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(1981 – 2003)

Pantera was an extremely popular metal band from Arlington, Texas, formed in 1981. Specifically, some fans consider them , , 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 albums during this stage before acquiring Razor White vocalist, Philip Anselmo from New Orleans. As soon as Anselmo joined the band the group took a noticable change in style and image with their Power Metal. The album shifted away from most of the glam image and focused mostly on the more respectable speed metal genre. This style would continue evolving for two years as Pantera drew on many more sources of influence within the metal scene.

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  • bassius

    Phil sure as shit ain't no poser.

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  • Mugen_92

    One of the best bands ever !!

    28 Jul 11:37pm Reply
  • bertoXIV

    http://www.last.fm/music/Pantera/+images/19992299 Please get this SOMEWHAT close to the top of the pics. Only era where Pantera was remotely enjoyable.

    25 Jul 8:40pm Reply
  • thehatefulraven

    lol @ band [2]

    25 Jul 4:03am Reply
  • Ravenkraft

    lol @ band

    25 Jul 3:46am Reply
  • thehatefulraven

    The second you took them as insults.

    24 Jul 4:27pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    "*sigh* When did it become cool for hipster fags to hate on Pantera?" When did hipster and fag become insults?

    19 Jul 11:51pm Reply
  • Ayiman

    my favourite pantera song is the one that's all like "im such a tough hardcore motherfucker" you guys know which one I'm talking about

    16 Jul 8:19pm Reply
  • tu-tu-ru

    Говнарям пойдет

    16 Jul 10:29am Reply
  • ThrashGangsters

    Wish Dime & PanterA would still be alive. Check out ThrashGangsters new video clip "Terror Has Begun" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ASElY8nkIxw

    11 Jul 12:37pm Reply
  • Manilla-Road

    Biggest poser band in metal history, when hair metal was popular, they tried and failed haha and then changed their style and tried to act hard. Pathetic band although I am a fan of Rexx and Diamond Darrell.

    11 Jul 12:08am Reply
  • Diaboloisme

    Love all songs.it's just perfect.

    9 Jul 7:29pm Reply
  • dzejkob96

    Mwahah.. Nice try

    6 Jul 4:49pm Reply
  • Mystificati0n

    Both bands suck.

    5 Jul 11:27pm Reply
  • ThrashWork

    Lamb of God is better

    5 Jul 3:54pm Reply
  • NatthDellazeri

    ENJOYYYYY

    2 Jul 5:03pm Reply
  • bassius

    Power Metal rules. Before that the shit was horrible. Terry Glaze blew hard chunks.. maybe a couple of decent solos here and there.

    1 Jul 10:34pm Reply
  • JeanLoco

    GodofDeathMetal, yep, the 'glam' era is nice, Over And Out is a masterpiece, and for who likes hard rock, the Power Metal is a good listening!

    28 Jun 11:32pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I am one of those rare Pantera fans who likes both eras of Pantera. I really dig 80's Pantera. Why did they hide their past? They want y'all to believe they formed in 1990 and started off with Cowboys from Hell. Why did they even hide Power Metal?! Power Metal is an incredible record. Thanks to the power of the Internet, I found out that Metal Sludge exposed Pantera. Recently I've been listening to 80's Pantera, but now I'm gonna listen to the Pantera most of you know & love. They rock!

    27 Jun 4:38pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    PANTERROR

    27 Jun 4:29pm Reply
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