Reinventing the Steel

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Reinventing the Steel
Pantera Reinventing the Steel.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 2000 (2000-03-21)
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerDimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, Sterling Winfield
Pantera chronology
Official Live: 101 Proof
Reinventing the Steel
The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!
Singles from Reinventing the Steel
  1. "Revolution Is My Name"
    Released: January 23, 2000
  2. "Goddamn Electric"
    Released: March 17, 2000
  3. "I'll Cast a Shadow"
    Released: June 16, 2000
  4. "Hole in the Sky"
    Released: November 21, 2000 (Japan)

Reinventing the Steel is the ninth and final studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on March 21, 2000[1] by EastWest Records.


In Australia a two-disc Tour Edition of the album was released. The first disc consists of the album proper, while the second is an unofficial hits compilation.

Unlike other Pantera releases, two b-sides were recorded during the Reinventing the Steel sessions, those being "Avoid the Light" and "Immortally Insane", found on the Dracula 2000 and Heavy Metal 2000, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre soundtracks, respectively.

Lyrics and style[edit]

Reinventing the Steel contains lyrics mostly about the band itself, as on "We'll Grind that Axe for a Long Time" (where the band members tell about how they have kept it "true" throughout the years, while many of their peers "sucked up for the fame") and "I'll Cast a Shadow" (about Pantera's influence on the genre). There are also songs about their fans, like "Goddamn Electric" and "You've Got to Belong To It". "Goddamn Electric" mentions Black Sabbath, and Slayer, two of the band's main influences. The band members dedicated Reinventing the Steel to their fans, whom they viewed as their brothers and sisters.


The cover art is a photo taken by Scott Caliva (1967-2003) a friend of Phil Anselmo’s. Scott took the photo while attending a party at Phil’s house where a bonfire was built. One of the patrons jumped through the bonfire clutching a bottle of Jack Daniels. Scott captured the moment and it became the cover art for Reinventing the Steel.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press5/5 stars[3]
The Austin Chronicle2/5 stars[4]
Chronicles of Chaos7/10[6]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[7]
Q3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(dud)[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]

It reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, number 8 on the Top Canadian Albums chart, and number 5 on the Top Internet Albums chart. It held its position in the Billboard 200 for over 12 weeks. The album's fifth track, "Revolution Is My Name", reached number 28 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on May 2, 2000,[10] however, the album has yet to reach platinum status, making it Pantera's only major label studio album not to reach sales of 1,000,000.

Rolling Stone (5/25/00, p. 73) – 3.5 stars out of 5 – "Metal-revivalist....relying on the genre's primal elements of rage and analog noise...chopped up with squealing dissonance....brutal enough to please underground purists and familiar enough for weekend headbangers."[9]

Entertainment Weekly (3/24/00, p. 102) – "...resumes their scorched-earth policy with vigor....dropping aural anvils [along] with a dash of inventiveness..." – Rating: B+[7]

Q magazine (6/00, p. 112) – 3 stars out of 5 – "Pantera's attempt to upgrade [Judas Priest's] British Steel-era pure metal spirit....unequivocal heavy metalness."[3]

Alternative Press (7/00, pp. 108–9) – 5 out of 5 – "An undiluted, unvarnished slab of riffs paying distinct homage to Judas Priest's British Steel, and not just in a titular sense, but in basic song construction."[3]

CMJ (4/3/00, p. 32) – "Crammed with everything they've used to revolutionize old-school it could have been easily made in between the quartet's back-to-back classics."[3]

NME (4/15/00, p. 34) – 6 out of 10 – "An unfashionably old-school metal's Pantera's bid to herald the rebirth of bullet-belt, cut-off denim metal....It's a solid album, oozing drunk-as-hell metal spirit."[3]


In the 2000 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards, the album was voted "Album of the Year" and "Album Cover of the Year" (tying with Iron Maiden's Brave New World for the latter), while the single "Revolution Is My Name" won "Song of the Year".[11]

"Revolution Is My Name" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2001, but lost to Deftones' "Elite".

The album was ranked at #2 on Guitar World's Readers Poll for "The Top 10 Guitar Albums of 2000".[12]

A section of "Death Rattle" was used for the 2001 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants called "Pre-Hibernation Week".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pantera[13].

2."Goddamn Electric"4:56
3."Yesterday Don't Mean Shit"4:19
4."You've Got to Belong to It"4:13
5."Revolution Is My Name"5:15
6."Death Rattle"3:17
7."We'll Grind That Axe for a Long Time"3:44
9."It Makes Them Disappear"6:21
10."I'll Cast a Shadow"5:22
Total length:43:53



Additional musicians


  • Sterling Winfield – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Dimebag Darrell – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Vinnie Paul – producer, engineer, mixing


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[14] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[15] 26
Canadian Albums Chart[16] 8
Dutch Albums Chart[17] 55
Finnish Albums Chart[18] 3
French Albums Chart[19] 21
German Albums Chart[20] 18
Irish Albums Chart[21] 31
New Zealand Albums Chart[22] 10
Norwegian Albums Chart[23] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[24] 27
Swiss Albums Chart[25] 84
UK Album Chart[26] 33
The Billboard 200[16] 4


Song Chart (2000) Peak
"Revolution Is My Name" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 28
UK Rock Chart 20
"I'll Cast a Shadow" 15


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