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The preeminent metal band of the early to mid-'90s, Pantera put to rest any and all remnants of the '80s metal scene, almost single-handedly demolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anything but passé. Loathe to admit it, the Texas band had in fact been one of those '80s metal bands, releasing fairly unsuccessful (and later disowned) glam-inspired music throughout much of the decade. The about-face came with the addition of vocalist Phil Anselmo, and the key turning point was the band's major-label debut, Cowboys from Hell (1990). Pantera's mainstream breakthrough came next with Vulgar Display of Power (1992), their second major-label album, which thrust the band to the forefront of the metal scene, alongside such veteran bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, as well as fellow up-and-comers Sepultura and White Zombie. By the time Pantera unleashed Far Beyond Driven (1994), after two long years of touring, they were the most popular metal band in the land: the new album debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 as its lead single, "I'm Broken," was getting massive airplay. At the height of their popularity and influence, Pantera began to self-destruct. Less than two months after the release of The Great Southern Trendkill (1996) -- an album ridden with allusions to drug abuse and personal destruction -- Anselmo overdosed on heroin after a homecoming concert in Texas, and as tensions rose between him and his fellow bandmembers, he began engaging with a growing list of side projects that kept him away from Pantera. A live album, Official Live: 101 Proof (1997), was compiled for release when it became evident that no new studio album was forthcoming any time soon. One final studio album did result, Reinventing the Steel (2000), but that was more or less it for the briefly reunited Pantera. The bandmembers once again went their sperate ways, forming such bands as Damageplan, Down, and Superjoint Ritual. The end of Pantera then became official on December 8, 2004, when guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered on-stage by a deranged fan. This much-publicized murder shone the spotlight back on Pantera for an extended moment, and amid all of the emotional outpouring and tributes, a consensus arose: in retrospect, there was no greater metal band during the early to mid-'90s than Pantera, who inspired a legion of rabid fans and whose oft-termed "groove metal" style bucked all prevailing trends of the day -- from hair metal and grunge to nu-metal and rap-metal -- and remains singular to this day, as defined by the vocals of Anselmo as it is by the guitar of Dimebag. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Cowboys From Hell
  3.   Walk
  4.   Cemetery Gates
  5.   Fucking Hostile
  6.   Mouth for War
  7.   This Love
  8.   5 Minutes Alone
  9.   Planet Caravan
  10.   Domination
  11.   The Art of Shredding
  12.   Hollow
  13.   The Great Southern Trendkill
  14.   A New Level
  15.   Slaughtered
  16.   I'm Broken
  17.   Drag the Waters
  18.   Goddamn Electric
  19.   Death Rattle
  20.   Regular People (Conceit)
  21.   By Demons Be Driven
  22.   Heresy
  23.   Primal Concrete Sledge
  24.   Strength Beyond Strength
  25.   Live in a Hole
  26.   No Good (Attack the Radical)
  27.   Revolution Is My Name
  28.   The Sleep
  29.   Psycho Holiday
  30.   Floods
  31.   Becoming
  32.   Yesterday Don't Mean Shit
  33.   Where You Come From
  34.   Hole in the Sky
  35.   13 Steps to Nowhere
  36.   War Nerve
  37.   I Can't Hide
  38.   Suicide Note, Pt. 1
  39.   The Underground in America
  40.   Cat Scratch Fever
  41.   Shedding Skin
  42.   Piss
  43.   Rise
  44.   Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills
  45.   Hostile
  46.   10's
  47.   Domination/Hollow
  48.   Shattered
  49.   Clash With Reality
  50.   Dom / Hollow
  51.   It Makes Them Disappear
  52.   25 Years
  53.   I'll Cast a Shadow
  54.   We'll Grind That Axe for a Long Time
  55.   Medicine Man
  56.   The Will To Survive
  57.   Throes of Rejection
  58.   Use My Third Arm
  59.   Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks
  60.   Living Through Me (Hell's Wrath)
  61.   Hellbound
  62.   Message in Blood
  63.   Sandblasted Skin (Reprise)
  64.   You've Got to Belong to It
  65.   Primal Concerte Sledge
  66.   Pre-Hibernation
  67.   Uplift
  68.   A Vulgar Display of Power
  69.   Far Beyond Driven
  70.   Metal Magic
  71.   Observing the Sabbath
  72.   A New Recruit
  73.   Way Down in New Orleans
  74.   101 Proof

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