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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
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I have bought over 50 CDs in first 3 months of 2008, and this is by far one the best.
Anyone who doesn't "get" what these guys are doing here should stick to their pubescent idea of metal and go buy some CDs with pentagrams on the cover so the music will feel 'heavy' for them. Anyone who's been a Pantera fan from the beginning should love this!
RIP Dimebag - you never knew me, but you are with me everyday via the huge legacy you've left all of us with your unique and beautiful music. You are truly missed.
But Rebel Meets Rebel - a collaboration between controversial Ohio country star David Allan Coe ("Take This Job and Shove It") and controversial Southern heavy-metal rockers Pantera ("Walk") - could change that. The disc offers 12 solid tracks of grooving, aggressive riffs topped with genuine, gritty country-and-western vocals.
Adding a bittersweet note to the booze-and-women attitude of the record is the fact that Rebel Meets Rebel marks the first posthumous release of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The revered guitarist was shot by a crazed fan at a Damageplan concert on December 8, 2004. (Damageplan was Abbott's first project after the breakup of Pantera. Rebel Meets Rebel was recorded between 1999 and 2003, the plan being to release it after Damageplan's second album.)
Journalists have often asserted that neither Coe nor the Pantera alums changed what they did to fit Rebel Meets Rebel. There is a certain degree of truth to this, as Coe is as country as ever and the "Cowboys from Hell" rock out quite convincingly. Yet there is a definite give and take to the sound, with Abbott and Co. giving.
It is hard to imagine a riff like the hip-shaking backbone to "Rebel Meets Rebel" (yes, that's the name of the group, the album and the song) on a Pantera record, to say nothing of the improvised acoustic track "N.Y.C. Streets." And "One Night Stands" is an amalgamation of country clichés, albeit a very distorted one, from the vocals to the riffs to the guitar lead.
There's even the occasional fiddle solo or honky-tonk piano intro. Rebel Meets Rebel doesn't sound like David Allan Coe fronting Pantera, and that's a good thing.
Virtually every track on the album stands out. First single "Nothin' to Lose" is a white-trash ride through the gambling world, while "Cowboys Do More Dope" packs more humor, catchiness and attitude into one song than anything in recent memory. "Panfilo" showcases Abbott's little-known skill for acoustic guitar, leading into the pensive-but-heavy "Heart Worn Highway."
"Get Outta My Life" features guest vocals from country singer Hank Williams III, who also played bass in ex-Pantera singer Phil Anselmo's ultra-heavy Superjoint Ritual project. Also, though both Coe and Pantera are known for their racial insensitivity (the cover of Rebel Meets Rebel sports a Confederate flag), "Cherokee Cry" paints a sympathetic portrait of American Indians ("Digging up our sacred grounds / Won't you leave the dead alone? / Let the eagle fly and the buffalo roam / And give us back our home").
All in all, Rebel Meets Rebel is a fantastic album, combining genres with an unusual degree of success. It will prove an enduring testament to Abbott's talent and versatility as a musician.