Pantera are one of the very few bands whose power and influence has remained legendary for decades. As Pantera consistently remain one of the most discussed bands in metal history, the subject of a partial reunion comes up fairly regularly. However, the question remains -- who would fill the spot of the late, great "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott?
In addition to being one of the most formidable and talented vocalists in metal, Phil Anselmo is a diehard football fan, namely of the New Orleans Saints, winners of Super Bowl XLIV. However, in recent weeks, the team's head coach and select players were levied major suspensions by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being caught putting bounties on players.
Phil Anselmo on Pantera's 'Vulgar Display of Power'
If you were cursing your geographical locale and luck last night (April 12) because you could not attend the third edition of Samson's 'Metal Masters' clinic, which is essentially a heavy metal all-star jam, then you're in luck. If you've got three hours, you can enjoy a stream of the entire event which took place at the famed Key Club on Hollywood's even more famed Sunset Strip.
Good news for Down fans who have been anxiously awaiting any updates on the EPs that the band have been working on. According to drummer Jimmy Bower, the first EP has been mixed and now it just needs to get the finishing touches of mastering and artwork before it can be released. Bower is anticipating an early May release date and although the album title hasn’t been officially confirmed, it is tentatively titled ‘Down IV.’
Down frontman Phil Anselmo has recorded a 45-second video message updating fans on the band's upcoming, yet-untitled EP and wishing fans happy holidays. Anselmo posted the recording shortly after recording vocals at Nodferatu's lair, the barn studio on his 17 acre property in south Louisiana.