There are 10 days until Christmas, which means there are only approximately 9.6 shopping days left in the holiday season. Chances are you’ve locked down your shopping list and you’ve got it all sorted out (congratulations!), but if you’re like us, you’ve still got some shopping left to do. So Michael Christopher and Michael Marotta of Vanyaland put their Michaelness together to whip up a 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, geared towards the music lover in your life. Yeah yeah, we know, we should have published this shit right after Thanksgiving (turns out we’re as tardy with our publishing as we are with our shopping). But we live in the age of expedited shipping, so buck up, order some of the goods below, or use it as a template as you venture into the commercial brick and mortar war zones this weekend.
A Vulgar Display of Pantera
There was a time, specifically following the release Metallica’s mainstream-tinged Black Album, when a void was left in heavy metal for hardcore fans looking for an abrasive, impressive and original force in the genre. Enter Pantera, who were the undisputed kings of metal with 1992’s Vulgar Display of Power. Photographer Joe Giron was on hand from day one to capture all the madness, debauchery and downtime from the outset — even back to the band’s glam metal days in the late 80s. Checking in at almost five pounds, A Vulgar Display of Pantera is full of hundreds of images — many previously unseen — that chronicle the last time a band not-named-Metallica were looked at as the future of metal.
$31.45, available on Amazon.
— Michael Christopher