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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 later disowned)glam-inspired music throughoutmuch of the decade. The about-face came with the addition of vocalist Phil Anselmo, and thekey turning point was the band's major-labeldebut, Cowboys from Hell (1990). Pantera's mainstream break ...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 later disowned)glam-inspired music throughoutmuch of the decade. The about-face came with the addition of vocalist Phil Anselmo, and thekey turning point was the band's major-labeldebut, Cowboys from Hell (1990). Pantera's mainstream breakthrough came nextwith Vulgar Display of Power (1992), their second major-label album, which thrust the band to the forefront 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 of touring, they were themost popular metal band in the land: the new album debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 as its leadsingle, "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 ofThe Great SouthernTrendkill (1996) -- an album ridden with allusions to drug abuse and personal destruction -- Anselmooverdosed on heroin after ahomecoming concert in Texas, and as tensions rose between him and his fellow bandmembers, hebegan engaging 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 finalstudio album did result, Reinventing the Steel (2000), but that was moreor less it for the briefly reunited Pantera. Thebandmembers once 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 by aderanged fan.This much-publicized murder shone the spotlight back on Pantera for an extended moment, and amid all of theemotional outpouring andtributes, a consensus arose: in retrospect, there was no greater metal band during the early to mid-'90s than Pantera, who inspired a legionof rabid fans and whose oft-termed "groove metal" style bucked all prevailing trendsof the day -- from hair metal and grunge to nu-metaland rap-metal -- and remains singular to this day, as defined by thevocals 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
983 Votes
The Great Southern Trendkill
1996

3.7
1,295 Votes
Far Beyond Driven
1994

3.8
1,536 Votes
Vulgar Display of Power
1992

4.1
2,425 Votes
Cowboys from Hell
1990

4.1
2,317 Votes
Power Metal
1988

3
333 Votes
I Am the Night
1985

2.3
197 Votes
Projects in the Jungle
1984

2.1
196 Votes
Metal Magic
1983

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

3.5
18 Votes
Hostile Moments
1994

2.5
3 Votes
Walk
1993

3.8
9 Votes
Live Albums
Far Beyond Bootleg: Live from Donningtom '94
2014

3.5
2 Votes
Official Live: 101 Proof
1997

4.1
319 Votes
Compilations
1990-2000: A Decade of Domination
2010

3
25 Votes
Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera
2003

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

3.6
4 Votes

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