Pantera Challenge - Album 1
Metal Magic (1983) (not really a review, but more notes I jotted down while listening)
So the record intros with a strange faux live Venom/Kiss mashup thingy. I literally thought they were gonna break into "Detroit Rock City" for a second but instead its a song called "Ride My Rocket". Nice bass work by Rex Rocker on "I'll Be Alright". "Tell Me If You Want It", pretty formula for the time, but pretty catchy. Terry Glaze hits some nice highs in "Latest Lover". Token power ballad drenched in keyboards named "Biggest Part of Me" to end side one. "Metal Magic" opens up side two of the record, probably one of the most aggressive songs on the record. "Widowmaker", but riff on the record IMO, started tapping my toe to it. You can hear that trademark Dimebag pitch harmonic that is way overused these days. Trying to get on the radio with "Nothin' On (But the Radio)". "Sad Lover", fun solo work by Diamond Darrell, other than that, song made we wanna kill myself. "Rock Out" takes us off the cliff. The song was longer that it needed to be.
Overall, production is rough, but that is not really on the band. Oh wait, Diamond Darrell and Vinnie Paul's Father Jerry Abbott produced it, so maybe it is. A lot of records like it for the time, but you can feel the enthusiasm the Abbott Brothers have for what they are doing, I can appreciate that. #pantera #panterachallenge #metalmagic #terryglaze #rexrocker #vinniepaul #diamonddarrell #ripvinniepaul #ripdimebagdarrell