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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 '80smetalscene,almostsingle-handedlydemolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anythingbutpassé.Loathe toadmit it, the Texasband had infact been one of those '80s metal bands, releasing fairly unsuccessful(andlaterdisowned)glam-inspired music throughoutmuch of the decade.The about-face came with the addition ofvocalistPhilAnselmo, and thekey turning point was the band's major-labeldebut, Cowboys from Hell(1990).Pantera'smainstreambreakthrough came nex ...read more

The preeminent metal band of the early to mid-'90s, Pantera put to rest any and all remnants of the '80smetalscene,almostsingle-handedlydemolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anythingbutpass√©.Loathe toadmit it, the Texasband had infact been one of those '80s metal bands, releasing fairly unsuccessful(andlaterdisowned)glam-inspired music throughoutmuch of the decade.The about-face came with the addition ofvocalistPhilAnselmo, and thekey turning point was the band's major-labeldebut, Cowboys from Hell(1990).Pantera'smainstreambreakthrough came nextwith Vulgar Display of Power (1992), their second major-label album, whichthrust thebandto theforefront of the metalscene, alongside such veteran bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, andAnthrax,as well asfellow up-and-comers Sepulturaand White Zombie. By the time Pantera unleashed Far Beyond Driven (1994), aftertwolongyears oftouring, they werethemost popular metal band in the land: the new album debuted atop the Billboard Top 200asitsleadsingle, "I'm Broken," wasgettingmassive airplay. At the height of their popularity and influence, Pantera began to self-destruct. Less than two months after thereleaseofTheGreatSouthernTrendkill (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 hisfellowbandmembers, hebeganengaging with a growing list ofsideprojects that kept him away from Pantera. A live album,OfficialLive: 101 Proof(1997),was compiled for release when it becameevidentthat no new studio album was forthcoming anytimesoon. One finalstudioalbum did result, Reinventing the Steel (2000), but that wasmoreor less it for the brieflyreunitedPantera. Thebandmembersonce again went their sperate ways, forming such bands as Damageplan,Down,andSuperjointRitual. The end of Pantera then became official on December 8, 2004, when guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered on-stagebyaderanged fan.Thismuch- publicized murder shone the spotlight back on Pantera for an extended moment, and amidalloftheemotional outpouring andtributes, aconsensus arose: in retrospect, there was no greater metal band during theearlytomid-'90s than Pantera, who inspired a legionof rabid fansand whose oft-termed "groove metal" style buckedallprevailingtrendsof the day -- from hair metal and grunge to nu-metaland rap-metal --and remains singular to this day,asdefined bythevocals 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

3.4
1,286 Votes
The Great Southern Trendkill
1996

3.7
1,679 Votes
Far Beyond Driven
1994

3.8
1,992 Votes
Vulgar Display of Power
1992

4.1
3,051 Votes
Cowboys from Hell
1990

4.1
2,919 Votes
Power Metal
1988

3
468 Votes
I Am the Night
1985

2.2
277 Votes
Projects in the Jungle
1984

2
281 Votes
Metal Magic
1983

1.7
410 Votes
EPs
Live Bombshell (Nousatsu Live)
1995

2.5
1 Votes
aLIVE and hostile e.p.
1994

3.6
20 Votes
Hostile Moments
1994

3
6 Votes
Walk
1993

3.5
14 Votes
Live Albums
Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998
2018

3.5
2 Votes
Far Beyond Bootleg: Live from Donington
2014

3.4
12 Votes
Official Live: 101 Proof
1997

4
350 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
383 Votes
Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys...
2003

4.1
14 Votes

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