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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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Two Retrospective Pantera Collections Arriving in Fall 2015

For Pantera completists, there are two new sets about to arrive this fall celebrating the band's musical output.

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Cover Stories: Pantera, ‘Far Beyond Driven’

Pantera's 1994 disc 'Far Beyond Driven' was, like all of the band's albums, a drill to the skull, but the album cover that a million of us purchased isn't the original artwork.

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Watch: Sock Puppet Parody Add Socks and Humor to Pantera’s ‘Walk’

Sock Puppet Parody has taken aim at some of the most legendary rock and metal bands.

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Pantera, All That Remains + Bring Me the Horizon Among ‘Rock Band 4′ Bonus Content

Pantera, All That Remains and Bring Me the Horizon songs will be available to PlayStation Plus members who pre-order 'Rock Band 4.'

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Hellyeah Drummer Vinnie Paul Bemoans State of Music Industry

Hellyeah's Vinnie Paul discusses the difficulties for new bands, the state of the music industry and the troubles of finding young headlining acts.

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Philip Anselmo Respects Vinnie Paul’s Decision to Move Forward After Pantera

Philip Anselmo discusses the complex factors that would go into a Pantera reunion and reveals he respects Vinnie Paul's decision to move forward.

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25 Years Ago: Pantera Find Their Voice With ‘Cowboys From Hell’

On July 24, 1990, Pantera took a major step forward in their music career with the 'Cowboys From Hell' album.

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Pantera’s ‘Cowboys From Hell’ – Musicians Celebrate 25th Anniversary

July 24, 1990 saw a shift in the metal landscape, as a hybrid of southern rock, aggressive metal and some of the heaviest grooves ever put to tape was released.

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Pantera Confederate Flag Shirt Disappears From Online Store, Philip Anselmo Comments

The act's "Hesher Dream" shirt, which featured the Confederate flag, has been removed from Pantera's webstore.

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Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul: Confederate Flag Issue a ‘Big Knee Jerk Reaction’

Hellyeah's Vinnie Paul says the Confederate Flag controversy is a 'knee jerk reaction' for people looking to place blame.

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