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“Now, I love Slayer, and I talk about them a lot in my act, but if we’re looking at records that changed me and that I played the most, it’s Vulgar Display of Power.
“I already loved Pantera – I was working at a record store when Cowboys From Hell came out. I even knew who the band was before that one because I was working at another record store when they put out Power Metal. And the thing about that record was… it was lame! [Laughs] If I was working with Pantera at the time, I would’ve told them, ‘Hey, guys, I don’t think this Van Halen thing is working for you. Either find your own style or stop.’ And they found their own style.
“Vulgar is so good and so heavy. Dimebag Darrell invented his own sound – the squealing thing, especially. Every good guitar player has that special thing that they do – the second you hear them, you know who it is. You knew Dimebag. Even when he guested on other people’s records, you could tell it was him. And Phil Anselmo is at the top of his game on this record. He’s so brutal and so mean.
“I remember telling my roommates at the time, ‘If you hear the Pixies coming from my room, it means I’m sad about a girl. If you hear Vulgar Display Of Power, it means I’m pissed off at the world, so you’d better stay the fuck out of my way.’”