Power Metal is the fourth studio album by heavy metal band Pantera, released in May 1988 through Metal Magic Records. It is the first Pantera album to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals, as part of a line-up which would last until the band’s official split in 2003.
The album showcases a more aggressive style which sounds, at times, closer to thrash metal (particularly on “Down Below” and “Death Trap”) rather than the glam metal style heard on the band’s earlier albums; however, traces of glam are still clearly present, such as on “Hard Ride”. Notably, Phil Anselmo makes his first appearance on vocals, having replaced original singer Terry Glaze. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell (then credited as “Diamond Darrell”) also performs vocals on “PST*88”.