'Cowboys From Hell', which although was some of their best material, the mix and the winning production wasn't quite there. You can hear throughout the slow-burning, eventual assault of 'Cemetery Gates', and even during the chorus, that Pantera were still unsure of whether to become fully fledged into thrash or stick with a little bit of poodle rock, so they combined it. The song 'Cowboys From Hell' itself, where it is one of Pantera's more accessible tracks, is also one of their best, which would also become their theme tune. The pummelling, 'Domination' was the first real sign that Pantera could rock and rock hard, combining head banging riffs and shout-along choruses. As 'Cemetery gates' fades from your speakers, you'll find that an altogether different beast’ll assault you. On 'Mouth For War', Anselmo seems to spit blood and bones, while those huge riffs can now be heard more clearly and it finally seems as that stage that Pantera had finally found the right sound. In places a unique sound, songs 'Walk', 'This Love', 'F***ing Hostile' and 'Mouth For War' itself, combine Texan/Southern influences and screeching vocals heard for the first time. 'Walk' itself became a hit in its own right, with it's simple, but effective one riff styling with chant-a-long choruses, and the Vulgar Display Of Power equivalent of 'Cemetery Gates', 'This Love' just shows how much they'd come along in just a year and a half. This may have been some of Pantera's finest work, but it wasn't the music that truly made them just as they seemed. Throughout each Pantera album, they seemed to become heavier and seemed to be just trying to outdo the last for sheer intensity and overwhelming sound. 'Becoming', 'I'm Broken' and '5 Minutes Alone' were all taken from their much more ear blistering, third album, 'Far Beyond Driven', and although this album did top the charts in the US, it wasn't really meant for a pop audience. A note to those with sensitive ears; just try your luck with those three I just mentioned on top volume and you'll learn a real lesson in how turgid and powerfully shattering Pantera really could be. And believe it or not, it gets heavier...
Their fourth album, 'The Great Southern Trendkill' was like Metallica's '...And Justice For All' in the respect that both records were heavily underrated, and heavily different and slightly more experimental. It also began to show Anselmo's increasing influence by heavier bands, with his screams becoming more frequent and stronger, it's a shame that they didn't add more tracks from that album onto 'Reinventing Hell', but the one they did, 'Drag The Waters', containing what could be Pantera's best riff, was the wisest choice. But be warned, this is not music for the faint hearted. Other than the out of control, 'Revolution Is My Name', taken from the 'Reinventing The Steel' album, the remainder of the tracks have been taken from soundtracks, or were rare tracks, such as 'Where You Come From', taken off the end of their Live album, they are less quality tracks, but being Pantera songs, they all add to one or another. They are of very similar backgrounds but often sound very different from the last. Also included is their cover of Black Sabbath's, 'Planet Caravan', which is probably, believe it or not, Pantera's slowest effort, not once sending up a heavy riff, but just splendering in the slower pace, which provides a nice change and a rest from the heart-pumping heavy riffage surrounding it.
So while Pantera may sound Neanderthal, and as perhaps 'stupidly over the top' as Pantera sound, with an almost immature attitude (apparently they were immature people) and nothing but hate for everything in the world, they were also pioneers and were also very good and very intelligent at what they did. They always remained faithful to what they did, they never compromised and most importantly stayed loyal and always on the same level as their fans, other than when they were on a stage performing their strong live act, where they were in a total world of their own. For some reason I never truly appreciated Pantera throughout each and all of their albums I slowly collected and eventually wore out, but it took a record like 'Reinventing Hell' to truly see, as you will too, in their time, how powerful Pantera truly were.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 101% Proof Pure Hard Against The Grain American Metal,
This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)Woah. OK, so I think we all know that Pantera are one of the best metal bands around. I'm not talking about that hippy nu-metal kids crap where music is good based on how many times the lead singer has tried to cut himself, I mean the real stuff. The ones with solos. Sorted.
I think we also know how dodgy best of albums are... they usually mean one of two things.
1: Best of my arse, it's a load of singles.
2: The band are splitting.
Well I dunno about number 2, but 1 is a definite wrong as far as Reinventing Hell is concerned. With a couple of exceptions (Strength Beyond Strength and Yesterday Don't Mean Shit), this is brilliant. Plus it comes with that DVD with videos on it... sweet, sweet videos. Basically, if you want a taste of one of the best metal bands ever then this is for you. Plus you get free vids. If you llike Pantera and have their stuff already, well get this for the free videos. And it needs not be said that a big fan should have it for its collectability.
Yep, this and the live album are pretty much the best compilations y'all could ask for... let's hope that 2nd thing isn't true.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite definitive,but a cool collection..,
This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)Pantera are,quite simply,my favourite band of the nineties and now that the gruff texan quartet are sadly no more,here's a handy enough primer for any interested new fans out there.
The opening three tracks are the undisputed moshpit classics 'Cowboys from hell','Domination' and the group's best ever song,'Cemetery gates', taken from their masterful 1990 debut album.
The big singles from 1992's platinum follow up are all present and correct-'Mouth for war','walk','..Hostile',and 'this love', but sadly superior album tracks ' a new level' and 'regular people' are not.
Their biggest album was 1994's 'Far beyond driven', which changed the band's style from classic old school metal to complete balls to the wall style thrash,evidenced here by 'Becoming','5 minutes alone' and the slightly overrated 'I'm broken'.(See also that album's opening track 'Strength beyond strength',unfortunately not included here.Why that song does not have a place on this CD instead of the terrible 'Planet caravan' is baffling.)
The next album is represented by 'Drag the waters',a career lowpoint.Their fifth and final effort also has just one song here-the excellent'Revolution is my name.' There is also one song off 1998's live album,'Where you come from' placed alongside two relatively new tracks i'm fairly unfamiliar with-'Immortally insane' and 'the badge'.
Any Pantera fan that feels the collection is adequate but slightly misjudged( no 'Heresy','Psycho holiday' or 'I can't hide'?) will nonetheless be overwhelmed by the fantastic accompanying DVD.It's a collection of all their music videos from the triple vhs boxset '3 Vulgar videos from hell' minus the in-between nonsense that often plagued these,and with the bonus addition of the 'Revolution is my name' video.
I'm buying this for the DVD,as I have all the cds and videos already,and for the two new songs along with that 'revolution..' video.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb,
This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)I bought this as I had lost my copy of 'Far Beyond Driven' and this represented an absolute bargain. It features a good spread of their (arguably) best tracks from 'Cowboys From Hell' onwards. I fully intend to go back and purchase 'Cowboys From Hell', 'Vulgar Display of Power' and repurchase 'Far Beyond Driven' on the strength of this selection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn Good,
This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)I truly great album, from a truly great band... well worth the money I paid (which wasn't much) ha ha
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect,
This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)I had never really heard of Pantera, but for £5 I ordered this greatest hits collection. It comes with a nice little booklet (with a few pictures of the band members) explaining about the band's beginnings, and the different albums/songs they released. It also lists which tracks come from which album. Also included is a DVD containing music videos/live performances I(I think, anyway,as I haven't watched it yet) The DVD contains 12 tracks - the CD contains 16 tracks. What is good, is that you get two tracks on the DVD that are not on the CD. I was really wanting to give this a 5 star rating, as such I am giving it a 4.4 rating. I am having to delete 2 stars each for the following tracks 3 - Cemetery Gates, 6 - This Love and 11 - Planet Caravan. The last one mentioned is probably the weakest track of the lot, the other two are slow, but with heavy metal sections in it. However, for £5, you get 13 brilliant songs that totally rock, which isn't too bad. In conclusion, it's a fine introduction to an obviously well established rock group.
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously heavy and seriously good,
This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)Always liked Pantera but only heard a Vulgar Display of Power so decided to see what the rest of their stuff was like. This is a very good album and I enjoy listening to it when in the right mood. Great songs, great band, seriously heavy!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Pantera,
This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)By far the best metal band of the 90s I forgot just how good they were, its a must buy album
5.0 out of 5 stars Overview Best of Pantera.,
This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)Some of the best of Pantera's music. You should realy buy all their cd's if you want the best of Pantera. The Dvd's well cool too.
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing a few, but a good introduction...,
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This review is from: Reinventing Hell - The Best of Pantera [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)It seems pointless to me to try and promote Pantera to readers of this review, beyond saying that they are absolutely brilliant if you like raw, intelligent heavy metal, and so I shall simply evalute the choice of tracks.
Apart from the lack of The Sleep, I agree almost completely with the selection from Cowboys From hell, Vulgar Display Of Power and Far Beyond Driven, but I think that The Great Southern Trendkill would be better represented by the title track and War Nerve, and maybe Suicide Note Pt2. On the plus side this is worth getting for Pantera fans who already have their albums as it has a couple of other tracks not on the albums.
All in all this is not a must have collection, and misses out on many good album tracks, but is a good starting point for someone who wants to get into Pantera but doesn't want to fork out for all the albums just yet.
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