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VNVNV, February 27th, 2007

Extreme Steel Plus is an ep that can be described as just perfect, the only downfall is that it is 33 minutes short. It also features some songs that were previously only released on singles. Also included are one Ted Nugent cover and two Black Sabbath covers.

“Revolution is my name” and “Hollow” show off your typical Pantera-style songs, filled with out of this world riffs, heavy fitting lyrics intermixed with great softer periods. If these songs do not draw you in and make you forget about your own personal problems for a while then I don’t know what will.

“Catch Scratch Fever”, a Ted Nugent classic is reworked and brought up to a new extreme level of classic. The madman himself would be proud to hear his new heavier classic performed by a fellow guitar master.

Planet Caravan gives Dimebag a chance to showcase his excellent soft touch, as well as to pay tribute to Black Sabbath. On a side note if you really appreciate Dimebag’s soft touch I would also recommend his tribute to Ace Frehley on “Spacewalk”. “Hole in the sky” is another Sabbath classic that Pantera just makes their own.

The remaining tracks are live versions of two classic Pantera songs (“Walk” and “Fucking Hostile”) that will never fail to get your adrenaline pumping.

This is an excellent EP that combines true classics, excellent tributes, and gives you a chance to hear Pantera perform live as well.