RollingStone.com: In the liner notes for the reissue, you say that METALLICA abandoned thrash metal when they released The Black Album, and that you guys saw that as an opportunity. How explicitly was that talked about in the studio back then?
Vinnie Paul: “I think the biggest goal of the whole record was to top Cowboys From Hell. We thought that with Cowboys From Hell we got really close to getting the definitive Pantera sound that we wanted. We felt like the songs were really moving in the direction that we had grown into as a band, and we just were really, really hungry. We got in there and we worked so hard. Our intention was just to be a heavy metal band. When Metallica put out The Black Album, it was kind of a letdown to a lot of fans and we felt like that was a window of opportunity for us to go ahead and step up to the front of the heavy metal plate.”
RollingStone.com: What lies ahead for the band's legacy? Is there any chance of performing the material live in any configuration, or putting out additional archival material?
Vinnie Paul: “Stuff has always come out every two years consistently, so two years from now you'll be looking forward to the 20th anniversary of Far Beyond Driven, and four years from now the 20th anniversary of The Great Southern Trendkill, and on and on. So it will just keep building and keep growing. And the music will be untouched. It stands the test of time. It's better left as it is. It really was a great time and a time period, and it's time for all of us to move on with all of the other things that we're doing. And we're all doing our own thing and happy about it. But Pantera definitely was special.
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The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Vulgar Display Of Power is a CD/DVD which 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.
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: