February 25 marked the 20-year anniversary for PANTERA‘s “Vulgar Display Of Power”, a landmark album widely acknowledged as one of metal’s most enduring and influential masterworks. Recorded by singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, the album has been certified double platinum by the RIAA and features several of the group’s most iconic songs including “Walk”, “Mouth For War”, “This Love” and “Fucking Hostile”.
To celebrate, Rhino channels the album’s relentless blitzkrieg of musical aggression onto a two-disc Deluxe Edition. The CD includes the original album remastered and “Piss”, a recently discovered unreleased track from the recording sessions. The DVD contains an unreleased live performance filmed in Italy in September of 1992 plus the three official music videos from the album.
Due out May 15, 2012 from Rhino, the CD/DVD set will be available at retail outlets, including Pantera.com and Rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $19.98. A version of the release will also be available digitally.
The collection features the debut of “Piss”, an incendiary blast of vintage PANTERA from the original recording sessions. It remained lost until Vinnie Paul rediscovered the track while going through the band’s vault.
“Some parts of [‘Piss’] were taken for other songs, and at the time, it was the only song that did not make the record,” Vinnie Paul told Loudwire. “In PANTERA, we never had songs that didn’t make the record. If we were going to write 11 songs, then we’d write 11 quality songs. Some bands write 40 songs and then hope they have nine good ones in the bunch. That sucks. Why not concentrate on writing 9 great ones and forget the 31 others? Anyway, this song, at the time, didn’t feel right to go on the record, so we put it on the shelf. . . When I started digging through archives, we were happy with it. It is the only undiscovered complete PANTERA track there ever was and it will be part of the package. It should be cool to hear the first new thing from the band since 2000.”
Along with the unreleased song, “Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition)” also features unreleased video of the quartet performing six songs at the Monsters Of Rock show in Reggio Emilia, Italy on September 12, 1992. The set list draws almost exclusively from “Vulgar” (“This Love”, “Rise”, “Mouth For War”), but also includes the title track from their previous album, “Cowboys From Hell”, and a melding of “Vulgar”‘s “Hollow” and “Cowboys”‘ “Domination”, which was a live staple of the band. Video of PANTERA performing live during this era is extremely rare, making the DVD one of the few ways to see them in their prime.
“Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition)” track listing:
* “Mouth For War”
* “A New Level”
* “Fucking Hostile”
* “This Love”
* “No Good (Attack The Radical)”
* “Live In A Hole”
* “Regular People (Conceit)”
* “By Demons Be Driven”
* “Piss” – Previously Unreleased
* “Mouth For War” – Live In Italy
* “Domination/Hollow” – Live In Italy
* “Rise” – Live In Italy
* “This Love” – Live In Italy
* “Cowboys From Hell” – Live In Italy
* “Mouth For War” – Video
* “This Love” – Video
* “Walk” – Video
PANTERA‘s career-overview CD, “The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits!” (Elektra/Rhino), was certified platinum on January 13, 2006 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of one million copies in the U.S. The band’s classic “Vulgar Display of Power” (Elektra) album was certified double-platinum in 2004, signifying shipments of more than 2,000,000 units in the U.S. since its February 25, 1992 release.
Rhino Video in April 2006 released PANTERA‘s “3 Vulgar Videos From Hell” — a three-DVD set featuring all the band’s videos as well as live footage shot during the Monsters of Rock gig in Moscow. Originally released on DVD in 1999, this version features the same content with improved menus and all-new Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. In fact, it is the first PANTERA release ever in 5.1 Surround Sound. It features: “Cowboys From Hell The Videos”, “Vulgar Video”, “3 Watch It Go”, and “Pantera Live From Monsters of Rock In Moscow”.
Dimebag Darrell was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On Dec. 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.