Texan metallers Pantera are widely regarded among the genre’s greatest bands. As pioneers of the groove metal subgenre, it’s easy to forget that they actually started life as a glam meal outfit in the early 80s. But through the recruitment of New Orleans native Phil Anselmo in the latter half of that decade, the quartet forged a new kind of heaviness. As a frontman, Anselmo brought with him thrash, hardcore punk and extreme metal sensibilities which, when combined with the low-end grooves of bassist Rex Brown, the powerhouse drumming of Vinnie Paul and, of course, the fretboard wizardry of guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, ushered in a new wave of metal fury. The best Pantera songs – glam outings notwithstanding – demonstrate exactly why the group remain among the most influential bands in heavy metal history.
Listen to the best of Pantera here, and check out our best Pantera songs, below.
20: Hellbound (from ‘Reinventing The Steel’, 2000)
If their previous album, 1996’s The Great Southern Trendkill, had taken dark turn, then Hellbound established Reinventing The Steel as a return to Pantera’s shredding best. It’s an adrenaline shot of mechanistic riffs, underpinned by the rhythm section’s monster grooves and topped off with Anselmo’s hellish screams.