The 10 Best Metal & Punk Albums Too Rough for the Texas 30
1. Pantera, Cowboys From Hell (1990)
Cowboys From Hell isn't Pantera's best album, but it is the band's most important. In fact, it may well be the most important Texas metal album of all time. Cowboys crystalized a completely new "groove metal" sound for the group, which got its start as a Van Halen-esque hair-metal outfit. It was the heaviest thing the mainstream had ever seen upon its release.
Behind New Orleans transplant Philip Anselmo's powerful vocals and the histrionic shredding of guitarist "Diamond" (soon to be Dimebag) Darrell Abbot, the record was a resounding breakthrough, taking Pantera from being familiar faces on the Texas metal circuit to certified metal gods. Twenty-two years later, it remains a landmark release in Texas music history.