Sunday, January 17, 2016

Top 10 Pantera Songs

#10:Revolution Is My Name (as heard on Reinventing The Steel)
Though Reinventing The Steel wasn't Pantera's greatest album, it featured some great Dimebag guitar parts, such as the intro to "Revolution is my Name". In some parts of the song, it almost sounds like a good 'ol Black Sabbath track (specifically the chorus in "Iron Man"). This is probably the best song from Pantera's final album.

#9: Drag The Waters (as heard on The Great Southern Trendkill)
 TGST is probably Pantera's most progressive    album,featuring many tracks unlike anything the band had   ever done before. However, the most pre-TGST like song on Pantera's ambitious penultimate album has to be "Drag the Waters". It has a simple down-tuned guitar riff, and lots of awesome screaming from singer Phil Anselmo. The only thing unusual (at the time) about Dimebag's guitar work on this track was the cool guitar solo near the end of song. While usually a Dimebag solo would be played at a blistering breakneck speed while the rest of the band would keep up the rhythm, this one was played slowly, and the band stopped playing when Dime played his solo. This song also has very dark lyrics written by Anselmo who(at the time) was going through an addiction.

#8: Becoming (as heard on Far Beyond Driven)
Far beyond driven was Pantera's angriest, most aggresive,  most brutal album. If you had to sum up the album in one song, that song would be "Becoming". Why? It has an awesome groove, an insanely heavy riff, double bass drum carnage, and dark lyrics about Anselmo's childhood, in which he tells about his youth as if it was a time of neglect and bitterness. This track also has a great solo from Dimebag as he unleashed his amazing guitar powers with effects to make it even more awesome sounding, resulting in one of his heaviest solos ever played. 

#7: Mouth For War (as heard on Vulgar Display of Power)
The opening track from Pantera's second post-glam album has one of Dimebag's best riffs. Interestingly however, it's opening riff was written by singer Phil Anselmo. "Mouth For War" contains probably the best opening vocal lines in Pantera's entire career ("Revenge! I'm Screaming Revenge again!"). If you listen to the lyrics in the song, you'll actually find the most positive message in any Pantera song. The lyrics are about taking negative energy and anger, and turning it into something positive. Near the end of the song, the band picks up the pace until the song breaks and the next song, "A new Level" starts.

#6: Floods (as heard on The Great Southern Trendkill)
As I said in #9, TGST was Pantera's most progressive album. One of its most progressive tracks was "Floods". The song was heavy and slow at the same time, with uneasy sounding arpeggios and intruiging lyrics from Anselmo. The highlight of this song has to be it's guitar solo near the end of the song, which is arguably the best guitar solo Dimebag ever played in his entire career. Strangely, in the chorus, Anselmo addapts an extremely high, almost feminine sounding voice. This is the best song off of TGST. 

#5: Five Minutes alone (as heard on Far Beyond Driven)
On the first two tracks in Far Beyond Driven, Pantera played at a breakneck, thrashy pace, and then on track three, "Five Minutes alone", the band played in a way that would probably seem more suited to their previous album, Vulgar Display of Power. The main riff is a little bit brighter sounding compared to the previous two tracks, but towards the end of the song Dimebag addapts an extremely heavy, awesome riff.  The lyrics actually have a hilarious backstory, but that's another story for another time. 

#4: Cowboys From Hell (as heard on Cowboys From Hell)
The title track from Pantera's epic first post-glam album is arguably the most groove-heavy on the album. Strangely, the band almost considered removing it from the album; they thought it was too "commercial". This song also gave Pantera their nickname, the "cowboys from hell". Though it's certainly not the heaviest track on it's parent album, its definitely not the worst.

#3: I'm Broken (as heard on Far Beyond Driven)
This heavy track from a heavy album has an epic riff. It starts out on a single line, and then moves on the chords. Phil Anselmo's lyrics to "I'm Broken" are actually not what many would think they are about. They were written around the time Anselmo started getting excruciating back pain, so he wrote lyrics about it. Ironically however, many Pantera fans believe it is about emotional pain, when it isn't; its about physical pain. 

#2: Cemetery Gates (as heard on Cowboys From Hell)
"Cemetery Gates" is the closest Pantera will ever get to Metallica's "One". Its starts out slow, and then in the chorus it gets heavy, and at the end, it gets even heavier. The guitar solo is very epic, and the lyrics about having a dead loved one are very interesting. This also happens to be the longest song Pantera ever recorded, at around 7 minutes long. 

#1: Walk (as heard on Vulgar Display of Power)
"Walk" is simply the best Pantera song ever recorded. It's riff is perfect, the lyrics are aggressive, the groove is... ...well, "groovy", and the guitar solo is a piece of pure awesomeness. This is metal at its best and it is the most definitive Pantera track. Pantera have played many fantastic songs, but "Walk" is one like no other.