The Great Southern Trendkill

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The Great Southern Trendkill
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Studio album by Pantera
Released May 7, 1996 (1996-05-07)
Recorded 1995–96 at Chasin Jason Studios in Dallas; Nothing Studios in New Orleans
Genre Groove metal, thrash metal[1]
Length 53:05
Label EastWest
Producer Terry Date, Vinnie Paul
Pantera chronology
Far Beyond Driven
The Great Southern Trendkill
Official Live: 101 Proof
Singles from The Great Southern Trendkill
  1. "War Nerve[citation needed]"
    Released: 1996 (1996)
  2. "Drag the Waters"
    Released: 1996 (1996)
  3. "Suicide Note Pt.I"
    Released: 1996 (1996)
  4. "Floods"
    Released: 1996 (1996)

The Great Southern Trendkill is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on May 7, 1996 by EastWest Records. It reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, and managed to stay on the chart for over 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 Dallas.

Album information[edit]

"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, Dimebag'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 Rock Band, with the exception of "Suicide Note Pt. I". "10's" was featured in the Funimation dub version of the Dragon Ball Z film Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan in 2003.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Being Pantera's most aggressive album to date,[2] The Great Southern Trendkill is known for featuring lots of screaming,[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 that the band ever recorded. It also has a more experimental nature, such as the acoustic guitars[2] 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 Phil Anselmo on the song "The Great Southern Trendkill" were compared Seth Putman.[6]

The lyrical themes on The Great Southern Trendkill include drugs, a flood that ends mankind, finding deeper meaning, anger and the media.[7][8][9][2][10][4] The album features elements of thrash metal[3][1] and death metal[6] while still being a groove metal album.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Artistdirect 5/5 stars[2]
BBC Music favorable[1]
Chronicles of Chaos (9/10)[6]
Entertainment Weekly C+[11]
Rolling Stone 2/5 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..."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Pantera. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Great Southern Trendkill"   3:47
2. "War Nerve"   4:53
3. "Drag the Waters"   4:55
4. "10's"   4:49
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 (Hell's Wrath)"   4:50
9. "Floods"   6:59
10. "The Underground in America"   4:33
11. "(Reprise) Sandblasted Skin"   5:39
Total length:


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 (Hell's Wrath)" .
Technical personnel

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[12] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[13] 14
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[14] 22
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[15] 19
Dutch Albums Chart[16] 61
Finnish Albums Chart[17] 4
German Albums Chart[18] 33
New Zealand Albums Chart[19] 15
Norwegian Albums Chart[20] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[21] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[22] 37
UK Album Chart[23] 17
U.S. Billboard 200[24] 4


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


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  2. ^ a b c d Florino, Rick (2012-07-30). "Retrospective: Pantera "The Great Southern Trendkill" Review — 5 out of 5 stars". Artistdirect. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ a b c "CD Gallery - Pantera". No Life 'til Metal. 
  4. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "The Great Southern Trendkill - Pantera". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  5. ^ Kaye, Don (2003). "The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!". Warner Music Group. 
  6. ^ a b c Bromley, Adrian (1996-06-09). "Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Floods by Pantera". Songfacts. 
  8. ^ "Drag The Waters by Pantera". Songfacts. 
  9. ^ Strauss. "Neil". The New York Times.  (August 27th, 1996)
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  11. ^ Jackson, Devon (1996-05-10). "The Great Southern Trendkill Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
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  25. ^ a b U.S. certifications [1] (Retrieved December 22, 2009)