Sixth full-length album by the legendary Pantera, the parents of Groove and best Groove Metal band ever!
It's hard to speak of this record without first addressing the intense judgement it (and the band) receives for creating a completely fresh, yet classic Thrash album at a time when just about every 80s Thrash band was done for and out of ideas and moving on to Funk/Alternative? Let's get one thing straight here - Thrash got old all by itself way before Pantera got popular.. If you need to blame a band for killing it, blame Metallica. You see what "Black Album" did to the entire genre of Thrash and Heavy Metal in general?
"Vulgar Display Of Power" is groovy, one dimensional, has tons of attitude, and is exactly every word which appears on the cover: a vulgar display of power! Phil sounds like he can kick some ass because he actually could kick some serious ass. Phil was as real a front man as you could find at this point. This is a complete statement executed with absolute conviction and attitude. It's a band captured at the peak of their musical existence at the time where they were most valid. This was the new era of Metal, flat out! It brought back the Hardcore/Punk attitude, but also brought the raw Groove of 70s Bluesy Hard Rock, though a bit down underneath. Dimebag's solos had so much style it was ridiculous. All meat, no salad! This album is like a truck going 110 on the freeway. You better hop on or get out the way!! You can analyze it all day and night and you can love it or hate it. But it will crush you if you don't get out of the way. It's a force to be reckoned with in Metal!!
The title of this album comes from the movie "The Exorcist". The priest asks Raegen to prove she is the Devil, to which she responds "that would be too much of a vulgar display of power".
For the cover, a fan had allowed the band members to punch him in the face. They had to do it over 80 times until they got the right picture!!
Atco Records/Atlantic Recording Corporation/Warner Music, 1992 (7567-91758-2). Made in Germany.
1. Mouth For War 03:57
2. A New Level 03:57
3. Walk 05:14
4. Fucking Hostile 02:48
5. This Love 06:32
6. Rise 04:36
7. No Good (Attack The Radical) 04:49
8. Live In A Hole 05:00
9. Regular People (Conceit) 05:27
10. By Demons Be Driven 04:40
11. Hollow 05:48
Total playing time: 52:48