"Walk"
Single by Pantera
from the album Vulgar Display of Power
Released1993
Recorded1991
GenreGroove metal[1]
Length5:15
LabelEast West
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Terry Date
Pantera singles chronology
"Hollow"
(1992)
"Walk"
(1993)
"I'm Broken"
(1994)
Music video
"Walk" on YouTube

"Walk" is a song by American heavy metal band Pantera from their sixth album Vulgar Display of Power.[2] A live performance of "Walk" is included on Official Live: 101 Proof,[3] 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!.

Song information

The riff for "Walk" is played in a time signature of 12/8.[4] Dimebag Darrell played the riff at a soundcheck during the tour for Cowboys from Hell and the rest of the band loved it.[4]

Vocalist 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".[4] His message was aimed at friends that treated the band differently when they arrived home after touring for Cowboys from Hell.[4] He said "they thought it had gone to our heads, like we've got this rock-star thing embroidered across our faces".[4]

The music video was shot at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago.[4] The cover for the single is a screenshot of the band's "Mouth for War" music video.

In 2019, the song was prominently featured in the film Triple Frontier.[5]

Release

The song was released as the fourth and final single from Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power album in 1993. The band also released a number of EPs and remixes for the song in 1993, including:

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.[6] Guitar World magazine voted the song's solo the 57th greatest of all-time.[7] The song peaked at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's first UK top 40 hit.

Notable covers

"Walk"
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough
ReleasedJuly 17, 2007
Recorded2007
GenreGroove metal
Length5:23
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer(s)
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"Seize the Day"
(2006)
"Walk"
(2007)
"Critical Acclaim"
(2007)

Charts

Chart (1993) Peak
position
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 35

References

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (June 23, 2018). "Pantera Albums Ranked". Loudwire. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Official Live: 101 Proof - Pantera | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Grow, Kory (May 22, 2012). "Pantera Look Back at 20 Years of 'Walk'". Spin. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "Triple Frontier (2019) - Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs". VH1. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  7. ^ Cross, Dan. "The 100 Best Guitar Solos of All Time". About.com. p. 6. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  8. ^ "Front Line Assembly's 'Surface Patterns' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 13, 2021.