As you enjoy the romantic holiday this weekend remember, love can be blind. Perhaps listening to some Pantera can open your eyes and drive the twisted selfishness out of you!

As another Valentine’s Day draws near, I wanted to point out that love is often a fickle beast. Relationships require effort. We all have different needs and expectations.

Pantera is a groove metal band from Texas, formed in 1981. Part of the second wave of thrash, they are regarded as one of the most successful and influential bands in metal history, having sold around 40 million records worldwide. My favorite release has always been 1992’s Vulgar Display Of Power.

“This Love” is Pantera at their best. A performance offering with some strong theatrics woven in. Any vocalist who can make the word ‘love’ sound like the exact opposite clearly has something to say.

Many believe this song is about prostitutes and how they are treated. I believe it’s really about possession. A misunderstanding of lust, mistaken as love. Being with someone who doesn’t really love you, they just need your devotion. When they can’t handle it anymore, they say I’m sorry, ‘I don’t actually love you’ but I still want you to be there for me, always. They can’t accept the thought of their former partner finding happiness without them, ” I’d kill myself for you, I’d kill you for myself “.

Although the band’s demise was all but certain back in early 2000, I personally wish Pantera had continued on. The unexpected passing of both Darrell Lance Abbott (Dimebag Darrell) in 2004 and Vincent Paul Abbott (Vinnie Paul) in 2018 forever sealed the band’s fate.

Nevertheless, it’s fair to say Pantera had uncompromising career in which they never gave into musical trends. They survived the fashionable movements of Grunge, Funk and even Rap Metal. Many believe they singlehandedly held the metal torch when no one had the confidence or popularity to take it.

As you enjoy the romantic holiday this weekend remember, love can be blind. Perhaps listening to some Pantera can open your eyes and drive the twisted selfishness out of you!  \m/

Pantera (1992)

  • Phil Anselmo – Vocals
  • Dimebag Darrell – Guitar
  • Rex Brown – Bass
  • Vinnie Paul – Drums
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