Metal Magic

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Metal Magic
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 10, 1983
LabelMetal Magic
ProducerJerry Abbott
Pantera chronology
Metal Magic
Projects in the Jungle
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic1.5/5 stars[1]
The Daily VaultC+[2]
Metal Forces(8/10)[3]

Metal Magic is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on June 10, 1983 by Metal Magic Records.[4] Like the band's next three releases, this album is musically oriented toward a glam/heavy metal sound influenced by Kiss and Van Halen, rather than the groove metal style they became famous for playing in the 1990s,[5] starting with the release of Cowboys from Hell. It was released on the band's own label (also called Metal Magic) and produced by Jerry Abbott (under the alias "The Eldn'"), a noted country music songwriter and producer, and father of Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, who were sixteen and nineteen years old, respectively, at the time of release.


In a retrospective review for AllMusic Eduardo Rivadavia gave Metal Magic a largely negative ranking of 1.5 stars out of a possible 5. He described the album as "exceedingly average hard rock and metal misfires" with only two promising songs in "I'll Be Alright" and "Widowmaker". Furthermore, album's "strongest asset" even in these early years was Diamond Darrell's guitar playing.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Pantera except where noted.

1."Ride My Rocket"4:55
2."I'll Be Alright"3:13
3."Tell Me If You Want It"3:44
4."Latest Lover"2:54
5."Biggest Part of Me"4:49
6."Metal Magic" (Scott Gigney)4:17
8."Nothin' On (But the Radio)"3:30
9."Sad Lover"3:27
10."Rock Out!"5:45
Total length:39:37


The album also features uncredited keyboard playing in some songs most likely Terry Glaze played the parts himself.


  1. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Metal Magic - Pantera". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-02.
  2. ^ Thelen, Christopher (2005-01-10). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Metal Magic". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  3. ^ Hammonds, Steve (1984). "Pantera - Metal Magic". Metal Forces (3). Retrieved 2012-07-02.
  4. ^ "House of Hairspray". Retrieved 5 Aug 2010.
  5. ^ "Metal Magic". Retrieved 5 Aug 2010.