Pantera – Cowboys From Hell 1990
Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas, formed by the Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul (drums) and Dimebag Darrell (guitar) in 1981. Bassist Rex Brown would join in late 1981 with vocalist Terry Glaze. In 1987 Phil Anselmo would become the group's lead vocalist. After disbanding in 2003, any hope of a reunion was lost in 2004, when Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on-stage at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio on December 8 while performing with his new band, Damageplan.
Cowboys from Hell is Pantera's fifth album and their first Atco Records album, recorded at The Dallas Sound Lab in Irving, TX and released on July 24, 1990. This was their first commercially successful album, exposing the band's groove metal style to mainstream audiences.
Cowboys from Hell is seen as Pantera's "official" debut by most fans, as well as the band itself as they left behind their glam metal past and began to exhibit a more groove metal-oriented sound.
The album was available on tape, CD, vinyl and a Limited Edition version (Same album but in a long box).
Soon after its release, a logo for the band was made featuring the letters 'CFH' (the acronym of the album title) in a circular design. Philip Anselmo has this tattooed on the side of his head with a ring of barbed wire surrounding it. Many Pantera fans now have this tattoo design on various places on their bodies.
The song "Cowboys from Hell" is featured on the PlayStation 2 game Guitar Hero and a live version of the song is featured in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits.
20th anniversary editions are set to come out in September 14th 2010. They will be digitally remastered. The expanded edition will feature a bonus CD of live recordings. The deluxe edition will feature an additional CD with the previously unreleased track "The Will to Survive" along with demo versions of several songs from the original album.
> Cowboys From Hell
> Primal Concrete Sledge
> Psycho Holiday
> Cemetery Gates
> Clash With Reality
> Medicine Man
> Message In Blood
> The Sleep
> The Art Of Sherdding