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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-handedly demolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anything but passé.Loathe toadmit it, the Texasband had in fact 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 mainstreambreakthroug ...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-handedly demolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anything but passé.Loathe toadmit it, the Texasband had in fact 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 the band 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 were themost popular metal band in the land: the new album debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 as itsleadsingle, "I'm Broken," wasgetting massive airplay.

At the height of their popularity and influence, Pantera began to self-destruct. Less than two months after the release ofTheGreat SouthernTrendkill (1996) -- an album ridden with allusions to drug abuse and personal destruction -- Anselmooverdosedon heroin after ahomecoming concert in Texas, and as tensions rose between him and his fellow bandmembers, hebeganengaging with a growing list of sideprojects that kept him away from Pantera. A live album, Official Live: 101 Proof(1997),was compiled for release when it became evidentthat no new studio album was forthcoming any time soon. One finalstudioalbum did result, Reinventing the Steel (2000), but that was moreor 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.This much-publicized murder shone the spotlight back on Pantera for an extended moment, and amid all oftheemotional outpouring andtributes, a consensus arose: in retrospect, there was no greater metal band during the early tomid-'90s than Pantera, who inspired a legionof rabid fans and 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, Superjoint Ritual, Damageplan, Machine Head, Down

LPs
Reinventing the Steel
2000

3.4
1,163 Votes
The Great Southern Trendkill
1996

3.7
1,504 Votes
Far Beyond Driven
1994

3.8
1,796 Votes
Vulgar Display of Power
1992

4.1
2,777 Votes
Cowboys from Hell
1990

4.1
2,660 Votes
Power Metal
1988

3
414 Votes
I Am the Night
1985

2.3
246 Votes
Projects in the Jungle
1984

2.1
244 Votes
Metal Magic
1983

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

3.6
20 Votes
Hostile Moments
1994

2.9
7 Votes
Walk
1993

3.7
10 Votes
Live Albums
Far Beyond Bootleg: Live from Donningtom '94
2014

3.4
7 Votes
Official Live: 101 Proof
1997

4
340 Votes
Compilations
History Of Hostility
2015

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

3
23 Votes
Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera
2003

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

4.2
13 Votes

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