The “New” Pantera Song Sounds Old, Rad

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On August 31, Pantera will debut a new demo track on their Facebook page called “The Will To Survive” — four-minutes-and-fourteen minutes of pure hair metal gold that appears on the third “Demos” disc of the forthcoming 20th anniversary reissue of Cowboys From Hell.

Let me just tell you — people are getting all excited about this, and they should be. But the song sounds…well, very late ‘80s hair metal, and one listen and you’ll know why it didn’t make the final album cut. You will wish you were wearing tights and not caring about AIDS five seconds in.

I got the advance of the re-issue the other day, and its just fun. It sounds like it could’ve been the closing theme to a bad Warriors rip-off. I mean, it opens with some sick bass lines and Dimebag’s signature guitar playing is there — in fact, Dime’s riffs are the only thing that sound even remotely Cowboys From Hell-ish. It sounds like it should have been a demo for Power Metal and not Cowboys, that’s for sure.

Phil comes in with the high-pitched clean screams and vocals, and the chorus is a bona fide fist-pumper. Then, Dime comes in with his serious riffage again, and you just miss that dude so much. What a fucking tragedy! Anyways, it’s good to hear something we’ve never heard before from Pantera because that means there’s likely other stuff out there we haven’t heard yet. I can’t wait to hear the unreleased demo tracks they’ll pull together in two years for the 20th anniversary re-release of Vulgar Display of Power, because you know its going to happen.

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