The Great Southern Trendkill

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The Great Southern Trendkill
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 7, 1996 (1996-05-07)
GenreGroove metal
ProducerTerry Date
Pantera chronology
Far Beyond Driven
The Great Southern Trendkill
Official Live: 101 Proof
Singles from The Great Southern Trendkill
  1. "Drag the Waters"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Suicide Note"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Floods"
    Released: 1996

The Great Southern Trendkill is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on May 7, 1996 through EastWest Records. It reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, and stayed on the chart for 16 weeks. Due to tension and conflicts within the band, Phil Anselmo recorded the vocals alone at Trent Reznor's Nothing Studios in New Orleans while Dimebag Darrell, Rex Brown, and Vinnie Paul recorded the music at Chasin Jason Studios in Dalworthington Gardens.


"Floods", the album's longest song, contains a guitar solo considered by many to be Dimebag Darrell's finest. Guitar World magazine voted it as the 15th greatest guitar solo of all-time, Darrell's highest-ranking of three solos to make the list (the other two being his solos from "Cemetery Gates", ranked 35th, and "Walk", ranked 57th).

The album is available as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band, with the exception of "Suicide Note Pt. I".

The song "10's" was featured in the Funimation dub of the Dragon Ball Z film Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan in 2003.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Considered Pantera's most aggressive album to date,[1] The Great Southern Trendkill is known for featuring much screaming,[2][3] most notably on "Suicide Note Pt. II" and "The Great Southern Trendkill" while also featuring some of the fastest tempos and most down-tuned guitars ("The Underground in America" and "(Reprise) Sandblasted Skin" were played in drop G tuning) that the band ever recorded. It also has a more experimental nature, such as the acoustic guitars[1] and ballads.[4]

Unlike Pantera's first three major label albums, the vocals are often double-tracked and layered to create a more "demonic" effect. An example of this can be heard in the chorus of "13 Steps to Nowhere", when Phil Anselmo's singing voice is backed up by high-pitched screaming, done by Seth Putnam of the band Anal Cunt.[5] Screams done by Anselmo on the song "The Great Southern Trendkill" were compared to Putnam.[6]

The lyrical themes on The Great Southern Trendkill include drugs, a flood that ends mankind, finding deeper meaning, anger and the media.[1][4][7][8][9][10] The album features elements of thrash metal[2][11] and death metal[6] while still being a groove metal album.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Artistdirect5/5 stars[1]
BBC Musicfavorable[11]
Chronicles of Chaos(9/10)[6]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[12]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[10]
  • Melody Maker (5/25/96, p. 49) - "It makes my brain hurt, my eyes water and my genitalia retract like a startled turtle. I cannot think of higher recommendation, considering the kind of album it is. If it made me feel all warm and gooey or tearful and lovelorn, then it would be a pitiful failure by its own lights."
  • Spin (7/96, p. 96) - "...mature speedmetal and perfect summer fun: twisted power ballads, rap-style toasting, almost radio-worthy melodies, plus all the right jackhammer drum jolts, wrestler bellows, and guitar lurch..."


On August 12, 2016, Pantera announced via social media that a 20th anniversary edition of The Great Southern Trendkill would be released on October 21.[14] The reissue will feature two discs, including a remastered version of the original album as well as 12 unreleased tracks. These are expected to include instrumentals, as well as alternative mixes and live recordings from the Dynamo Festival in 1998.[15] In addition, a separate LP named The Great Southern Outtakes will be released. This LP will consist of songs also released on disc 2 of Trendkill's reissue except for the intro and early mix of "Suicide Note Part l".[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Pantera.

1."The Great Southern Trendkill"3:47
2."War Nerve"4:53
3."Drag the Waters"4:55
5."13 Steps to Nowhere"3:37
6."Suicide Note Pt. I"4:44
7."Suicide Note Pt. II"4:19
8."Living Through Me (Hells' Wrath)"4:50
10."The Underground in America"4:33
11."(Reprise) Sandblasted Skin"5:39
Total length:53:05
Japanese edition bonus track
12."Walk" (Live at the Hollywood Palladium, CA 6/27/1992)5:29
Total length:59:07
Disc 2 (from The Great Southern Trendkill: 20th Anniversary Edition[16])
1."The Great Southern Trendkill" (2016 Mix)4:07
2."War Nerve" (Live at Dynamo Festival, 1998)5:21
3."Drag the Waters" (Alternative Early Mix)5:00
4."10's" (Alternative Early Mix)4:53
5."13 Steps to Nowhere" (Instrumental version)3:40
6."Suicide Note Pt. I" (Intro)1:13
7."Suicide Note Pt. I" (Alternative Early Mix)3:53
8."Suicide Note Pt. II" (Live at Dynamo Festival, 1998)4:48
9."Living Through Me (Hells' Wrath)" (Instrumental Version)4:54
10."Floods" (Alternative Early Mix)7:19
11."The Underground in America" (Alternative Early Mix)3:56
12."(Reprise) Sandblasted Skin" (Live at Dynamo Festival, 1998)4:34
Total length:53:38



Additional musicians

  • Seth Putnam – additional vocals on "The Great Southern Trendkill", "War Nerve", "13 Steps to Nowhere", and "Suicide Note Pt. II"
  • Ross Karpelman – keyboards on "Suicide Note Pt. I" and "Living Through Me (Hells' Wrath)"


  • Terry Date – producer, recording, mixing
  • Vinnie Paul – producer, recording, mixing
  • Pantera – co-producer
  • Ulrich Wild – co-recording


Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[17] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[18] 14
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[19] 22
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[20] 19
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[21] 14
Dutch Albums Chart[22] 61
Finnish Albums Chart[23] 4
German Albums Chart[24] 33
New Zealand Albums Chart[25] 15
Norwegian Albums Chart[26] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[27] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[28] 37
UK Album Chart[29] 17
US Billboard 200[30] 4


Country Certification Date Sales certified
U.S.[31] Gold June 25, 1996 500,000
U.S.[31] Platinum August 17, 2004 1,000,000


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