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Pantera

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.

   
EastWest
EastWest

23 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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East / West
East / West

17 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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Rex Brown
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Rex Brown Reflects on Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ on the Album’s 25th Anniversary

Pantera's Rex Brown offers his thoughts on the band's widely influential 'Vulgar Display of Power' album turning 25 years old.

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Vinnie Paul Reflects on Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ on the Album’s 25th Anniversary

When Vinnie Paul sat down with us, he spoke about Pantera beginning to take over the world of metal with 'Vulgar Display of Power.'

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Atco Records

Metal Luminaries Reflect on the Impact of Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’

There was absolutely nothing like 'Vulgar' when it hit shelves in February 1992, but don’t just take our word for it. We spoke with some of metal's greatest acts.

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Loudwire
Loudwire

Three Surviving Pantera Members Discuss Making of ‘Vulgar Display of Power’

All three surviving members of Pantera -- Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul -- reflect on the writing and recording of 'Vulgar Display of Power.'

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Philip Anselmo Reflects on Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ on Its 25th Anniversary

See more of our interview with Philip Anselmo from the Loudwire Legacy documentary on the 25th anniversary of Pantera's 'Vulgar Display of Power.'

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Secret Story Vulgar

The Story of Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ Album Cover Is Not What You Think It Is

It's one of the most iconic album covers in metal history, but the story you've heard over all these years has just been debunked by the photographer himself.

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Paul Natkin Archive
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Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ – A Three-Part Loudwire Legacy Documentary [Watch]

Loudwire Legacy presents an original three-part documentary on 'Vulgar Display of Power,' featuring the three surviving members of Pantera and other metal luminaries.

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Atco
Atco

25 Years Ago: Pantera Release the Groundbreaking ‘Vulgar Display of Power’

On Feb. 25, 1992, Pantera changed the course of heavy metal with the release of 'Vulgar Display of Power.'

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