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Metal Magic

panteraglam.jpgRemember when Pantera was (gasp!) a glam band? The band released Metal Magic in 1983, and even wore spandex and hairspray during shows. Of course, Phil Anselmo didn't sing on this debut disc. That job was reserved for Terry Glaze.You know Terry (or Terrence Lee as some websites indicate) was born in Ohio. He was an official member of the band until 1986. Of course, Pantera didn't get really "famous" until Vulgar Display of Power in 1992. Back to Terry. I'd like to track him down sometime. I think I'll add him to my list of fantasy interviews. I want to know what it was like to perform on the same stage as Dimebag Darrell.

While I was clicking through YouTube last night, I found the coolest clip of early Pantera. Yes, there's spandex. Yes, there's a killer guitar solo. Yes, there's fog.

It's "All Over Tonight" from the band's second album Projects in the Jungle (1984, Metal Magic Records). You'll notice Metal Magic Records has the same name as the band's first disc. Pantera couldn't get a record deal to save their lives!

I wish I owned some of Pantera's glam albums. Actually, I just logged onto eBay and bid on a vinyl copy of Projects in the Jungle. Don't bid against me. You won't win.

I think Pantera was better with Terry Glaze. I know the Metal Gods will now strike me dead, but that's my honest opinion. I wonder what would have happened if Pantera stayed glam instead of going to heavier route?

Reader Comments (27)

I never heard the glam Pantera, but I bet it was better than the stuff with Phil Anselmo. I always thought it was as dull as aggressive music could possibly be.
October 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbob_vinyl
The glam stuff is pretty dull, I have it all on mp3. I thought the first two Pantera albums were awesome, after that, I thought it got boring, too. But, you can't beat 'Cemetary Gates' for a crushingly heavy ballad.
October 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
i agree with bob_vinyl. i like there glam stuff though
October 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteriheartglam
While a fan of Pantera, I have never heard of the old singer and I am a diehard fan of glam!! I will have to acquire some for my collection! Thanks!
October 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterreptileblvd
I have always known of "both" Panteras and, while I am a diehard glam fan, I tend to like the heavier Pantera better. Musically it doesn't get much better than "Cemetery Gates" (however, lyrically that is clearly up for debate).
October 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMary
In my opinion the old Pantera albums are amazing.Dimebag plays amazinlgy in them.Theyr new albums are realy good but the older ones hav more class. I have all four of theyr old albums Metal magic,Projects in the jungle,I am the night and power metal.they kick ass.The first time I heard theyr old stuff i couldnt quite believe my ears.
October 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGazza
i have downloaded all 4 of the glam metal pantera albums and i LOVE them!

i prefer these to thier heavier stuff...which isnt very common in most pantera fans.

granted, Terry isnt the best singer in the world, but he does a good job most of the time, and the instrument work is amazing! i actually think dimebag did a better job back then than he did in the heavier pantera stuff.
long live glam!

(down with emo, down with grunge...!)

Pantera rules! Glam or Thrash or Groove

-Landon Henry
November 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLandon
everyone has to wake up and listen to what they where playing yea its pantera BUT if u are trying to say there glam years are better then know you are crazy listen to "COWBOYS FROM HELL" "5 MINUTES ALONE" "IM BROKEN" "HOLLOW" "WALK" anything from any new cd they got and you will change your mind. That is if U RESPECT music and trust me I DO bob_vinyl you need to listen to some good music and stop being a pussy R I P DIMEBAG R I P
February 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCARSON WILLIS
pantera as a glam band was very boring heavy metal is much better and phil anselmo can sing just as well as terry but he can do one thing terry can't; wear normal clothes and yell. I love pantera as a metal band. dime was just held back by glam and even vinnies drums are dull in glam.. glam sucks a lot
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjared
I'm pretty sure that dime, Vinnie, and rex had it covered. Theres a reason they went with phil..
June 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjustin
i cannot believe that these people rather glam pantera than the last phase.
they (the pantera members) really want to forget this glam-shitty past, and they have all reasons in the world to do it.
June 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjc
Call it heresy if you must, but I like this. If you overlook the image, the music sounds a lot like Savatage, which is never a bad thing.
October 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMagpie
carson wills..your the only person i think on this whole fucking site that has a have to respect the glam days of tera but ffs that was in a time were "grab ur bolox and rock "metal was not found..phil brought a shear rawniss that even metallica couldnt grasp...vulga..and CFH were filthy..the beat downs..the angre in phils voice..dimebag found him self in the later days of tera..he gets possesed in the demon ways ;)...the sleep..and 25 years tear of your face..and the piss in ur respect the old shizz..but ffs..newer teara tour off ya face man...
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGage-5
my appolagize just reead over JC-Jared and justin uze guys obviously have brains to. lol respect for the sticking up of the brutality man...dime bag will be proud....seems some ppl are not cut out to be true cowboys from hell...guess therell just carry on being hairdressers from heaven..i like
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGage-5
how can anyone say they tried to forget it?
Dimebag ALWAYS loved glam, but he wasn't like other rock fans and like to misx and match his music.
Glam licks and progressions can be heard throughout the later stuff, but it was also crushingly heavy in places.
Glam Rules, Pantera Rules.
January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJayface
i love pantera. even that records, when they are glam metal. of course the best part of pantera was from cowboys from hell.

pantera rules!!
January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterana
glam stuff is decent but compared to their phil-era stuff its really dull
February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToaster
I had a copy of Metal Magic on vinyl.
I sold it to a vietnam vet for $50.00.
Side one was all live.
Side two was studio material
I dug the tracks Metal Magic and Nothin On (But The Radio)
Stay Metal Forever!
April 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermetalmaniac1971
yea, the first three commenters are fuckin pickle kissers
July 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteve
Glam stuff sucks very bad. How could anyone say that this glam shit is better than Cemetery Gates, Floods, Cowboys From Hell, etc.?
August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommentertHeJunKy

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