On May 15, Rhino will be releasing the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power. The CD/DVD features the debut of 'Piss', an incendiary blast of vintage Pantera from the original recording sessions. It remained lost until drummer Vinnie Paul rediscovered the track while going through the band’s vault. Along with the unreleased song, Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition) also features unreleased video of the quartet performing six songs at the Monsters Of Rock show in Reggio Emilia, Italy on September 12, 1992. The set list draws almost exclusively from Vulgar ('This Love', 'Rise', 'Mouth For War'), but also includes the title track from their previous album, Cowboys From Hell, and a melding of Vulgar’s 'Hollow' and Cowboys’ 'Domination', which was a live staple of the band. Video of Pantera performing live during this era is extremely rare, making the DVD one of the few ways to see them in their prime.
Noisecreep spoke with singer Phil Anselmo about the deluxe reissue. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Noisecreep: Phil, what is it about this band that endures like it does?
Anselmo: "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!"
Noisecreep: And the album Vulgar Display of Power – it's also something that endures. Any thoughts on what is so special about this record?
Anselmo: "It's hard to say. Man, it feels just like yesterday that we did that. Maybe it's all the anthems on the record. I love that we knew how to do anthems. But time goes so fast. I'd have to say as far as that album, it was just the attitude that we put into it. So much of the shit we put into that record was attitude, just a ton of attitude in the music."
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Vulgar Display Of Power (Deluxe Edition) tracklisting:
'Mouth For War'
'A New Level'
'No Good (Attack The Radical)'
'Live In A Hole'
'Regular People (Conceit)'
'By Demons Be Driven'
'Piss' – Previously Unreleased
'Mouth For War' – Live In Italy
'Domination/Hollow' – Live In Italy
'Rise' – Live In Italy
'This Love' – Live In Italy
'Cowboys From Hell' – Live In Italy
'Mouth For War' – Video
'This Love' – Video
'Walk' – Video
Check out the video for 'Piss' below: