Vince Paul, famed drummer from Pantera and Damageplan, debuts his self-owned label, Big Vin Records, with Rebel Meets Rebel! Rebel Meets Rebel is a collaboration of the Cowboys From Hell (the late Dimebag Darrell on guitar, Vinnie Paul and drums, and Rex Paul on bass) teamed with vocals by country outlaw legend and Grammy winning songwriter David Allan Coe. It is the final full-length recording to include Dimebag, and it is a record that he truly loved.
A collaboration between country legend David Allan Coe, plus Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, and Rex Brown, Rebel Meets Rebel serve as a throwback to the ragged glory of second-string Southern rock acts such as Molly Hatchet and the Outlaws. Fusing the nastiest, most uncompromising elements of the hard rock that made Dime and Co. famous with Coe's rebellious spirit, RMR succeed on tracks such as "Cowboys Do More Dope," "Panfilo," and "Time," though others, especially "N.Y.C. Streets" and "Get Outta My Life" (with Hank Williams III) are less successful, never becoming the fully-formed ideas that constitute great or even very good songs. Ultimately, RMR
will satisfy Dimebag completists while doing little to enhance the late guitar legend's legacy. --Jedd Beaudoin