Top Ten Best Pantera Albums

The Top Ten
1 Vulgar Display of Power

All of their albums are great, but this one stands out for me. The first track, Mouth for War, kicks in with REVENGE, and that's some of Phil's best vocal work. The riff in A New Level is kickass, and Walk is one of their best songs. Hostile is incredibly powerful as well!

This Love is like the Cemetery Gates of the album for me. Rise has some brilliant lyrics. Then you get to the next part of the album, which for me is very special. No Good (Attack the Radical) is a killer track, and the riffs in Live in a Hole are perfect Dimebag material.

Then we get to Regular People, my favorite Pantera song along with Psycho Holiday. Then we get to By Demons Be Driven, which displays some of Phil's greatest vocals. Lastly, we have Hollow! In my opinion, the best song on the album. It's Pantera's Fade to Black in my opinion.

Every Pantera album is great in its own way, but this one is perfect in every way, and that's why it gets my vote.

2 Cowboys from Hell

Every song on here is kickass. And it's by far Anselmo's best vocals. Medicine Man is unbelievable. You can hear the Rob Halford influence. Personally, I love all their albums, but this one is the best, hands down, in my opinion.

They consider this one their first true album, and it has great songs like "Cowboys from Hell," "Cemetery Gates," "Psycho Holiday," "Heresy," "Domination," "Shattered," "The Sleep," and "The Art of Shredding."

Cowboys is the closest Pantera has ever come to perfection. Medicine Man is the only weak song, but it's not even bad. Vulgar Display's whole second half feels weak compared to the first.

3 Far Beyond Driven

This album honestly is my favorite. Cemetery Gates is my favorite song of theirs, but besides Cowboys from Hell (title track), the rest weren't very good. Also, 20 years old this year, thought I would add that. 5 Minutes Alone and I'm Broken were two of their best songs, both off this album.

Not sure if I prefer it over Vulgar Display of Power, but it is definitely their heaviest album and beats Cowboys from Hell by a longshot. Still don't get why people don't think it has any sick solos. Listen to Throes of Rejection.

4 The Great Southern Trendkill

My favorite Pantera album. The music provided is pretty experimental and chuggy, yet it also goes out of its way to show the band at their most creative, with Phil giving out some of his best vocal deliveries and Vinnie's best drumming. Dime's guitar excellence still remains.

Seth Putnam also appears in four of the tracks, providing backup vocals. Surprisingly, he's not bad in giving those out. Can't believe I'm praising the A** C*** vocalist for once.

I definitely think this album is gold, not that the others aren't. It's heavy, it's fast, it's powerful, plus it's got some of the best solos ever! Just listen to The Great Southern Trendkill, 10's, and Floods. The Great Southern Trendkill is definitely my favorite Pantera album.

5 Reinventing the Steel

Bought it the day it came out, March 21, 2000. It's still my favorite heavy metal album 14 years later. Ridiculously underrated. Great to hear Phil singing more. All four band members have said many times (Darrell in 2004) that this album and/or Vulgar are the best. The band took their time writing the album, and it shows.

Every song is heavy and groovy. Brilliant record, awesome tour (saw them three times). I urge those that dislike it to listen again. This is the album where they mastered their sound, in my opinion.

Underrated and a good ending, but Vulgar is the best. I like Revolution Is My Name, It Makes Them Disappear, I'll Cast a Shadow, and Yesterday Don't Mean Sht. Man, heaviest album after Vulgar and has a funny album cover.

6 Power Metal

It's actually fairly decent, especially when compared to Metal Magic and Projects in the Jungle. Some of the songs are quite good. Sounds like a mix between Priest and Shout at the Devil-era Motley Crue.

This album shows how dynamic Phil Anselmo's vocals are before he started to growl since Cowboys from Hell. Definitely an underrated album.

In my opinion, this should be higher because this is the one good heavy Pantera album before they went groove.

7 I Am the Night

Daughters of the Queen and Forever Tonight are excellent tracks.

8 Projects in the Jungle

(Replying to the previous comment)
They've shown this even after the glam era, since most of their albums also have thrash metal songs.

This shows that they can also make music that isn't groove metal.

9 Official Live: 101 Proof
10 Metal Magic

I think it's a super underrated album. Terry Glaze is an amazing singer.

The Contenders
11 Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys Vulgar Hits
12 Live at Dynamo Open Air 1998
13 Far Beyond Bootleg : Live From Donnington '94
14 Preliminary Groove Metal
15 Metal Magic & I Am The Night

Not as glam as the first two albums and has some elements of speed metal and heavy metal.

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