Power Metal is an album by the American hard rock and heavy metal band Pantera, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music).
The album was the first featuring Phil Anselmo on lead vocals, and was also notable for containing Dimebag Darrell's first appearance on lead vocals, on the final track, "P.S.T.
The album fully realizes the heavier direction hinted on the previous album, I Am the Night, and features more traditional metal songs, speed metal songs and a few glam metal songs Many fans of the album question the decision of the band not to re-release it, since it is very close to the sound and approach on their next album, Cowboys from Hell, and also has a cult following among many Pantera fans.
The album is available through bootlegs at this time, though official releases are scarce.
However pirated replicas of the "Metal Magic" original CD issue are easily found on Ebay.
The song "Proud to Be Loud" was written and produced by Keel guitarist Marc Ferrari and was originally intended to appear on that group's 1987 self-titled album.
However, Keel would not record a version of the song until 1998.
Pantera's version was used as the party song in the theatrical cut of Donnie Darko, credited to "The Dead Green Mummies".
Pantera's former vocalist Terry Glaze helped co-write "Down Below".
An earlier recording of the song with Glaze appears on I Am the Night.