Pantera: Power Metal [1988]

Released June 24, 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Heavy metalhard rock
Length 38:10
Label Metal Magic
Producer Pantera, Marc FerrariJerry Abbott

Power Metal is the fourth studio album by heavy metal band Pantera, released in June 24, 1988 through Metal Magic Records. It is the first Pantera album to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals, as part of a line-up which would last until the band’s official split in 2003.

The album showcases a more aggressive style which sounds, at times, closer to thrash metal rather than the glam metal style heard on the band’s earlier albums; however, traces of the latter are still clearly present. Notably, Phil Anselmo makes his first appearance on vocals, having replacedTerry Glaze. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell (then credited as “Diamond Darrell”) also performs vocals on “P*S*T*88”.

“Proud to Be Loud” was written and produced by Keel guitarist Marc Ferrari and was originally intended to appear on their 1987 self-titled album;[2]however, Keel would not record a version of the song until 1998. Pantera’s version was used as the party song in the theatrical cut of the 2001 film,Donnie Darko, credited to “The Dead Green Mummies”.[3] The song also appears on “Trail to Doomsday“, a MacGyver TV movie from 1994, as well as the film, The Mighty Ducks 2, from the same year. Terry Glaze co-wrote “Down Below”, with an earlier recording of the song appearing on Pantera’s third album, I Am the Night (1985).

Having not been reissued since its original release on CD, vinyl and cassette, like their previous albums, official non-bootlegged editions of Power Metal have become collectors items, with any that exist often being circulated through online auction websites such as eBay.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Pantera, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. “Rock the World” 3:34
2. “Power Metal” 3:53
3. “We’ll Meet Again” 3:54
4. “Over and Out” 5:06
5. “Proud to Be Loud” (Marc Ferrari) 4:02
6. “Down Below” (Diamond DarrellTerry GlazeVinnie PaulRex Rocker) 2:49
7. “Death Trap” 4:07
8. “Hard Ride” 4:16
9. “Burnnn!” 3:35
10. “P*S*T*88” (Darrell, Paul, Rocker) 2:51
Total length:
38:10

Lyrics

1. Rock The World

In these times
Of confusion and sin
We must redeem
Our human ways
This force that
Fights to live
Will fight
Till it dies
And rise again
To save the day

[CHORUS]
WE ALL
ROCK THE WORLD
WE ALL
ROCK THE WORLD

The power grows
To destroy
This flag of hate
That waves so
High in the air
We raise our fists
In rebellion we stand
Our hungry hearts
Set the snare

[CHORUS]

Ageless as time
Change is revealed
We will rock for you

2. Power Metal

You say you want it loud
I’ll never turn it down
You wanta feel my power
Pound you in the ground
I wanta give you fury
Blow your head apart
I’ll leave you comatose
From the very start

You say you want some Metal
I’ll give you all i’ve got
My deadly grasp is lethal
This force will never stop

POWER METAL
ROCK FOREVER
POWER METAL
ON FOREVER

I am the metal beast
The battle dog I deal
My soul was spawned in hell
My body coiled steel
Put on this earth to
Melt it down to the core
I’ll make you feel such pain
You’re comin’ back for more

You say you want some Metal
I’ll give you all i’ve got
My deadly grasp is lethal
This force will never stop

POWER METAL
ROCK FOREVER
POWER METAL
ON FOREVER

3. We’ll Meet Again

I walk the
Streets of darkness
Where hell awaits
Guarded by the mystery
Just beyond the gates
Searching for the answer
Every man must find
Before eternity beckons
I will make you mine

GOODBYE MYSTERY
GOODBYE PAIN
GOODBYE LOVE
WE’LL MEET AGAIN

In another lifetime
She’ll take another man
She’s left me here to die!
Its killing me again!!!!!!!!!!

GOODBYE MYSTERY
GOODBYE PAIN
GOODBYE LOVE
WE’LL MEET AGAIN

4. Over And Out

Slaving for eternity
Aiming for construction
Wreckless crew abandon me
Bringing on destruction
Primal needs, annoying ways
INCAPACITATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A legacy of submankind
Who seem to rule this nation

Out of touch with your life
Can’ t you see the signs
For me to know
Can you find out
Read betwen the lines

NO WAY OUT
When the cat goes away
OVER AND OUT
The mice come out and play

Unrelentless trilogy
Asking to accept them
Tempers flare
Screams are heard
To uphold the profession
Time and time and times again
I will not play your game
I ask you once a billion times
To keep your life the same

NO WAY OUT
When the cat goes away
OVER AND OUT
The mice come out and play
NO WAY OUT
The price that you must pay
OVER AND OUT
Ev’ry dog has its day

5. Proud To Be Loud

Listen up good
I got a lot to say
I know what I want
And I get my own way
I call ’em as I see ’em
I don’t play by the book
One dose of volume
That’s all it took
I’ve seen it, I’ve done it
I’ve heard it before
Now it’s my turn
To settle the score
I’ll sing it, I’ll shout it
I’ll say it again
I don’t care if they
Never give in cause I’m

PROUD TO BE LOUD
PROUD TO BE LOUD
YOU KNOW I’M PROUD
PROUD TO BE LOUD

Well I’ve alway believed
In freedom of speech
And i’ve always been the one
Who practiced what I preached
LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT
I’ll give you the choice
But it’ll snow in hell
Before I lower my voice
I live it, I breathe it
I gotta have more
It’s full blast
And this means war
The power, the glory
Its callin’ my name
I won’t start to
Play their game cause I’m

PROUD TO BE LOUD
PROUD TO BE LOUD
I’M PROUD TO BE LOUD
AND I’LL NEVER
TURN IT DOWN AGAIN NO!!
PROUD TO BE LOUD
PROUD TO BE LOUD
I’M PROUD,
PROUD TO BE LOUD

6. Down Below

People runnin’
In the street
Lookin’ for some
Meat to eat
Its in your
Dirty magazines
All across your
TV screens

Midnight Riders
In the street
Feel the fire
Catch the heat

YOU BETTER GO
DOWN BELOW
YOU BETTER GO
DOWN BELOW

See the ladies
Of the night
Built for speed
To my delight
I steal them
In my limousine
Hear them shout
Hear them scream

Its a dirty job
But somebody’s gotta do it

S-C-R-E-A-M !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. Death Trap

I see you runnin’
You’re gone
A million miles away
But you know I’m comin’
Violenz that
Blows you into space
And you think
You’re gonna get away
Like you did before
But you’re the type
I never feel sorry for, so

FALL INTO MY DEATH TRAP
FALL INTO MY DEATH TRAP

Life’s paranoia
You’re hiding in
The dark all day
At nite I call you
Cause I know
You’re always wide awake
So you never
Sleep at all at nite
Extermination
Of you’re wasted life

So now I’ve got you
You’re cornered like a fool
I terminate you
Live by my golden rule
Task complete
And once again I’ve won
Now I search
For another victim to come
I can’t explain the sheer
Thrill of it all
Its such a chill
To watch the meek just fall

DEATH TRAP DEATH TRAP
DEATH TRAP DEATH TRAP
FALL IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8. Hard Ride

You’re in the danger zone
You can’t be left alone
Your heart is
In this for the ride
But when it comes down to it
You spoke your mind and you blew it
I want you when I want
And still I hear you say

[CHORUS]

HARD RIDE WITH ME
Its a matter of time before
You fall down on your knees
HARD RIDE STAY FREE
Its a matter of time
‘fore its too late

The pressure’s building up
You feel you’ve had enough
So go now -AWAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ll lay it on the table
You’re feelin’ so unstable
I want to love you
But you seem so far away !!!!!!

[CHORUS]

And I don’t even know your name
I just wanta throw you away !!!!!!!!!!

9. Burnnn

We wanna live our life
Forever each day
To burn your candle
At both ends
Mach 10 velocity
Not slowing down at all
Your metal heart
Just never bends

OOOOOOO
Don’t stop to
Wait for life just
BURNNN it to the ground

BURNNN ! ! !
ITS TIME TO SWEAT
HAVE NO REGRET
JUST BURNNN IT DOWN
BURNNN ! ! !
ALL YOU’RE LIVIN’ FOR
IS THE GLORY IN YOUR HEART
LIVE HARD, DIE GREAT
BURNNN IT DOWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10. P.S.T.”88″

[Lead Vocals: Diamond “D”]

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE !!!!!
The words to this song
Are invisible and therefore
Unable to be printed
When the “Beast of PANTERA”
Runs loose words as such
Do not EXIST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So whatever sounds you
Interpret as words
Are strickly up to you
Remember…YOU ARE IN CONTROL !!!!!
Diamond Darrell and
The boys have created
This flashback just
For all you girls and
Major Praty Animals
‘Cuzwenowhatchulike !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Soooo crank it up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Listen at your own RISK !!!!!!!!!!!!!
And PARTY DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S.
Some sounds got on the
Tape backwards
We don’t know how or why
But we also DON’T CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PARTYTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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