Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with Warner Music Group via Atco Records. Around this time, Pantera would undergo a major change in their musical direction, discarding their Glam Metal image in favor of a more more Thrash Metal esque reputation. Their Thrash influences would eventually be seen as influences for Groove Metal

Pantera would release their fifth album and first major debut "Cowboys from Hell" in 1990 to major critical and commercial success. Their follow up album "Vulgar Display of Power" is considered the band's greatest effort to date and is seen as a breakthrough moment for Groove Metal. As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They would be influential to the development of Nu Metal and Metalcore. They are known for songs like "Cowboys From Hell", "Walk", "Cemetery Gates", "I'm Broken" and "5 Minutes Alone" .

Pantera disbanded in 2003. The next year, guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered live on stage on stage whilst performing for Damageplan.

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