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

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