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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Cowboys from Hell’ (1990), ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ (1992), ‘Far Beyond Driven’ (1994) Related Artists: Damage Plan, Down, Superjoint Ritual, Hell Yeah Further Reading: 10 Best Pantera Songs; You Think You Know Pantera? Read More: Pantera News

Watch Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul + Rex Brown Perform Together For the Last Time

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George DeSota, Getty Images

New footage of Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown rocking out for the final time under the moniker Gasoline has emerged.

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Rex Brown on Dimebag’s Death: ‘We Got Robbed by Some F—in’ Lunatic’

Rex Brown
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Rex Brown claims that every band wants to be Pantera and if guitarist Dimebag Darrell was still alive, they'd still be working together.

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‘Metal Grasshopper’ Web Series Wraps Up As Philip Anselmo Releases Dave Hill Into The Wild

Metal Grasshopper Episode 6

The adventures of musician Philip Anselmo and comedian Dave Hill come to an end in the sixth and final episode of the very funny web series 'Metal Grasshopper.'

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Never-Before-Heard Dimebag Darrell Song ‘Whiskey Road’ Released for Streaming

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Not only has the new song, 'Whiskey Road,' been unveiled, but the full sheet music for the track is also available for free.

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Zakk Wylde on Potential Pantera ‘Reunion’: ‘I’m Just a Phone Call Away’

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Zakk Wylde is aware of the rumors of a Pantera 'reunion' and says while it's up to the original members, he's just a phone call away.

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Dimebag Darrell + Vinnie Paul’s Father Jerry Abbott Releases Autobiography

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Described as "part autobiography, part music business guide," the book promises an insider's look into Pantera's success.

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Remembering Dimebag Darrell: Rockers Discuss Pantera Legend With Full Metal Jackie

Remembering Dimebag Darrell
Loudwire

'Loudwire Nights' host Full Metal Jackie caught up with a number of rockers who wanted to share their memories and thoughts on the late Dimebag Darrell.

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Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell Jokes Around + Jams ‘Walk’ at Godsmack Gig in Never-Before-Seen Clip

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Billboard

A clip of Pantera's Dimebag Darrell has been released, showing the legend joking around backstage before jamming 'Walk' in Las Vegas with members of Godsmack.

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Remembering Dimebag Darrell: Frank Bello, David Ellefson + Chris Broderick Share Stories

Remembering Dimebag: Frank Bello, David Ellefson + Chris Broderick
Loudwire

We sat down with three of thrash's biggest heavyweights -- Anthrax's Frank Bello, Megadeth's David Ellefson and former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick.

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Hero Cop Who Gunned Down Dimebag’s Killer Left Police Force After Suffering Stress Disorders

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Scott Gries, Getty Images

Dec. 8, 2004, will forever live in infamy as the day the metal world lost Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and Damageplan fame.

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