Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill

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Posted on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:01am
by John MacMillan

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EastWest Records America


Album Overview

The Great Southern Trendkill is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on May 7, 1996 by EastWest Records. It reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, and managed to stay on the chart for over 16 weeks. Due to tension and conflicts within the band, Phil Anselmo recorded the vocals alone at Trent Reznor's Nothing Studios in New Orleans while Dimebag Darrell, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul recorded the music at Chasin Jason Studios in Dallas.


1The Great Southern Trendkill3:47
2War Nerve4:53
3Drag The Waters4:55
513 Steps To Nowhere3:37
6Suicide Note Pt. I4:44
7Suicide Note Pt. II4:19
8Living Through Me (Hell's Wrath)4:50
10The Underground In America4:33
11(Reprise) Sandblasted Skin5:39

Album information

"Floods", the album's longest song, contains a guitar solo considered by many to be Dimebag Darrell's finest. Guitar World magazine voted it as the 15th greatest guitar solo of all-time, Dimebag's highest ranking of three solos to make the list (the other two being his solos from "Cemetery Gates", ranked 35th, and "Walk", ranked 57th).

The album is available as downloadable content for Rock Band, with the exception of "Suicide Note Pt. I". "10's" was featured in the Funimation dub version of the Dragon Ball Z film Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan in 2003.

Music and lyrics

Being Pantera's most aggressive album to date, The Great Southern Trendkill is known for featuring lots of screaming, most notably on "Suicide Note Pt.II" and "The Great Southern Trendkill" while also featuring some of the fastest tempos and most down-tuned guitars that the band ever recorded. It also has a more experimental nature, such as the acoustic guitars and ballads.

Unlike Pantera's first three major label albums, the vocals are often double tracked and layered to create a more "demonic" effect. An example of this can be heard in the chorus of "13 Steps to Nowhere", when Phil Anselmo's singing voice is backed up by high pitched screaming, done by Seth Putnam of the band Anal Cunt. Screams done by Phil Anselmo on the song "The Great Southern Trendkill" were compared Seth Putman.

The lyrical themes on The Great Southern Trendkill include drugs, a flood that ends mankind, finding deeper meaning, anger and the media. The album features elements of thrash metal and death metal while still being a groove metal album.


  • Melody Maker (5/25/96, p. 49) - "It makes my brain hurt, my eyes water and my genitalia retract like a startled turtle. I cannot think of higher recommendation, considering the kind of album it is. If it made me feel all warm and gooey or tearful and lovelorn, then it would be a pitiful failure by its own lights."
  • Spin (7/96, p. 96) - "...mature speedmetal and perfect summer fun: twisted power ballads, rap-style toasting, almost radio-worthy melodies, plus all the right jackhammer drum jolts, wrestler bellows, and guitar lurch..."



  • Philip Anselmo – lead vocals
  • Dimebag Darrell – guitar, backing vocals; 12 string acoustic guitar on "Suicide Note Pt. I"
  • Rex Brown – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Vinnie Paul – drums

Additional musicians

  • Seth Putnam – additional vocals on "The Great Southern Trendkill", "War Nerve", "13 Steps to Nowhere", and "Suicide Note Pt. II".
  • Ross Karpelman – keyboards on "Suicide Note Pt. I" and "Living Through Me (Hell's Wrath)" 


  • Terry Date – producer, recording, mixing
  • Vinnie Paul – producer, recording, mixing
  • Pantera – co-producer
  • Ulrich Wild – co-recording


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