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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.
Rebel Meets Rebel is just what it was supposed to be: a country/metal/rock/blues hybrid. Vinnie Paul describes it perfectly in the C.D. booklet: "It's not metal and it's not country, it's just a get together of country metal minds! Pure Hell raisin', boozin', jammin' fun!"
Mixing country music and heavy metal (which are two very different musical genres) has been done before. One example is when one of ex-Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo's side projects, Down, put sludge metal alongside country-style ballads for their second album, "Down II: A Bustle In The Hedgegrow." But I don't think country and metal has ever been fused together and had such successful results as Rebel Meets Rebel. If, for some odd reason, you can't give this album credit for anything else, at least give it credit for being very interesting.
The music on here is almost always quite heavy, since Dimebag still contributes Pantera-esque guitar crunch to nearly every song, and also includes a few solos. And there are a lot of deep, catchy grooves to be heard, here. There are only a couple of songs when the music sounds like it could have come off of a bluegrass record: as in the title track, when Dime makes his guitar sound like a fiddle, and the closer, "N.Y.C. Streets," which is an acoustic strummed ballad.
David Allan Coe's "Southern fried" vocals are supposed to make or break this record (if you don't like his voice, you won't this album.) That may be true because some fans will surely not get over the fact that he chooses to sing and not scream. But, if you give him a fair chance (or if you like a more melodic vocal style), his vocals are very enjoyable. They help to make Rebel Meets Rebel somewhat unique (if Coe chose to howl like Phil Anselmo, this disc would probably be just like any other Pantera release.) The music may still be heavy, but Coe's clean singing/crooning voice makes this disc sound like a less commanding, less dissonant, more gentle and docile Pantera. And it's not like D.A.C.'s vocals are at all annoying; in fact, they're actually rather catchy.
The album begins with the sound of David Allan Coe and Dimebag Darrell playing slot machines. This is followed by some wah-wah guitar sounds, Rex's grumbling bass notes, and a few R-rated women noises. Then the song (which is called"Nothin' To Lose") launches into an awesome, propulsive groove. The next song is the title track, and it's a highlight because it's a duet between Coe and Dimebag (!), with one singer trading off lines with the other.
Track three, "Cowboys Do More Dope," is probably my personal favorite on here. It begins (and ends) with a cool wall of Gershwin-esque piano, and the rest of the song is a grinding groove. A memorable sing along chorus ("Cowboys do more dope than rock `n' rollers"), and two guitar solos (one of which is wild) are also included, here.
"Panfilo" is a brief interlude. It's described by the band as an "acoustic jam," but the guitars on this song almost sound like they're flamenco.
The next highlight is "One Nite Stands," which is backed by a catchy, chug and churn rhythm and a sweet, wailing Dimebag solo. "Arizona Rivers" is a dreary ballad, but the proceeding song, ""Get Outta My Life" (which features a vocal cameo by Hank III), is maybe the record's heaviest track. It begins with a killer, stomping, blazing riff which wouldn't sound mismatched if it came off of Pantera's 2000 album, "Reinventing The Steel."
The last two songs worth mentioning are the very hooky "Time" and "No Compromise." On the former, Dimebag makes a grinding, lurching rhythm for David Alan Coe's staccato vocals to sing over and the latter song begins with wah-wah guitars which are vaguely reminiscent of the beginning of Pantera's six year old hit single, "Revolution Is My Name."
Unless Vinnie Paul releases the demos from Damageplan's second album, "Rebel Meets Rebel" is the last we'll ever hear from Dimebag Darrell. Thus, this album is recommended for all Dimebag collections. But this disc is a very good, catchy, entertaining, and interesting listen, so it's recommended to every other rock fan (even if you aren't a Dimebag diehard). And even if you're curious what country metal sounds like, you need to get it.