Rhino Expands Pantera’s Major Label Debut For 20th Anniversary
As A Three-Disc Deluxe Edition
With Rare And Unreleased Demos And Live Tracks
Includes Previously Unreleased Track, “The Will To Survive”
Recorded During The Cowboys Sessions
Two-Disc Expanded Edition Also Available; Both Set For Release On September 14
Ultimate Edition Featuring Replica Memorabilia
From The Era Available November 23
PANTERA found its growl and groove on COWBOYS FROM HELL, a landmark album whose bone-powdering intensity, razor-sharp riffing and pummeling rhythmic assault represented a turning point in modern metal when it was released in 1990. More than just PANTERA’s major label debut, many consider this album to be the official debut of the PANTERA lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.
To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of COWBOYS FROM HELL, Rhino rounds up a three-disc Ultimate Edition, a three-disc Deluxe Edition, and a two-disc Expanded Edition. All three editions include a newly remastered version of the original album along with unreleased and rare live performances from the “Cowboys From Hell” Tour.
The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions will also feature a disc of unreleased demos for nearly every album track, plus, “The Will To Survive,” a previously unreleased song recorded during the album’s sessions.
“’The Will To Survive’ is a great track. With so many killer songs, it was hard to pick and choose the ones that should make our major label debut,” says Paul. “After hearing it for the first time in about 20 years, its a pretty stellar performance and I am definitely proud that it will see the light of day for all the die hard PANTERA fans around the world! It shows the true musical diversity of the band at that time!”
The Deluxe and Expanded Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL will be released September 14 at all retail outlets, including www.pantera.com and www.rhino.com. The Deluxe Edition will be available for a suggested list price of $29.98 (physical) and $17.99 (digital) and the Expanded Edition for $19.98 (physical) and $12.99 (digital).
The Ultimate Edition will feature all three discs included in the Deluxe Edition and will be housed in an intricate box including several replica memorabilia pieces from the Cowboys era. The Ultimate Edition will be available on November 23 and final pre-order details, as well as the contents, will be unveiled soon on PANTERA’s Facebook page <http://www.facebook.com/Pantera>.
Along with the remastered version of COWBOYS FROM HELL, all three sets include a disc of live music recorded during the tour for the album. It begins with seven unreleased performances from PANTERA’s September 15, 1990 appearance at the Foundations Forum metal convention in California, a show recorded for radio broadcast but never released commercially. The remainder of the disc contains the five-song EP Alive And Hostile, a collection of performances recorded in 1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival in Moscow that was previously available only in Australia as part of a 1994 boxed set.
The Ultimate and Deluxe Editions of COWBOYS FROM HELL include a third disc that contains the previously unreleased “The Will To Survive,” along with demos for 10 of the album’s 12 songs, including early versions of the title track, “Psycho Holiday,” “The Art Of Shredding” and “Cemetery Gates.”
After being turned down “twenty-eight times by every major label on the face of the earth,” ATCO Records A&R rep Mark Ross saw the band when Hurricane Hugo stranded him in Texas. The rest, as they say, is history, including another seven years and over a million miles of touring for COWBOYS to be certified Platinum (one million album sales) by the RIAA.
The album’s liner notes include essays by each of the band’s surviving members, producer Terry Date, and the aforementioned Ross. Recalling the first time he saw Pantera, Ross writes, “By the end of the first song, my jaw was on the floor. The sonic power of it all—the attitude and the musicianship—blew me away. Basically, you had to be an idiot to not think they’re amazing. I mean, how could you see these guys and not think, Holy shit!?”
COWBOYS FROM HELL
Disc One – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
1. “Cowboys From Hell”
2. “Primal Concrete Sledge”
3. “Psycho Holiday”
5. “Cemetery Gates”
8. “Clash With Reality”
9. “Medicine Man”
10. “Message In Blood”
11. “The Sleep”
12. “The Art Of Shredding”
Disc Two – Ultimate, Deluxe, and Expanded Editions
(Tracks 1-7 Recorded Live at Foundations Forum, Los Angeles, CA 9/15/90)
(Tracks 8-12 Recorded at For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow, 1991)
1. “Domination” – Live*
2. “Psycho Holiday” – Live*
3. “The Art Of Shredding” – Live*
4. “Cowboys From Hell” – Live*
5. “Cemetery Gates” – Live*
6. “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live*
7. “Heresy” – Live*
8. “Domination” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
9. “Primal Concrete Sledge” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
10. “Cowboys From Hell” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
11. “Heresy” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
12. “Psycho Holiday” – Live, Alive And Hostile EP†
Disc Three – Ultimate and Deluxe Editions Only
1. “The Will To Survive”*
2. “Shattered” – Demo*
3. “Cowboys From Hell” – Demo*
4. “Heresy” – Demo*
5. “Cemetery Gates” – Demo*
6. “Psycho Holiday” – Demo*
7. “Medicine Man” – Demo*
8. “Message In Blood” – Demo*
9. “Domination” – Demo*
10. “The Sleep” – Demo*
11. “The Art Of Shredding” – Demo*
* Previously Unreleased
† Unreleased in the U.S
(COWBOYS FROM HELL originally released on July 24, 1990)
I have to admit that I have had mixed feelings about the band Hellyeah prior to their releasing Stampede. The last album just didn’t do it for me, and I expected a lot more from Vinnie Paul & company. On Stampede, Hellyeah, sounds more like a complete band than on their debut. To my ears, everything has improved with album two. The song writing is better, the music is better, Chad Gray’s vocals are even better. As a result, Stampede is a better album! With that being said, even though Stampede is better than its predecessor, it still is not without it some issues. There are a few songs that I would consider filler, and although Gray’s vocals are better, his voice is still an acquired taste.
“Cowboy Way”, and “Hell of A Time” are pretty cool tunes. I even hear a little bit of that Pantera-like groove that I love so much.
The song “Better Man” took me by surprise. It is completely different from the first four songs on Stampede. This is a balladesque tune that was written by Chad Gray. It kind of sounds like a heavy Skynyrd tune. Hellyeah could actually have a big hit on their hands with this.
With “Polerider”, Hellyeah have created a brand new anthem that will likely take all of the strip clubs by storm. This is a pretty catchy tune!
The first time I heard “Stand or Walk Away”, I had to check the credits on the album. Chad Gray sound an awful lot like Fozzy’s Chris Jericho on this track. This is a mid tempo number that isn’t quite as heavy as some of the tracks on Stampede. It is a very good tune that is going to get a lot of airplay.
Overall, with Stampede, I see Hellyeah growing as a band. This album definitely has a lot more good material than bad. This album proves to me that this metal super group has the potential to excel past all of their previous bands, and truly make an impact on the metal scene. Stampede won’t be the album to do it, but it will certainly make a lot of folks take notice of Hellyeah for the first time.
If you are a fan of Pantera, Damageplan, Nothingface or Mudvayne, you gotta give this album a chance. You will definitely find some cool tunes to rock to!
For a free download of the song “Cowboy Way”, please visit the Hellyeah website!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Cowboy Way
2. The Debt That All Men Pay
3. Hell of a Time
5. Better Man
6. It’s On!
7. Pole Rider
8. Cold as a Stone
9. Stand or Walk Away
10. Alive and Well
11. Order the Sun
Hell Yeah is:
Chad Gray – Vocals
Greg Tribbett – Guitars
Tom Maxwell – Guitars
Bob Zilla – Bass
Vinnie Paul Abbott – Drums
It is hard to believe that it has already been 20 years since the release of Pantera’s incredible record, Cowboys From Hell. Cowboys From Hell was released on July 24th, 1990, and was easily one of the best metal albums of that decade, and quite possibly of all time. So what makes Cowboys From Hell such a great album? The combination of Dimebag Darrell Abbott’s (R.I.P.) stellar riffs, the infectious grooves of Rex Brown’s bass, and Vinnie Paul’s drums, and Phil Anselmo’s crushing vocal delivery created one perfect metal experience.
Every time I listen to this disc, it blows my mind that Pantera started out as a hair metal band. You would think an album this tight would come from a veteran thrash metal band, not a fledgling hair metal act. Their previous album, Power Metal showed signs of the band’s transformation from a glam to a heavy metal band, but I would have never expected such a powerful release from Pantera. Without question, Cowboys from Hell delivers, and delivers big. The first four songs come storming out of the gate with an unmatched METAL fury. “Cowboys From Hell”, “Primal Concrete Sledge”, “Psycho Holiday” and “Heresy” might just best start to any heavy metal album. The bonecrushing rhythms on these songs practically demands a mosh pit. (Headbanging is not optional.)
“Cemetary Gates” might just be the biggest Pantera song ever. This classic metal piece with its shifting tempos, and killer fret work from Dimebag Darrell is still one of my favorites today.
“Domination” has to be one of the more under rated metal tunes from Pantera. The mix of chugging riffs, and high-speed fretwork are absolutely classic on this tune. The last two minutes of the song are nothing but a heavy metal guitar lover’s delight! I absolutely love this!
It is a total shame that some idiot took Dimebag Darrell’s life. I wish that he was still with us so a Pantera reunion could take place. I never got the chance to see these songs performed by Pantera, and would have loved to seen them live. At least Cowboys from Hell will always be part of Dimebag’s legacy. It is the ultimate metal album, that no fan should be without!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Cowboys From Hell
2. Primal Concrete Sledge
3. Psycho Holiday
5. Cemetary Gates
8. Clash With Reality
9. Medicine Man
10. Message In Blood
11. The Sleep
12. The Art Of Shredding
Phil Anselmo – Vocals
Dimebag Darrell Abbott – Lead Guitars
Rex Brown – Bass
Vinnie Paul – Drums
Chad & Vinnie from HELLYEAH visited Fox News to talk about their new album, Stampede. Check out the video at this link.
The band is putting the final touches on their new release – STAMPEDE, coming out July 13th. Once finished, they will hit the road for a worldwide tour throughout the summer. Tour dates here.
STAMPEDE, the follow up to the bands 2007 self-titled debut is being recorded, produced and mixed by Vinnie Paul and Sterling Winfield. “I couldn’t wait to write this record. I can’t wait for our fans to hear it and I definitely can’t wait to hit the fucking stage and play it! Stampede represents every emotion that you’ve ever had and everything that screams HELLYEAH! There’s no smoke and mirrors with what we are. What you see is what you get. And what your get is Five guys bringin’ it, a head full of music, bleeding ears and most likely….Drunk!” says Chad.
Check out Vinnie and Sterling’s report from the studio and hear a snippet of a brand new song on the HELLYEAH homepage.
HELLYEAH will debut the first track from STAMPEDE to fans on April 21st. Check back here for further details closer to that date and make sure you sign up for the HELLYEAH mailing list and website here to get the news first.
Today is Vinnie Paul’s birthday and as a gift to the Metal God, we should all check out the latest signee to Vinnie’s label (Big Vin Records), Seventh SEVENTH VOID.
SEVENTH VOID, the new band formed by TYPE O NEGATIVE guitarist Kenny Hickey and drummer Johnny Kelly, will release its debut album on April 21 via Big Vin Records, the label formed by HELLYEAH/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. “It’s an amazing record,” Vinnie recently said. “I mixed the whole thing for the guys. It goes somewhere between SOUNDGARDEN meets BLACK SABBATH meets a little AUDIOSLAVE, with some TYPE O thrown in there. It’s really nice, dark, sludgy… Kenny’s vocals are great.”
Rounded out by bassist Hank Hell (INHUMAN) and guitarist Matt Brown (ex-SUPERMASSIV), SEVENTH VOIDTYPE O’s tradition of slow, heavy riffs and existential lyrics, but with a slightly sludgier, “stonier” flavor. continues
The band’s first single “Heaven is Gone” can be heard on their Myspace page. Check it out: http://myspace.com/seventhvoid
VINNIE PAUL ON ROCKLINE MONDAY NIGHT!
Vinnie Paul will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Monday night November 17 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET.
Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Vinnie about the new book ‘DIMEBAG DARRELL; HE CAME TO ROCK’ at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet to listen to the broadcast live go to http://www.rocklineradio.com