Suicide Note (song)
|Single by Pantera|
|from the album The Great Southern Trendkill|
|Released||May 22, 1996|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, progressive rock(Pt. I)
Thrash metal, groove metal(Pt. II)
|Length||4:44 (Pt. I)
4:19 (Pt. II)
|Pantera singles chronology|
"Suicide Note" is a power ballad and two-part song written and recorded by American heavy metal band Pantera for their eighth studio album, The Great Southern Trendkill. The first half of the song was released as the album's second single in 1996. It is Pantera's highest charting song on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart (now known as the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks), peaking at #10.
"Suicide Note Pt. I" is arguably the most diverse and experimental song Pantera ever recorded, as it features 12-string acoustic guitars and keyboards, and no distorted electric guitar. Dimebag Darrell told Guitar World magazine in 1996 that he wrote all the guitar parts to the song the first time he picked up a 12 string guitar that Washburn Guitars sent him as a thank you for his then new endorsement of the company.
Its follow-up, "Suicide Note Pt. II", in contradiction to Pt. 1, is a very heavy song, featuring low tunings, screamed vocals throughout and a breakdown at its climax.
Pt. 1 was omitted from the original vinyl pressing of The Great Southern Trendkill in 1996. It was however included on a limited edition 24 bit audiophile pressing in 2012.
During Pantera concerts in the mid-1990s, "Suicide Note Pt. I" would often be played on the PA, before the curtain dropped at the end of the song and "Suicide Note Pt. II" would start with dramatic effect.
- Philip Anselmo – lead vocals
- Dimebag Darrell – 12 string acoustic guitar (Pt. I), guitar (Pt. II)
- Rex Brown – bass (Pt. II)
- Vinnie Paul – drums (Pt. II)
- Seth Putnam (of Anal Cunt) - additional vocals (Pt. II)
- Big Ross - keyboards (Pt. I)