Pantera were an American Thrash Metal band from Arlington, Texas. Formed by the Abbott brothers, Vincent and Darrell in 1981,Rex Brown would join in late 1981 with vocalist Terry Glaze. Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera had Terry replaced in 1987 with Phil Anselmo as the new vocalist. "Cowboys from Hell” was the band's first single and first appears on the bands 1989 demo album, it was the band's first single off their major label debut album of the same name. With an instantly recognizable guitar riff, "Cowboys from Hell" is one of the most popular Pantera songs. "Cowboys from Hell" ranked #25 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs. The song also appears on the band's compilation album. Pantera used the phrase "Cowboys from Hell" liberally in its image and merchandise. The song showcases Dimebag Darrell’s style of guitar playing which is an influence of the band's power-groove sound. This song also features elements of thrash metal, particularly in the drumming. The video, along with "Psycho Holiday", also from the Cowboys From Hell album, was shot in a Dallas club that the band was often found at called "The Basement" and was directed by Paul Rachman. The video simply shows the band playing the song live to an audience. Vinnie Paul: "Cowboys is where everybody came into their own, along with the full-blown Pantera sound", "That was actually the first song we wrote for the record. Basically it was about us coming out of Texas and being out of place. People don't think of Texas as being a hot spot for heavy metal, they think of New York or L.A. or something like that, so it just seemed like an obvious concept for us".
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