Pantera was one of the most popular and influential Heavy Metal bands of The Ninetiesnote although this is the period where they made their definitive sound and essence., from Texas. Starting as a Hair Metalband, 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, Canon Discontinuity (even by the band).
Careful With That Axe: 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".
Celebrity Cameo: Dozens of their fellow metal musicians show up in their home videos. Skid Row, Suicidal Tendencies, Megadeth, Anthrax, Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor, Type O Negative, and many more.
Seth Putnam of Anal Cunt does backing vocals (screams) on a few tracks on The Great Southern Trendkill.
Also, Dimebag played on several songs on the last three Anthrax albums before his death (Phil also guested on Killing Box). This led many fans to call their collaboration "Panthrax."
Darker and Edgier: The change on the style of the band. Initially they were a Hair Metal band that was heavily influenced by bands like Van Halen, KISS, and Judas Priest. But in 1986 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".
Day In The Life: The Pantera home videos are a compilation of footage (mostly taken by Dimebag and his assistant Bobby 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.
Dead Artists Are Better: Though he was extremely well-respected in the metal community, nobody in the general media acknowledged Dimebag as an awesome guitarist until his death.
Deadpan Snarker: Phil can be this at times. Check out his "tour" of his tent in Russia from the Vulgar Video DVD.
Early Installment Weirdness: Their glam metal albums from The Eighties are, of course, a no-brainer. But 1990's "Cowboys From Hell" also has some of this. The songs are a bit more restrained and "playful" than on later albums, and it's the only one of their canonical albums to use standard tuning (the remaining four would be tuned a quarter step down).
Epic Rocking: "Cemetery Gates," "This Love," "Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks," "Suicide Note," "Living Through Me (Hell's Wrath)," "Floods," "It Makes Them Disappear."
Face-Heel Turn: 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. Not to mention Eddie Van Halen placed one of his guitars in the casket.
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 "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.
The Word Salad TitledFar 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 Heavy Metal 2000 soundtrack and The Badge was on the import of Far Beyond Driven and was also on The Crow 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.
Heel-Face Turn: 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." 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.
Initiation Ceremony: Joining the Pantera crew requires this, as seen in 3: Watch It Go. A new roadie is required to drink out of a bottle with a bachelorette party-style "dickie sipper" straw for a week or else he's out.
Jerkass: Phil. Vinnie has also built an exceptionally bad reputation over the years.
Last Note Nightmare: "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.
Macho Masochism: Phil encourages the listeners of "5 Minutes Alone" to headbang on broken glass.
Manly Tears: 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.
Metal Scream: Phil Anselmo is prone to this, such as in "Cowboys From Hell," "Fucking Hostile", "The Great Southern Trendkill".
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness - 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.
Mood Whiplash: 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.
Noodle Incident: 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.
The Prankster: 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.
Putting the Band Back Together: Many fans have expressed their desire to see a Pantera reunion show, with 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."
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: 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.
Shout-Out: 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 Megadeth song "Sweating Bullets."
Song Style Shift: "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.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The band's road crew and management get more time on the home video releases than the band, and got a lot more recognition during gigs than probably any other band's road crew. In particular, one-time head of security Big Val developed quite the cult following (which led to him getting fired ironically, as Rex would state in his bio that it went to his head and the thought he could sell Pantera t-shirts on his own).
The Stoner: 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)
Trash the Set: They are really, really fond of destroying backstage areas and hotels, as seen on the home videos. Also showed Dimebag taking a sledgehammer to a friend's car just for a laugh (and he could afford to buy him a new one).
Vocal Evolution: Phil started out sounding like a cross between Rob Halford and "Justice"-era James Hetfield (with hints of a Southern accent). Thanks to the effects of heroin addiction and screaming/growling on a regular basis, his voice became deeper and more gravelly throughout the 90's. This is especially noticeable when comparing his clean singing voice on older ballads like "Cemetary Gates" to his voice on later ones like "Floods."
We Used to Be Friends: 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.
Word Salad Title: Far Beyond The Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits, which of course consists of words from their previous four album titles strung together.