Reinventing the Steel
Released March 21, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Length 43:53
Label EastWest
Produced by Dimebag Darrel, Vinnie Paul, Sterling Winfield
Reinventing the Steel is the ninth and final studio album by heavy metal band Pantera. It was released through East West Records, on March 21st, 2000.

Album informationEdit

It reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, #8 on the Top Canadian Albums chart, and #5 on the Top Internet Albums chart. The album's fifth track, "Revolution is My Name", reached #28 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks.

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. This is now a collector's item.

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've 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.


  • 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."
  • 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+
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."


  1. "Hellbound"
  2. "Goddamn Electric"
  3. "Yesterday Don't Mean Shit"
  4. "You've Got to Belong to It"
  5. "Revolution is My Name"
  6. "Death Rattle"
  7. "We'll Grind That Axe For A Long Time"
  8. "Uplift"
  9. "It Makes Them Disappear"
  10. "I'll Cast A Shadow"


Additional CreditsEdit

  • Produced, Engineered, & Mixed by Sterling Winfield, Dimebag Darrell, and Vinnie Paul.
  • Kerry King – Outro guitar on "Goddamn Electric"

Charting positionsEdit


Year Chart Position
2000 The Billboard 200 4
2000 Top Internet Albums 5


Year Single Chart Position
2000 "Revolution Is My Name" Mainstream Rock Tracks 28


Pantera studio albums
Metal Magic, Projects in the Jungle, I Am the Night, Power Metal, Cowboys From Hell, Vulgar Display of Power, Far Beyond Driven, The Great Southern Trendkill, Reinventing the Steel
Reinventing the Steel
Hellbound, Goddamn Electric, Yesterday Don't Mean Shit, You've Got to Belong to It, Revolution is My Name, Death Rattle, We'll Grind That Axe For A Long Time, Uplift, It Makes Them Disappear, I'll Cast A Shadow