Exhorder - slaughter in the vatican
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Shortly after Power Metal was released, "Diamond Darrell", as he was then known, auditioned for Megadeth 's vacant guitarist slot, and was invited to join the band. Darrell insisted his brother, bandmate Vinnie Paul, be included, but because Chuck Behler was still in the band at the time, Darrell declined and Dave Mustaine instead decided on Marty Friedman . The Abbott brothers refocused their attention on Pantera, and in 1989 they were given their first shot at commercial success. 1989 was also when the band formed their relationship with Walter O'Brien at Concrete Management (the management arm of Concrete Marketing ), who remained their manager until they disbanded in 2003. 
Exhorder lead vocalist Kyle Thomas has stated that he does not care about any of the criticism and is sick of seeing Exhorder's name tied to Pantera's.  He also stated that he and some members of Pantera were friends,   and that he mourns the loss of Dimebag Darrell .  Recently, Thomas suggested that while it is possible Pantera may have been influenced by his band, the members of Pantera "work[ed] a ... lot harder than [they] did."  
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Here we have the first appearance on a Big 4 band(Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax) on our list and it’s a big one. Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying may just be Megadeth’s most commercially popular album as it gave the world the very well known single “Peace Sells”. The opening bass line to this track was used for years by MTV news and it is one of the band’s most requested live performances. Along with Metallica’s Master of Puppets and Slayer’s Reign In Blood, which were all released in 1986 (wow what a year!), this album helped to bring notoriety to both thrash and extreme metal. Those fans that had become disenfranchised with glam metal began following Megadeth in droves giving them a very large cult following. In 2011 Megadeth, released a 2-disc 25th anniversary edition of the album that featured four additional tracks. This is another album that is consistently on top heavy metal and thrash album lists, as it continues to be one of the most recognizable metal albums of all time.