Any time we mention Dimebag Darrell the name Pantera
is almost guaranteed to be mentioned soon after, and there is a reason for such phenomenon. That
's how most fans want to remember him from. After the murder of Dimebag for a long time I really wanted to love this album by Damageplan
and almost felt bad cringing while listening to it, a lot because of his untimely and tragic death, but also because Dimebag is one of my all time favorite guitarist. He inspired many player to play out of the box and broke all conventional styles by bringing exciting ways to play guitar and still be heavy, technical and yet entertaining.
So it's a not even an argument of how influential his music has been over years and probably generations to come. But I must regrettably list this album as one of Dimebags less than stellar performances and probably more of a tragic memory in by other ways an Iconic career. I cant say that any of the new members is at fault, cause most writing credits seem to go to Dimebag and V.Paul. Bob-Zilla
is an OK bass player and Pat Lachman is a competent singer so this isn't necessarily the reason this album fails. Songs like "Save
Blooded", "Blink of an Eye" are the prime examples of how lame this album gets. Its almost like listening Slayer
attempting to play a Def Leppard
cover, yes not very pretty! After listening to this album, it almost feels like Phil and Rex knew what the Abbott's were up to (musically) and decided to bail out and avoid any association with such disappointment.
All that said the good news is that there are actually 2 songs which actually are really good, "Breathing New Life
" and "Reborn
" are probably what Pantera
fans would had hoped the rest of the album was like. There are a few fillers or okay songs, "Wake
Up" and "Fuck You", the rest of the album is simply not worth a second listen.
Bad news is...well we won't be able to hear Dimebag re vindicate himself. Unless there are any additional recordings we haven't heard yet.
2- non Pantera
fans (fans of Godsmack
3- diehard fans who only care about Dimebag's playing good or bad (there are some decent solo's)
So hear at your own risk!!!!