From: Dallas, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded
Formed in Dallas in the early 80's, Pantera was founded by brothers Darrell and Vincent Abbott. Along with Terrence Lee and a bassist named Rex Brown, Pantera joined the glam scene. Producing three records, the band never accomplished what they set out to do. In 1986 the members agreed to replace Terrence Lee with Phillip Anselmo. After Releasing aother album the band recieved a record deal with East West Records.
The groups first release with the new label was 'Cowboys From Hell.' This album put Pantera on the metal map, but did not sell very well because mainstream never picked it up. Two years later Pantera released 'Vulgar Display of Power', which defined Pantera's true aggressive style. The next release (Far Beynd Driven) surprised the world by debuting at number one on the Billboard Charts. Pantera released two more studio albums, and a live album in the following years.
Even though they never reached the status of No.1 again, Pantera built a following by touring for four years straight. Pantera have toured with everyone from Slayer (2001) to Rob Zombie (1996). They have also been featured on the Ozzfest on many occasions. Needless to say Pantera are still playing and preaching the same metal that made them metal icons in the early 90's.
Pantera Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Pantera.
Philip H. Anselmo is one misunderstood cat. Over his career, especially over the last year, he has been subjected to harsh criticism, mostly by the press. He made a joke on stage at the end of a performance. He was getting loaded on white wine and saluted a Seig Heil.
20 years ago, people would have laughed. People still laugh at it today, but we live in a super-offended, PC culture today. Yes, this probably wasn’t the smartest thing to say in a time that our First Amendment rights are tattered, but don’t get him wrong! He loves his fans, different races of fans from all over the world—a major reason he is so beloved around the world! And he’s a musical genius.
Arriving int Austin for Superjoint’s first show on their U.S. tour with Battlecross and Child Bite, Anselmo and his Superjoint “buds” came loaded with one of the angriest albums of his career. “Caught Up in the Gears of Application” is the first record in 13 years for him and his mates. Don’t think he has any rust on his wheels, though. Phil and his boys, Joey “Blue” Gonzalez (drums), Jimmy Bower (guitar), Kevin Bond (guitar) and Stephen Taylor (bass) are no green horns when it comes to recording. They’ve all spent time together in the studio recording. They're all veterans of several major bands including Warbeast, Eyehategod and Down. In fact, Phil and his mates have several albums just sitting and waiting to be released.
One of those albums shows Anselmo collaborate with horror movie icon, Bill Moseley (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre II,” “House of 1,000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects”) on their Phil + Bill album “Songs of Darkness and Despair.” Mosley was a fixture at Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival. The two combined their dark imaginations and astute outlook on the world today in a record that must be heard by fans of both artists (to be released January 20th, 2017 via Anselmo’s Housecore Imprint.)
Philip, Blue and Stephen joined me and my assistant, Michael Eisele, for a good sit-down on their tour bus. Check out what went down in the following feature.
Five years since the death of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and the world can not forget him. The circumstances in which he and several others died that night have changed the club experience forever; security is tight even in the smallest venues for fear that another deadly attack may occur. After his passing, countless tributes were given in his honor in the form of concerts, cover songs and personal statements from friends and fellow musicians. To add to the long list of tributes, Metal Hammer Magazine’s 200th issue being released on December 16 will include a “Dimebag” Darrell tribute album. Top metal bands such as Evile, Machine Head, Kiuas and Chimaira have come together to cover their favorite Pantera songs for the fifth anniversary of the tragic event. More...