Pantera About

Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. Often celebrated as one of the most influential heavy metal groups of all time, Pantera pioneered a unique style sometimes referred to as “groove metal” that features heavy guitar riffing mostly at mid-tempo (instead of breakneck) speeds.

Originally conceived as a glam metal act, Pantera changed direction in 1990 and found commercial success with a heavier and more aggressive sound, becoming one of the most well-known and respected heavy metal bands of all time.

The Texan band started as a glam metal band in the early ‘80s. After a couple lineup changes, the band found local success with the Abbott brothers Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell (then known as Diamond Darrell) on drums and guitar respectively, Rex Brown (then known as Rex Rocker) on bass and Terry Glaze as lead vocalist. The band independently released three glam metal records from 1983 to 1985 which gained them some regional popularity), but no nationwide breakthrough.

In 1986 and 1987, thrash metal albums like Reign in Blood, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?, Master of Puppets and Among the Living were released, which were dominating the metal scene, consequently making Pantera want to play heavier. Terry Glaze left the band with New Orleans native Phil Anselmo replacing him in 1987.

Power Metal, the band’s first album with Anselmo, was still not a full out heavy metal album, but was much heavier than the first three. Diamond Darrell auditioned for Megadeth shortly after and was offered the position, but he declined it because his brother couldn’t join.

The band’s next album, Cowboys from Hell, showed them leaving their glam roots behind in favor of a thrash metal sound. The band considered it their first proper album, as the previous four albums aren’t even included on the band’s website. Rex Rocker and Diamond Darrell changed their stage names to emphasize their shift away from glam metal; adopting the names Rex Brown and Dimebag Darrell.

Their next two albums (and perhaps their most highly successful), Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven, showcased an even heavier sound and pioneered what became the ‘groove metal’ sound. Both albums were enormously successful, the latter debuting at #1 on the US Album Chart, one of the heaviest albums ever to do so.

The band’s last two albums, The Great Southern Trendkill (which was the peak of the band’s holistic heaviness) and Reinventing the Steel, despite not having as much of a beloved reception their previous three albums had, were still very successful. However, the band’s tensions continued to tear them apart. Dimebag’s alcoholism took its toll on Anselmo, who also began behaving strangely due to his back pain and subsequent alcohol overuse to quell it. The singer refused to get surgery, feeling it would take him away from the band too long, so he started to use heroin to fight the pain. In 1996, Anselmo nearly overdosed on heroin onstage. His heart stopped beating, but was revived and promised the other band members to quit using drugs. Anselmo also started doing a lot of side-projects around this time, which annoyed the other band members, who felt he should give his all to Pantera.

Following 9/11 and the resultant cancellation of their tour, Anselmo and Dimebag’s relationship got worse. Anselmo released 2 albums with his side-projects Down and Superjoint Ritual. The Abbott brothers were frustrated and decided to break up Pantera in 2003, concluding Anselmo had abandoned the band.

The brothers formed Damageplan, but a war of words between them and Anselmo continued, with the latter eventually telling Metal Hammer magazine that “Dimebag deserves to be beaten severely.” A week later, on December 8, 2004, while performing with Damageplan, Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed along with 3 others by a deranged fan. After this tragic event, any hopes for ever seeing a reunion of Pantera were destroyed.

Pantera Albums

Revolution Is My Name EP Revolution Is My Name EP Pantera Released August 8, 2001 3 19
Reinventing The Steel Reinventing The Steel Pantera Released March 21, 2000 5 24
Official Live: 101 Proof Official Live: 101 Proof Pantera Released July 29, 1997 8 54
Alive and Hostile EP Alive and Hostile EP Pantera Released April 29, 1994 2 25
Far Beyond Driven Far Beyond Driven Pantera Released March 22, 1994 6 43
Vulgar Display of Power Vulgar Display of Power Pantera Released February 25, 1992 2 24
Cowboys from Hell Cowboys from Hell Pantera Released July 24, 1990 6 21
Power Metal Power Metal Pantera Released May 1, 1988 5 35
I Am the Night I Am the Night Pantera Released August 16, 1985 5 24
Projects in the Jungle Projects in the Jungle Pantera Released July 27, 1984 6 19
Metal Magic Metal Magic Pantera Released June 10, 1983 5 25

Pantera Lyricsby Popularity

1 Walk Pantera 97 2 Cowboys from Hell Pantera 68 3 5 Minutes Alone Pantera 45 4 The Badge Pantera 43 5 Hollow Pantera 43 6 Planet Caravan Pantera 41 7 I'm Broken Pantera 40 8 War Nerve Pantera 40 9 Suicide Note Pt. II Pantera 39 10 Mouth for War Pantera 37 11 Ride My Rocket Pantera 37 12 It Makes Them Disappear Pantera 37 13 A New Level Pantera 36 14 Burnnn Pantera 35 15 Rock the World Pantera 34 16 Death Trap Pantera 34 17 Yesterday Don’t Mean Sh** Pantera 34 18 Revolution Is My Name Pantera 33 19 Goddamn Electric (Ft. Kerry King) Pantera 33 20 Drag the Waters Pantera 32 21 Takin' My Life Pantera 31 22 Revolution Is My Name Pantera 31 23 Death Rattle Pantera 31 24 Shattered Pantera 30 25 We'll Meet Again Pantera 30 26 Forever Tonight Pantera 30 27 Latest Lover Pantera 30 28 Immortally Insane Pantera 30 29 The Great Southern Trendkill (Ft. Seth Putnam) Pantera 30 30 Message in Blood Pantera 29 31 Tell Me If You Want It Pantera 29 32 Becoming Pantera 29 33 10's Pantera 29 34 Becoming Pantera 28 35 Valhalla Pantera 28 36 Strength Beyond Strength Pantera 28 37 13 Steps to Nowhere Pantera 28 38 Throes of Rejection Pantera 27 39 Psycho Holiday Pantera 27 40 Hellbound Pantera 27 41 Where You Come From Pantera 27 42 Slaughtered Pantera 26 43 Out for Blood Pantera 26 44 Becoming Pantera 26 45 This Love Pantera 26 46 Fucking Hostile Pantera 26 47 Domination (Live) Pantera 25 48 D*G*T*T*M Pantera 25 49 All Over Tonight Pantera 25 50 Mouth for War Pantera 25 51 The Art of Shredding Pantera 24 52 Becoming Pantera 24 53 Cat Scratch Fever Pantera 24 54 Daughters of the Queen Pantera 23 55 Only a Heartbeat Away Pantera 23 56 Hole In The Sky Pantera 23 57 I'll Cast a Shadow Pantera 23 58 (Reprise) Sandblasted Skin Pantera 22 59 Use My Third Arm Pantera 22 60 Clash with Reality Pantera 22 61 Projects in the Jungle Pantera 22 62 Walk Pantera 22 63 (Reprise) Sandblasted Skin Pantera 22 64 Over and Out Pantera 21 65 Sad Lover Pantera 21 66 Fucking Hostile Pantera 21 67 The Badge Pantera 21 68 I'll Cast a Shadow Pantera 21 69 Psycho Holiday (Live) Pantera 20 70 Cowboys from Hell Pantera 20 71 Fucking Hostile (Live) Pantera 20 72 The Underground in America Pantera 19 73 Down Below Pantera 19 74 Drag the Waters Pantera 19 75 Mouth for War Pantera 19 76 Blue Lite Turnin' Red Pantera 17 77 Mouth for War Pantera 17 78 Hole In The Sky Pantera 17 79 Rock Out Pantera 16 80 Walk Pantera 14