@perethorn: While I agree that Metallica was godlike in the 80's, so was Pantera in the 90's. But I feel they just had kind of a cleaner more poetic image which made them more popular commercial wise. Not taking anything away from them. I just feel like if more people knew about Pantera it would be a better debate. Not saying they'd win the majority. But honestly Hammet couldn't hold a finger to Dimebag and that's just a fact. But I'm opinionated there because I never liked Hammet.
Wow, this is tough! In their prime?! Think I gotta go with Metallica. I've always personally viewed Metallica in their prime/peak of their powers, during the Master of Puppets era when Cliff Burton was their bassist.
Still gots mad love for PanterA tho, Cowboys from Hell is still not only my favorite album of theirs, it's one of my all-time favorite metal records ever
@shazam117: Like your taste sir. That would be my favorite to, but its my number 1. Lol, Phil's falsetto with Dimebags killer riffs..like in the songs medicine man, psycho holiday, message in blood, and cemetary gates give me chills like no other.
And no doubt about Metallica with Cliff. People don't realize he did more then play bass like a boss. He actually wrote a lot of the lyrics to..and I hate to sound cynical because they DID make some legendary music after cliff..but they would've been milessss better if he had lived.
@fallschirmjager: Floods is Panteras "One" imo. Amazing song.@jloneblackheart: @marlboroman: I certainly don't think this, as I love all Panteras music. But many people say they lost their touch after far beyond driven. Or some say after Cowboys. Which is odd because Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven are amazing.@outside_85: Well I'm really talking talent, wise, not commercial success. I didn't discover pantera till after Dimebag either though. It was 05 I believe. Sad I never got to see a concert of theirs but I went to see Phil's band down at the house of blues in New Orleans one year and their early stuff was very reminiscent of pantera but obviously without dime it just wasn't the same. All ill say is, I can jam to Metallica. But I can FEEL to Pantera and jam. No band can make me bang my head like them.
Metallica, they have outlived all the other metal bands of their era..second only to Iron Maiden (and Sabbath) in my book!!
Wrong. Most of the 80's thrash bands are currently putting out better albums than Metallica has in the last 10 years. Megadeth, Anthrax, Overkill, Testament, etc. I'm going with Pantera, since their entire catalog is stellar, while Metallica dropped the ball halfway through their career.
@lesterlawton: Especially Megadeth! Been in the business for pretty much just as long as Metallica..still don't miss a beat! Their Endgame album in 09 I think had to be one of the best albums put out by an old 80's band in recent years. Thirteen and Super Collider are damn good albums to.