Two new compilations are coming from Pantera this year! History Of Hostility, a nine-track Pantera primer that includes some of Pantera's most legendary tracks from five studio albums, will be released on CD and LP on October 30th, just in time for Halloween. The influential metal band disbanded back in 2003, followed by the untimely death of guitar genius Dimebag Darrell in 2004 but the other members are involved in other bands. Their music, however, lives on.
The grave of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott from Pantera has been hit by a vandal. According to the band, it was the work of a musician who boasted about defacing Abbott's final resting place at the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas. However, the band (Nuclear Hellfrost) being accused of this act have denied any involvement with what they label a hoax put on by their former lead singer completely disconnected from the other members of the band. Reece Eber, their former singer, has admitted he vandalized Dimebag's grave.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of legendary Pantera guitarist and riff master Dimebag Darrell. On December 8th, 2004, while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag Darrell Abbott was shot and killed onstage. Guitar World celebrates the life and legacy of Dimebag with their February 2015 issue. As part of the tribute, they unearthed a never-before-heard track featuring Dimebag on vocals and all instruments. The song "Whiskey Road" was recorded in 2001, during the last outing of Pantera's Reinventing The Steel Tour in the United States. You can hear the song below and enjoy it as much as you want.
Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown (currently in Kill Devil Hill) will publish his upcoming memoir Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera on March 12th via Da Capo Press. The 320-page book is an insight into Pantera, one of the most influential and popular bands in heavy metal history. Below you can watch the promotional trailer recently released for the book.
Elephant Brand Skateboards, owned by professional skateboarder Mike Vallely, has released the Dimebag Darrell tribute skateboard, a collaboration between Elephant and Dimebag Hardware. In support of the tribute board, a video was filmed at Abbott & Haney's home in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas. The soundtrack, "Twisted", is a previously unreleased track written and performed in its entirety by Dimebag, legendary guitarist of Pantera. You can listen to the song below.
The legendary US groove thrash metal band Pantera has posted online the video for the previously unreleased song "Piss", directed by Zach Merck, which can be viewed below. The song is currently available on iTunes and will be featured on the Deluxe Edition of Vulgar Display Of Power, set for release on May 15th. More details about this release were previously reported here.
As previously announced, US groove thrash metal legends Pantera will premiere the video for the unreleased song "Piss" from the Vulgar sessions today on the Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony. The band has now revealed the cover art for the single Piss, which will be available on iTunes on April 12th. The song will also be included on the 20th Anniversary CD/DVD Deluxe Edition of Vulgar Display Of Power, which hits stores on May 15th.
US groove thrash metal legends Pantera have announced that they plan to release a new music video for the unreleased track "Piss", off the Vulgar Display Of Power recording sessions. The band will premiere the video at the Revolver Golden Gods award show in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Vulgar Display Of Power. The video will be the first from the band in twelve years.
After reissuing Cowboys From Hell in 2010, US legends Pantera plan on doing the same with Vulgar Display Of Power this year and drummer Vinnie Paul said in a recent interview with Loudwire that the forthcoming Vulgar Display Of Power 20th anniversary reissue will feature a previously unreleased song titled "Piss". The release date for the reissue hasn't been set yet and no further details were revealed.
Just yesterday Rhino Records re-issued the deluxe edition of the Pantera classic Cowboys From Hell. Album samples and all information how to get you a copy can be found here. Below is the official press release with further details and a very special video message from bassist Rex Brown, giving a shout out to MetalStorm.net (that's us!)
An AOL listening party is going on here. And you can download the previously unreleased track "The Will to Survive" (if you haven't already) by liking Pantera on Facebook.
Rhino Records press release
Pantera found its growl and groove on Cowboys From Hell, a landmark album whose bone-powdering intensity, razor-sharp riffing and pummeling rhythmic assault represented a turning point in modern metal when it was released in 1990. More than just Pantera's major label debut, many consider this album to be the official debut of the Pantera lineup with singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Rex Brown.
The Dimebag Darrell tribute CD with tracks from Machine Head, Five Finger Death Punch, Zakk Wylde and more will come packaged with issue 200 of Metal Hammer - on sale December 16th.
Metal Hammer are honoured to pay tribute to the one and only Dimebag Darrell on December 16th. We've rounded up some of the biggest and best names from the world of metal to unleash their interpretations of the hardest and heaviest tracks from the Pantera back-catalogue.
The full tracklisting runs:
01. Zakk Wylde - Suicide Note, Pt. 1
02. Machine Head - Fucking Hostile
03. Malefice - I'm Broken
04. Avenged Sevenfold - Walk
05. Evile - Cemetery Gates
06. Five Finger Death Punch - A New Level
DEF LEPPARD's breakthrough 1983 album, "Pyromania", has been certified at the RIAA's (Recording Industry Association of America) diamond level (10 million copies shipped) last month, according to Billboard.com. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, "Pyromania" benefited greatly from MTV's relentless airing of the album's first two singles, "Photograph" and "Rock of Ages". The U.K. group continues to record and tour, their most recently release being 2002's "X" (Universal).
Also reaching new multi-platinum heights in July was PANTERA's "Vulgar Display of Power" (Elektra), which was certified double-platinum by the RIAA, signifying shipments of more than 2,000,000 units in the U.S. since its February 25, 1992 release.
Ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the circumstances that led to the group's demise two years after the release of their critically acclaimed "Reinventing The Steel" CD.
"With the last couple of PANTERA records, we kept getting more and more narrow-minded because of Phil," Vinnie said. "He didn't want to experiment or take any chances, and it was like being in a tube that was getting to be so small you couldn't even breathe. Personally, I think the dude was afraid of success. He wanted to be such an underground icon that the bigger PANTERA got, the more he didn't want to be involved.
"I did everything I could to get the guy squared away so he could have a good time. We had already agreed to take six months to a year off anyway, because we had been doing this for 12 goddamn years and we needed a break. But next thing I know, he's off doing DOWN with Rex and talking shit about us.
Former PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell recently spoke to the U.K.'s Rock Sound magazine about the current status of the band that is widely considered to be one of the most influential American metal acts of the '90s.
When asked point-blank if PANTERA is officially over, Dimebag said, "Oh yeah, it's been officially over since our lead singer started announcing it from stages across the United States." Dimebag went on to explain that " threatened it before but when he started announcing it in the press and from onstage, that was when it became official. He never had the decency to talk to us about it. Nobody would return our calls so me and Vinnie just sat at home not knowing what the fuck was going on."