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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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Hellyeah To Enter The Studio Next Month

Hellyeah, the Southern flavoured supergroup featuring former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul as well as members of Mudvayne and Nothingface, has announced that they will be entering the studio next month to record their second album. The band will be hitting the studio on May 15th.

Speaking on label situations, Vinnie Paul states; "We don't know. We're free agents right now. We had a one-disc deal with Epic, and they're practically begging us to come back. We sold nearly 500,000 records for them, which is practically unheard of these days. That's like going platinum 10 years ago."

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Affliction Coverage Of Golden Gods Posted Online

Affliction Clothing's web channel Affliction Vision streamed live video from the black carpet at the first annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which was held on April 7th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. It was hosted by Ozzy Osbourne/ex-Rob Zombie bassist Rob 'Blasko' Nicholson and included brief interviews with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and members of Slayer, Testament, Hatebreed and more. Watch video highlights below. More...

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Golden Gods Awards Commercial Posted Online

The commercial for the first ever Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards has been posted online. You can check it out below. The commercial features such metal legends as Ronnie James Dio, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul. The show will be held on April 7th in Los Angeles, California and will be hosted by metal loving comedian Brian Posehn. The show will also boast performances from Megadeth and Suicide Silence amongst others. In addition, the ceremony will feature special appearances from the likes of Motorhead mainman Lemmy, WWE Superstar CM Punk, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and Metalocalypse mastermind Brendon Small among many others. More...

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Phil Anselmo To Attend Kronk Gym Fundraiser

Fightnews.com is reporting:

Where will Philip Anselmo of the platinum-selling world renowned, PANTERA and DOWN, be partying loud and proud? Where will Jim Lampley of HBO fame be the master emcee? Answer: The Kronk Foundation’s mega fundraiser. It will be Metro Detroit’s biggest bash, and it will pack quite a punch.

It will be a great, fun-filled event - loaded with celebrities, good food, even better wine and all sorts of goodies at a live and silent auction. But act quickly: The tickets are going fast.

If you want to assuage your guilt, remember this - it’s for fabulous cause: The Kronk Gym and the good work it does. More...

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Pantera To Release Box Set This Year

In a recent radio interview, Down/former Pantera bass player Rex Brown confirmed the rumours that there will be a Pantera box set released later this year. Although no details have been revealed about the package, Brown claims that it will contain more than just the old albums. Stay tuned for updates.

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Phil Anselmo Writes Poem For BoxingInsider.com

Down/ex-Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has recently contributed a poem to BoxingInsider.com. You can check it out below:

A trained; composed; skilled fist
can strike out at an opponent for only so long
before it connects directly into the hearts of loved ones closest.
A pugilistic dementia reaction of habit
with a system in slow motion.
Done by thirty-three
and bitter about it.
What could have been!
Not a single promise kept.
No limelight.
Golden gloves trophies, colorless ribbons
and lost timelines…
gather dust
next to a stack of unopened mail;
forgotten for months.
Or years.
Bloodstains on a battle tested brain.
A warrior
fed back to the cruel streets unwanted and
left to cope alone
with predictable failure lying await in ambush
ticking like a time bomb inside of himself.
Whether it be nerve-damaged ticks
violent, abrupt outbursts
fists through framed family photos
or bottom shelf tequila—
this man is but a trapped, wounded hero
with torn pride inside.
A sad baggage to heave around
with nowhere to put it,
nor knowledge of how to.
The Retired Journeyman will be remembered
as the portrayal of a man that left his mark
as the loser of boxing matches
by those of us who lived through his losses
and have scorned his name because of them.
But let us take a moment to allot compassion for him
because to remember his name
is to know the unparalleled and oft-misguided courage it takes
to climb through the ropes, and into the ring
with nothing left.
For every champion, they must first meet The Journeyman…
who’s scarred face serves its purpose
and with every punch it receives, it
only serves as a detriment to this man’s health
and further distances him, from him.
Woe to The Journeyman—
a hollow young man
with only directionless; puzzled memories of combat
left on his head.
Bereft of family or friends
sitting quietly in his lonely squat—
uninvited, yet familiar company is kept
and can always be found seated in an opposing corner of the house
in a dimly lit smoker
waiting for the bell to ring
in The retired Journeyman’s
aspiration-dead
imagination.

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Phil Anselmo Denies Drug Rumours, Talks Pantera

Phil Anselmo, former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual and current vocalist of Down and guitarist for Arson Anthem recently did an in depth interview with AntiQuiet, during which he spoke about his days in Pantera, feud with the Abbott brothers and the rumours that he is back on drugs. Some excerpts are as follows:

Antiquiet: I don’t mean to dredge up old bullshit, but I want to talk about something you’ve encountered firsthand. When you had that beef with Dime and Vin, us fans got the word through fuckin’ Metal Hammer and the music journalists, who of course tend to… you know, pull the juicy quotes out, to keep the circus going, to get attention, to sell magazines.

So let’s say things were different and the journalists minded other business, and you guys had space to work it out on your own. Do you think things might have turned out differently?

Phil Anselmo: Well… it’s kind of a moot point here. But if you’re talking in… imaginary terms, if you’re talking what ifs, theoretically, yeah. Rex and I actually talk about it a lot and we know… Pantera could have kept going.

The interview that sparked off everybody’s imagination… Little to everyone’s knowledge, the guy who asked me that- it was supposed to be off the record- he asked me straight out what would happen if [we] got into a fight- a physical thing. First of all, that never would have happened. Second of all, theoretically, once again- obviously, I would have the advantage over them. So I put it in a [certain] way, like a million motherfuckers do every day- boxers, et cetera- you know, they say they’re going to do terrible, horrible things to each other, and then after everything clears, they shake hands and hug each other and it’s done.

But if things are put as an absolute, and it’s just black and white, it’s just read and it’s taken that way, and it’s very unfortunate that it was. Because, as I’ve said before, Pantera was a mighty force man. More...

Read the full article at AntiQuiet.

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Vinnie Paul Plans Dimebag Book Signings

The new book about "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, "He Came to Rock" hits store shelves today, November 18 at Best Buy, Hot Topic, Borders and many other outlets.

However, if you would lke to come get a copy and have it signed to you personally by VINNIE PAUL, check out the following book signings:

11/18/2008 - Las Vegas, NV
Hard Rock Cafe [the restaurant outside the casino]
7:00-9:00

11/19/2008 - Los Angeles, CA
Best Buy 11301 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
6:00-8:00

11/20/2008 - Dallas, TX
Best Buy at Midway / LBJ Shopping Ctr,. Dallas Texas 75244
6:00-8:00

11/21/2008 - NYC, NY
Borders Books, 2 Penn Plz., New York, New York 10121
7:00-9:00

If you can't make it to one of the personal signings, there will be some signed books on Ebay that you can bid on tonight. You can also pre-order your copy by visiting the Big Vin Records web site.

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Max Cavalera Discusses Sepultura Reunion

Max Cavalera was recently interviewed by UWeekly, where he talked about the possibility of a Sepultura reunion and how he'd like it to happen, his friendship with the Abbot brothers and more. Some excerpts from the interview are as follows:

UW: Now that you’ve reconciled with your brother Igor, do you see a Sepultura reunion happening in the future?

Well, it’s not impossible, you know? But it’s also something that we’re not spending too much time on now because there is really a long way to go to that. I’m just happy to make peace with Igor, really… and doing the Conspiracy album. Playing with Igor again is great. Maybe. Everybody knows we would like to have a reunion, and even to the person who said it would happen … to be fair to the hardcore fans, it would also be good to invite the other players, not just the classic lineup … some of the guys from the first period of the band, which was the first 10 years — it was more death metal, you know, Sepultura … it really was a death-metal band in the beginning — and have these guys come out and do some of the reunion. If it happens … if it happens, I would want to do it this way. It would be more … it would have more integrity than just the Sepultura that everybody knows. More...

Read the full article at UWeekly.

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Ddrum and Vinnie Paul Announce New Signature Line

Vinnie Paul Abbott has announced his deal with Ddrum to create a new signature product line of drums.

“I’m proud to announce that I am making the move to Ddrum. This opportunity is giving me the chance to expand beyond playing music and bring my own line of kick ass, affordable drums to skin bashers around the world. Simply put, these drums look and sound amazing. Hell yeah!” Vinnie Paul.

"Vinnie Paul is the star in metal drumming, period. There is no doubt that this is a new day at Ddrum" says Ddrum CEO, Elliott Rubinson." Division manager, Terry Platt adds “The signature products from Vinnie are going to be sick.”

The new line will be displayed at Winter NAMM 2009 in January and Vinnie Paul will be on hand to sign autographs and help promote the new line.

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Christ Inversion Announces Release

The official release of Christ Inversion's self-titled recording is set for October 28, 2008 on Housecore Records

Christ Inversion features:
Philip H. Anselmo (DOWN, Pantera, SJR, Etc..) - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Wayne Fabra (Graveyard Rodeo, Necrophagia) - Vocals
Jay Gracianette (Sinkhole, House of Shock) - Bass
Gary Herbert -(Graveyard Rodeo) - Drums

You can check out some of Christ Inversion's material on their MySpace page.

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Just For Fun

Pantera And Sepultura Receive Cover Treatment

Pantera and Sepultura have both been covered in very different ways recently, as British pop group Spiritwo has revealed their own rendition of the Sepultura staple "Inner Self" and violinist Rachel Barton Pine has translated the Pantera classic "Cowboys From Hell" into the world of classical music world. You can check out videos of both covers below.

"Inner Self" comed from Sepultura's breakthrough album "Beneath The Remains" which was released in 1989. The album was the bands first release which allowed them to tour outside of Brazil.

"Cowboys From Hell" comes off Pantera's 1990 album of the same name which also saw them break into the limelight and gain international recognition. More...

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Rock Revolution Game To Feature Big Metal Names

According to Psxextreme.com, fans of Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band take note: Rock Revolution is scheduled to drop on October 14 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and will boast both guitar and drum peripherals. You'll be able to create your own tracks, test out each individual instrument, and of course, have a legitimate blast with several friends. Like it or not, the other two blockbuster music franchises now have some very stiff competition, and these are the songs that could propel Rock Revolution to a stunning sales victory. More...

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Phil Anselmo Working On Autobiography

Blabbermouth.net reports: According to a posting on legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin's official web site, Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL) has begun work on his autobiography. Anselmo apparently revealed the news to Halfin this past Sunday (July 27) following DOWN's performance in Istanbul, Turkey as the support act for METALLICA. Ross writes in the "Diary" section of his web site, "I walk to the dressing room and Phil grabs me for a hug while The Snake [SKID ROW guitarist Dave 'Snake' Sabo, who manages DOWN as part of the successful management company McGhee Entertainment headed up by Doc McGhee — Ed.] looks on with jealousy. Phil tells me he's writing a book about his time doing what he does and it'll include his time in PANTERA."

Philip Anselmo revealed in an online post last week that DOWN has recorded at least six new songs for a possible new release which may also include previously unreleased material from the "Over the Under" sessions.

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King Diamond Speaks On Dimebag Tribute Appearance

Heavy metal icon King Diamond has posted the following lengthy message:

"Now that it's been made official, yes, I will participate in the tribute to Dimebag at Ozzfest. It's an honor to have been asked to participate, and my back is steadily getting better, definitely good enough for a short appearance, and it couldn't be for a better cause.

"I live only 7 minutes by car from the soccer stadium where Ozzfest takes place, so there is no way in hell I would miss this opportunity to pay tribute to Dimebag.

"I do have to say though, that my back is not yet fit to undertake a full KING DIAMOND tour.
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Metal Stars Confirmed For Dimebag Tribute

The Ozzfest live tribute to fallen Pantera/ Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott has began to take a clearer shape with many big name members of the metal community confirmed. The musicians will perform a set of Pantera classics after the set of Hellyeah at Ozzfest. Among the confirmed artists are:

Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah)
Kerry King (Slayer)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, Solo artist)
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Chad Gray (Mudvayne, Hellyeah)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Icepick, Kingdom Of Sorrow)
Bob Zilla (Damageplan, Hellyeah)

Dimebag's former girlfriend Rita Haney has said about the tribute: “To have this event on the Mainstage at OZZFest in Dallas is such a treat and an honor!” says Rita Haney. “When this tragedy originally happened, I saw the music community come together like I've never seen before. To have the name ‘Dimebag’ still, to this day, unite musicians to pay homage in such a respectful way, is very overwhelming! In Dime's vision, it's always been about a damn good time!"

“When we decided on Dallas as the site for this year’s OZZFest, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to ‘Dimebag’ Darrell since it was his hometown,” said Sharon Osbourne. “’Dimebag’ was a part of our OZZFest family and everyone in the metal community misses him dearly.”

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Ride For Dime To Be A Two Day Event

Ride For Dime will be held over two days this year on August 9th and 10th. This will be the fourth edition of the annual event. For more information please visit RideForDime.com.

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VH1 Celebrates Metal With Memorial Day Marathon

This Memorial Day weekend VH1 Classic documents more than 30 years of one of music's most passionate genres with "Metal Weekend." Beginning on Friday, May 23 the network "for classic music lovers" sets the stage for a heavy metal marathon including some of the most memorable concerts, chilling documentaries, and all-access looks at the artists behind this powerful and often controversial music genre. Throughout the weekend metal fans everywhere can saturate themselves with music from KISS, Metallica, Judas Priest, Pantera and more.

VH1Classic.com will also join the metal madness with extensive programming online. In addition to premiering "My Playlist: Judas Priest" simultaneously with the on-air premiere on Friday, May 23, the online home to all things classic music will offer a massive amount of metal playlists including "40 Greatest Metal Songs," "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock," "Box Set: Metalica," and "Box Set: KISS." Additional video compilations, playlists and video content will rollout online at the beginning of the weekend.

"My Playlist: Judas Priest" Premieres on VH1 Classic and VH1Classic.com Friday, May 23 at 8:00 PM ET/PT
VH1 Classic's "My Playlist: Judas Priest" features the band's top ten videos of all-time. In a new and exclusive interview, viewers will hear from the band about the videos they loved back in the day and the ones that still get them excited today. Videos that will be featured include "Rock You Like A Hurricane," by the Scorpions; "Practice What You Preach" by Testament; "Ace of Spades" by Motorhead, and "Breaking the Law" by Judas Priest.

"Classic in Concert: Motley Crue - Carnival of Sins" Premieres on Friday, May 23 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
The premiere of the newest installment of "Classic in Concert" captures the original Crue members Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee in 2005 in a stage show that sets a new standard. This "circus gone bad" concept takes place under a circus tent stage complete with demonic clowns and a fire-breathing midget, seductive aerialists and demonic clowns that will keep you roaring for more. The Crue prove themselves still more than capable, playing a mixture of old favorites and new songs to a crowd of equally mixed ages as the crowd goes wild for songs like "Dr. Feelgood" and "Girls, Girls, Girls." More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Ozzfest 2008

As previously reported, Ozzfest will be a one day even this year, taking place on August 9th in Dallas, Texas. Two more acts have been added to the "Texas Stage", namely The Destro and Within Chaos.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, SERJ TANKIAN, HELLYEAH, JONATHAN DAVIS, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT, All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Second Stage: SEVENDUST, DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SOILENT GREEN, WITCHCRAFT, GOATWHORE.

Texas Stage: THE SWORD, DROWNING POOL, RIGOR MORTIS, WITHIN CHAOS, THE DESTRO.

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Dimebag Tribute Song Released, Audio Available

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner, former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH and current BEYOND FEAR/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and DAITRIBE guitarist Tristan "1690" Grigsby have joined forces to record a song for the upcoming tribute album to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Entitled "Leave It Alone", the track features solos by special guests Nick Bowcott (ex-GRIM REAPER) and fan Brian Cashmore. It was recorded and mixed in Chicago at Farview Recording by Jason Walsh, with additional tracks recorded at Saltmine studios in Phoenix, Arizona and Galahad in Cleveland.

The track is being streamed in full at this location.

"Leave It Alone" will be released to radio on May 6 and will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes. All proceeds from the song will go to the Little Kids Rock school program.

Little Kids Rock believes that all children in our public schools deserve music education as music education is a transforming force in children's lives. Dimebag had the same philosophy with always sharing his passion and love of music to the world inspiring kids to pick up a guitar.

Commented Owens: "It was a lot of fun to help write and record this tune with some great musicians and friends, and it goes to a great cause! So I would love for the fans to get off their asses and buy this tune for charity and not just a charity... it's Dime's charity. For once, don't download it for free!"

Added Ellefson: "Ironically, [the recording of the song] led to a really cool metal jam we did for Rockhouse at NAMM this year, a gig which brought in our friend Ripper to really tear it up on vocals. 'Leave It Alone' is not only a cool song but it was also the beginning of a great working relationship with me and Jason Bittner, doing clinics, jams, and so forth."

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