Rob Halford, Cristina Scabbia, and Morbid Angel’s David Vincent Pick Their Favorite Songs off Pantera’s ‘Cowboys from Hell’

1990-cowboys-from-hellTwenty-four years ago on this day, July 24, Pantera released their fifth album, Cowboys from Hell. This landmark album contained now-classic songs such as “Primal Concrete Sledge,” “Cemetery Gates,” “Domination,” “Psycho Holiday,” and the ripping title-track. Here, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil and David Vincent of Morbid Angel talk about their favorite tracks off the album.

MORE PANTERA: Read our story on the making of ‘Cowboys from Hell,’ featuring interviews with Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, and Vinnie Paul.

Rob Halford, Judas Priest
“Cowboys from Hell”
“It was the first song I ever heard from them and it struck a chord. I saw the video on MuchMusic TV in Canada when priest were in full production rehearsals for the Painkiller tour up there. I felt the same way when I heard “Man in a Box” by Alice in Chains: I thought, Here we go. This is a band that is going to change the music landscape around the world. And they did. The complete vibe from the way they sounded, looked, and performed was extraordinary and unique. A new style of metal was created by Pantera.”

David Vincent, Morbid Angel
“Cowboys from Hell”
“I was at Morrisound Studios in Tampa working on [Morbid Angel's] ‘Blessed Are the Sick’ and someone brought ‘Cowboys from Hell’ into the control room and said, ‘You guys gotta check this out!’ So my first listen was a double-barrel full-blown studio-control-room listen–awesome! The guitar sound and the groove hit me right int he gut first listen. It has a lot of personality and I knew the band was destined for big success. Dime’s signature riffing and Phil’s ability to push extreme vocals into t he mainstream have earned them a permanent spot on the high court of metal!”

Cristina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil
“Cemetery Gates”
“‘Cemetery Gates’ shows that metal bands can be fantastic in writing ‘ballad-like’ songs. I love the combination between the heavier parts and the dramatic sense of depth in the slower part. I first heard the song in a metal pub in Milan, my hometown, years ago, and it still has an impact on me. It reminds me when I was hanging out with my old friends. Music is always an excellent way to bring back memories. Plus, Pantera are definitely one of the bands that influenced Lacuna Coil. We’ve been lucky enough to play with them all in their other bands–Superjoint Ritual, Down, Hellyeah–and they’re very cool people, too. Much, much respect to Pantera.”

 

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  • Norman Carlisle

    The whole fucking album is what I call A classic, It made me focus even more on my playing, Cause I was so into Dime’s style. Even though when I lived in Oklahoma., A dude had their early shit like Metal Magic…….

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