DARRELL LANCE ABBOTT
REST IN PEACE.
August 20, 1966 – December 8th, 2004
August 20, 1966 – December 8th, 2004
It took Rolling Stone 40 years to finally discover the greatness of KISS. That should be a ground-breaking embarrassment to this magazine. Hell, it only took a hiccup for Rolling Stone to know who Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was; he made the cover of Rolling Stone before KISS did. That’s pathetic. With an unsuccessful bid to glamorize Dzhokhar Tsarnaev behind them, Rolling Stone still goes about their way, as if they’re the authority on pop culture, politics and world affairs.
As a lifelong KISS fan, it’s bitter-sweet for me to see that they’re on the cover of Rolling Stone. I guess once you’re accepted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Rolling Stone wants a piece of the popularity pie. If you minus the KISS cover and KISS feature story from this issue, the remaining magazine can be useful for cat litter box liner.
When Pantera’s Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell formed their supergroup Damageplan, the result was unfortunately 1 studio album: New Found Power. The late Dimebag Darrell is ultra-blazing on guitar, while Pat Lachman (vocals), Bob Zilla (bass) and of course, drummer Vinne Paul all lash out some of the most amazing Metal that was released in 2004.
I recently combed Amazon.com to see what New Found Power is selling for. Are y’all ready? Try: $42.72 (U.S.) as a new (unopened) CD. Yup. Guess what else? There were NO used copies of New Found Power for sale on Amazon.com. I consider myself lucky, for I bought this Damageplan CD (new) a few years ago, at f.y.e for about $18.00 (U.S.). In Metal conclusion, the physical CD of Damageplan New Found Power is out of print.
Apparently, if you have an enormous arrow, um, cross/devil tail on your back, which is pointing straight down to your fanny… then life must be very, very eventful for you. All kidding aside, I bought this sophomore CD, Going To Hell, by The Pretty Reckless due to its cover. Oops, I meant due to its Hard Rock. Besides, listening to this CD makes me feel like there truly is a young generation of Rockers that really do get it. Metal be thy name.
During breaks from their full-time touring and recording, from 1999 to 2003, three-quarters of the iconic PANTERA (Vinnie Paul, Rex Brown and Dimebag Darrell) joined Metal forces with the legendary Country Outlaw, David Allan Coe, to form a band and record an album appropriately called: Rebel Meets Rebel (Big Vin Records). D.A.C. and CFH (Cowboys From Hell). A new brand of Metal was born!
I remember like it was yesterday, when I bought Rebel Meets Rebel! I was happier than a farm hog in a pit of stinky hot mud, as I trotted out of my local Super Walmart with this CD in hand. Hell, this was a CD that boasted the guitar prowess of (the late) Dimebag Darrell! From the first moment Nothin’ To Lose started playing, I knew this supergroup was beyond special! I played this CD multiple times everyday, for at least a year! That’s how much I enjoyed this CD and STILL DO enjoy it!
Rebel Meets Rebel is a keeper for life, for me. This CD is so rich with the spirit, vibes and sounds of Country/Southern Metal that it’s dizzying to put into words! Believe me, I consider it a blessing that these four legends decided to record these twelve songs together. It’s just so sad that Dimebag Darrell was not here to see Rebel Meets Rebel released; as it was truly embraced by his fans and climbed the Billboard Album Charts.
From many a PANTERA interview and article I’ve read over the years, combined with this CD’s liner notes, Dimebag Darrell was a huge fan of David Allan Coe. I can understand why. David Allan Coe’s resume speaks for itself and his rebellious songs are stuff of Country Music legend. David Allan Coe’s vocals just comes across as his being one tough son-of-a-bitch and gritty Rock ‘N Roll outlaw, while he surely savored every moment, on every song this CD has to offer! David Allan Coe is credited with writing all the lyrics for these songs as well.
Dimebag Darrell is superb on guitar, his licks and riffs being so freaking heavy as shit! When anyone ever asks me what Country Metal is, I respond: Rebel Meets Rebel and D.A.C. with the CFH! Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown are (of course) terrific on drums and bass, respectively. Man, as I write this, I get so pissed off that Dimebag Darrell was taken from us all; he never deserved to die so young and so violently by a psychopath. As fans, we are truly blessed to have the music that Dimebag Darrell has left for us.
My favorite song (out of favorite songs) on Rebel Meets Rebel is: Cowboys Do More Dope. I just love, love that song! It’s a song that puts me in a freaking great mood in a micro second! It may not be the fastest Metal song ever; yet it’s one of the heaviest of Metal songs I’ve ever enjoyed, time and again! To paraphrase what David Allan Coe writes in the liner notes: this was to be the first time that the Country and Metal genres were to fuse in such a circumstance; however, Metallica and Garth Brooks get credit for doing it first. It figures. Despite how the timeline of events happened, as David Allan Coe wrote in the CD’s liner notes: “we are the real deal as they say, we are the Cowboys From Hell, that’s for real.”
This Rebel Meets Rebel CD is the real Metal deal; it’s a thick and potent slice of imperative Metal history that can never be forgotten!
Metal be thy name. – Stone
Above: Guitar World – May 2000
“Dimebag” Darrell Lance Abbott, was murdered by a cowardly monster, back on December 8th, 2004. We shall never forget nor stop loving Dimebag. He’s forever with our Metal community; within our hearts, souls and ears.
PANTERA – On September 14, 2010, Rhino Records released the 3-CD Deluxe Edition of Cowboys From Hell. PANTERA rules. Originally released back on July 17, 1990, on Atco Records, this was the album that catapulted PANTERA as a relentless and blazingly bad-ass live band. Metal be thy name, that is the truth. 2010 ushered in the 20th Anniversay of Cowboys From Hell, whoa… seems like yesterday to me when this unreal great album came out. Cowboys From Hell marked the fifth studio album from PANTERA… the first four being on their own label called Metal Magic. PANTERA rules.
It’s an endless Metal debate, as to which PANTERA album is the very best. I like to go with Cowboys From Hell, Vulgar Display Of Power and Far Beyond Driven as my personal top three. Hell, it’s very difficult for me to pin one PANTERA album against another. PANTERA rules. As I see it, PANTERA was the pit bull in the backyard, that was set loose to protect and spread the cause of Metal in the decade of the ’90’s… and they did just that and then some. Metal be thy name.
There is one demo, that was never released before, on disc 3 (the demo disc) which is The Will To Survive. Whoa, do I like this song a Metal ton. Phil Anselmo sounds like Rob Halford… or can I say has some heavy duty Rob Halford influence in his vocals, on this demo. After listening to this song a couple dozen more times… I will even make a Metal stretch by saying, that I hear a bit of Geoff Tate in the vocals of Phil Anselmo too. The Will To Survive of course was written and had it’s parts recorded well before there was a Vulgar Display Of Power, even before Cowboys From Hell.
I’m calling The Will To Survive demo a hidden Metal treasure. Why? For one, it’s not a song I would have expected to hear on this deluxe edition of Cowboys From Hell. Sure, the thought crossed my mind of maybe hearing something from the Metal Magic era of PANTERA… only this song surpasses what I initially thought it would sound like, both in it’s Traditional Metal style and sound. Trust me… the late and ultra legendary Dimebag sounds fabulous on guitar too, giving The Will To Survive a Speed Metal/Power Metal vibe that really leaves me whining for more.
If there were more hidden Metal treasures like The Will To Survive still on tape somewhere… locked away… I pray that Vinnie Paul, Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo would turn ’em loose on us fans someday, with one entire CD of PANTERA songs that have NEVER been heard before in any form. PANTERA rules.
Why do I keep stating “PANTERA rules” throughout this post you may query? There really is nuthin’ to question here… PANTERA F’N RULES. Always did… always will. Call me a PANTERA fan boy? Hell, I’m not alone there and I’m in good company, thank you very much. Plus, I’m damn proud to be one. Yes, I strongly urge any and all fans of Metal and of course, PANTERA, to get a copy of this Cowboys From Hell – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.
* Recently, I interviewed Phil Anselmo for my very good Metal Buddies over at HARD ROCK HIDEOUT. You can check out this HARD ROCK HIDEOUT exclusive by clicking the large link below or by clicking any HARD ROCK HIDEOUT link you see here.
*An abbreviated breakdown of the 3 disc Cowboys From Hell – 2oth Anniversary Deluxe Edition:
* Disc 1 is the Cowboys From Hell studio album remastered. Disc 2 contains 12 live songs. Disc 3 has 11 demos from the Cowboys From Hell sessions, which includes The Will To Survive.
LONG LIVE THE METAL OF PANTERA!
REST IN PEACE, DIMEBAG.
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