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Pantera was arguably the most important heavy metal band of the 1990s — becoming a major commercial force in spite of a hostile alternative rock climate that laid low some of metal’s all-time biggest bands, to say nothing of the once dominant hair metal scene. With period-defining albums like ‘Cowboys from Hell’ and ‘Vulgar Display of Power,’ Pantera established the so-called groove metal sub-genre and even reinvented themselves from a previous 1980s existence that many of their fans weren’t even aware of, for some time. But Pantera, which was founded in 1981 by guitar-and-drum-playing brothers Darrell (a.k.a. Diamond or Dimebag Darrell) and Vinnie Paul Abbott, with bassist Rex Brown and singer Terrence Lee Glaze, had actually recorded three albums of run-of-the-mill hair metal for their own independent label, to no success. Not until they replaced Glaze with New Orleans-based vocalist Philip Anselmo, and began toughening up their sound for 1988’s ‘Power Metal’ album, did Pantera’s fortunes start turning around, leading to the creative and commercial breakthrough of 1990’s major label debut, ‘Cowboys from Hell.’ This, along with the aforementioned ‘Vulgar Display of Power,’ effectively established Pantera’s muscular groove metal blueprint, based around Dimebag Darrell’s devastating guitar technique and Anselmo’s versatile vocals. As a result 1994’s ‘Far Beyond Driven’ shot straight to number one on the U.S. charts and transformed Pantera into one of the world’s biggest heavy metal touring acts. But growing tensions within the group began chipping away at their momentum, despite strong sales for ensuing albums like 1996’s ‘The Great Southern Trendkill’ and 2000’s ‘Reinventing the Steel,’ and by 2003, Pantera had officially broken up. Anselmo turned his attention to Down and Superjoint Ritual, the Abbott brothers launched a new group named Damageplan, and their war of worlds escalated until Dimebag was stunning murdered on stage by a deranged man, on December 8, 2004. Since the tragedy, relations between Pantera’s surviving members have remained testy, at best, with Anselmo continuing to pursue multiple musical projects, Vinnie Paul chiefly committed to Hellyeah, and Rex Brown splitting his time between Down, Kill Devil Hill and penning his Pantera-centric autobiography in 2013.

   
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Larry Busacca / Scott Gries, Getty Images

Ace Frehley Recalls Crazy Weekend of Debauchery at Dimebag’s House [Exclusive Video]

KISS legend Ace Frehley remembers getting pleasured by a 'hooker' at Pantera legend Dimebag Darrell's house during a weekend of debauchery.

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Pantera Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Pantera's studio albums, from weakest to strongest.

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East West
East West

22 Years Ago: Pantera Release ‘Far Beyond Driven’

Pantera challenged themselves with the album title 'Far Beyond Driven' and on March 22, 1994, the disc arrived and the fans sent it to No. 1.

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EastWest

16 Years Ago: Pantera Unleash ‘Reinventing The Steel’

On March 21, 2000, Pantera released what would be their final studio album, 'Reinventing the Steel.'

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Judas Priest, ‘Halls of Valhalla’ vs. Pantera, ‘Revolution Is My Name’ – March Metal Madness 2016 – Quarterfinals

Judas Priest take on Pantera in the Quarterfinals of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Slayer, ‘Bloodline’ vs. Pantera, ‘Revolution Is My Name’ – March Metal Madness 2016, Round 2

Slayer take on Pantera in Round 2 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

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Spencer Kaufman / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Pantera, ‘Revolution Is My Name’ vs. Mastodon, ‘Blood and Thunder’ – March Metal Madness 2016, Round 1

Pantera take on Mastodon in Round 1 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

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Philip Anselmo Issues Video Apology After Making Offensive Gesture and Exclamation at Dimebash

After being called out by members of the metal community, Philip Anselmo has issued a video apology for his highly controversial actions.

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Kevin Winter / Ethan Miller / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Actor Christian Bale Listened to Pantera + Mastodon to Learn Double-Bass Drumming in New Role

Actor Christian Bale prepared for his new role by listening to Pantera and Mastodon to help him out with his drumming.

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Dimebag Darrell (Pantera / Damageplan)
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Pantera, Slayer, Black Label Society Members Lead 2016 Ride for Dime Dimebash

Members of Pantera, Slayer, Black Label Society, Alice in Chains and more will take part in the 2016 Ride for Dime Dimebash in Hollywood on Jan. 22.

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