Reinventing the Steel is the ninth and final studio album by heavy metal band Pantera. Released on March 21, 2000 by EastWest Records, the album is a a return to the groove metal of the group’s legendary sixth album, Vulgar Display of Power.
It was the first Pantera album that Terry Date was absent on. However, the album was something the band has looked back on fondly, as lead singer Phil Anselmo had stopped abusing drugs, and it was a time of brotherhood for the band. Anselmo recalled:
I had kind of cleaned my act up. I had a new fire lit under my ass. Dimebag and I were very close on this one. I showed up for the jam sessions, and I think they were impressed with how I was. I wasn’t fucked up all the time. It was breath of fresh air.
Reinventing the Steel was another successful record for the band. In a 3-star (out of 5) review for AllMusic, Steve Huey called the album “a nonstop assault on the senses, offering no respite from the intensity until the album has stopped playing,” yet he also remarked that the album “comes off as a cut below their best albums.”
The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and spent 12 weeks on the chart. It was certified Gold by the RIAA. Three singles were released from the album, “Revolution Is My Name,” “Goddamn Electric,” and “I’ll Cast a Shadow.”