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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, almost single-handedly demolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anything but passé. Loathe to admit it, the Texas band had in fact been one of those '80s metal bands, releasing fairly unsuccessful (and later disowned) glam-inspired music throughout much of the decade. The about-face came with the addition of vocalist Phil Anselmo, and the key turning point was the band's major-label debut, Cowboys from Hell (1990). Pantera's mainstream bre ...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, almost single-handedly demolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anything but passé. Loathe to admit it, the Texas band had in fact been one of those '80s metal bands, releasing fairly unsuccessful (and later disowned) glam-inspired music throughout much of the decade. The about-face came with the addition of vocalist Phil Anselmo, and the key turning point was the band's major-label debut, Cowboys from Hell (1990). Pantera's mainstream breakthrough came next with Vulgar Display of Power (1992), their second major-label album, which thrust the band to the forefront of the metal scene, alongside such veteran bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, as well as fellow up-and-comers Sepultura and White Zombie. By the time Pantera unleashed Far Beyond Driven (1994), after two long years of touring, they were the most popular metal band in the land: the new album debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 as its lead single, "I'm Broken," was getting massive airplay. At the height of their popularity and influence, Pantera began to self-destruct. Less than two months after the release of The Great Southern Trendkill (1996) -- an album ridden with allusions to drug abuse and personal destruction -- Anselmo overdosed on heroin after a homecoming concert in Texas, and as tensions rose between him and his fellow band members, he began engaging with a growing list of side projects that kept him away from Pantera. A live album, Official Live: 101 Proof (1997), was compiled for release when it became evident that no new studio album was forthcoming any time soon. One final studio album did result, Reinventing the Steel (2000), but that was more or less it for the briefly reunited Pantera. The band members once again went their separate 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 a deranged fan. This much-publicized murder shone the spotlight back on Pantera for an extended moment, and amid all of the emotional outpouring and tributes, a consensus arose: in retrospect, there was no greater metal band during the early to mid-'90s than Pantera, who inspired a legion of rabid fans and whose oft-termed "groove metal" style bucked all prevailing trends of the day -- from hair metal and grunge to nu-metal and rap-metal --and remains singular to this day, as defined by the vocals of Anselmo as it is by the guitar of Dimebag. « hide

Similar Bands: Sepultura, Damageplan, Machine Head, Down, Lamb Of God

LPs
Reinventing the Steel
2000

3.3
1,418 Votes
The Great Southern Trendkill
1996

3.7
1,833 Votes
Far Beyond Driven
1994

3.8
2,169 Votes
Vulgar Display of Power
1992

4.1
3,243 Votes
Cowboys from Hell
1990

4.1
3,119 Votes
Power Metal
1988

3
524 Votes
I Am the Night
1985

2.2
307 Votes
Projects in the Jungle
1984

2
311 Votes
Metal Magic
1983

1.7
453 Votes
EPs
Live Bombshell (Nousatsu Live)
1995

3
2 Votes
aLIVE and hostile e.p.
1994

3.6
20 Votes
Hostile Moments
1994

3
6 Votes
Walk
1993

3.2
20 Votes
Live Albums
Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998
2018

3.8
4 Votes
Far Beyond Bootleg: Live from Donington
2014

3.4
12 Votes
Official Live: 101 Proof
1997

4.1
357 Votes
Compilations
The Great Southern Outtakes
2016

3.5
1 Votes
History of Hostility
2015

2.3
7 Votes
Cowboys from Hell: The Demos
2010

3.5
1 Votes
1990-2000: A Decade of Domination
2010

3.1
24 Votes
Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera
2003

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

4.1
14 Votes

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