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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.

   
Philip Anselmo
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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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Paul Natkin Archive

Pantera’s ‘I’m Broken’ Featured in Carl’s Jr. Steakhouse Thickburger Commercial

Carl's Jr. has a new burger out and they figured the best way to promote it is to feature the riff from Pantera's "I'm Broken" in a masterfully edited commercial.

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Dimebag Darrell (Pantera / Damageplan)
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11 Years Ago: Dimebag Darrell Slain Onstage

On Dec. 8, 2004, Dimebag Darrell's life ended when he was shot by a gunman onstage during a Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio.

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11 Unforgettable Dimebag Darrell Moments

He was taken from us too soon, but fans will continue to discover the Pantera / Damageplan guitar phenom known lovingly as Dimebag Darrell.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images / Cindy Ord, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Christopher Polk, Getty Images / Cindy Ord, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Hear Metallica, Pantera and Slayer Songs Played Without Distortion

Want to hear some heavy metal classics but without the heavy? Check out this video with metal hymns played without distortion!

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Atco Records

Pantera Unveil ‘Vulgar Display of Halloween’ Shirt

Halloween is heavy metal's most celebrated holiday as the genre revels in everything it stands for. Bands have been quick to capitalize on the spooky holiday, releasing merchandise to coincide with All Hallow's Eve...

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Atco Records

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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Pantera 'Far Beyond Driven'
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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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