Pantera’s Great Southern Trendkill Comes to Rock Band

I’m extra excited for this week’s DLC – ten tracks from Pantera’s legendary album, The Great Southern Trendkill.  

This album came out in 1996, when grunge and rap-core were dominating the airwaves, and it was literally music to my ears. The Great Southern Trendkill has some of the fastest and heaviest songs with some of the most meaningful lyrics that symbolize some of the difficult times the band was going through.  

Dimebag Darrell (R.I.P.) has always been one of my favorite guitarists because he always played with such passion. His solo in “Floods” was ranked #15 in Guitar World’s “100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.” It grew even more popular after his death in 2004, becoming sort of a go-to tribute song. I can’t wait to rock out to this on my plastic guitar. Darrell’s brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, will give aspiring drummers a run for their money on most of these songs.

Vocalist Phil Anselmo experiments with a darker style in this album, sometimes layering his voice to create a “demonic” effect. Seth Putnam from the Boston-based AxCx helps him accomplish this as a guest vocalist on “13 Steps to Nowhere.” I’m really looking forward to hearing someone sing the adrenaline-packed “Suicide Note pt. II,” and of course the popular “Drag the Waters” will be a fun one to play, along with the fast and groovy title track.

There is a special place in my heart for this album. It helped get me through the days when I was an angsty 16-year old, pretending to be mad at the world. Pantera is one of those timeless bands that I can see myself listening to until the end of time, and playing these tracks in Rock Band is going to be quite an amazing experience.

Available 5/25:

  • "The Great Southern Trendkill"
  • "War Nerve"
  • "Drag the Waters"
  • "10's"
  • "13 Steps to Nowhere"
  • "Suicide Note Pt. II"
  • "Living Through Me (Hells' Wrath)"
  • "Floods"
  • "The Underground in America"
  • "(Reprise) Sandblasted Skin"

Tracks will be available individually for $1.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and $2.00 on Wii. The pack will be available for $15.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

To discuss this DLC, please visit the official discussion thread on the Rock Band forums.