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Reinventing the Steel

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  • If you’re one of those reviewers that don’t like this album for some reason, I urge you to go back and listen to it a few times. It is really quite an amazing CD. I liked it a lot the first time I heard it, and now, after repeated listenings, I love it. Pantera does not falter here at all. In fact, they sound better than ever. For starters, “Steel” contains two of Pantera’s best songs ever: “We’ll grind that axe for a long time” and “I’ll cast a shadow.” I think these songs hold their own with classics such as “5 minutes alone” and “Drag the waters.” But that’s just the beginning. Every song here rocks. There is not one clinker. “Uplift” kicks my a## every time. “Death rattle” actually scares me, it’s so brutal. “You’ve got to belong to it” is ferocious. I could say the same for every track here, but you get the point. This album doesn’t compromise, doesn’t cop out, doesn’t go soft. It’ll smash your face in.Leave it to Pantera, the hardest band on the planet, to give hard rock fans something to cheer about for once.

    Posted on November 30, 2009