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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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OpEd

Nobody Should Be Defending Phil Anselmo's Remarks

There are few things more pathetic than supporting a rich and successful public figure's mistakes. Out on the great, glorious internet, I've seen apologists for Mel Gibson, Brian Wood, even Martin Shkreli. So the amount of people defending Phil Anselmo - when he clearly doesn't need defending - is hardly shocking. It's just disappointing.

For those out of the loop, a visibly drunken Phil Anselmo recently closed out a charity benefit concert by shouting, “White power” after covering his former band's, “Walk.” More...

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Phil Anselmo Apologizes For Dimebash Incident

Phil Anselmo just released a video clip officially apologizing for his actions at Dimebash 2016, which set off a storm of controversy across the metalverse. You can watch the video clip below.

In the video Phil says, "Anyone who knows me, knows I don't believe in any of that, I'm not part of any group like that. I'm an individual. I am 1000% apologetic to anyone who took offense to what I said. You should have taken offense to what I said. I'm so sorry, and I hope you give me another chance."

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All Shall Perish Calls Out Phil Anselmo

Poor Phil Anselmo just can't catch a break after throwing a Nazi salute and yelling "white power!" at the recent Dimebash 2016 event.

After Robb Flynn of Machine Head posted a video calling out Anselmo's antics, a horde of other bands have followed suit with their own comments. The latest is from All Shall Perish, who posted the image below and had this to say:

"We consider Pantera to be the single greatest metal band of all time, but we should never be afraid to call out our heroes. Seeing Phil's actions and his cowardly justification is not only disgusting and inexcusable but antithetical to the punk, metal, underground ethos to which we subscribe.

"No gods, No masters, and certainly no master race. Any justifications or cries of 'reverse racism,' BET, Double standards, PC Police, or general white whining are just profoundly ignorant of history, systemic effects, and the lasting impact of state sponsored racism, Jim crow, segregation and slavery.

"Talk with your black friends, if you have any, and try to gain some perspective. There has never, nor will ever, be a true incarnation of 'reverse racism' until white people are swinging from trees en mass, sold into torture, defined in the constitution as 3/5th's a person, denied from public institutions and forcibly segregated from society.

"In the face of what an actual tit for tat reprisal would look like, affirmative action and understanding the significance and context of displaying black pride seem the least the multi-generational benefactors of being the master race can muster. Racism and its institutions are a stain on American culture; likewise, Phil’s actions are a stain on the legacy of Pantera, Dime’s memory and the metal community as a whole. 'Nazi punks, fuck off.' – Dead Kennedys." More...

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Headline News

Phil Anselmo Responds To Racism Accusations

Update: Phil Anselmo has now released a video apologizing for what occurred at Dimebash. Watch it here.

The close of the Dimebash event this week was marred by controversy when Phil Anselmo closed out his set by throwing a Nazi salute and screaming "white power!' at the crowd. Anselmo has since responded to video of the incident (available below) by commenting:

"OK folks, I'll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the 'inside joke of the night' was because we were drinking fucking white wine, hahaha...

"Of all fucking things. Some of y'all need to thicken up your skin. There's plenty of fuckers to pick on with a more realistic agenda. I fucking love everyone, I fucking loathe everyone, and that's that. No apologies from me. PHA '16."

Not everyone is accepting his statement however, as Machine Head's Robb Flynn has released a video questioning the comment about white wine. Check it out here: More...

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Watch Grohl, Anselmo, Bostaph & Brown Cover "Walk"

The 2016 edition of "Dimebash" was held last friday, January 22nd at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA. See below for the live performance of the Pantera song "Walk", played by an all star band including Dave Grohl, Paul Bostaph, Phil and Rex from Pantera and more.

Proceeds from the event, late Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, will go towards Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.

Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.

A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:



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Battlecross Covering Pantera With Gwar Guitarist

Fan-filmed footage of Battlecross covering Pantera's classic "Fucking Hostile" during their New York City show with Gwar guitarist Pustulus Maximus helping out can be seen below. The show took place past Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Webster Hall, New York, NY.

Check it out now below.

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Headline News

Metal Bands React To Paris Terrorist Attacks

Members of Metallica, Pantera, In Flames, Testament, AC/DC, Kiss, Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Warbringer, Aborted, Periphery, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Raising The Veil, Born Of Osiris, All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Textures and Anthrax etc. are among the musicians who have (so far) reacted with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night. Some of their views can be seen below.


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Ex-Pantera Singer Phil Anselmo Covers Celtic Frost

Child Bite premieres its cover of the Celtic Frost track "The Usurper", taken from the upcoming 12” titled "Morbid Tales: A Tribute To Celtic Frost", which will be released on November 13th via Corpse Flower Records. The song features ex-Pantera and Down frontman Phil Anselmo on vocals and is one of numerous Celtic Frost covers done by bands such as Municipal Waste, Hayward (feat. Scott Kelly and Jason Roeder of Neurosis) and many more.

You can now check out "The Usurper" below.

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 44

The 44th episode of the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast opens up with "Drilling Holes in Your Baby's Head" by one man band of the week Samuel Evans. This week co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) recollects his most recent local concert experience. Then co-host Ollie Hynes (Diamond Oz) weighs in to discuss hot button topics such as the recent Dimebag Darrell grave vandalism and the inevitable Nu Metal Revival Apocalypse. Concluding with Samuel Evans' "Basement Slave" playing us out.

Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Video Tour Of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's Home

Guitar World's February 2015 issue tributes the late Pantera and Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. As part of the coverage, which was timed for the tenth anniversary of the guitarist's tragic death, the magazine was invited into Dimebag's home and recording studio (a.k.a. "The Fortress") in Dalworthington Gardens, TX.

In the video below, enjoy an exclusive video tour, which offers a private look at Dimebag's impressive guitar collection, his home, memorabilia, kitchen, bathrooms and a lot more.

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Just For Fun

Metal Grasshopper Comes To A Conclusion

As the Metal Grasshopper series draws to a dramatic and monumental close, the final episode finds Philip H. Anselmo and delusional manchild Dave Hill mending their often tumultuous relationship before Hill is released back into the wild.

Check out the sixth and final segment in the series below. If you missed it, be sure to watch Part 5 over at this location.

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Unreleased Dimebag Darrel Track Available Online

Guitar World's upcoming February issue is a tribute to Pantera's Dimebag Darrel, and in celebration the online version Guitarworld.com has released a previously unheard Dimebag track titled "Whiskey Road."

The song was recorded in 2001 during the "Reinventing the Steel" U.S. tour and features Dimebag Darrel on vocals and instruments. Give it a listen below. More...

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Just For Fun

Pastor Calls Pantera, Black Sabbath "Satanic"

Apparently nobody sent Pastor Steven Anderson from the Faithful Word Baptist Church the news that the Satanic panic ended a couple of decades ago, because he's decided to take aim at metal bands.

In an amusingly ludicrous hour long video titled "The Jews and Their Lies (Part 1 of 2)," Anderson argues that the bands Pantera, Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest are all Satanic... somehow because of the Talmud.

If you haven't bashed your head against a wall repeatedly in awhile, you could always watch the video below (the references to Pantera start at the 21:48 mark).

For those who may have seen the story trending on Facebook some time back, yes, Anderson is the same pastor who said the act of being gay should be illegal and punishable by death, stating "Here's what the Bible says, Leviticus 20:13, 'If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.' And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS. It was right there in the Bible all along. Because if you executed the homos, like God recommends, you wouldn't have all this AIDS running rampant."

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Just For Fun

Metal Grasshopper Part 5 Posted Online

"Metal Grasshopper" continues with episode 5 "Vulgar Display of Feelings," in which metal god Philip H. Anselmo agrees to undergo group counseling with delusional manchild Dave Hill in an effort to get the goat that also happens to be his grandmother back safe and sound.

There's not a dry seat in the house as Dr. Joe Randazzo helps Philip and Dave get in touch with their feelings. Watch this one with the whole family probably. If you missed it, be sure to catch part 4 at this location.

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Metal Grasshopper Episode 4 Released

In Metal Grasshopper: Episode 4, metal overlord Philip H. Anselmo allows delusional man-child, Dave Hill loose on an unsuspecting public where he meets an actual woman.

Anselmo also schools Hill on stage banter, corpse paint, and other important topics. Later Anselmo and Hill get in a huge argument from which they may never recover! Hill requests group counseling. There is also breakfast cereal.

Check out part 4 in the series below (thanks to Metal Injection), and you can also still watch part 3 if you missed it over here. More...

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Metal Grasshopper Part 3 Released

In Metal Grasshopper Episode 3, Philip H. Anselmo puts delusional manchild Dave Hill to the test with a round of heavy metal flash cards.

Later, Anselmo makes Hill sit in a closet for a seriously long time while he makes an awesome salad. Hill also rents a goat, discusses the metal worth of butterflies and more... In short, this one pretty much has everything. Check out part 3 below, thanks to Metal Injection.

Metal Grasshopper is a new web series in which comedian/NPR darling Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al). You can still also see Part 1 and Part 2 online. More...

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First Episode Of NOLA Metal Documentary Posted

Today Noisey, the music arm of Vice, is proud to present episode 1 of "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou."

A seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, and so many others, episode 1 features New Orleans native Phil Anselmo who exports his style to Dallas band Pantera, thereby changing the landscape for metal in the '90s.

Meanwhile, a visit from the Melvins to the New Orleans area would alter music as we know it, while Kirk Windstein of the band Shell Shock was discovering that slower was, for him, indeed heavier. More...

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Report

Roundtrip To Hel, Part I

THURSDAY, 6/27 - 13:30

“Tuska?”

Unmistakable, husky German accent behind me. I glance over my shoulder, turn, step aside the river of disembarking passengers from the Lufthansa Airbus parked out in the drizzly gray. The veteran green-fatigue-jacketed metalhead, balding, sporting a life-without-parole graying goatee, sticks out his hand.

“Holger. Nuclear Blast.” We shake, he grins and nods at the Testament logo above my lapel, only partially obscured by my boarding pass. He slips me a company card - “Holger Tiefenbach, Distribution & Marketing” - and lifts a finger toward a sign down the corridor: “Matkatavarat.” Luggage.

As we stride through Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, locate the carousel for Flight 848 from Frankfurt, and wait for our suitcases to materialize - I was forced to check mine at the last minute and have since developed acute missing-luggage paranoia - Holger brings me up to speed on our shared reason for being here: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, sixteen years running, 2014 edition set to kick off tomorrow afternoon.

“It used to be held in Kaisaniemi Park, right in the middle of the city. It was the greatest. You’d show up, basically have an afternoon at the park, and then head straight to the bars nearby, when the sun was just barely set.” He seems to almost sigh while tossing off a plaintive, what-are-you-gonna-do shrug. “They moved the location three, four years ago.”

“So it’s not as much fun now?” I want to get my finger on the pulse of conventional wisdom.

He’s quick to clarify. “It’s still awesome. The new location just took some getting used to.” On our painless stroll through the open doorway that passes for an immigration barrier - the stamps and stern looks and “papers, please” stuff was handled back in Germany, natch - Holger gives an inside view of current happenings back at the Nuclear Blast bunker.

“We spent a lot of time promoting that Tuomas Holopainen solo album - the one about Scrooge McDuck,” he tells me. I haven’t heard it, and ask him how it is. “Not metal. That’s how it is,” he chuckles. “But cool if you’re into that wacky stuff, like the last Nightwish album.

“And we signed Slayer!” He clenches a victorious fist like a kid receiving his BB gun on Christmas. “Finally.”

We’ve reached the Arrivals lobby, and a leather-jacketed brunette gives a wave. Rachel Roth (WandererOfKalevala), Metalunderground.com photographer and correspondent, currently residing in Vantaa. We have a bus to catch, and before parting ways with Holger, I bum a cigarette, pocketing the e-cig I’ve been abusing for two months.

I make a half-hearted promise to myself not to do this too much during Tuska (and not to beat myself up for doing just that). Rationalization is still the great human sport. More...

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 10

This past Tuesday, April 1st, dawned with a bang and ended with the agonized wail of countless deceived, angry, and fed-up folks. It's what the kids these days might call "butthurt." Even in this high-speed age of unlimited information, it seems that some still have trouble checking the calendar or fact-checking stories.

Your Metalunderground.com Official Podcast co-hosts, Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) found this all quite amusing. So in the irreverent spirits of Mark Twain, Orson Welles, and The Onion, they decided Tuesday evening to chuck all journalistic ethics and decency right out the window and wage a valiant, side-splitting battle against truth.

This week's episode is one hundred percent fact-free, and features a tongue-in-cheek rundown of some of Metalunderground.com's 2014 April Fools highlights, posted as headlines throughout Tuesday.

Among the lampooned: every single member of Metallica (in what is sure to be an evil, thrashing comeback effort, "Hell Hath No Fury"), prison escapee Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying), evasive interviewee Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.), would-be cinematic deity Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), and noted Oscar-lacking actor Leonardo DiCaprio, whose "Meshuggah face" in the recent hit "The Wolf Of Wall Street" has earned him an onstage guest appearance with the twisted Swedish metal titans.

Please forgive the avalanche of lies and silly humor; we advise you to remove your "serious" caps for this episode. Also, a few bong rips beforehand wouldn't hurt. Take a listen here and enjoy!

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