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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.

   
Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Pantera / Hellyeah Drummer Vinnie Paul Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

Legendary Pantera / Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul sat down to sort out the truth in another edition of 'Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?'

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Vinnie Paul Says Philip Anselmo Has ‘Done a Lot of Things That Tarnish the Image’ of Pantera

Vinnie Paul says in a new interview that Philip Anselmo has done lots of things that have tarnished the image of Pantera and that it's sad.

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Lesser Gods
Lesser Gods

Philip Anselmo + Rex Brown Offer Look Into ‘A Vulgar Display of Pantera’ Photo Book

Pantera fanatics will get a new perspective into the world of the legendary metal band with 'A Vulgar Display of Pantera.'

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Pantera’s Rex Brown Reveals Plans to Release Solo Album

Pantera and Kill Devil Hill bassist Rex Brown has revealed plans to record his first-ever solo album, leaning more on rock than metal.

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Facebook: Disturbed

Breaking Benjamin + David Draiman Show Dallas Respect With Cover of Pantera’s ‘Walk’

Watch as Breaking Benjamin welcome Disturbed's David Draiman for a cover of Pantera's 'Walk' in Dallas.

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EastWest
EastWest

Pantera’s ‘The Great Southern Trendkill’ to Receive 20th Anniversary Edition Release in October

Rhino will deliver a 20th anniversary edition of Pantera's 'The Great Southern Trendkill' album with bonus mixes, live cuts and instrumentals in October.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Hellyeah’s Chad Gray: ‘For Many Reasons, Mudvayne Doesn’t Exist Anymore’

Hellyeah singer Chad Gray discusses his frustration with continued talks of potential Mudvayne and Pantera reunions.

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Lesser Gods
Lesser Gods

‘A Vulgar Display of Pantera’ Authorized Photo Book Arriving in September

The first-ever authorized Pantera photo book, 'A Vulgar Display of Pantera,' chronicles the band's history since 1983 and will arrive in September.

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26 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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Philip Anselmo: Zakk Wylde ‘Is a Badass,’ But a ‘Different Player’ Than Dimebag Darrell

During his recent Q&A session, Philip Anselmo revealed that he thinks Zakk Wylde is a badass guitar player, but stylistically different than Dimebag Darrell.

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