I’ve been thinking of bringing this feature back for a while and well, today seems as good a day as any. So welcome, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages to the relaunch of The Musical Outcast’s Throwback Thursday.
The idea behind this one is pretty simple; I or someone who has requested a song pick a tune from back in the day and tell the world about how awesome it is. Today I have chosen Cowboys From Hell by Pantera.
The track served as the lead single from the band’s major label debut album of the same name which was released back in 1990. The record was in fact the band’s fifth, but it was the first on a major and band members have since said how the album was effectively their debut.
The track itself is just a 4 minute demonstration of why Pantera were absolutely awesome. That main riff has gone down in legend. It along with the song and album as a whole helped define an era of heavy metal. The drums are powerful and the vocal is full of venom but that guitar from Dimebag or Diamond Darrell as he was calling himself at the time steals the show.
Cowboys From Hell is the reason that I and god knows how many other millions of people got into Pantera in the first place. It’s all that’s brilliant about metal; it’s as simple as that.
Now I invite you to join me in turning this son-bitch up real loud and remembering the sadly now departed Dimebag Dirrell and the classic that is Cowboys From Hell.