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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 1.88 | 13 ratings
Metal Magic
Glam Metal 1983
PANTERA Projects in the Jungle album cover 2.55 | 16 ratings
Projects in the Jungle
Glam Metal 1984
PANTERA I Am the Night album cover 2.76 | 14 ratings
I Am the Night
Heavy Metal 1985
PANTERA Power Metal album cover 3.12 | 21 ratings
Power Metal
Heavy Metal 1988
PANTERA Cowboys From Hell album cover 4.25 | 111 ratings
Cowboys From Hell
Groove Metal 1990
PANTERA Vulgar Display of Power album cover 4.14 | 79 ratings
Vulgar Display of Power
Groove Metal 1992
PANTERA Far Beyond Driven album cover 3.45 | 52 ratings
Far Beyond Driven
Groove Metal 1994
PANTERA The Great Southern Trendkill album cover 3.58 | 49 ratings
The Great Southern Trendkill
Groove Metal 1996
PANTERA Reinventing the Steel album cover 3.58 | 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
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 3.94 | 16 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 (3)

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5.00 | 1 ratings
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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2.38 | 4 ratings
3 Vulgar Videos From Hell
Groove Metal 1999


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.

PANTERA Cowboys From Hell

Album · 1990 · Groove Metal
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Cowboys From Hell sounds like what would've happened had Van Halen kept getting heavier after Fair Warning and discovered thrash metal. At first listen, it's an amazing masterpiece, and I've listened to this album so many damn times (Currently my most scrobbled album on that different things stand out each listen. The rhythm section on songs like Psycho Holiday have that same punch and force from Van Halen's Women and Children First and Fair Warning albums, but beefed up with thrash grooves. Domination has the best breakdown in all of metal, and The Art of Shredding has one of the best hooks in all of thrash. Dimebag has a signature playing style, blending the bravado of Eddie Van Halen's style with the intensity of thrash soloing. Phil Anselmo's vocals are at a perfect balance between his Halford-esque shrieks from Power Metal and gruff screams from the following Vulgar Display of Power.

There's a reason Pantera were the kings of 90's metal. Few could come close to the pure energy, personality, heaviness, and songwriting on display here.

PANTERA Vulgar Display of Power

Album · 1992 · Groove Metal
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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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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.

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