Album Comparisons: Cowboys From Hell
Cowboys From Hell is not Pantera's first album, despite what these (mostly) DFW area natives would have you believe. As any Google or Wikipedia search will reveal, Cowboys was preceded by a total of four independently released albums dating back to the early 1980s, most of them done in a glam metal style with big '80s hair and prominently featured synthesizers. It wasn't until their fourth release, Power Metal, and the addition of new vocalist and Louisiana native Phil Anselmo, that the band's style moved confidently in the direction of the overdriven groove metal for which they are now well known. Since signing with a major label and issuing this 1990 heavy metal classic, the band has worked to close the doors on their previous hair metal and spandex existence, declining to discuss or acknowledge their earlier efforts which nevertheless live on as bootlegs, with actual authentic original copies now commanding premium prices in the second hand market. In 2010, a deluxe, remastered version of this retroactively designated "debut" album was released in celebration of its 20th anniversary. How does it compare to the original 1990 release?