I've always been into metal but have systematically managed to ignore Pantera for some reason.

Well last year my little bro got me a copy of "Vulgar Display of Power" and I have been a hardcore Pantera fan ever since. Not really a big fan of their earlier albums but CFH, TGSTK, VDOP, etc are probably the most brutal albums I have ever heard, with some the sickest solos I will probably ever hear.

Seriously, I can't put into words how much I love these crazy bastards. What a shame with Dime too. RIP brother.

Can someone point me in the direction of a few bands and/or records that have that same uber-tight playing style and brutal feel?