Many bands evolve their sound over the years, taking on new influences and disposing of old ones, but Pantera are one of the rare examples that sounded like two completely different bands over the course of their career.

This, of course, began with a string of largely unheralded, widely vilified 1980s LPs devoted to hair metal, with all of its musical and visual trappings, followed by a batch of equally popular and critically worshipped groove/extreme metal releases across the 1990s.

All of which makes the task of determining a list of 10 Bands Who Influenced Pantera far more interesting, surprising and schizophrenic than is typically the case, so get ready to visit the polar opposites in hard rock and heavy metal talent over the next few minutes.

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