PANTERA

Groove Metal / Heavy Metal / Glam Metal • United States
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Pantera was an extremely popular metal band from Arlington, Texas, formed in 1981. Specifically, some fans consider them power metal, groove metal, or an amalgamation of both (so called "power groove", a term the band devised themselves). Emerging alongside influential classic thrash metal acts such as Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax, Pantera was a key formulator of the post-thrash subgenre of heavy metal music.

At the start of the career the style of Pantera's image and sound was heavily influenced by bands like KISS & Van Halen. At certain stages, Pantera drew more on the popular LA glam scene. The extent to how far Pantera took the glam image is one of many disputes among fans of heavy metal and those who discredit the band's popularity to the 90s; however most of the material on the albums themselves were a contrast to typical glam metal formula. They released three
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Reinventing Hell - Best Of PanteraReinventing Hell - Best Of Pantera
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Far Beyond Driven (20th Anniversary Edition)(2CD)Far Beyond Driven (20th Anniversary Edition)(2CD)
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The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboy's Vulgar HitsThe Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboy's Vulgar Hits
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PANTERA Metal Magic album cover 2.04 | 12 ratings
Metal Magic
Glam Metal 1983
PANTERA Projects in the Jungle album cover 2.59 | 15 ratings
Projects in the Jungle
Glam Metal 1984
PANTERA I Am the Night album cover 2.83 | 13 ratings
I Am the Night
Heavy Metal 1985
PANTERA Power Metal album cover 2.94 | 20 ratings
Power Metal
Heavy Metal 1988
PANTERA Cowboys From Hell album cover 4.18 | 107 ratings
Cowboys From Hell
Groove Metal 1990
PANTERA Vulgar Display of Power album cover 4.12 | 75 ratings
Vulgar Display of Power
Groove Metal 1992
PANTERA Far Beyond Driven album cover 3.20 | 49 ratings
Far Beyond Driven
Groove Metal 1994
PANTERA The Great Southern Trendkill album cover 3.55 | 47 ratings
The Great Southern Trendkill
Groove Metal 1996
PANTERA Reinventing the Steel album cover 3.57 | 34 ratings
Reinventing the Steel
Groove Metal 2000

PANTERA EPs & splits

PANTERA Hostile Mixes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hostile Mixes
Groove Metal 1992
PANTERA Walk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walk
Groove Metal 1993
PANTERA Hostile Moments album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hostile Moments
Groove Metal 1994
PANTERA Planet Caravan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Planet Caravan
Groove Metal 1994
PANTERA Alive and Hostile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alive and Hostile
Groove Metal 1994
PANTERA I'm Broken album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm Broken
Groove Metal 1994
PANTERA Nosatsu Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nosatsu Live
Groove Metal 1995
PANTERA Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight Edit) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight Edit)
Groove Metal 1996
PANTERA Extreme Steel Plus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Extreme Steel Plus
Groove Metal 2001

PANTERA live albums

PANTERA Official Live: 101 Proof album cover 3.96 | 15 ratings
Official Live: 101 Proof
Groove Metal 1997

PANTERA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

PANTERA Cowboys from Hell demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cowboys from Hell demos
Groove Metal 1989
PANTERA Cemetery Gates album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cemetery Gates
Groove Metal 1990

PANTERA re-issues & compilations

PANTERA Driven Downunder Tour '94: Souvenir Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Driven Downunder Tour '94: Souvenir Collection
Groove Metal 1994
PANTERA The Singles 1991-1996 album cover 0.50 | 1 ratings
The Singles 1991-1996
Groove Metal 1996
PANTERA Unofficial Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unofficial Hits
Groove Metal 1998
PANTERA The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits! album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!
Groove Metal 2003
PANTERA Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera album cover 3.27 | 3 ratings
Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera
Groove Metal 2003
PANTERA Hellbound album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hellbound
Groove Metal 2008
PANTERA 1990-2000: A Decade of Domination album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
1990-2000: A Decade of Domination
Groove Metal 2010

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Cowboys from Hell
Groove Metal 1990
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5 Minutes Alone / The Badge
Groove Metal 1994
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Revolution Is My Name
Groove Metal 2001

PANTERA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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The Hot 'n Heavy Home Vid
Glam Metal 1985
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For Those About To Rock: Monsters In Moscow
Groove Metal 1992
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3 Vulgar Videos From Hell
Groove Metal 1999

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PANTERA Vulgar Display of Power

Album · 1992 · Groove Metal
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Unitron
Nothing hits harder than this album when one's pissed off or overwhelmed with emotions and it works every time. It's an instant surge of energy, and before you know it the album's finished and you feel empowered.

There's not a single dud on here, there isn't even a song that's less memorable. Of course you have the metal anthem that is Walk, but the whole album is an anthem of metal spirit. Phil Anselmo is unmatched in gruff screams, with only John Bush (Anthrax) and John Tardy (Obituary) coming close to the unhinged forcefulness. Dimebag is for good reason well respected for his solo skills, but also of note is how heavy of a sound he gives the band from being the only guitarist. Last but not least the rhythm section is among the best, it's just hook after hook and even during a solo there's something groovy in the background.

Also, it's possibly the album cover best representative of the music inside, just one forceful punch to the face that lasts for a fantastic 52 minutes. If asked to pick a top five albums of all time, this would definitely be one of those.

PANTERA Official Live: 101 Proof

Live album · 1997 · Groove Metal
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martindavey87
I don’t really like live albums. The few that I do, I very rarely listen to. I’ve just always been a studio albums kind of guy. And that’s for the bands I like. So what does that leave for a band like Pantera? Their live album, 1997’s oddly-titled ‘Official Live: 101 Proof’ doesn’t stand a chance.

Pantera are one of those bands that I just don’t get. Highly revered and beloved amongst metal fans, their albums hold up as some of the greatest of all time... but they’re really not. I find each album has a couple of excellent tracks, such as ‘Cowboys from Hell’, ‘Cemetery Gates’, ‘Walk’ and ‘Revolution is My Name’, and then a whole load of filler tracks. But it’s those singles that manage to keep the bands reputation intact.

This album mostly mixes the two. There’re a handful of tracks I enjoy, and then a load that I don’t. But I’d just much rather listen to the studio version. For what it’s worth, the production is good, with the band sounding incredibly energetic, raw and aggressive, and Phil Anselmo is a crazy frontman who’s between-tracks waffling can be fairly entertaining.

But overall... no. This just doesn’t work for me.

While I have all of Pantera’s groove metal output (from 1990’s ‘Cowboys from Hell’ and onwards’), the truth is, their 2003 greatest hits compilation, ‘Reinventing Hell’, is pretty much the only album I need.

PANTERA Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera

Boxset / Compilation · 2003 · Groove Metal
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martindavey87
‘Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera’ is a 2003 European compilation album by groove metal legends Pantera, who had been on hiatus at the time of its release, and would officially disband a year later, following the tragic killing of guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

Pantera have always been a bit of an odd one for me. Highly revered by the metal community, I’ve always struggled to see what all the fuss was about. While their hit singles have been absolute bangers, I find the bulk of their albums consist of filler material, and the band really not all that they’re hyped up to be.

But that’s where this compilation comes in, because it features literally all the hit singles. Every major highlight from each of their 90’s albums is here (ignoring their earlier 80’s hair metal material), leaving out all the filler and subpar tracks. With the likes of ‘Cowboys From Hell’, ‘Domination’, ‘Walk’, ‘Mouth For War’, ‘I’m Broken’, ‘Cemetary Gates’, ‘Revolution is My Name’, ‘This Love’ and ‘5 Minutes Alone’, this truly is a sonic tour-de-force of heavy metal brutality.

And each song truly represents the best the band has to offer. Dimebag Darrells crushing guitar riffs are complimented by Phil Anselmos monstrously aggressive voice, which on the albums at times become nothing more than incomprehensible grunts and shouting, yet here, with the right material, truly show how intense and powerful he could be.

I’ve never been the biggest Pantera fan, nor will I ever be, but this album pretty much has all the hits on it that I like. Plus, it comes with a DVD featuring all the bands promo videos! Outdated and unnecessary today, I know, but still a nice little touch, anyway. As blasphemous as it may sound to fans, I consider this, ‘Reinventing Hell’, the essential Pantera album.

PANTERA Reinventing the Steel

Album · 2000 · Groove Metal
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martindavey87
‘Reinventing the Steel’ is the ninth and final studio album by groove metal band Pantera. Released in 2000, the band members would fall out big-time shortly after, and would end up disbanding a few years later. So with this release bringing their career to an end, all I can do is look back on this and wonder, “what the hell am I missing?!”...

Pantera are so highly revered and beloved by metal fans that I easily fell into the hype, going only by their hit singles from the early 90’s. Sure, ‘Cowboys from Hell’, ‘Walk’, ‘Mouth For War’ and ‘Domination’ are all metal classics which had me anxiously awaiting really digging into their albums, but honestly, that literally was the best the band had to offer. The rest really was just hype.

While their main output was mostly mediocre albums with a couple of decent hits, I really hoped that ‘Reinventing...’ would give the band one final hoorah. But alas, nope, it’s just another generic album. Although there are a couple of moments of goodness, most of the songs sound average and uninteresting. It’s almost as if the band were just going through the motions by this point.

The album is well produced, however, giving the music a solid punch, and like on previous releases, when the band are good, they’re really damn good! But as always, this is very rarely the case. ‘Revolution is My Name’ is an absolute banger, and ‘Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit’ and ‘Goddamn Electric’ are alright, though not quite as memorable. But otherwise, the rest is pretty mundane, by-the-numbers tracks, with jarring riffs that make the album seem disjointed most of the time.

I fell into the Pantera hype for a good fifteen or so years before actually taking the time to really listen to their albums properly, and I’ve got to say, what a huge disappointment this has been. Sure, they’re heavy as hell, and there’s no denying how influential they were in the 90’s, but truthfully, their entire back catalogue just gets a huge “meh” from me.

I think it’s safe for me to ignore this album, and all of their albums for that matter, and just stick to their ‘Reinventing Hell’ greatest hits compilation, which is pretty much all their decent tracks right there.

PANTERA The Great Southern Trendkill

Album · 1996 · Groove Metal
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martindavey87
How did one of the most influential metal bands of the 90’s (and of all time?) turn out to be so disappointing? I mean, like a lot of metalheads, I’ve always held Pantera in such high regard, but it wasn’t until I properly took the time to listen to their albums that I found myself not really enjoying a lot of it.

The groundbreaking ‘Cowboys From Hell’ and ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ feature some of metals most beloved songs, but I find are also brimming with filler material. ‘Far Beyond Driven’ even made it to the number one spot in the Billboard charts! How??? That album, in my eyes, saw a huge decline from its predessors! And how did they follow that up? With an even more lacklustre mess of an album; ‘The Great Southern Trendkill’.

There’s no denying that the band had been getting progressively heavier with each release, and ‘Trendkill’ is by far their heaviest album to date, but it’s just so chaotic and cluttered that I truly struggle with it. Phil Anselmo’s once-impressive vocals, blending screaming, shouting, singing and all sorts, is just one incomprehensible death metal growly shout after another. And the guitars, once groove-laden and full of pumping, memorable riffs, now sound like generic, throwaway leftovers. Messy and uninspired, the band was at odds when making this album, with the music and vocals being recorded in completely separate locations, and it shows.

The production sounds rather dated as well. While the music’s sheer intensity and brutality make it heavy, the sound itself is rather weak and tinny, struggling to live up to the standards of the bands previous releases.

If I was forced to pick out any highlights, ‘Living Through Me (Hell’s Wrath)’ and ‘Suicide Note Pt. 1’ are probably the best two songs. The title track is alright too. But to be honest though, I’m just really not into this album, and struggling to really see what all the hype was about regarding Pantera.

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