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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.

   
Loudwire
Loudwire

Rex Brown: How Pantera, the Beatles + More Inspired ‘Smoke on This’ Album

In this exclusive interview, Rex Brown tells us how the breakup of Pantera, influence from the Beatles and much more helped shape the 'Smoke on This' album.

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Atco
Atco

27 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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eOne / Photo by Neil Zlozower
eOne / Photo by Neil Zlozower

Rex Brown Reveals New Song ‘Buried Alive’ Is About How He Dealt With Dimebag Darrell’s Death

Rex Brown just unveiled a deeply personal fact about his new track 'Buried Alive.'

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Scott Gries, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Scott Gries, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Vinnie Paul Answers Difficult Questions About Pantera Breakup, Possibility of Reunion and Dimebag Darrell

Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul addressed the breakup and potential reunion of Pantera and the murder of his brother Dimebag Darrell in a new interview.

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Vinnie Paul: Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ Set the Tone for Modern-Day Metal Bands

Vinnie Paul spoke to WGRD radio and talked about Pantera's 'Vulgar Display of Power,' saying it 'set the tone for what modern-day metal bands do.'

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Loudwire
Loudwire

Rex Brown: Pantera Have Been ‘Close’ to Reuniting [Exclusive Video Interview]

During Rex Brown’s most recent visit to our studio, he spoke about how close the surviving Pantera members have come to reuniting.

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Metal Magic
Metal Magic

29 Years Ago: Pantera Release ‘Power Metal’

In 1988, Pantera released their first disc with Philip Anselmo, an album called 'Power Metal.'

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Atco Records

Official Pantera Emojis Out Now on iOS, Coming to Android in September

'Are you talking to me?!' Texting is about to get a lot more metal with these official Pantera emojis.

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Metal Magic Records
Metal Magic Records

34 Years Ago: Pantera Release Their First Album ‘Metal Magic’

On June 10, 1983, a very different sounding Pantera arrived on the scene with their debut disc 'Metal Magic.'

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Loudwire
Loudwire

10 Reasons Why Pantera’s ‘Power Metal’ Is Better Than You Remember

When was the last time you listened to Pantera's 'Power Metal?' It's better than you remember and here's why!

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