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Release date: 3 July 1990
Style: Groove thrash metal

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Disc I
01. Cowboys From Hell
02. Primal Concrete Sledge
03. Psycho Holiday
04. Heresy
05. Cemetery Gates
06. Domination
07. Shattered
08. Clash With Reality
09. Medicine Man
10. Message In Blood
11. The Sleep
12. The Art Of Shredding

Disc II
[Live: Foundations Forum (1990)]
01. Domination
02. Psycho Holiday
03. The Art Of Shredding
04. Cowboys From Hell
05. Cemetery Gates
06. Primal Concrete Sledge
07. Heresy

[Alive And Hostile EP]
08. Domination
09. Primal Concrete Sledge
10. Cowboys From Hell
11. Heresy
12. Psycho Holiday

Disc III [Cowboys From Hell: The Demos]
01. The Will To Survive
02. Shattered
03. Cowboys From Hell
04. Heresy
05. Cemetery Gates
06. Psycho Holiday
07. Medicine Man
08. Message In Blood
09. Domination
10. The Sleep
11. The Art Of Shredding

Top 20 albums of 1990: 8
Top 200 albums of all time: 163

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Additional info
Remastered and re-released by Rhino Entertainment as an Expanded Edition (2CD) and a Deluxe Edition (3CD). The Expanded Edition features a bonus CD of previously unreleased live recordings and the Alive And Hostile E.P. The deluxe edition features an additional third CD with the previously unreleased demo track "The Will to Survive" along with demo versions of ten songs from the original album.

Guest review by
K†ulu

Rating:
9.5
I have never listened to the pre-Cowboys Pantera. I don't know if it's for the good or for the bad, but I'm a most happy person to have listened to this piece of Thrash metal. I just can't get enough of this record. After listening to the headliners like Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth etc, Cowboys From Hell made me look at Thrash metal with a new, refreshed mentality. The guys from Pantera created something which was quite different from the traditional Thrash, yet at the same time as true as it could be. What else can I say? This album just makes the Big Four sound generic. Just kidding, but still the whole album is a good quality original Thrash metal release.

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metalgemini - 10.05.2010 at 18:31  
Rating: 9 What a discharge power of music....symply funtastic!!!!brillant:banger::metal:
soadbyob - 10.05.2010 at 18:52  
  Agreed amazing
Damage inc. - 28.07.2010 at 05:47  
Rating: 8 Great album
Angelic Storm - 28.07.2010 at 06:35  
Rating: 8 Awesome album! Its just a shame that a small amount of fillers near the end of the album prevents it from being a true classic.
vezzy - 28.07.2010 at 14:46  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 06:35

Awesome album! Its just a shame that a small amount of fillers near the end of the album prevents it from being a true classic.


Don't forget "Primal Concrete Sledge". It's a bit addicting for some reason though.
Angelic Storm - 28.07.2010 at 16:01  
Rating: 8
Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 14:46
Don't forget "Primal Concrete Sledge". It's a bit addicting for some reason though.


I wouldnt really class that song as a filler, although its not as good as the really great songs on the album. I do really love the riff that starts at 1:05 though.
BoxCar Willy - 11.11.2010 at 22:09  
Rating: 6
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 06:35

Awesome album! Its just a shame that a small amount of fillers near the end of the album prevents it from being a true classic.

thats why i gave this album only a 7
Syk - 17.11.2010 at 09:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 16:01
Written by vezzy on 28.07.2010 at 14:46
Don't forget "Primal Concrete Sledge". It's a bit addicting for some reason though.
I wouldnt really class that song as a filler, although its not as good as the really great songs on the album. I do really love the riff that starts at 1:05 though.
Totally agree with ya there. The slightly lesser tracks IMO are mainly 3, also 8 9 & 10, although sometimes I just love Clash with Reality's ending. The Sleep used to be a favourite but I haven't listened to it in a while... maybe they should swap places...

I've made up my mind that Forbidden's 1990 release was definitely a bit better, and along with them I'd say Anthrax make up the top two big-name Americans for the year
Angelic Storm - 17.11.2010 at 11:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Syk on 17.11.2010 at 09:46
Totally agree with ya there. The slightly lesser tracks IMO are mainly 3, also 8 9 & 10, although sometimes I just love Clash with Reality's ending. The Sleep used to be a favourite but I haven't listened to it in a while... maybe they should swap places...

I've made up my mind that Forbidden's 1990 release was definitely a bit better, and along with them I'd say Anthrax make up the top two big-name Americans for the year


What? "Psycho Holiday" a filler? Thats one of the best songs IMO! xD The fillers do start appearing after "Shattered" though, you're right. Although the album returns to high quality at the end with the awesome "Art Of Shredding". <3 "The Sleep" contains an amazing solo, which is a shame, cos the rest of the song isnt that good.

Yup! "Twisted Into Form" and "Persistance Of Time" were two of the best metal releases of 1990. The latter being my fave Anthrax album. Although I like "Sound Of White Noise", I still think it was madness booting out Joey after making such an awesome album...
Lit. - 08.12.2010 at 02:25  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 06:35

Awesome album! Its just a shame that a small amount of fillers near the end of the album prevents it from being a true classic.


The Art of Shredding is NOT a filler track. It's mindblowing.
I do agree however that the other finishers like Medicine Man and The Sleep were fillers.
Aside from them and Shattered, I was blown away with the album. Revolutionary indeed.
Angelic Storm - 08.12.2010 at 12:40  
Rating: 8
Written by Lit. on 08.12.2010 at 02:25
The Art of Shredding is NOT a filler track. It's mindblowing.
I do agree however that the other finishers like Medicine Man and The Sleep were fillers.
Aside from them and Shattered, I was blown away with the album. Revolutionary indeed.


Eh? I never said it was a filler track! If you look at my post above yours, you'll see what I think about that song. I don't agree with "Shattered" being a filler, its one of my faves on the album. lol
Cynic Metalhead - 24.07.2011 at 22:08  
Rating: 9 On this day in 1990 (21 years ago), Cowboys From Hell was released.
musicalkaratekid - 24.09.2011 at 19:58  
Rating: 10 The album that got me into metal itself,such a classic album\m/
Xfushion - 11.11.2011 at 04:40  
Rating: 9 Dime rules, pantera rules and this fucking album also rules
Cuca Beludo - 07.12.2011 at 16:25  
  I heard that Pantera was influence for Nu-Metal. Is this true?
timmoe - 07.12.2011 at 18:56  
  888 votes and a 8.8 rating.
Troy Killjoy - 07.12.2011 at 21:44  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 07.12.2011 at 16:25
I heard that Pantera was influence for Nu-Metal. Is this true?

Maybe image-wise for guys like Fred Durst.
Vod52 - 01.03.2012 at 20:53  
Rating: 10 One most perfect album
doom777 - 09.03.2012 at 23:16  
Rating: 10 Amazing album! one of my favorites!
Neiluria - 31.05.2012 at 23:51  
Rating: 10 Cemetary gates !!!!
An album blessed by the gods
Cuca Beludo - 01.07.2012 at 06:26  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2010 at 06:35

Awesome album! Its just a shame that a small amount of fillers near the end of the album prevents it from being a true classic.


Hm... the last five tracks are more weak than the others, but I don't think these are fillers.
FireLord - 12.10.2012 at 17:44  
Rating: 10 ^:)^ \\m// CFH for ever \\m//
Egigantea - 14.10.2012 at 12:48  
Rating: 9 Well I guess this is how you redeem yourself after being a generic hair metal band for a decade.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2012 at 12:51  
Rating: 8
Written by Egigantea on 14.10.2012 at 12:48

Well I guess this is how you redeem yourself after being a generic hair metal band for a decade.


They might have looked hair metal but didn't play it. And those albums were actually received immensely well back when they were released, by both the press and the public.
JÄY - 14.10.2012 at 22:59  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2012 at 12:51

Written by Egigantea on 14.10.2012 at 12:48

Well I guess this is how you redeem yourself after being a generic hair metal band for a decade.


They might have looked hair metal but didn't play it.


Indeed... I think I may even prefer "pre Cowboys" Pantera.... Less "white trash metal" hahha
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.10.2012 at 11:41  
Rating: 8
Written by JÄY on 14.10.2012 at 22:59

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2012 at 12:51

Written by Egigantea on 14.10.2012 at 12:48

Well I guess this is how you redeem yourself after being a generic hair metal band for a decade.


They might have looked hair metal but didn't play it.



Indeed... I think I may even prefer "pre Cowboys" Pantera.... Less "white trash metal" hahha


Pre Cowboys or Per-Anselmo, because somehow he is the one that brought the white trash element in it.
megadeath13 - 10.11.2012 at 11:53  
  Their true debut!
Illog1cal - 03.01.2013 at 23:35  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2012 at 12:51

Written by Egigantea on 14.10.2012 at 12:48

Well I guess this is how you redeem yourself after being a generic hair metal band for a decade.


They might have looked hair metal but didn't play it. And those albums were actually received immensely well back when they were released, by both the press and the public.


Yes but the press and public were seemingly deluded back in those days. There were far better Hair Metal/Power Metal albums back then that were far less cheesy.
Metropolis_Dream - 08.04.2013 at 22:08  
  Here beginns the "true" Pantera legacy. Some of their absolute classics are here such as the title track, "Domination" or "Message in Blood".
belphegor666 - 08.09.2013 at 04:28  
Rating: 10 3 words: Pantera, Beers & Chicks
Nick K. - 13.11.2013 at 18:43  
  Timeless classic. Also the only Pantera Album with not one single filler
LeKiwi - 08.12.2013 at 16:57  
Rating: 7 Largely filler and a few good tracks.
Jiri - 17.12.2013 at 00:24  
Rating: 10 I ain't hearing the filler, peeps.
deadone - 17.12.2013 at 00:30  
Rating: 8 Medicine Man maybe? Never dug that track.

Album's pretty awesome though.
pkillerjp - 16.02.2014 at 23:25  
Rating: 7 There is some filler definitely but some of Dime's best riffs appear on this album. Cemetery Gates maybe their best song. At least this site isn't like metal archives, where the take the elitist persona and trash everything this band wrote, silly elitists, haha.
deadone - 16.02.2014 at 23:47  
Rating: 8 I never understood Pantera hate.
pkillerjp - 18.02.2014 at 18:32  
Rating: 7
Written by deadone on 16.02.2014 at 23:47

I never understood Pantera hate.


It became cool to hate them I guess, and the major problem with metal fans, is some will hate a band because they become "too popular". It's an immature and almost psychotic trait, because they then dig out other bands of less talent and listening enjoyment and elevate them to horribly exaggerated heights. Dime was a hell of a guitarist, one of kind and everyone else in the band is above average talent wise as well. They definitely were cheesy with the tough guy posturing and white trashy at times, but that's part of the persona. Pantera have at least 2 or 3 albums that have kick ass riffs and great songwriting all over them. Slam a beer, down a shot, and enjoy.
deadone - 18.02.2014 at 23:37  
Rating: 8
Written by pkillerjp on 18.02.2014 at 18:32

Written by deadone on 16.02.2014 at 23:47

I never understood Pantera hate.


It became cool to hate them I guess, and the major problem with metal fans, is some will hate a band because they become "too popular". It's an immature and almost psychotic trait, because they then dig out other bands of less talent and listening enjoyment and elevate them to horribly exaggerated heights. Dime was a hell of a guitarist, one of kind and everyone else in the band is above average talent wise as well. They definitely were cheesy with the tough guy posturing and white trashy at times, but that's part of the persona. Pantera have at least 2 or 3 albums that have kick ass riffs and great songwriting all over them. Slam a beer, down a shot, and enjoy.



Great post man!
Vombatus - 18.02.2014 at 23:54  
  Nowadays, looks like everytime you dislike or hate a band/album is coz it's "cool" to do so. Yep, real deep thinking put into such argumentation (and I'm talking about music in general).


As for Pantera, typical big band I never cared for. Listen a few things, but never appealed to me.
pkillerjp - 21.02.2014 at 19:07  
Rating: 7
Written by Vombatus on 18.02.2014 at 23:54

Nowadays, looks like everytime you dislike or hate a band/album is coz it's "cool" to do so. Yep, real deep thinking put into such argumentation (and I'm talking about music in general).


As for Pantera, typical big band I never cared for. Listen a few things, but never appealed to me.


I disagree. You have it reversed- it's actually every time you say you like a great well known band, you get some weirdo telling you they suck and go check out this -----insert name of really crappy underground band with half the talent of the well known act..it's always amusing though...if you don't like Pantera that's fine, just do not try and tell their fans that a 3rd tier Dark Throne rip off from Scandinavia is so much better, it's insulting and just plain odd. I'll take my Pantera, Slayer, Judas Priest, Metallica, and Mercyful Fate's any day...sorry their well known and "big" for a reason.
Vombatus - 21.02.2014 at 20:09  
 
Written by pkillerjp on 21.02.2014 at 19:07

I disagree. You have it reversed- it's actually every time you say you like a great well known band, you get some weirdo telling you they suck and go check out this -----insert name of really crappy underground band with half the talent of the well known act..it's always amusing though...if you don't like Pantera that's fine, just do not try and tell their fans that a 3rd tier Dark Throne rip off from Scandinavia is so much better, it's insulting and just plain odd. I'll take my Pantera, Slayer, Judas Priest, Metallica, and Mercyful Fate's any day...sorry their well known and "big" for a reason.


It's not one way or another, except if you're dumb enough to think you are always right. Yes, some people will criticize mainstream bands and favor the underground. But the contrary is also very true (as you are just proving yourself). I personally never saw someone comparing random Darkclone with Pantera and if they did, I agree it's quite stupid. However, the amount of times people whine coz someone doesn't like their favorite mainstream band is quite appalling (most recent case over here on MS is that amusing Behemoth review...).

Personally I'm not into "old vs. new" or "underground vs. mainstream" debates coz I like stuff in any of the categories, all of which have their fair share of brilliance and crap. And I'm no longer a 12 years old that doesn't have anything better to do than tell other people my musical tastes are superior, or get offended by such things. Just have to grow up, man.
_deepblack - 27.04.2014 at 14:14  
Rating: 10 One the weirdest bands ever and greatest

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