Pantera, 'Vulgar Display of Power': Phil Anselmo Reminisces on the Album's 20th Anniversary (EXCLUSIVE)
This year marked the 20th anniversary for Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power, one of the most influential heavy metal album of all time. Recorded by singer Phil Anselmo, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul, 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."
In honor of this, on May 15 Rhino is releasing a two-disc Deluxe Edition of Vulgar Display of Power. The CD includes the original album, remastered, and "Piss," a recently discovered unreleased track from the recording sessions. The DVD contains a previously unreleased live performance filmed in Italy in September of 1992, plus the three official music videos from the album.
Noisecreep has the pleasure of speaking with Anselmo about the album and the band's storied legacy.
Phil, what is it about this band that endures like it does?
I don't know if you saw Pantera back in the day but the way we connected with the audiences was so unique, to say the least. We were just guys that were fans of music, too. So when it came to fans, our stage was their stage and vice versa. Our ace in the hole, I think, was our absolute identity with our audience. Fuck, we had the best audience and we still do!
Watch Pantera's "Mouth for War" Video
And the album Vulgar Display of Power – it's also something that endures. Any thoughts on what is so special about this record?
It's hard to say.