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Pantera

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Band Pantera

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History

Pantera was an extremely popular metal band from Arlington, Texas, formed in 1981. Specifically, some fans consider them power metal, groove metal, 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.
As they began their transformation into post-thrash/groove metal they began to absorb a lot more from the underground extreme metal scene of the late 80s which included bands such as Slayer, Sepultura, Cro-Mags, and Exhorder. The latter band to this day causes much controversy and dispute between fans despite the fact that Exhorder lead singer Kyle Thomas himself stated that many of these claims are over-exaggerated and unfair for a band that "worked a hell-of-alot harder" than Exhorder did to get where they did.

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Members

Rick Mythiasin (lead vocals)
Present
Dimebag Darrell (guitar, background vocals)
1981 - 2003
Vinnie Paul (drums)
1981 - 2003
Rex Brown (bass guitar, background vocals)
1982 - 2003
Phil Anselmo (lead vocals)
1987 - 2003
Terry Glaze (lead vocals, guitar)
1981 - 1986

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Discography

Studio Album

1983
Album has 3 releases
1984
Album has 2 releases
1985
Album has 2 releases
1988
Album has 3 releases
1990
Album has 11 releases
1992
Album has 13 releases
1994
Album has 11 releases
1996
Album has 11 releases
2000
Album has 9 releases
2003
Album has 3 releases

Single

1992
Album has 1 releases
1993
Album has 3 releases
1994
Album has 2 releases
1994
Album has 3 releases
1994
Album has 4 releases
2000
Album has 2 releases
2000
Album has 1 releases
2012
Album has 1 releases

EP

1995
Album has 1 releases
2001
Album has 1 releases