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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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  • andover

    They really did get heavier as they went along. Kind of a rare feat.

    18 Jul 2:23am Reply
  • romankrieg

    последний альбом вообще шикарный вышел

    15 Jul 4:53pm Reply
  • Atu666 Hello, please vote for original cover and say "NO!" to censorship!

    15 Jul 10:40am Reply
  • The_Burglar

    Pantera > Thrash Metal Artists (Exodus, Testament, Heathen, Anthrax, Dark Angel - they are so similar and boring...) > 'new wave of american heavy metal, like LoG, machine Head, ect...

    13 Jul 1:24pm Reply
  • bassius

    latest Phil interview i heard was he was talking about when he wanted Satyricon to open for Pantera and the Abbott brothers wanted Powerman 5000. ha ha, Phil was always the coolest member, knew his metal and imo the main reason why they got so big.

    12 Jul 9:44pm Reply
  • Substratus

    lel @ power metal and power groove. Lastfm users knows shit.

    12 Jul 6:28pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Pantera

    12 Jul 10:57am Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Great metal artist! I exclusively listen to their 80's material only for the time being. Keep an ultra close eye on my library, you'll see regular Pantera. :P I'll play modern Pantera in due time.

    12 Jul 5:52am Reply
  • russellbcooke

    beat you with my stick!!!!!!

    9 Jul 2:32am Reply
  • drochlen

    Хорошо они переключились с отвратительного глэм-метала на грув и трэш. Особенно хорош альбом Vulgar Display of Power.

    6 Jul 7:10am Reply
  • bassius

    for me it all started with Kazaa or whatever one of the first ones were called. Soilwork was one of the first random euro bands to blow my mind and after that, the flood gates opened! that was 2003 or so i think.

    3 Jul 6:38pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    there is something worse than pantera, yeah its fans.

    2 Jul 10:43pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    It was harder without the internet to find bands from another country unless they were popular enough or was on a label that promoted the artist overseas. I didn't know too many bands outside of America either, even when i had the internet. It was when i discovered bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and At The Gates when i started checking out more bands from other countries.

    2 Jul 9:56pm Reply
  • Nirvana_inside

    Domination, Mouth for War, Rise, Fucking Hostile, Walk, 5 Minutes Alone. Great songs of one of most underrated metal bands. 90's forever.

    2 Jul 7:05pm Reply
  • CleisonFerreira

    Power Metal???

    2 Jul 2:39pm Reply
  • bassius

    and to my other point... i hate when people say Pantera "saved metal". metal never needed saving. some of the best albums of all time were coming out right when Pantera was peaking. just because my dumb-ass in America who only knew about American bands, had no idea The Red in the Sky is Ours came out at the same time as VDOP. metal sure didnt need saving over in Scandinavia in the early-mid 90's when grunge was all the rage in the US.

    1 Jul 6:29pm Reply
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  • metalanarchist6

    All Pantera haters should fucking die!!!!

    30 Jun 3:09pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    Dial up existed in the 1990's. Probably the worst invention to hijack your phone service to go online and it took forever to load any website. I discovered metal in the 1990's, it was anything but bad.

    30 Jun 2:00am Reply
  • lNX4

    yes, pantera is shit, but still, it's so so much better than anything from Runoflife's library

    29 Jun 8:55pm Reply
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