The ninth and the final full-length studio album by the legendary American Groove Metal band.
"The Live 101" album showed they were a technically talented and mature band. Not only that, but Pantera have had a long time to work on new material for this album. Unsurprisingly, there is very little "reinventing" going on here - Pantera are content to happily regurgitate every single good idea they've had since their much-acclaimed "Vulgar Display Of Power" release, and to their credit, they do it extremely well. On the first couple of listens, much of this come across as just a generic copy of the bands's past recordings, from the production to the actual musical ideas, but deeper probing uncovers a slew of subtle hooks - notably from vocalist Phillip Anselmo - which we haven't heard from this band in years. In particular, "Goddamn Electric" (featuring a typically tuneless guest lead appearance from Slayer's Kerry King), "Yesterday Don't Mean Shit" and "Revolution Is My Name" stand out as the album's finest cuts, each staying very much true to the Pantera sound while offering just enough new elements to shrug off the ever-looming "rehash" tag that has plagued the band for much of their career as a major label recording act.
The cover art is a snapshot taken from the video of "Revolution Is My Name", the first single of the album.
The album reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, number 8 on the Top Canadian Albums chart, and number 5 on the Top Internet Albums chart. It held its position in the Billboard 200 for over 12 weeks. The album's fifth track, "Revolution Is My Name", reached number 28 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. Also "Revolution Is My Name" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2001, but lost to Deftones' "Elite".
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 2, 2000, however, the album has yet to reach Platinum status, making it Pantera's only major label studio album not to reach sales of 1000000.
In the 2000 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards, the album was voted "Album of the Year" and "Album Cover of the Year" (tying with Iron Maiden's "Brave New World" for the latter), while the single "Revolution Is My Name" won "Song of the Year".
The album was ranked at #2 on Guitar World's Readers Poll for "The Top 10 Guitar Albums of 2000".
The depressing end of Pantera’s career can do nothing to diminish the enduring impact of their sizable musical accomplishments, including the formidable final testament unexpectedly delivered by "Reinventing The Steel"!!
Elektra Entertainment Group, A Time Warner Company/Warner Music Manufacturing Europe, 2000 (7559-62451-2 EW851). Made in Germany.
1. Hellbound 2:41
2. Goddamn Electric 4:56
3. Yesterday Don't Mean Shit 4:19
4. You've Got To Belong To It 4:13
5. Revolution Is My Name 5:15
6. Death Rattle 3:17
7. We'll Grind That Axe For A Long Time 3:44
8. Uplift 3:45
9. It Makes Them Disappear 6:21
10. I'll Cast A Shadow 5:22
Total playing time: 43:53