Editors’ Notes Phil Anselmo and Dimebag Darrell Abbott (here as “Diamond” Darrell) transformed Pantera at the onset of the ‘90s into a band that would change heavy metal music forever with Cowboys from Hell. Their grinding power would eventually grow even more subversive, but on Cowboys it begins the climb. The title track has amazing elasticity to its groove. “Primal Concrete Sledge” takes thrash-metal hysteria and crunches it into new form. “Psycho Holiday” brings out Anselmo’s unusual vocal attack that uses a battering roar to deliver its points (and a few well-times Rob Halford-like screams). “Cemetery Gates” is a complex seven-minute piece. “Shattered” lets Anselmo reach for the high notes one last time. “The Art of Shredding” acts as a statement of things to come but is still plenty more varied than the genre would become outside of them. The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition includes just about all you could want: live recordings, many previously unreleased, and 11 demos, including “The Will to Survive,” a song that didn’t make the final album and is a natural bridge between old and new Pantera.

SONG
Cowboys from Hell
1
4:08
 
Primal Concrete Sledge
2
2:13
 
Psycho Holiday
3
5:19
 
Heresy
4
4:46
 
Cemetery Gates
5
7:02
 
Domination
6
5:03
 
Shattered
7
3:24
 
Clash with Reality
8
5:16
 
Medicine Man
9
5:14
 
Message In Blood
10
5:10
 
The Sleep
11
5:45
 
The Art of Shredding
12
4:19
 
Domination (Live from Foundations Forum Metal Convention, 1990)
1
4:57
 
Psycho Holiday (Live from Foundations Forum Metal Convention, 1990)
2
5:25
 
The Art of Shredding (Live from Foundations Forum Metal Convention, 1990)
3
5:47
 
Cowboys from Hell (Live from Foundations Forum Metal Convention, 1990)
4
5:02
 
Cemetery Gates (Live from Foundations Forum Metal Convention, 1990)
5
7:01
 
Primal Concrete Sledge (Live from Foundations Forum Metal Convention, 1990)
6
3:51
 
Heresy (Live from Foundations Forum Metal Convention, 1990)
7
5:12
 
Domination (Live from Monsters In Moscow Festival, 1991)
8
7:01
 
Primal Concrete Sledge (Live from Monsters In Moscow Festival, 1991)
9
3:17
 
Cowboys from Hell (Live from Monsters In Moscow Festival, 1991)
10
4:16
 
Heresy (Live from Monsters In Moscow Festival, 1991)
11
4:59
 
Psycho Holiday (Live from Monsters In Moscow Festival, 1991)
12
5:49
 
The Will to Survive (Demo)
1
4:15
 
Shattered (Demo)
2
4:47
 
Cowboys from Hell (Demo)
3
4:06
 
Heresy (Demo)
4
4:42
 
Cemetery Gates (Demo)
5
5:19
 
Psycho Holiday (Demo)
6
5:09
 
Medicine Man (Demo)
7
4:52
 
Message In Blood (Demo)
8
4:57
 
Domination (Demo)
9
4:45
 
The Sleep (Demo)
10
6:15
 
The Art of Shredding (Demo)
11
4:11
 
Cowboys from Hell
12
4:07
 
Cemetery Gates
13
5:45
 
Psycho Holiday
14
5:20
 
The Art of Shredding (Live 1990)
15
4:30
 

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