Walk (Pantera song)

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"Walk"
Walk (song).jpg
Single by Pantera
from the album Vulgar Display of Power
Released1993
Recorded1991
Genre Groove metal
Length5:15
Label Eastwest
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Terry Date
Pantera singles chronology
"Hollow"
(1992)
"Walk"
(1993)
"I'm Broken"
(1994)

"Walk" is a song by American heavy metal band Pantera from their sixth album Vulgar Display of Power . [1] A live performance of "Walk" is included on Official Live: 101 Proof , [2] and the studio version is also on the band's greatest hits album, The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits! .

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Pantera American heavy metal band

Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers—drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell—along with lead vocalist Terry Glaze. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the following year, replacing Tommy D. Bradford, who was the unofficial original. Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera released four albums independently during the 1980s. Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera replaced Glaze with Phil Anselmo in late 1986 and released Power Metal in 1988. In 1989, the band secured a record deal with the major laber Atco. With its fifth album, 1990's Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced the groove metal genre, while its 1992 follow-up Vulgar Display of Power exhibited an even heavier sound. Far Beyond Driven (1994) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In addition to their contribution to the groove metal genre, Pantera is credited for being part of the second wave of thrash metal scene in the early-to-mid 1990s.

<i>Vulgar Display of Power</i> 1992 studio album by Pantera

Vulgar Display of Power is the sixth studio album by the American heavy metal band Pantera, released on February 25, 1992. Released on Atco Records, it is often considered one of the most influential heavy metal albums of the 1990s. Several of its tracks have become among the band's best known, such as "Mouth for War", "A New Level", "Walk", "Fucking Hostile", and "No Good ".

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Song information

The riff for "Walk" is played in a time signature of 12/8. [3] Dimebag Darrell played the riff at a soundcheck during the tour for Cowboys from Hell and the rest of the band loved it. [3]

The time signature is a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats (pulses) are contained in each measure (bar), and which note value is equivalent to a beat.

Dimebag Darrell American musician and songwriter

Darrell Lance Abbott, best known by his stage name Dimebag Darrell, was an American musician and songwriter. He was the guitarist of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan, both of which he co-founded alongside his brother Vinnie Paul. He was one of the driving forces behind the development of groove metal, and is considered one of the most influential guitarists in heavy metal history.

Soundcheck

A soundcheck is the preparation that takes place before a concert, speech, or similar performance, when the performer and the sound crew run through a small portion of the upcoming show on the venue's sound reinforcement system or PA system to make sure that the sound in the venue's front of house and stage monitor sound systems are producing clear sound that is at the right volume and which has the correct mix and tonal balance.

Phil Anselmo said that the message of the song was "Take your fucking attitude and take a fuckin' walk with that. Keep that shit away from me". [3] His message was aimed at friends that treated the band differently when they arrived home after touring for Cowboys from Hell. [3] He said "they thought it had gone to our heads, like we've got this rock-star thing embroidered across our faces". [3]

Phil Anselmo American musician

Philip Hansen Anselmo is an American heavy metal musician who is best known as the lead vocalist for Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual. He is also the owner of Housecore Records and has been involved with several other bands.

The music video was shot at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. [3] The cover for the single is a screenshot of the band's "Mouth for War" music video.

Riviera Theatre music venue and former movie theater in Chicago, Illinois

The Riviera Theatre is a concert venue located on the north side of Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States, with small portions of the city extending westward into neighboring DuPage County. It is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland. At nearly 10 million people, the metropolitan area is the third-largest in the United States.

Mouth for War

"Mouth for War" is a song by American heavy metal band Pantera. It was first released on the band's sixth album Vulgar Display of Power and was the first single off that album. It was later released on the band's compilation album, The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!

In 2019, the song was prominently featured in the film Triple Frontier .

<i>Triple Frontier</i> (film) 2019 film directed by J. C. Chandor

Triple Frontier is a 2019 American action-adventure film directed by J. C. Chandor, with a screenplay by Chandor and Mark Boal, from a story by Boal. The film stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal as a group of former Special Operations soldiers who reunite to plan a heist job of a South American crime lord.

Release

The song was released as the fourth and final single for the band's Vulgar Display of Power LP in 1993. The band also released a number of EP's and remixes for the song in 1993 including:

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Reception and accolades

The song is considered to be one of the band's best tracks and is also one of the band's most well known songs to both Pantera fans and casual listeners. The song ranked number 16 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs. [4] Guitar World magazine voted the song's solo the 57th greatest of all-time. [5] The song peaked at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's first UK top 40 hit, and number 23 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (equivalent to number 123 on the Billboard Hot 100).

Notable covers

"Walk"
A7XWalk.jpg
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough
ReleasedJuly 17, 2007
Recorded2007
Genre Groove metal
Length5:23
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown
Producer(s) Avenged Sevenfold, Terry Date
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"Seize the Day"
(2006)
"Walk"
(2007)
"Critical Acclaim"
(2007)

Charts

Chart (1993)Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 35
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 23

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References

  1. http://www.allmusic.com/album/vulgar-display-of-power-mw0000277671
  2. http://www.allmusic.com/album/official-live-101-proof-mw0000024765
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Grow, Kory (2012-05-22). "Pantera Look Back at 20 Years of 'Walk'". Spin . Retrieved 2012-05-23.
  4. "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by VH1.com; last accessed 2006-09-10.
  5. 100 Greatest Guitar Solos - Tablature for solos 51 - 60; About.com; last accessed 2012-01-12.