PANTERA – Projects In The Jungle

PANTERA - Projects In The Jungle
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Metal Magic
Release date: August 29, 1984

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In the golden years of the 1980s Pantera produced four albums to the Metal world. The band’s sub-genre in Metal in those days was more Heavy / Glam and sometimes was recognized as Speed Metal, unlike their era in the 90s which went to more Thrash / Sludge Metal. Unfortunately, Pantera in the beginning of the 1990s decided to disavow their 80s heritage and start out fresh with a more heavy sound and a new meaning. But, aside from that, the main focus of this review will be on their second album, Project In The Jungle from their classic – older era which was mainly influenced from Kiss and Van Halen, but with a much heavier approach.

The album’s music is everything the Hair / Glam / Heavy Metal fans of the 80s can hope for. In general the music is heavy and melodic and can sweep the listener off his feet. It’s got power that reminds sometimes of Judas Priest and the older era of Accept. For the fans of Dimebag Darrell (R.I.P), which then was called by his Glam name Diamond, can expect an excellent treat with high pitched, fast, melodic and crushing solos that cannot be heard on the band’s 90s era albums. One example is the instrumental track that emphasizes Darrel’s abilities with melodic solos of the 80s era. In the rhythm section, both Darrel and bassist Rex Brown work with good synergy, producing the melodic sound of true Heavy / Glam Metal. Loud high pitched and melodic vocals can also be found from the first class, Terrence Lee, a.k.a. Terry Glaze , that in some parts delivers the screams of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford but with a much less Metallic voice. Lee’s voice contributes to the music, in the more Glam-ish songs, the little touch of sleaziness and mostly the expression of emotions like in the songs “Taking My Life”, “In Over My Head”. The pace by Vinnie Paul gives the music a large part of its power with crushing snare and fast pace double bass that sounds like early Def Leppard and Accept.

Generally, all the songs on the album are good, but Project In The Jungle offers some standout classics like “All Over Tonight”, which has also a video , maybe the only one from that era of Pantera. The song is a melodic Heavy / Glam Metal track, has pounding pace, heavy guitars and a catchy chorus. Another hit is the song “Like Fire” which really gives the real impression of what an 80s Glam song should sound like. ”Killers” is a fast paced, breaking track with a good speed and melodic rhythm and can easily be found in an 80s Thrash / Heavy Metal piece. “In Over My Head” has a small touch of AOR with keyboards and ends up being a good melodic track. Finally, the closing song of the album, “Taking My Life” is a well done combination of AOR and Glam Metal balladry with keyboards which provides the atmosphere with the addition of Lee’s emotive voice.

The album, Project In The Jungle, presents the wild Glam / Heavy Metal side of early Pantera. Some will probably say it was the worst era and others, when the band was around, probably still longed for it to come back. This Metal piece is one of the reminders of a true Metal band that changed its way to march ahead for an alternate future. For the band , the album and the two that came along after, provided a doorway to more turn away from Glam and the conclusion is already known. The most impact on the Metal world came after the band’s decision in 1992 to disavow their earlier albums in the 80s and to put an end to a legacy.


  • Lior Stein

    Lior was a reviewer, DJ and host for our Thrash Metal segment called Terror Zone, based out of Haifa, Israel. He attributes his love of Metal to his father, who got him into bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow, Boston, and Queen. When he was in junior high he got his first Iron Maiden CD, The Number Of The Beast. That's how he started his own collection of albums. Also, he's the guitarist, vocalist and founder of the Thrash Metal band Switchblade. Most of his musical influences come from Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Overkill, and Annihilator.

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