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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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Remains of Missing Virginia Tech Student Found

Skeletal remains of what is believed to be Morgan Dana Harrington, the 20-year-old Virgina Tech student who went missing following a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 17, 2009, have been found on a Virginia farm 10 miles from the concert venue.

The remains reportedly have blond hair and were clad in black clothing. Missing-person fliers for Harrington described her as blond and said she was wearing a black T-shirt with the word "Pantera" on it, a black miniskirt, black tights and black boots when she disappeared.

At a news conference, authorities said they were confident the remains are those of Harrington. "There were significant items and evidence" found to support the identification, Virginia State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty said, although he would not elaborate. Police did not give any information about how she died. The body was being taken to Richmond for an autopsy.

The Harrington family offered a $100,000 reward for her return or information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in her disappearance, to which Metallica added another $50,000.

Metallica commented on the latest turn of events:

"Our most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Morgan Dana Harrington, the 20 year old Virginia Tech student who was last seen while attending our concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Sadly, Morgan's body was found yesterday ending her family's three month vigil hoping and praying for her safe return. Mere words cannot express the anguish and grief that we know her parents Dan and Gil are feeling, and our thoughts are with them.

"If you have any information at all about Morgan's death, please contact the Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3425 or the UVA Police at (434) 352-3467 or police@virginia.edu."

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Unearth Posts "Sand Blast Skin" Pantera Cover

UNEARTH has covered Pantera's "Sand Blasted Skin" and posted the song on their MySpace player for streaming.

UNEARTH is currently finishing up a 40+ date Winter tour with HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL and BORN OF OSIRIS. Five dates remain:

12/16 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
12/17 Montreal, QC Metropolis
12/18 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
12/19 Worcester, MA The Palladium no Born Of Osiris
12/20 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

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Evile Covers Pantera, Last Recording w/ Bassist

British thrashers EVILE recently recorded a PANTERA track for the upcoming Dimebag Darrell tribute album, which will be released on the cover of the 200th issue of the UK's Metal Hammer magazine.

The special CD and magazine are being released to coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, and will be available in shops on December 16th.

Alongside various other well-known bands such as MACHINE HEAD, EVILE were asked to record a song as a tribute to the late guitarist. EVILE recorded a cover of the track "Cemetary Gates," and this tragically turned out to be the band's last recording before the untimely death of their own bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away on October 5th while on tour in Sweden.

A behind-the-scenes video - the last video filmed with Mike - of EVILE recording the track at Parlour Studios with producer Russ Russell can be viewed below.

EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"The day we got the call from our manager, Julie Weir, saying Metal Hammer have asked us to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell by covering a Pantera song, we couldn't have been more excited and honoured. I mean, how many more bands are there more worthy of paying tribute to the man? With us all being fans of Pantera, we swiftly said yes. Mike though was the biggest Pantera fan. He'd seen them years ago and absolutely worshipped Dimebag.

"After Dime got killed, Mike couldn't listen to 'Cemetary Gates' anymore. He'd always ask us to skip the track in the car/van/bus because it was too much for him. So when we chose to do the track it was tough for Mike, but I'm glad he did it. It turned out to be the last song he recorded, which to me is a strangely 'appropriate' tribute to him and Dimebag. I remember him nearing the verge of tears whilst I was doing the tremolo bends at the end of the track.

"We hope Pantera/Dimebag fans find this a fitting tribute from us, as we're simply fans ourselves who've been given this rare honour."

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas comments:

"I was genuinely over the moon when Evile volunteered to produce a track for our upcoming Dimebag tribute, a stunningly rendered cover of Pantera's classic 'Cemetary Gates'. So when the truly tragic news of Mike Alexander's all-too-premature departure from this world hit the office, the tragic irony wasn't lost on me or anyone here that Mike Alexander's tribute to the immortal legacy of Dimebag would also be a final testament to his own impeccable musicianship and commitment to the music we love.

"To understate the case slightly, it's a very special track indeed, and we're honoured that it's a part of our upcoming tribute collection. Rest in peace Dimebag, and rest in peace Mike Alexander."

The Dimebag Darrell tribute album contains the following tracks:

01. ZAKK WYLDE - "Suicide Note Pt. 1"
02. MACHINE HEAD - "Fucking Hostile"
03. MALEFICE - "I'm Broken"
05. EVILE - "Cemetery Gates"
07. BIOHAZARD - "Mouth For War"
08. SYLOSIS - "Strength Beyond Strength"
09. CHIMAIRA - "Slaughtered"
10. UNEARTH - "Sandblasted Skin"
11. THROWDOWN - "Becoming"
12. KIUAS - "This Love"
13. THIS IS HELL - "Rise"

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Tom Sanford Comments On Dimebag Darrell Painting

Artist Tom Sanford, whose painting of the assassination of Dimebag Darrell is to be auctioned this weekend, has issued the following statement through his website about the controversy surrounding the piece:

"It seems that my 2005 painting 'The Assassination of Dimebag Darrell' is going back to auction and this has re-ignited the ire of Dimebag’s fans. In fact I learned of the auction through a surge in the regular trickle of hate mail/criticism that this piece engenders. Roadrunner records blog, called Blabbermouth, posted a short (and i thought remarkably fair) article about my painting and the upcoming Phillips de Purdy auction. This post was picked up by various other metal blogs and was heavily commented on by their readers. The post linked to my website, and led to an onslaught of email to me. Most of the email amounted cursing me out while accusing me of crimes ranging from poor taste to exploiting the death of Dimebag. I guess that I am guilty of both.

"Back in early 2005, when I made the painting, the reaction of Dimebag’s fans was actually not on my mind. I was interested in this tragedy as a historical event that occurred in our media saturated world, but was without a defining image of the event. Normally the pervasive 24-hour news and infotainment industry is able to define news worthy events with an image or video. In this case the event was only captured in the accounts of witnesses who saw the horrific event live at the Alrosa Villa. This afforded me an opportunity to make a painting that might be the only visual depiction of the tragedy, and yes I exploited this opportunity.

"In my defense I thought it to be an extremely significant event, and one that needed to be remembered. I thought my painting might help remember the tragedy. The painting is certainly in poor taste, but I think that when one is describing a mass murder, etiquette is really not an issue. More...

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Painting Of Dimebag Darrell Death To Be Auctioned

Metalhammer.co.uk is reporting that a painting by Tom Sanford of Dimebag Darrell's murder will be auctioned off for a charity event this weekend. The painting is expected to receive between £500 – £700 at the auction. The painting itself and the artist's explanation of it can be viewed at this location.

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Lick Library Releases Dimebag Guitar Tuition DVDs

Lick Library, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of guitar tuition DVDs, has just released a comprehensive series of Dimebag Darrell guitar tuition DVDs.

Best known as a founding member of Pantera and Damageplan, Dimebag Darrell was considered one of the most influential guitarists in modern metal. He was renowned for his ferocity of style as well as his creative riffs, licks and hard hitting solos that left fans begging for more.

Learn to Play Pantera (RRP £24.99) is taught by internationally renowned guitarist and tutor Andy James. This double DVD set unlocks the secrets of 5 classic Dimeball Darrrell tracks in 3 hours of guitar lessons broken down into clearly explained sections. Tracks include Cowboys from Hell, Cemetery Gates, Mouth For War, Rise and This Love. Each song is split up into Intro, Verse, Chorus and includes detailed guitar solos and lead fills. It gives you plenty of time to understand what Andy is teaching as he shows you how to play different styles of metal including heavy rhythm parts and fast guitar solos at slow, medium and normal tempos.

Learn to Play Dimebag Darrell, The Solos (RRP £23.99) is also taught by Andy James. It teaches you note for note the solos from 5 classic Pantera tracks, Cowboys from Hell, Cemetery Gates, Mouth For War, A New Level and Walk. This matchless style of guitar lesson shows solos broken down into manageable chunks and demonstrates alternate, hybrid and tremolo picking, string skipping, tapping octave shapes and much more. Production is superb, with multiple camera shots so you see both the left and right hand at the same time.

Quick Licks in the style of Dimebag Darrell (RRP £19.99) is again presented by Andy James. This DVD shows you how to play over 25 killer metal licks which take in some of the best ideas used by Dimebag Darrell. Aimed at the intermediate to advanced guitar player this guitar tuition DVD covers a host of tips & techniques of differing degrees of difficulty. In addition backing tracks are included for you to practice playing the licks with. Your speed of progress is up to you, as you steer through the DVD using the chapter points placed at key places.

Guitar Techniques in the style of Dimebag Darrell (RRP £19.99) is presented by Danny Gill, a former Joe Satriani pupil. Danny uses a clear and patient manner to look closely at how to play rhythm guitar and solos. He explains in small steps, time signatures, syncopated & staccato techniques, rhythm patterns, and a wide range of phrasing ideas. There is for true metal devotees an important lesson on de-tuning, plus the most amazing section detailing what would surely be Dimebag Darrells top ten favourite wacky noises such as the “horse”, “mosquito”, “Elephant”, “flanger and ring modulator FX (without using an FX pedal) and much more.

All these Dimebag Darrell products are available to purchase through www.licklibrary.com along with over 20,000 other guitar tuition products.

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Hellyeah To Release New Album In 2010

Hellyeah, the southern tinged metal "supergroup" founded by members of Nothingface, Mudvayne and Vinnie Paul of Pantera/Damageplan fame, has announced that they will be releasing their second studio album around the April/May mark of next year with plenty of touring to follow. Drummer Vinnie Paul has also stated the album is half-done at this point in time. No-one is sure whether the band will release the new album through Epic Records again or through Paul's own label, Big Vin Records. The debut sold around 500,000 copies.

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Machine Head To Cover Pantera Classic

In an update from Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn, he revealed that the band have been in the studio recently putting their own spin on the classic Pantera song, "Fucking Hostile." The message reads as follows:

"Just wanted to give everyone a quick update. After two and a half years of touring we're (finally) two months into a three month break, and let me tell you, it's been awesome!!! I've been out camping / wake-boarding a ton, Adam (Duce) is taking flying lessons and just did his first brief solo flight, Dave's (McClain) hanging in Alameda enjoying his new Yamaha drum kit (amazing!) and was hanging in L.A. with the KORN dudes and his long time buddy Ross Robinson, and Phil (Demmel) was most recently Best Man at his best friend Shack's wedding. We've also found time to hop into Trident Studios with Juan Urteaga and record a PANTERA tune for a b-side. We're doing 'Fucking Hostile'!!! Dave is done with drums (nailed it on the 2nd take!), and I finished guitars yesterday and got vocals in the bag. Phil comes in tomorrow, then Adam, then it'll be mixed and mastered by the end of the week. Mike Sloat has been documenting, so we'll probably have video snippets up when the whole thing gets closer to release.

"We also just announced our sole US. headline date on November 6th in NY, so fuckin' A!!! Come make a road trip to N.Y. for some raging metal!!!"

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Just For Fun

Ten Worst Album Covers From Great Bands

In a special article at Noisecreep.com, you can check out their own list of the ten worst album covers from otherwise well respected bands (and Dragonforce.) Among the embarassing album covers are Iron Maiden, Pantera, Razor and Artillery. You can check it out by heading to NoiseCreep.com.

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Big Vin Records Signs Chinaman

Vinnie Paul's Big Vin Records has announced the signing of comedian Chinaman, well known for his impressions of rockers among other things. You can watch a few video clips below. More...

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Metal Music To Be Featured In Madden '10 Game

The forthcoming new video game Madden 10 will be seeing its fair share of metal music featured on its soundtrack, as classic songs from the likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Pantera and Iron Maiden will be appearing on the game. The game will be released on July 31st.

The tracklisting for the game is as follows:

2pac - Can't C Me
Airbourne - Heads Are Gonna Roll
Alice In Chains - Them Bones
B.O.B. - Created A Monster
Bang Camaro - Revolution
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cypress Hill - Get 'em Up
Helmet - Unsung
Iron Maiden - Aces High
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Kid Rock - I Am The Bulldog
Killswitch Engage - Reckoning
Korn - Blind
Mastodon - Divinations
Nas feat. Puff Daddy - Hate Me Now
Nirvana - Breed
Pantera - Walk
Public Enemy - Shut 'em Down
Rage Against The Machine - Guerilla Radio
Set Your Goals - Gaia Bleeds (Make Way For Man)
Slipknot - Duality
System Of A Down - Sugar
The Vanity Plan - Before I Die
Young Dre The Truth - Cheah Beah

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Metal Superstars To Appear At Ride For Dime 5

The organizers of the annual Ride For Dime event has announced a special BBQ & Bash All Star Jam which will feature former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and many more including members of Testament, Staind, Shinedown, Snot, Machine Head and Buckcherry.

Meet and Starting Point:
Longhorn Harley-Davidson / Buell, located at 2830 W Interstate 20 Grand Prairie, TX
12:30pm -- bike staging
2:30pm -- ride begins under police escort, total ride 38 Miles
3:30pm -- arrive at the Palladium for parking lot party

BBQ & Bash All Star Jam:
6:00pm -- doors

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In This Moment Covers Pantera's "I'm Broken"

Metal band IN THIS MOMENT has recently posted a video online for streaming of them covering a all-original metal song "I'm Broken" by Pantera. The song was done as a tribute to the former metal giants, and has been posted for downloading in several locations on the web. More...

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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

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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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