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Cemetery Gates by Pantera
Album: Cowboys From HellReleased: 1990
The guitar solo ranked 35 in Guitar World's 100 greatest solos of all time. Said Dimebag Darrell: "I got home with a pretty good buzz on, picked up my axe, turned on the four-track, cranked it loud as hell with the loose buzz theory that anything and everything goes, and just played it, I played three solos back-to-back, didn't bother listening to them, crashed out not so happy. The next morning I woke up thinking I had a lot of work to do. I almost started from scratch but then I decided to slow down and listen. So I fired up the four-track, put my ears on and bam! Lo and behold, there it was! The first lead I played the night before was it for sure. Hey man, the second and third weren't bad, but the first had that first-take magic! I didn't touch it." (thanks, Kevin - Sandy, UT)
The song was the longest Pantera ever recorded, clocking in at 7:03.
The lyrics lament the death of a female lover and the narrator reflects on rejoining her in the afterlife. Regarding the lyrical inspiration, Phil Anselmo told Music Photocalypse
: "There was a friend who had died in New Orleans and it had a real heavy impact within my group of friends."
On their 1986 album The Queen Is Dead
, The Smiths have a completely different song called "Cemetry Gates
." You wouldn't guess, but The Smiths are one of Phil Anselmo's favorites. "I adore them," he said in his Songfacts interview
. "Tongue-in-cheek humor, dark humor. Excellent musicianship, excellent songs."