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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 2.73 | 15 ratings
I Am the Night
Heavy Metal 1985
PANTERA Power Metal album cover 3.17 | 24 ratings
Power Metal
Heavy Metal 1988
PANTERA Cowboys From Hell album cover 4.20 | 117 ratings
Cowboys From Hell
Groove Metal 1990
PANTERA Vulgar Display of Power album cover 4.16 | 83 ratings
Vulgar Display of Power
Groove Metal 1992
PANTERA Far Beyond Driven album cover 3.51 | 55 ratings
Far Beyond Driven
Groove Metal 1994
PANTERA The Great Southern Trendkill album cover 3.60 | 50 ratings
The Great Southern Trendkill
Groove Metal 1996
PANTERA Reinventing the Steel album cover 3.60 | 36 ratings
Reinventing the Steel
Groove Metal 2000

PANTERA EPs & splits

PANTERA Walk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groove Metal 1993
PANTERA Alive and Hostile album cover 0.00 | 0 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
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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5.00 | 1 ratings
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 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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4.50 | 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 Far Beyond Driven

Album · 1994 · Groove Metal
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"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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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.

PANTERA Metal Magic

Album · 1983 · Glam Metal
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Some people think this is the worst metal album, if not THE worst album of all time. It's bad, but not that bad.

I'll Be Alright has some nice riffs, and Biggest Part of Me is catchy and cheesy in the best way. Other than that, there's absolutely nothing to praise.

The vocals are pretty bad, the production is rough, and the lyrics are atrocious. Some of the music is listenable, though. While no songs other than the earlier two I mentioned provide anything of quality, they aren't abhorrent or overly offensive. The ratings this thing gets would have a listener anticipating aural hell, as it's presented in a way that it's not only bad, but absolutely unlistenable and possibly painful.

In actuality, it's a bad album, nothing I'd ever spin for pleasure. But it's no worse than that; just a bad glam album with every bad glam trope you can think of. Nothing that makes you want to tear your hair out or throw up. Most likely, the biggest reason this album is painted this way is because it's compared to Pantera's later works, which many consider groove metal masterpieces and core foundations of 90's metal. Of course this album and their other pre 90's material pales in comparison, so much so that they appear offensive; a hideous blemish in a legendary band's career.

If someone was playing this in their car and I had never heard it before, I'd just think "Damn, that's some bad glam." However, I might also find myself headbanging to a track or two. And then I would never think of it again. It's poor and forgettable, but not nearly as bad as it's made out to be.

The album cover is so bad it's funny, and because this album has become a joke in itself, it really works. A definite positive.

PANTERA Power Metal

Album · 1988 · Heavy Metal
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Even though considered part of their "glam era", Power Metal provides some of the blueprint for the masterpiece that is Cowboys From Hell. Judas Priest meets Kill 'em All-era Metallica for an album that sounds like an early thrash album, and if it was released in 1983 or 1984 instead of 1988 I bet it would've been looked at in a better light.

I really like the band's first three albums as well, but everything is definitely turned up to eleven on this album. Phil Anselmo has more edge and bite than Terry Glaze, and was needed for the increasingly faster and aggressive direction they were heading in. His vocals are mostly in Rob Halford-esque screaming rather than the gruffness found on future albums, and it fits perfectly for the early thrash sound. There's so much energy on this album that it's impossible for me to not get instantly hooked.

Over and Out is a favorite, and includes a similar breakdown to the one found in Domination off of Cowboys. Straight from the start, Dimebag's always had a signature sound with both the riffs he wrote and especially the soloing. The whole album's great, but the breakneck speed of Power Metal, and pure thrashers Down Below and Death Trap are also among my favorites. Another is P*S*T*88, the only song in Pantera's discography with Dimebag on vocals, and he sounds a lot like James Hetfield.

The next two albums are my favorites from the band and two of my all time favorites, but Power Metal is not far behind.

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