Cowboys from Hell
Most critics lauded the album, which proved to be one of the most important albums in the metal scene in the 1990s and of all time, inspiring a generation of artists, particularly guitarists. Cowboys from Hell was ranked the 19th most influential heavy metal album of all time by IGN.
Vulgar Display of Power
Vulgar Display of Power was met with critical praise at its initial release. Many reviews appreciated Darrell’s guitar work on the album, particularly his usage of heavy riffs and tone to create the tone for the album. Reviewers also noted a shift in Anselmo’s vocals from prior releases, with him employing deeper growls and forceful vocals to complement the catchy riffs and angry lyrics.