The 25 greatest Pantera songs of all time

Dimebag Darrell
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Dimebag Darrell was a true original. According to bandmate Rex Brown, a teenage Dime went into his bedroom with Ozzy Osbourne's Diary of a Madman and a handful of Van Halen records and came out a readymade guitar hero – and his inimitable playing with Pantera is testament to his next-level talents.

From the Texas institution's glam-metal origins to the heaviest album to ever top the Billboard charts, Pantera chiseled out a legacy that few metal bands can top – and Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown's recent revival of the band with Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante is keeping their distinctly southern brand of sledgehammer riffage alive for a new generation.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.

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