A overlooked album, but descent all the same.,
This review is from: The Great Southern Trendkill (Audio CD)
The Great Southern Trendkill is arguably Pantera's most extreme and overlooked album, in a number of ways & for a number of different reasons. Several of the opening tracks feature the band at their pulverising best, in particular War Nerve, which is probably the most un-compromising song the band has ever recorded (Which, by Pantera's standards, is saying an awful lot!#, with vocalist Anselmo muti-layering his vocals to the point where he sounds almost demonic. Songs like Floods and Suicide Note Part 1 show an experimental side to the band that is rarely seen.
Guitarist Dimebag's contribution is, as ever, essential to their sound. The man is in inspired form, and shows just how broad his talent really is. For a guy who churned out some of the heaviest riffs of the 90s, Trendkill sees him at times adopt a very reserved and melodic approach. Floods features one of his finest solos, and the outtro to the track manages to be both emotive, powerful and thought provoking. This is also the only Pantera album I've ever heard that features acoustic guitar #Floods).
One of Pantera's greatest strengths as a band, is the fact that they have always stayed true to themselves and their music, which is something they highlight in the lyrics of several tracks. This album features the same no-nonsense brutality Pantera fans have come to expect, but with some insightful, bitter and contemplative moments as well, which probably reflect the state of the band at the time. The subject matter is at times, particularly morbid, and it is a very dark album. For these reasons I see it as an essential purchase for any serious Pantera fan, but new listeners should probably enjoy Vulgar Display of Power first.