We couldn’t call this a Metal Music Blog without getting some Pantera covered pretty damn sharpish. If for some reason your record collection doesn’t already contain all their records, kindly get thee to fuck and buy them immediately.
The middle-finger fuck-you attitude of The Great Southern Trendkill, of which ‘Drag The Waters‘ is taken, is still mind-blowing to this day. Just put it in context: Pantera are looking to follow up their then-most successful commercial album 1994’s Billboard-topping Far Beyond Driven. As a band, they’ve gone from being a word-of-mouth underground smash to sudden MTV-darlings. The pressure on them to make a bigger, even more successful record must’ve been immense.
So what did they do? They went and recorded the nastiest, scuzziest, angriest motherfucking album of their careers. From the moment the record erupts with Phil Anselmo’s hellish scream on the title track, to that point 50 minutes later when the unrepenting riff of ‘Sandblasted Skin (Reprise)’ fading out to cold, black silence, this record hits you harder than a headbutt from a Glaswegian Transformer. It hates you, hates the world, and hates your mother so much it would punch her in the neck if it could.