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Influences:
+Music/{{Anthrax}}, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/{{Exodus|Band}}, Music/IronMaiden, Music/JudasPriest, Music/{{Kiss}}, Music/{{Megadeth}}, Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/{{Motorhead}}, Music/{{Saxon}}, Music/{{Slayer}}, Music/TedNugent, Music/VanHalen, Music/{{Venom}}, Music/ZZTop
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Related Acts:
+Rebel Meets Rebel (Dime, Rex, and Vinnie)
+Damageplan (Dime and Vinnie)
+Down (Phil and Rex)
+Hellyeah (Vinnie)
+Superjoint Ritual (Phil)
+Arson Anthem (Phil)
+Necrophagia (Phil)
+Kill Devil Hill (Rex)
]
Pantera was one of the most popular and influential Music/HeavyMetal bands of TheNineties[[note]]although this is the period where [[GrowingTheBeard they made their definitive sound and essence.[[/note]], from Texas. Starting as a]] HairMetal [[OldShame band]], they changed their style after replacing original singer Terry Glaze with Phil Anselmo in 1988. They disbanded in 2003, and any hope of reunion was dashed after the murder of guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott in December 2004.

''Discography'':

Note that up to "Cowboys From Hell" are considered, in general consensus, CanonDiscontinuity (even by the band).

* 1983: ''Metal Magic''
* 1984: ''Projects in the Jungle''
* 1985: ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} I Am the Night]]''
* 1988: ''Power Metal''

Albums after the [[NewSoundAlbum change in style]]:

* 1990: ''Cowboys from Hell''
* 1992: ''Vulgar Display of Power''
* 1994: ''Far Beyond Driven''
* 1996: ''The Great Southern Trendkill''
* 1997: ''Official Live: 101 Proof'' [Live Album]
* 2000: ''Reinventing the Steel''

Band members: (All former)
* Phil Anselmo: Vocals (1986-2003)
* [[StageNames "Diamond"]] (pre-1992)/[[StageNames "Dimebag"]] (post-1992) Darrell Abbott: Guitars
* Rex Brown: Bass
* Vincent "Vinnie" Paul Abbott: Drums
* [[StageNames Terry]] Glaze: Vocals (1981-1986), credited as "Terrence Lee" starting with ''Projects in the Jungle''

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!!Pantera has examples of the following tropes:

* {{Angrish}}: Anselmo sounds like he's losing his mind in "Good Friend and a Bottle of Pills". By the final section he's launched into an [[AtomicFBomb Atomic]] ClusterFBomb, nothing resembling coherence left.
* AntiLoveSong / BreakupSong: "This Love"
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fanboys]]: Being brothers who played guitar and drums, Darrell and Vinnie were ''huge'' fans of Eddie & Alex Van Halen, and considered the older musicians their heroes.
* BadassBeard: Everyone in the band, but especially Dimebag and Phil.
* BaldOfAwesome: Phil Anselmo, for most of {{The Nineties}}. As of 1997, he was a long hair again.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Dimebag, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul released an album called ''Rebel Meets Rebel'', with vocals and lyrics provided by country singer Music/DavidAllanCoe.
* CallingTheOldManOut: A particularly vicious one in "25 Years."
* CarefulWithThatAxe: ''Fucking... fucking... fucking... FUCKING HOSTIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'' It's so loud, there's a feedback whistle on the mic after he's done. Darrell laughingly recalled in a ''Guitar World'' interview that the first time he played that song for his father, his dad told him, "Son, people are gonna think something's ''wrong'' with the record and take it back."
** Some high-pitched screams appear at the end of "Drag The Water".
* ClusterFBomb: All their songs contain ''at the very least'' one f-bomb.
** If they don't have it in studio, it'll be tacked in live. Check the ''Official Live'' version of "Walk".
* ControlFreak: Phil.
* CoverVersion: "Electric Funeral", "Hole In The Sky" and "Planet Caravan", all of these by Music/BlackSabbath, and "Cat Scratch Fever" by Music/TedNugent.
** The Pantera home videos also feature clips of them performing "Grinder" by Music/JudasPriest, "Cold Gin" by Music/{{Kiss}}, and "Raining Blood" by Music/{{Slayer}}.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBBePX7-PrE "Seek and Destroy"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fx2uQZ5mTQ "Whiplash"]] live with Jason Newsted of Music/{{Metallica}}. And Rex hanging around the amps.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The change on the style of the band. Initially they were a HairMetal band that was heavily influenced by bands like Music/VanHalen, KISS, and Judas Priest. But in 1986 Music/{{Metallica}} released the album ''Master of Puppets'' and Slayer released ''Reign in Blood''; these groundbreaking thrash metal albums inspired Dimebag, Vinnie, and Rex to move the band in a darker and heavier direction. Original lead singer Terry Glaze did not agree with the change in style and left Pantera. Phil Anselmo was hired as Glaze's replacement, and the rest is history.
** Then they managed to do it again, this time with the whole album of "The Great Southern Trendkill".
* DayInTheLife: The Pantera home videos are a compilation of footage (mostly taken by Dimebag with a handheld camcorder) of Pantera while they're out on tour and performing other official functions. It provides a candid behind-the-scenes view of what the Cowboys from Hell are like when they're not onstage. Pretty much everyone who has watched the videos agrees on this: those guys would have been ''fun'' to party with.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Though he was extremely well-respected in the metal community, nobody in the general media acknowledged Dimebag as an awesome guitarist until his death.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Floods" from ''The Great Southern Trendkill'' is about a great flood that destroys mankind.
* EpicRocking: "Cemetery Gates," "This Love," "Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks," "Suicide Note," "Living Through Me (Hell's Wrath)," "Floods," "It Makes Them Disappear."
* FaceHeelTurn: Vinnie Paul's reputation has been declining among Pantera fans since Dime's death because of his absolute refusal to reconcile with Phil. Phil, meanwhile, has been working hard to atone for his past behavior and has openly expressed his desire to patch things up with Vinnie. Even Rita Haney, Dime's widow, has forgiven Phil for the way he acted prior to Dime's death.
* {{Fanboy}}: Dimebag was such a huge KISS fan that he got a picture of Ace Frehley tattooed on his chest. When he finally got to meet his idol during a photo shoot for ''Guitar World'' magazine Dimebag asked Ace to autograph the tattoo. Immediately after the photo shoot was over, Dime went to the nearest tattoo shop and had them make the autograph permanent.
** He was even buried in a Kiss Kasket that was donated by Gene Simmons.
** Vinny Paul loves Crown Royal whisky so much that his swimming pool is shaped like a bottle of Crown Royal.
** The band were also huge fans of the Dallas Stars hockey team. They wrote [[http://youtu.be/JuWJ0cNdTBU "Puck Off,"]] the Stars' fight song played at every home game, and performed on a float during the Stars' Stanley Cup victory parade in 1999. They also hosted a victory party for the team, resulting in an incident depicted on the YMMV page.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phil is choleric, Dimebag Darrell was sanguine, Rex is melancholic, Vinnie is phlegmatic.
* GreatestHitsAlbum:
** ''Reinventing Hell''. (2003)
** The {{Word Salad Title}}d ''Far Beyond The Great Southern Cowboys[='=] Vulgar Hits'' (2003) has one new song "Immortally Insane" and one new cover "The Badge". These were not new songs; ''Immortally Insane'' was on the ''HeavyMetal2000'' soundtrack and ''The Badge'' was on the import of ''Far Beyond Driven'' and was also on ''Film/TheCrow'' soundtrack.
** In 2010 the album ''1990-2000: A Decade of Domination'' was released. This greatest hits album actually features ''less'' tracks than previous greatest hits album. The reason for this is so that the album could be sold at Wal-Mart, which refuses to sell music albums with the "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content" label, so the album omits some of Pantera's more profanity-laden songs.
* GrooveMetal
* HeavyMeta: ''"Goddamn Electric."''
* HeelFaceTurn: In the first few years following Dimebag's death, Phil Anselmo became one of the most hated figures in heavy metal because of unkind comments he made about Dime prior to his death (he also made several comments ''after'' Dime's death that didn't help his image either). It was even common for Pantera fans to say "Phil should have been the one who got shot instead of Dimebag." [[TheAtoner But since then Phil has quit drugs and worked hard with the metal press to rebuild his image.]] He is currently a highly-respected figure in the metal community.
* HotBlooded: The change from HairMetal to Music/HeavyMetal (or GrooveMetal, if you want to go technical) which started with their fourth album, ''Power Metal'' (no relation to [[PowerMetal the genre]]).
* {{Jerkass}}: Phil. Vinnie has also built an exceptionally bad reputation over the years.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Suicide Note Part 1" and "Suicide Note Part 2." Part 1 has a 12-string acoustic guitar, lack of drums, and Anselmo mildly contemplating suicide via slashing of the wrists... Which leads into Part 2, the trademarked Pantera sound, and Anselmo screeching about suicide.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 3 from 1989 to 2003.
* LoonyFan: Nathan Gale, Dimebag's murderer.
* MachoMasochism: Phil encourages the listeners of "5 Minutes Alone" to ''headbang on broken glass''.
* ManlyTears: In the wake of Dimebag's death, Phil Anselmo posted a video online in which he pays his respects to his former bandmate. About halfway through the video he breaks down and starts crying.
* MetalScream: Phil Anselmo is prone to this, such as in "Cowboys From Hell," "Fucking Hostile", "The Great Southern Trendkill".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness - Usually at 7-8. Sometimes crosses into 9. Even ballads like "Cemetery Gates" and "Hollow" would be as high as a 6. "Planet Caravan" is one of the very, ''very'' few songs that dips as low as 2 (granted, it was already like this with Black Sabbath). According to the album sleeve, the members of Pantera were already anticipating negative remarks from hardcore metal listeners for that song.
** "Suicide Note Pt. I" is a 2. Pt. II? '''A borderline 11'''.
* MoodWhiplash: From ''The Great Southern Trendkill'', "Suicide Note Pt. I" is a morose acoustic ballad while "Suicide Note Pt. II" is extremely heavy, chaotic and aggressive.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Cowboys from Hell''.
* TheNineties: Their GrowingTheBeard period.
* NoodleIncident: Whenever Phil is questioned about the lyrics to "Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills", all he'll admit is that they were inspired by a real event. He refuses to speak any further on the subject.
* ThePrankster: The guys in Pantera were ''constantly'' pulling pranks on each other, and also on the bands that they toured with. Several of these practical jokes were caught on film and included on the Pantera Home Videos.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "RE! SPECT! WALK!"
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Many fans have expressed their desire to see a Pantera reunion show, with [[Music/BlackLabelSociety Zakk Wylde]] filling in for Dimebag Darrell. The only obstacle preventing it from happening appears to be Vinnie Paul, who still won't speak to Phil and insists that "With no Dimebag, there's no Pantera."
* TheQuietOne: Rex.
* RatedMForManly
* RecordProducer: All their nineties albums were produced by Terry Date and the band. (The last was produced by Dimebag, Vinnie and Sterling Winfield.)
* ReligionRantSong: "Slaughtered."
* SesameStreetCred: Did an instrumental song for an episode of SpongebobSquarepants.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: As anyone who has seen the Pantera home videos will tell you, these guys ''loved'' to get drunk and party. And their female fans were not shy about exposing their assets on camera.
** Pantera's former manager and producer, Terry Date, has mentioned in interviews that if you hung out with Dimebag, you ''would'' be drinking with him. If he offered you a shot and you refused, he'd take it as an insult and make you do two shots as punishment.
* ShoutOut: Dimebag Darrell's signature drink, the Black Tooth Grin (which consists of a double shot of Canadian whiskey and a splash of Coca-Cola), is a reference to the Music/{{Megadeth}} song "Sweating Bullets."
* SongStyleShift: "Cemetery Gates" starts out with an acoustic guitar, then shifts into an aggressive heavy metal tune. "This Love" goes along the same line, except without acoustic parts - it starts low-key, then the chorus gets aggressive.
** "Hollow" is this as well, the first half of the song being a fairly melancholy, soft, acoustic number, and the second half involving rapid fire guitars, and lots of shouting.
** Let's not get started with "[[SurprisinglyGentleSong Suicide]] [[HellIsThatNoise Note]]"
* StageNames:
** "Dimebag Darrell," formerly "Diamond Darrell," for Darrell Abbott.
** Rex Brown was also formerly known as "Rex Rocker."
* StopAndGo: "Cemetery Gates."
* TheStoner: Every member of the band used drugs to some extent, although Phil definitely took it the farthest; becoming addicted to heroin and even briefly dying of an overdose (before being revived by paramedics)
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Their cover of "Planet Caravan" by Music/BlackSabbath.
** "Suicide Note Part I" from ''The Great Southern Trendkill''. Part II? [[MoodWhiplash Not]] [[UpToEleven so]] [[HellIsThatNoise much]].
* TakeThatCritics: "War Nerve" from ''The Great Southern Trendkill'' directly attacks the media and music critics.
* TestosteronePoisoning
* TropeCodifier / TropeMakers: Arguably of GrooveMetal. Whether they or Exhorder are the TropeMaker is a hotly-debated topic [[InternetBackdraft in the metal community]], and it's very wise to leave that question at that.
* VocalEvolution: Downplayed a bit, but Phil's voice (due to such factors as his heroin addiction and the effects of loudly screaming/growling on a regular basis for how many years had) became quite a bit deeper and more gravelly during the mid-late 90's.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Vinnie Paul towards both Phil and Rex. ''Especially'' Phil, due mostly towards Phil's nasty comments about his brother, and also his flaky behavior leading to Pantera's breakup. Which in turn lead to the formation of Damageplan...
** Phil on the other hand has repeatedly stated that he'd absolutely love to reconcile with Vinnie if he ever let him. Which he almost certainly won't.
* WordSaladTitle: ''Far Beyond The Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits'', which of course consists of words from their previous four album titles strung together.
* YouTalkinToMe: Played straight, sans gun, in "Walk":
-->[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Re! Spect! Walk!]]\\
Are you talkin' to me?\\
Are you talkin' to me?\\
Are you talkin' to me?\\
No way, punk!

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