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Certified platinum by the RIAA. (11/97)

Probably the heaviest album ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power proved that, even in an era of alternative rock supremacy, heavy metal fans were still a force to contend with. Blending eerie, surging grooves influenced by Black Sabbath with thrashy speed metal riffs, Pantera created a bleak, oppressive disc that captured both ends of the speed spectrum without resorting to cliché, abrupt tempo shifts. Guitarist Diamond Darrell plays with as much crunch as the best Metallica, while vocalist Phil Anselmo screams loud enough to satisfy any GBH fan. Coupled with Vinnie Paul's insistent, double bass-drum onslaught, you're left with a record that's a dentist's wet dream--an album that'll shake the fillings out of even the strongest teeth. --Jon Wiederhorn
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  • Audio CD (February 25, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: February 25, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JOH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
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76 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Alla Koholick on July 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although I personally like Cowboys From Hell better, and Far Beyond Driven is heavier overall, Vulgar Display Of Power remains Pantera's greatest achievement. Influential, technical, catchy, heavy, and to a degree, intelligent.
Phil Anselmo, at one time, did write great lyrics. He covered everything: decay of society, racism, war, peace, self-respect, self-loathing, love, loss of a friend, anger towards parents, hatred, everything. "Hostile," for instance, is a song dealing with teen angst. However, there's no KoRny sludge here. It's a fast-paced romper-stomper that sounds more like an adolescent furiously making a point rather than a 12-year-old whining about not getting a dirt bike for Christmas. Phil's vocal range is good, too. He is mostly using the 'tough-guy' voice, occasionally singing with that amazing choirboy voice of his, and no longer screeching like Plant or Halford. The Abbott brothers, Diamond Darrell and Vinnie Paul, are amazing as usual. Dime's probably one of the best metal guitarists. His solos are never messy, always precise. Vinnie is pretty much the same. Insane double bass. It's not always fast, but precise. The foot-rhythms are nothing compared to the crushing groove of the hi-hat and snare, or the crazy fills. They're both great. Rex Brown fills in nicely with bass. Funky, groovy, and going just as fast as Vinnie and Dime. Truly the stuff of legend.
"Mouth For War" took this album to the top of the pop charts, with its barreling main riff and the unforgettable opening line--"Revenge! I'm screaming revenge again!" "Walk" is a simple, anthemic, Texas-styled metal song, with a great chorus, and even better solo. "Hostile" is a pile driver, "Rise" even faster, with a great riff later stolen by Helmet.
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159 of 189 people found the following review helpful By Ensio N Mikkola on December 18, 2004
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Usually I don't waste my time responding to the idiots who post inflammatory reviews to get noticed but on the off-chance that said idiot was too young when this album came out, I'd like to take them back to 1992. It was a time of great optimism and weariness. A Bush was leaving the White House, Bubba was going in. Ruby Ridge, Somalia, grunge, Starbucks as a household name, "A Few Good Men", blah blah blah.
A band called Pantera released an album called "Vulgar Display Of Power" that shocked critics by debuting at number 1 on the Billboard charts. VDOP wasn't the *first* heavy metal album to chart at no. 1 (that distinction goes to "Slave To The Grind" by Skid Row) but it certainly *was* the heaviest. This might not seem like a big deal in these days of nu-metal where any bunch of wiggers in cargo pants and backwards baseball caps can record an aggro-rap album.
The surprising thing about VDOP is that it has no obvious radio singles. Great songs yes, but no novelty songs, nothing that your grandmother will find herself humming along to, nothing that your Britney Spears listening friends will like. It's just a great album that was screaming to get recognized in a market that was becoming saturated with 'grunge' rock.
I love this album to death. "Mouth For War" and "This Love" are absolutely my favorite metal songs, right up there with "Children Of The Grave" and "War Pigs" by Sabbath and "Highway Star" by Deep Purple. "Walk" is great for listening if you've been disrespected. Who needs alcohol to get that inflated sense of self-esteem eh?
I was saddened to hear that "Dimebag" was murdered recently. I was just getting into these guys again. Great bands don't break up for song and I was thinking how great it would be if Pantera got back together and showed some of these limp biscuits how to grow a pair of [...]. RIP "Dimebag" Darrell!
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on December 28, 2004
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What other critics said about this C.D.:

--Blender magazine included this in their "The 50 Greatest Rawk Albums of All Time" article and said it's "a brooding exercise in listener-as-punching bag, with Phil Anselmo's vocals a savage roar up against Dimebag Darrell's spiteful riffing."
--Entertainment Weekly gave it an "A" grade, and said it's "undoubtedly one of the most satisfying heavy-metal records since Metallica's early-'80s cult days."
--Q magazine: One of the "50 heaviest albums of all time."
--Yahoo music: "With songs as catchy as they are powerful, Vulgar Display may be the group's all-around best album."
--Napster (I couldn't agree more with this description): "A raw, pulverizing, insanely intense depiction of naked rage and hostility that drains its listeners and pounds them into submission."
--Hit Parader magazine has several times listed "Vulgar Display of Power" in their "Top 100 Metal C.D.'s of All Time" list.

Now, my review...:

Pantera albums in order, from best to least best:
1. Vulgar Display of Power
2. Far Beyond Driven
3. Cowboys From Hell
4. Reinventing the Steel
5. The Great Southern Trendkill (it's still a good album, though.)

Like Metallica, Pantera's sophomore effort was slower than their debut, 1990's "Cowboys from Hell," but it was also much heavier and more mature. Pantera continued to release albums (which were increasingly heavy) over the next eight years, and every one of their albums is an epic, but this band shines brightest on 1992's landmark, "Vulgar Display of Power.
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