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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
1,230 Votes
The Great Southern Trendkill
1996

3.7
1,582 Votes
Far Beyond Driven
1994

3.8
1,891 Votes
Vulgar Display of Power
1992

4.1
2,922 Votes
Cowboys From Hell
1990

4.1
2,800 Votes
Power Metal
1988

3
440 Votes
I Am the Night
1985

2.2
261 Votes
Projects in the Jungle
1984

2
264 Votes
Metal Magic
1983

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

3.6
19 Votes
Hostile Moments
1994

3
6 Votes
Walk
1993

3.5
14 Votes
Live Albums
Far Beyond Bootleg: Live from Donington
2014

3.4
10 Votes
Official Live: 101 Proof
1997

4
346 Votes
Compilations
History of Hostility
2015

2.3
7 Votes
Cowboys from Hell: The Demos
2010

1990-2000: A Decade of Domination
2010

3.1
23 Votes
Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera
2003

4.2
379 Votes
Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys...
2003

4.1
13 Votes

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