Rating:
8.5
Pantera - Reinventing Hell [Compilation]
29 September 2003


Disc I
01. Cowboys From Hell
02. Domination
03. Mouth For War
04. Walk
05. This Love
06. Becoming
07. I'm Broken
08. 5 Minutes Alone
09. Planet Caravan [Black Sabbath cover]
10. Drag The Waters
11. Where You Come From [live]
12. Revolution Is My Name
13. Immortally Insane
14. The Badge

Disc II [DVD]
01. Cowboys From Hell
02. Psycho Holiday
03. Cemetery Gates
04. Mouth For War
05. This Love
06. Walk
07. 5 Minutes Alone
08. I'm Broken
09. Drag The Waters
10. Domination [live]
11. Primal Concrete Sledge [live]
12. Revolution Is My Name


Best of compilations usually mean a couple of things. On the one hand it could signal the need to deliver an album to the record company for contractual reasons, or it will inevitably signal the end of a band. In Pantera's case, I think it's a combination of the two. With a bitter feud being fought over the Internet between vocalist Philip Anselmo and the remaining members of Pantera, a reunion looks unlikely anytime soon.

With a couple of albums left owing to the record company, an obvious easy way out is to release a best of, which brings us to ?Reinventing Hell ? The Best Of Pantera?. Now unless you're new to Pantera, there's really nothing on this sixteen track album that you wouldn's already otherwise own.

Spread over the course of their career, the set starts from their major label debut ?Cowboys From Hell? in 1990 [?Cowboys From Hell?, ?Domination? and ?Cemetery Gates?] before moving onto the 1992 classic ?Vulgar Display Of Power? [?Mouth For War?, ?Walk?, ?This Love? and ?Fucking Hostile?]. By the time 1994's ?Far Beyond Driven? was released [represented by ?Becoming?, ?I'm Broken?, ?5 Minutes Alone? and Black Sabbath's ?Planet Caravan?], Pantera really had hit the big time.

Perhaps the most aggressive and darkest album the band has released to date was ?The Great Southern Trendkill? in 1996 [?Drag The Waters?], and consequently it confused a lot of their fan base. The live album ?Official Live: 101 Proof? [?Where You Come From?] helped soothe those who thought the band had slipped off the tracks, but things were anything but stable within the band. 2000's ?Reinventing The Steel? [?Reinventing The Steel?] was a bland affair, and also signalled the band members moving onto individual projects, which is still the case as we speak.

As an added bonus to this best of is the inclusion of ?Immortally Insane? [from the soundtrack to ?Heavy Metal 2000?] and the cover of Poison Idea's ?The Badge? [from 1994's soundtrack to ?The Crow?].

Along with liner notes from legendary writer Don Kaye [Kerrang!, Guitar World and Metal Edge], the album also comes with a bonus twelve track D.V.D. featuring all their promotional video clips to date. But again, all except one [?Revolution Is My Name?] have been previously released on the D.V.D. ?3 Vulgar Videos From Hell?.

All up, this is a good compilation for the novice Pantera fan, otherwise pointless for the true die-hard collector. With another album left owing to the label, expect Atlantic Records to release a live album next, with possibly a new D.V.D. to follow at a later date. As for Pantera, expect a reunion at little later down the line with, ?Well we never actually split in the first place? being the punch line.


Band profile: Pantera
Album: Reinventing Hell


 


written by Justin | 12.10.2003


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IllNiñoSweden - 08.11.2007 at 16:41  
I rating this album 10/10, it is the best album in the world now.
Collin - 08.11.2007 at 18:52  
Written by IllNiñoSweden on 08.11.2007 at 16:41

I rating this album 10/10, it is the best album in the world now.


Haha that's a bit over the top. The tracklisting is pretty cool, but if you already have all their albums AND the The Crow OST (for "The Badge") this compilation is quite useless
IllNiñoSweden - 08.11.2007 at 22:49  
Written by Collin on 08.11.2007 at 18:52

Written by IllNiñoSweden on 08.11.2007 at 16:41

I rating this album 10/10, it is the best album in the world now.


Haha that's a bit over the top. The tracklisting is pretty cool, but if you already have all their albums AND the The Crow OST (for "The Badge") this compilation is quite useless


What did you mean? "The Crow OST for The Badge"?
Collin - 09.11.2007 at 09:10  
Written by IllNiñoSweden on 08.11.2007 at 22:49

Written by Collin on 08.11.2007 at 18:52

Written by IllNiñoSweden on 08.11.2007 at 16:41

I rating this album 10/10, it is the best album in the world now.


Haha that's a bit over the top. The tracklisting is pretty cool, but if you already have all their albums AND the The Crow OST (for "The Badge") this compilation is quite useless


What did you mean? "The Crow OST for The Badge"?


I mean that the song "The Badge" was originally released on the original soundtrack of the movie "The Crow"
IllNiñoSweden - 12.11.2007 at 22:36  
Written by Collin on 09.11.2007 at 09:10

Written by IllNiñoSweden on 08.11.2007 at 22:49

Written by Collin on 08.11.2007 at 18:52

Written by IllNiñoSweden on 08.11.2007 at 16:41

I rating this album 10/10, it is the best album in the world now.


Haha that's a bit over the top. The tracklisting is pretty cool, but if you already have all their albums AND the The Crow OST (for "The Badge") this compilation is quite useless


What did you mean? "The Crow OST for The Badge"?


I mean that the song "The Badge" was originally released on the original soundtrack of the movie "The Crow"


I see.
Leper Messiah - 15.06.2008 at 00:54  
Making a Pantera Compilation is quite a fucking headache. I mean their isn't Cemetary Gates, The Sleep, Live In A Hole, Shedding Skin, Slaughtered, Hellbound, Goddam Electric
Judas The Priest - 25.10.2010 at 21:19  
Kinda feels like theres more old stuff than thier new stuff, i love almost every pantera song but it needs some more diversity imo.

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