This is Pantera’s last hair metal album. This is the first album with Phil Anselmo on vocals and you can tell there going a thrash metal direction. They sound a lot like Metallica, Slayer, Queensryche, Judas Priest with some hair metal thrown in. Phil hits as many if not more high notes on this album than Cowboys from Hell and Dimebag Darrell than known as Diamond Darrell has some of his best solos on this album. Despite the albums criticism it sounds like the band that did Cowboys From Hell. I actually rate this in the top 3 Pantera albums behind Cowboys from Hell and a little behind Vulgar Display Of Power.
1.Rock the World- 10/10 A great album opener. This an anthem type of song that could have been a big hit. The chorus is great and Phil hits some high notes in this. Phil sounds like a mix between Rob Halford and Geoff Tate on this album. The riff is great too.
2.Power Metal- 10/10 An excellent title track that sounds like a mix between Judas Priest and early Metallica. Phil sounds almost exactly like Rob Halford on this song. A great fast paced song that shows the direction they were going in. Similar to Shattered execpt not as heavy. imebag’s shredding solo is excellent and his riff is actually one of his best ever. This could be described as thrash metal.
3.We’ll Meet Again- 10/10 A good riff and cool soft intro vocals. The vocals are good and this has one of Dimebag’s best solos ever. Dimebag’s solo is very melodic and technical. A good song with good vocals and good riffs. Phil sounds like a Rob Halford clone during the ending part of this song where Dimebag throws in another great solo.
4.Over and Out- 10/10 A great thrash track that would be right at home on Cowboys From Hell. The chorus still sounds a little hair metal but the rest of the track is thrash metal with some great screams. Dimebag’s solo is great and includes his trademark shredding and whammy bar dives. The one part after the solo is as fast as Pantera gets. This also sounds like a mix of Cowboys From Hell Pantera, early Metallica and Judas Priest. A great song.
5. Proud To Be Loud- 9/10 A great hair metal song with a good riff and strong vocals from Phil. Phil’s hgih pitched screams and the big chorus in this song work great. The lyrics are cheesy but this was 1988. Another great shredding solo from Dimebag and the loud hair metal style drums after the solo work well also.
6.Down Below- 9/10 Another good song that sounds like early Metallica execpt with higher vocals. The riff is great and Dimebag’s shredding solo is faster than any of Kirk Hammett’s solos. Another great vocal performance by Phil Anselmo too.
7.Death Trap- 8/10 Another good song that reminds me of a mix between 80’s Megadeth and Judas Priest. Dimebag’s solo is great and has his trademark shredding and whammy bar dives.A good song but not one of the better songs.
8.Hard Ride- 10/10 A great hair metal song with the excellent mix of loud and quiet vocals. Phil reminds me of Geoff Tate on this song. The riff is excellent too. Dimebag’s melodic shredding solo is great too. One of the better songs on the album.
9.Burnnn!- 10/10 A good fast paced song with more high pitched screams and another great shouted hair metal chorus. Dimebag’s riff is excellent again. Dimebag’s melodic shredding solo is excellent too. A classic.
10. P.S.T.”88″- 7/10 Dimebag takes over lead vocals on this song. This sounds like a mix of Slayer, early Metallica and hair metal. Dimebag’s vocals are good and remind me of James Hetfield a little. The bridge and solo are great and very creative and progressive. A good song but the worst song on here.
I think is a must for any fans of Pantera or good 80’s metal. Judas Priest fans will enjoy this too. Phil’s voice is at it’s best on this album. A perfect mix of hair metal and thrash metal.
Phil Anselmo- Vocals
Diamond Darrell- Guitar
Vinnie Paul- Drums