This was my introduction to Pantera. I have difficulty describing their sound, but it has elements of speed-metal/death metal, and is even punk at times. Whatever you want to call it, one thing is for sure: this album is very hardcore.
The vocals tend toward throaty, husky screams, but the singer demonstrates great versatility… just give “Planet Caravan” a listen after hearing all the songs that precede it on the CD!
The extremely distorted guitar riffs are complex, and they are creatively done. The drumming is powerful and intricate, and the guitar solos are amazing pieces of sonic art. These guys play guitar the way I would like to be able to play… they are powerful, and very primal in their approach.
This band wears its anger on its collective sleeve. They hide nothing, and there is no pretense. If you like genuine emotional release in savage, powerful music, then DON’T pass this up!