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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PANTERA albums / top albums

PANTERA Metal Magic album cover 1.85 | 14 ratings
Metal Magic
Glam Metal 1983
PANTERA Projects in the Jungle album cover 2.50 | 17 ratings
Projects in the Jungle
Glam Metal 1984
PANTERA I Am the Night album cover 2.76 | 16 ratings
I Am the Night
Heavy Metal 1985
PANTERA Power Metal album cover 3.18 | 25 ratings
Power Metal
Heavy Metal 1988
PANTERA Cowboys From Hell album cover 4.15 | 121 ratings
Cowboys From Hell
Groove Metal 1990
PANTERA Vulgar Display of Power album cover 4.06 | 89 ratings
Vulgar Display of Power
Groove Metal 1992
PANTERA Far Beyond Driven album cover 3.50 | 59 ratings
Far Beyond Driven
Groove Metal 1994
PANTERA The Great Southern Trendkill album cover 3.60 | 55 ratings
The Great Southern Trendkill
Groove Metal 1996
PANTERA Reinventing the Steel album cover 3.56 | 38 ratings
Reinventing the Steel
Groove Metal 2000

PANTERA EPs & splits

PANTERA Walk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Walk
Groove Metal 1993
PANTERA Alive and Hostile album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Alive and Hostile
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 3.94 | 17 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 3.00 | 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

PANTERA singles (7)

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Cowboys from Hell
Groove Metal 1990
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Hostile Mixes
Groove Metal 1992
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Hostile Moments
Groove Metal 1994
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Planet Caravan
Groove Metal 1994
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5.00 | 1 ratings
5 Minutes Alone / The Badge
Groove Metal 1994
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5.00 | 1 ratings
I'm Broken
Groove Metal 1994
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5.00 | 1 ratings
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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2.38 | 4 ratings
3 Vulgar Videos From Hell
Groove Metal 1999

PANTERA Reviews

PANTERA The Great Southern Trendkill

Album · 1996 · Groove Metal
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UMUR
"The Great Southern Trendkill" is the 8th full-length studio album by US groove metal act Pantera. The album was released through East West Records in May 1996. It´s the successor to "Far Beyond Driven" from 1994, which proved to be a great commercial success for the band, but during the tour supporting the album, things began to change between the members of the band. Lead vocalist Phil Anselmo started acting strange and distancing himself from the rest of the band, and his performances also started to suffer. Anselmo suffered from a back injury (sustained because of his energetic live performances through many years), and had begun self-medicating with alcohol, but soon turned to heroin...and that´s when things really went south. Animosity and resentment grew between the four members of the band, to a point where the material for "The Great Southern Trendkill" were recorded at two seperate studios. The instrumental part of the music was recorded in Dallas, Texas, while Anselmo recorded his vocals at Trent Reznor's studio in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stylistically "The Great Southern Trendkill" also comes off a bit disjointed and it´s definitely Pantera´s most experimental album. The core style is still groove metal, featuring the trademark heavy blues based riffs by Dimebag Darrell. The heavy grooves are however only a part of the sound on "The Great Southern Trendkill", which also features more experimental riff types, adventurous guitar solos, acoustic parts, and a wide range of raw, screaming, and aggressive vocals. Anselmo also delivers some clean vocals on the album, so overall "The Great Southern Trendkill" is a varied release.

"War Nerve", "Drag the Waters" (the only track off the album which was made into a music video), "13 Steps to Nowhere", "Living Through Me (Hell's Wrath)", "(Reprise) Sandblasted Skin", and "The Underground in America" are all groove laden and riff heavy aggressive tracks, while both the opening title track and "Suicide Note, Part II" are faster paced and more experimental in nature, featuring crazy screaming vocals. The album also features a ballad type track in "Suicide Note, Part I" (which wouldn´t have felt wrong if it was placed on the predominantly acoustic "Jar of Flies (1994)" EP by Alice in Chains) and two dark power ballads in "10's" and "Floods". I´m not sure power ballad is the best way to describe the two latter, as they are quite twisted and dark, but it´s the closest to a generic description I can find.

"The Great Southern Trendkill" features a powerful and heavy sound production, which suits the material perfectly, and paired with the strong musicianship, and the adventurous songwriting, the album is a high quality release. It did not sell the numbers that "Far Beyond Driven (1994)" did, and did not feature as many "hits" as the predecessor, but to my ears it´s probably the stronger of the two. It definitely doesn´t show a band who have lost their nerve or will to experiment with their sound, and it ends up being both a weakness and a strength. It´s a weakness because "The Great Southern Trendkill" is not a particularly accessible album nor is it as catchy as much of the material on the last three releases, and at times it does feel a bit incoherrent, but it´s a strength because Pantera still sound hungry, aggressive, and playful. It´s certainly a bold release at this point in their career. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

PANTERA Vulgar Display of Power

Album · 1992 · Groove Metal
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SilentScream213
The legendary Vulgar Display of Power. The TRUE original tough guy metal album, and the bottom line set for all of Groove Metal. Does it live up to the hype? Well, yes and no.

Vulgar Display of Power is actually one of the first metal albums I’d heard, thanks directly to three of its songs inspiring music in Doom. Back then, Phil’s harsh vocals bulging with testosterone were too tough for middle school me. I couldn’t handle the masculine aggression in that creature, but the riffs were awesome enough to get me to stay until my ears were able to withstand the full-on assault of his drug infused gorilla arms. The music was practically seeping with bull semen and stale alcohol, the guitar tone a disgusting buzzsaw drawl, and the drums hitting like concrete. The cover represents the music well.

The album jumps between aggressive Thrash beats and sharp riffs to plodding, sludgy groove sections; this pretty much set the standard for Groove Metal to follow as Thrash’s slower brother. For me, the Thrash bits are the best part. Songs like “Rise” are perfect example of unrelenting aggression. The pure Groove tracks like “Walk” do very little for me, and it’s that aspect of the album that makes it weaker than Cowboys from Hell to me. However, slower numbers “This Love” and the devastating “Hollow” are super unique and very well-done examples of Pantera’s slower side.

So why do I say “yes and no” as to whether this album lives up to the hype? Well, because across the span of many websites and circles, Vulgar Display of Power is actually not rated insanely high, usually sitting around the “great album, but no masterpiece” numbers. And that’s exactly what it is, simply an unprecedented, flawed, off-center punch in the face like no other. It is unabashedly itself; no masterpiece, but a very vulgar display of power that you can’t look away from, and will certainly never forget.

PANTERA Far Beyond Driven

Album · 1994 · Groove Metal
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Unitron
"I'M, shedding skin, changing within, falling in"

No other band sings to the anger, frustrations, and deep inner emotions like Pantera for me. They hit hard both physically and emotionally on such a primal level, It's always a release of all the built up emotions ready to come out.

Far Beyond Driven is the band at their most thunderous production, on a good stereo this has the resonance of a cannon blast or an explosion. There's really cool atmospheric touches, mainly on Shedding Skin, probably my favorite song on here if I had to pick. The echo effect on Phil's vocals when he says "I'm" is a small detail yet enhances it a lot and compliments the crawling main riff.

Dimebag's guitar riffs are at their sludgiest, dripping with heavy weight and combined with dissonant screeching and breakdowns. Rex Brown's bass shows its true groove and great hooks, always complimenting Dime's discordant solos. The drums as always pack a punch, going from double kick to a syncopated swing. Phil's vocals though are what completes the extreme fury of this album, with some of the most intense vocals ever put to record, especially with the likes of Slaughtered.

There's so much variety throughout the album, yet always the same energy. Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills is noisy, chaotic, and incredibly dissonant. It reminds me of Slab!, with the combination of spoken word, huge drums, and screeching feedback. Some of the riffs sound a bit southern like something from Down, most notably on I'm Broken, but with the added extra aggression. The contrast is great, especially with 25 Years which always gets me pumped at the end, it's like the musical equivalent of a street brawl. Sometimes the variety is within one song, short songs like Strength Beyond Strength are as if they're split into different sections. It's something I haven't heard elsewhere other than some Megadeth songs like Wake Up Dead.

Ending with a mellow cover might seem odd at first, but with this album, Planet Caravan is a perfect finale. This album is so intense that it's near impossible to sit still, and the Black Sabbath cover acts as a perfect cool down after never letting up for 50 minutes. Far Beyond Driven was the band becoming even more than a fantastic thrash/groove metal band, and really can't be compared to anyone else.

PANTERA Cowboys From Hell

Album · 1990 · Groove Metal
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SilentScream213
Another one of the biggest shocks of the 90’s. Sleaze metal losers Pantera decide to reinvent themselves as some sort of cowboy metal saviors, become about 3 times as heavy and start cranking out sludgy mid-tempo riffs as if they’d been doing it all along. The drumming, despite being the same guy as always, takes on a much different flavor here, making way more use of double pedals, Thrash beats and occasionally some technical prowess as well. Phil’s vocals evolve from the generic Glam croon of the last album into some rancid, dehydrated desert monster hell bent on ripping your face off.

All in all it’s just one of those huge wtf transitions that somehow went from the worst aspects of machismo in music to the best. There is little substance here, but there’s some great fun and ass kicking music that was without peer in 1990.

PANTERA Far Beyond Driven

Album · 1994 · Groove Metal
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Kev Rowland
It is safe to say that when I first came across Pantera with their fifth album, 1990’s ‘Cowboys From Hell’ I was not impressed, and over the last 30 years have recognised there have been some good songs from within their canon, but have never gone as massively overboard as many. So, when I was perusing the Warner Bros promotional site and came across this double CD reissue from 2014, celebrating the 20th anniversary of an album seen by many as being a classic, I thought why not? There is no doubt that Pantera these days are viewed by many as being an incredibly important band within the genre, and Dimebag’s death has only secured that notion, but listening to this with fresh ears more than a quarter of a century after it was recorded, one can only wonder why that is still the case.

The guys were all very good musicians, and in Anselmo they had an aggressive and over the top singer, while Dimebag was obviously influenced heavily by the likes of Tony Iommi, but where are the songs? There is little here which gets into the brain and sticks there, the result being that if this was a new album by an unknown band one wonders what the critics would think of it. Of course, the Pantera diehards will say this is a hugely important release, even more so that it has been remastered and paired with live songs from Donington which include classics such as “Fucking Hostile”. The only problem is that the recording is bootleg quality at best, and one gets the impression it has been deliberately left like that. Having delved back into the world of Pantera for the first time in aeons, I cannot say that I am any wiser as to why they are held in such high regard, as this is not the classic many hold it out to be.

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