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Pantera

    The preeminent metal band of the early to mid-'90s, Pantera put to rest any and all remnants of the '80s metal scene,almostsingle-handedlydemolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anything but passé.Loathe toadmit it, the Texasband had infact been one of those '80s metal bands, releasing fairly unsuccessful (and laterdisowned)glam-inspired music throughoutmuch of the decade.The about-face came with the addition of vocalist PhilAnselmo, and thekey turning point was the band's major-labeldebut, Cowboys from Hell(1990). Pantera's mainstreambreakthrough c ...read more

    The preeminent metal band of the early to mid-'90s, Pantera put to rest any and all remnants of the '80s metal scene,almostsingle-handedlydemolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anything but passé.Loathe toadmit it, the Texasband had infact been one of those '80s metal bands, releasing fairly unsuccessful (and laterdisowned)glam-inspired music throughoutmuch of the decade.The about-face came with the addition of vocalist PhilAnselmo, and thekey turning point was the band's major-labeldebut, Cowboys from Hell(1990). Pantera's mainstreambreakthrough came nextwith Vulgar Display of Power (1992), their second major-label album, which thrust theband to theforefront of the metalscene, alongside such veteran bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, andAnthrax, as well as fellow up-and-comers Sepulturaand White Zombie. By the time Pantera unleashed Far Beyond Driven (1994), after twolong years oftouring, they werethemost popular metal band in the land: the new album debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 as itsleadsingle, "I'm Broken," wasgettingmassive airplay.

    At the height of their popularity and influence, Pantera began to self-destruct. Less than two months after the release ofTheGreatSouthernTrendkill (1996) -- an album ridden with allusions to drug abuse and personal destruction -- Anselmooverdosedon heroin afterahomecoming concert in Texas, and as tensions rose between him and his fellow bandmembers, hebeganengaging with a growing list ofsideprojects that kept him away from Pantera. A live album, Official Live: 101 Proof(1997),was compiled for release when it becameevidentthat no new studio album was forthcoming any time soon. One finalstudioalbum did result, Reinventing the Steel (2000), but that wasmoreor less it for the briefly reunited Pantera. Thebandmembersonce again went their sperate ways, forming such bands as Damageplan,Down,and Superjoint Ritual.

    The end of Pantera then became official on December 8, 2004, when guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered on-stage byaderanged fan.Thismuch-publicized murder shone the spotlight back on Pantera for an extended moment, and amid all oftheemotional outpouring andtributes, aconsensus arose: in retrospect, there was no greater metal band during the early tomid-'90s than Pantera, who inspired a legionof rabid fansand whose oft-termed "groove metal" style bucked all prevailingtrendsof the day -- from hair metal and grunge to nu-metaland rap-metal --and remains singular to this day, as defined bythevocals of Anselmo as it is by the guitar of Dimebag. « hide

    Similar Bands: Exhorder, Sepultura, Damageplan, Machine Head, Down

    LPs
    Reinventing The Steel
    2000

    3.4
    1,198 Votes
    The Great Southern Trendkill
    1996

    3.7
    1,545 Votes
    Far Beyond Driven
    1994

    3.8
    1,846 Votes
    Vulgar Display Of Power
    1992

    4.1
    2,857 Votes
    Cowboys From Hell
    1990

    4.1
    2,734 Votes
    Power Metal
    1988

    3
    426 Votes
    I Am The Night
    1985

    2.3
    251 Votes
    Projects In The Jungle
    1984

    2.1
    253 Votes
    Metal Magic
    1983

    1.7
    368 Votes
    EPs
    aLIVE and hostile e.p.
    1994

    3.6
    20 Votes
    Hostile Moments
    1994

    2.9
    7 Votes
    Walk
    1993

    3.5
    13 Votes
    Live Albums
    Far Beyond Bootleg: Live from Donningtom '94
    2014

    3.4
    8 Votes
    Official Live: 101 Proof
    1997

    4
    344 Votes
    Compilations
    History Of Hostility
    2015

    2.3
    7 Votes
    1990-2000: A Decade of Domination
    2010

    3.1
    23 Votes
    Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera
    2003

    4.2
    378 Votes
    Far Beyond The Great Southern Cowboy's Vulgar Hits
    2003

    4.2
    13 Votes

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