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Formed: 1982
From: Dallas, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Background

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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Headline News

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‘).

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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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Hear Phil Anselmo Cover Celtic Frost w/ Child Bite

Child Bite debut some songs from their upcoming “Burnt Offerings” rarities set. The three tracks streaming below include covers of Celtic Frost‘s “The Usurper” and Anal Cunt‘s “Chump Change” done with Phil Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera, etc.) on vocals as well as the previously unreleased track “Stroke The Negative“.

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Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Debut New Song

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals debut their new song “Delinquent“ streaming below. The song appears on the band's impending new album, “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue“, which Anselmo‘s own Housecore Records will unleash on January 26th.

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Sock Puppet Parody Returns With New Song

The people behind Sock Puppet Parody have returned with this year’s Immortal Christmas' rendition called “The Banishin", which is a parody of Dimmu Borgir’s “The Serpentine Offering”. The clip features of Philip H. Anselmo's (Pantera, Down, Superjoint, Scour) voice as Krampus after the band fails to catch Santa’s attention.

Check it out below:

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Rex Brown Premieres New Video "Fault Line"

Rex Brown (ex-Pantera/Down) has premieres the below video for his track “Fault Line“. The song comes from his solo debut album, “Smoke On This“, which landed in stores this past summer.

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New Clip From Upcoming "Dimevision Vol 2" Posted

A new clip has been released from the new Dimebag Darrell Abbott home video DVD/CD set, “Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over“, which will arrive in stores on November 24th.

Check it out below.

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Scour Premieres Title Track Of Upcoming New EP

Extreme metal supergroup Scour - featuring Phil Anselmo (ex-Pantera, Down, Superjoint), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index) - premieres the title track of the band's upcoming new EP "Red", which will be out in stores November 3 via Housecore.

Check out now "Red" below.

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Rex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down) Premieres Music Video

Rex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down) premieres a new music video entitled "Train Song", taken from his upcoming solo debut album "Smoke On This…", which will be out in stores July 28th via eOne Music. Director Justin Reich (Zakk Wylde, Ace Frehley) helmed the production of the clip.

Check out now "Train Song" below.

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Bill & Phil Premieres New Video For "Dirty Eye"

Bill & Phil, the duo that unites Phil Anselmo of Down, ex-Pantera fame with actor/musician Bill Moseley premieres a new video for the track "Dirty Eye", taken from the debut effort "Songs Of Darkness And Despair", out in stores now via Housecore Records.

Check out now "Dirty Eye" below.

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Phil Anselmo Slams Internet Pile-On Culture

During a recent appearance on Eddie Trunk's "Trunk Nation", Phil Anselmo repeatedly apologized for the his usage of racist gestures/phrases at the "Dimebash" event last January and later went onto state that it was a drunken reaction to hecklers at the performance who had been calling him racist throughout the night.

Now in the below interview with Loudwire Anselmo hints that some of his peers decrying his actions may not be so innocent themselves. States Phil Anselmo:

"I’ve been sitting back and silently observing the scrutiny and the hypocrisy and the online, what you call I guess pile-on and you know I sit there and I’m like ‘ok, alright.’ It’s interesting to me, it really is interesting to me how many people I know in the music business that I could name by name, but I won’t because I got too much class for that who pretend to be virtuous and pure and pious and perfect in their lives. I’m glad that they know deep down inside they know who they are, they know that I know they are phonies.

To end this, when I apologized, I meant it. As far as anyone I may have truly offended… But in this day and age I have come way too far, my book is way… my life is open, I’m open about everything. You ask me about drug use, you ask me about anything in this world, I’m an open book. And I think that there is this online community and then there’s the real world. You know? There’s the real world. Over this past year I’ve seen that for my very own eyes that there’s an online community and then there’s real life."

Check out the entire interview below:

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Vulgar Display Of Horsepower

Youtuber James Dickson just uploaded a hilarious video of a horse apparently headbanging away to some Pantera. It's a vulgar display of horsepower!

In sorta-related news, Phil Anselmo recently announced he and Down are coming out of exile following the backlash from his drunken white power outburst at Dimebash earlier this year. The first show will be taking place in Las Vegas this coming August.

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OpEd

Metal Must Evolve

My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.

Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.

Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...

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Donald Trump Selects Phil Anselmo As Running Mate

This was obviously an April Fool's gag. For the full list of our 2016 jokes, head here.

Controversial Down Frontman Phil Anselmo has accepted Donald Trump's request to be his running mate. Speaking to a crowd at a Trump rally at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Phil Anselmo had this to say,

“Hey y'all. I'm Phil Anselmo here. Just lettin' you guys know that I'm gonna help make America great again as your new Vice President. It's time to get fucking hostile with ISIS and if you come to this country illegally then you can walk on home, boy. Smoke weed, hail Satan.” More...

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Trump / Clinton Twitter War Erupts Over Anselmo

This was obviously an April Fool's gag. For the full list of our 2016 jokes, head here.

It's the Nazi salute heard round the world that just won't go away. We thought news of Phil Anselmo's yell of “white power” at Dimebash was finally over, but that all changed this morning when some dedicated Trump followers tweeted about the incident months after the fact.

Known for inflammatory tweets about other candidate's wives and making headlines by retweeting less-than-savory sources, it shouldn't come as much surprise that the GOP presidential front runner jumped on the opportunity to show his support for the 1st Amendment.

Things took an ugly turn when Hillary Clinton got involved, tweeting back a link to our own op/ed about the situation. More...

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