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Formed: 1982
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.

Latest Pantera News

Below is our complete Pantera news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Scour Premiere New Music Video “Flames”

Scour - featuring Phil Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera, etc.), John Jarvis (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, ex-Cattle Decapitation), Mark Kloeppel (ex-Misery Index) and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Lock Up) - premiere a new official music video for their new single “Flames”. The track is taken from their new EP, “Black“, out in stores now via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Scour Premiere New Music Video "Doom"

Scour - featuring Phil Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera, etc.), John Jarvis (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, ex-Cattle Decapitation), Mark Kloeppel (ex-Misery Index) and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Lock Up) - premiere a new official music video for their track “Doom”. The track is taken from their new EP, “Black“, out in stores now.

The band tapped two special guests for this new song and video: actor Jason Momoa (‘Aquaman‘, ‘Game Of Thrones‘) and Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan.

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King Parrot Premiere Song - Phil Anselmo Guests

King Parrot premiere a new advance track “Nor Is Yours“. The single features a guest spot by Phil Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera, etc.) and was recorded at Anselmo‘s Nodferatu’s Lair studio back in 2017. The track will appear on the band's impending new EP “Holed Up In The Lair“, out in stores October 09th via Housecore Records.

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Slayer Members Forming Band With Phil Anselmo?

There has been much speculation recently with regards to a new project hinted at by legendary thrash metal drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Forbidden.) In a recent conversation with Overkill drummer Jason Bittner, the latter affirmed his belief that Bostaph is working with his former Slayer bandmates Kerry King and Gary Holt and Down/ex Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo. When asked by Bittner if he had any projects in the pipeline, Bostaph stated:

"Something is brewing with a friend of mine that is very familiar to you. I'll give you three guesses."

Bittner replied: "Kerry, Gary, and Anselmo. C'mon, everyone knows by now."

Though Holt has insisted that Exodus is once again his main priority, Kerry King has made it clear that he's not done with music just yet. Further updates and concrete information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Intro Night

There must be a hundred festivals in Europe by now. Every year a new one pops up, some grow, some wane, but a few sit rightfully in the hall of kings. This year, I made my sixth visit to one from the last category, travelling to the small town of Dessel in the east of Belgium, not far from the Dutch border, to once again experience the one and only Graspop Metal Meeting.

Graspop, as the name suggests, originally began as a more commercial affair, once being headlined by the likes of Simple Minds. In 1996 however, the organisers decided, having witnessed the popularity of the metal bands they'd booked previously, to steer the event entirely towards catering for metal, hardcore and punk fans and brought in the likes of Iron Maiden, Sick Of It All, Type O Negative and Slayer to kick off the inaugural brawl. Fast forward to 2019 and Graspop has become one of Europe's favourite festivals, with many bands also speaking highly of it. It boasts a consistently amazing lineup, serves as a cultural melting pot where people come from all over the globe to celebrate metal and offers fans an unforgettable weekend for a reasonable price. So was this year's event? Well...

Most festivals are advertised as three day affairs, normally the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but at Graspop, the party gets going on Thursday, as each year, many local bands as well as a few international names descend upon the half opened grounds to welcome those who have made the journey to Dessel. Almost as soon I had set up my tent, it was off to the Marquee to see one of my absolute favourite old school heavy metal bands, Raven.

Raven has for decades, worked tirelessly on their live performances and become one of the most revered performers among their peers. The Geordie trio rolled into Belgium on the Thursday and rightly received a very strong response from the crowd, who ate up such staples as "Faster Than The Speed Of Light" and "All For One." Despite forming forty five years ago, Raven still have an energy and playfulness about them that many younger bands lack. Raven is as fun as heavy metal gets, providing sing along anthems, dry humour and plenty of crowd participation. On a personal note, the band finishing the set with my favourite of theirs, "Don't Need Your Money," made sure that this was indeed the best start to a festival this reporter could have had. More...

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Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Premiere Video

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals premiere the below music video for “Photographic Taunts” which was captured by Mike Holderbeast during a jam session at Anselmo‘s own Nodferatu’s Lair.

The band’s summer touring plans include this European/UK run: More...

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New Zealand Promoters Cancel Phil Anselmo Shows

Promoters in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand have announced that they have decided to cancel the scheduled concerts of former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo and his project, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, accusing the singer of racism. Anselmo and his band are scheduled to to travel to Australia this week, which would include a headlining slot at Slayfest in Perth, but the neighbouring country of New Zealand, which was shaken by a horrific terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, which claimed the lives of fifty people, has seemingly closed it's doors to the band.

The cancellation is partly a reaction to these attacks, where a white supremacist Australian man, who has continued to make racist gestures during his court hearing, was responsible for the killings. Anselmo himself has been the subject of racist accusations, most recently in 2016 where he shouted "White power!" in front of a crowd in Hollywood, California, an action he has since apologised for. Club Tavern, the venue in Christchurch which was supposed to hold the Illegals concert, stated:

The Philip Anselmo gig has been cancel (sic)," a Facebook post said. "We do not and will not support white supremacy or racism!"

The venue declined to comment further.

Auckland venue Galatos also posted on Facebook, informing people of their decision to pull the pin on the gig. A spokeswoman for the venue also declined to comment further.

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HELLYEAH Premiere New Song & Music Video “333”

A first new single from HELLYEAH‘s impending studio album is streaming below. The track is titled “333” and the video was shot in Brooklyn, NY earlier this month. The group’s upcoming new record will land in stores on June 28th and it will feature the final studio recordings of the HELLYEAH‘s late drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who passed away past June.

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Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Tour Announced

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals will be out on a European/UK tour this summer around the annual festival season. Find out where you can choose to see them below:

06/20 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting 2019
06/23 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest 2019
06/25 London, UK – Underworld
06/26 Manchester, UK – Gorilla
06/27 Bristol, UK – Fleece
06/28 Birmingham, UK – The Mill
06/29 London, UK – Underworld
07/01 Frankfurt, GER – Nachtleben
07/02 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
07/03 Munich, GER – Backstage
07/05 Novi Sad, SER – Exit Festival 2019
07/07 Villafranca di Verona, ITA – Rock The Castle
07/10 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo
07/11 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse
07/12 Vienna, AUT – Szene
07/13 Balaton, HUN – Rock Marathon 2019
07/14 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
07/16 Prague, CZE – Futurum
07/17 Hamburg, GER – Logo
07/19 Gavle, SWE – Gefle Metal Fest
07/20 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo Metal Fest
07/22 Essen, GER – Turock
07/23 Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn
07/24 Tolmin, SLO – Metal Days 2019

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See: Phil Anselmo Perform Pantera's "Walk" Live

Pro-shot live video footage of Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, led by the ex-Pantera and current vocalist Phil Anselmo, playing the Pantera all-time classic "Walk" on November 13 at the Backstage Bar And Billiards Rock 'n' Roll bar Las Vegas can be streamed below:

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Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Tour Announced

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals will be out on the road again touring the West Coast this fall with Child Bite as support act. Dates for that run are as follows:

11/01 Austin, TX – The Lost Well
11/02 Lubbock, TX – Jakes
11/03 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
11/05 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
11/07 Jeromie, ID – Diamonds
11/08 Reno, NV – Cargo
11/09 Chicago, CA – Senator Theatre
11/10 Fresno, CA – Strummers
11/11 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
11/13 TBA – TBA
11/14 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (feat. Cro-Mags & Eyehategod)
11/15 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre (feat. Cro-Mags & Eyehategod)
11/17 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
11/18 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/19 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St.
11/20 Little Rock, AR – Rev Room

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Just For Fun

See: Anselmo Vs. Werner Backstage Boxing Match

In the below video, you can watch Phil Anselmo (Down, Superjoint, ex-Pantera) and Vital Remains vocalist Brian Werner don the gloves for some friendly sparring match:

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Phil Anselmo Joined By Sacred Reich Frontman

At a recent performance at Mexico's Forcefest festival, Down/Superjoint/former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo and his band The Illegals were joined on stage by Phil Rind of Arizona thrash metal veterans, Sacred Reich to perform the Pantera classic, "I'm Broken." Fan filmed footage of the event can be seen below.

Phil Anselmo & The Illegals released their second studio album, "Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue" was released in January of this year while Sacred Reich are currently working on their first album since 1996's, "Heal." More...

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Vinnie Paul’s Official Cause Of Death Determined

The Clark County Coroner has determined the official cause of death for late Pantera, HELLYEAH etc. drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The coroner has declared that Paul died in his sleep as the result of dilated cardiomyopathy, while severe coronary artery disease also played a part in his death as well.

Comments a representative of the family:

“Vincent Paul Abbott died from natural causes, specifically, dilated cardiomyopathy. Severe coronary artery disease was identified as a significant condition to the cause of death according to the official report submitted by the Clark County Coroner’s office. We ask that you please continue to respect the privacy of the family and friends of Vinnie Paul. No further statement will be issued.”

Vinnie Paul Abbott passed away on June 22nd, 2018 at the age of 54 in his Las Vegas home. He was laid to rest alongside his brother, late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott and his mother Carolyn at the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas.

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Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Debut New Video

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals‘ official new music video for their song “Choosing Mental Illness” has made its online premiere streaming below. Anselmo‘s wife Katherine Richardson-Anselmo directed the ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest‘ inspired video, starring Michael St. Michaels (‘The Greasy Strangler‘).

Comments Phillip Anselmo of the video: More...

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Anselmo Offering Tribute To Vinnie Paul Via Video

The public celebration of life for late ex-Pantera/Damageplan, HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul that was held yesterday, July 01st, at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas can be streamed below. Among those offering tribute via a video presentation was Vinnie‘s ex-Pantera bandmate, Phil Anselmo, who had an estranged relationship with him stemming from the demise of Pantera back in 2003.

Phil Anselmo appeared via a previously recorded brief video message at the celebration offering:

“Vince, always have love in my heart for you, man. Rest in peace.”


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Report: Vinnie Paul Died From Major Heart Attack

The Las Vegas Review-Journal are reporting that drummer Vinnie Paul‘s (HELLYEAH, ex-Pantera, etc.) passing this past Friday, June 22nd, according to those who knew him was the result of a ‘major heart attack’. An exact cause of death has not been officially confirmed/determined yet.

Last night Paul‘s ex-Pantera bandmate Phil Anselmo shared the below photo of a lit candle. Anselmo and Vinnie had a bitterly estranged relationship for well over a decade.

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Metal World Pays Tribute To Vinnie Paul

The family of Vinnie Paul have confirmed that he passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, NV. A medical examiner will set out to determine his cause of death after which, his body will be transferred back to Texas to be buried alongside his mother and his brother, the late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Members of Metallica, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold etc. pay tribute to Late Pantera and HELLYEAH Drummer Vinnie Paul. Below's what they have to say:

Very sad news this evening. This man always treated me & the guys in my band like family, from the very first time we ever met him with his brother at a Damageplan gig in Texas– whether backstage at a show, on his crazy tour bus, at his club, at his house, he was always a gracious host to us. He just wanted people around him to be happy. I didn’t see Vinnie much the last time we played a gig together because I heard he was in a very foul mood– this was highly unusual for him. Why was he in a foul mood? Because we were playing a big festival in Chicago, he had bought a TON OF FOOD to grill in the parking lot for everyone (as usual), & the fire marshall came and shut him down before he could start the bar-b-que. That’s the type of dude he was– he just wanted to make sure people were having a good time, & he took steps to make that happen. He also did me a very solid favor when I was in some very serious legal trouble a while back by writing a detailed letter to a judge explaining what had happened to his brother & the need for good stage security– that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do, but he did it anyway because he was a true friend and knew I needed some help– I’ll never forget that, & I made sure he knew I appreciated it. He also never minded when I got in his face with my camera– I took this photo with a 50mm fixed lens at a festival we were playing with Hellyeah in Iowa in 2016– that means I was basically inside his drum kit. When he saw me poking my head in there, he just turned, flashed me this grin, & kept on rocking. I love this photo– Big Vin smiling and doing what he did best. Rest In Peace, Vinnie Paul. You’ll be missed. BIG LOVE.

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Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH, Etc.) Dead At 54

It has been announced that drummer Vincent "Vinnie Paul" Abbott of Pantera, HELLYEAH and Damageplan fame has passed away at the age of 54. As of yet no cause of death has been revealed. His representatives have confirmed his passing to Billboard.com. A post on Pantera‘s Facebook reads:

“Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.
Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah.

No further details are available at this time.
The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time.”

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Pantera Tease Upcoming Fourth Home Videos Release

Pantera‘s forthcoming fourth home videos set is still without an official release date, but the group have shared a new brief teaser clip of it via Instagram past Friday in honor of 4/20.

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