Pantera (metal band)

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Heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas, USA. Had featured members: Philip Anselmo (vocals), Dimebag Darrel (guitars), Vinnie Paul (drums and percussion), Rex Brown (bass).
Philip formed Down, and later went on to form Superjoint Ritual. Dimebag and Vinnie Paul (brothers) formed New Found Power, and later renamed the band to Damageplan.
Dimebag was shot and killed by Nathan Gale on December 8, 2004 while performing @ the Alrosa Villa, in Columbus, Ohio.

Annotation last modified on 2007-07-03 09:51 UTC.


Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers – drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell – along with vocalist Terry Glaze. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the following year, replacing the original unofficial bass guitarist Tommy D. Bradford. Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera released four albums during the 1980s. Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera replaced Glaze with Phil Anselmo in late 1986 and released Power Metal in 1988. With its fifth album, 1990's Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced a groove metal sound. Pantera's sixth album, 1992's Vulgar Display of Power, exhibited an even heavier sound. Far Beyond Driven (1994) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

Tensions began to surface among the band members when Anselmo became addicted to heroin in 1995; he almost died from an overdose in 1996. These tensions resulted in the recording sessions for The Great Southern Trendkill (1996) to be held separately. The ongoing tension lasted for another seven years, in which only one studio album, Reinventing the Steel (2000), was recorded. Pantera went on hiatus in 2001, but was disbanded by the Abbott brothers in 2003 amid communication problems and their conclusion that Anselmo would not return to the band.

The Abbott brothers went on to form Damageplan, while Anselmo continued work on several side projects, including Down in which Rex Brown joined as well. On December 8, 2004, Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage by a mentally unstable fan during a Damageplan concert in Columbus, Ohio, permanently ending hopes for a reunion.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Metal Magic Pantera 4 2
1984 Projects in the Jungle Pantera 2 2
1985 I Am the Night Pantera 2
1988 Power Metal Pantera 3 3
1990 Cowboys From Hell Pantera 4.6 8
1992 Vulgar Display of Power Pantera 4.85 9
1994 Far Beyond Driven Pantera 3.9 5
1996 The Great Southern Trendkill Pantera 4.15 7
2000 Reinventing the Steel Pantera 2.8 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Driven Downunder Tour '94: Souvenir Collection Pantera 1
1996 The Singles 1991-1996 Pantera 1
2003 The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits! Pantera 3 1
2003 Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera Pantera 4.5 3
2008 Hellbound Pantera 1
2010 1990-2000: A Decade of Domination Pantera 1
2011 Original Album Series Pantera 1
2015 History of Hostility Pantera 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Official Live: 101 Proof Pantera 4.65 2
2014 Far Beyond Bootleg : Live From Donnington '94 Pantera 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Mouth For War Pantera 1
1993 Walk Pantera 3
1994 5 Minutes Alone Pantera 2
1994 I'm Broken Pantera 3
1994 Planet Caravan Pantera 4
2000 Revolution Is My Name Pantera 2
2012 Piss Pantera 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Hostile Moments Pantera 1
1995 Cemetery Gates Pantera / Sepultura / Melvins 1
2001 Extreme Steel Plus Pantera 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Alive and Hostile Pantera 1
1995 Nosatsu Live Pantera 1

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