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Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas formed in 1981. The group’s best-known lineup consisted of the Abbott brothers—drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell—along with vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown. Not that any introduction is needed for these guys. They were not only edgy and as heavy as it gets, they were the preeminent metal band of the early to mid-’90s.
Pantera put to rest any and all remnants of the ’80s hair metal scene, almost single-handedly demolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal 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 change 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 with its lead single, “I’m Broken.”