Riff Police! Pull Over! #128: Audioslave Vs Pantera!

Arguably the Cowboy’s from Hell’s darkest release lyrically was 1994’s “Far Beyond Driven” with vocalist Philip H Anselmo suffering from a pair of ruptured discs in has back and degenerative disc disease and numbing the pain with alcohol, heroin and prescription medication and perhaps the cover art which depicts the act of trephination is a reference to that. Perhaps the legacy of Pantera was already written by the time their seventh studio album came around but while it received mixed reviews in the press, it went down phenomenally well with fans and with classic cuts like “5 Minutes Alone” and “I’m Broken” standing the test of time, it’s a solid album in our eyes.

Supergroup Audioslave got together in 2001; comprising three members of the then on hiatus Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. As unlikely as their combination seemed on paper, three albums in four years together proved that they had what it takes to make quality music together. They worked hard to establish their own sound, inspired by Hard Rock bands of the 70’s, 60’s Funk and Soul acts and a healthy dose of 90’s Alternative music. Now before we go any further, we’ve put these two head to head as a tip of the hat and moment of reflection on the work of a trio of fallen heroes in Chris Cornell, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul; their music and lives should be celebrated and while this entry is in our series remains valid, lets remember that the series is tongue in cheek and just for fun, so don’t go writing in kids. Yes, this is one that has been around the houses and back again but just because it has, doesn’t mean it’s not true. If you play Tom Morello’s riff for “Cochise” from the 2002 debut self titled Audioslave record side by side with Dimebag Darrell’s riff for “I’m Broken” by Pantera from their 1994 record “Far Beyond Driven” then you’ll hear the riffs are closer together than you might think. Seems the Rage Against The Machine guitarist has something to answer to…

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