The 70’s had Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut. The 80’s, Metallica’s Ride the Lightning. Cowboy’s from Hell was arguably the 90’s metal album that shaped the decade in metal that would follow. Like those other albums, this was not to be the band’s greatest work, but it was the point at which the game was changed. Anselmo’s brutal vocal and cocky swagger, Dimebag’s innovative and masterful guitar playing, and Vinnie and Rex’s water tight rhythm section combine to set the template for much of the greatest heavy music that we have heard since. In equal parts heavy, groovy and evocative, Cowboys from Hell is an excellent and truly compelling slice of Heavy Metal.