Pantera

Pantera

Genre: Glam/Heavy Metal (early), Groove Metal (later)
Origin: United States
Status: Split-up

Biography:
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 1986. With its fifth album, 1990's Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced a groove metal sound. The sixth album, 1992's Vulgar Display of Power, exhibited even heavier sound. Far Beyond Driven (1994) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.[1]

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 began 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 deranged fan during a Damageplan concert in Columbus, Ohio, permanently ending hopes for a reunion.[2][3]


Discography:

Studio albums
- Metal Magic (1983)
- Projects in the Jungle (1984)
- I Am the Night (1985)
- Power Metal (1988)
- Cowboys from Hell (1990)
- Vulgar Display of Power (1992)
- Far Beyond Driven (1994)
- The Great Southern Trendkill (1996)
- Reinventing the Steel (2000)

EP
- Hostile Moments 12" (1994)
- Alive and Hostile E.P. (1994)
- Becoming (1996)
- Extreme Steel Plus (2001)
- HiFive (2006)

Single
- Mouth for War (1992)
- Walk (1993)
- 5 Minutes Alone (1994)
- Planet Caravan (1994)
- Shedding Skin (1994)
- I'm Broken / Slaughtered (1994)
- Revolution Is My Name (2001)
- Piss (2012)

Video
- The Hot 'n Heavy Home Vid (1985)
- Cowboys from Hell (1991)
- Vulgar Video (1993)
- 3 - Watch It Go (1997)
- 3 Vulgar Videos from Hell (1999)

Compilations
- Vulgar Display of Cowboys (1993)
- The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits! (2003)
- Reinventing Hell (2003)
- Vulgar Display of Power / Far Beyond Driven (2008)
- 1990-2000: A Decade of Domination (2010)
- Cowboys from Hell: The Demos (2010)

Boxed Set
- Driven Downunder (1994)
- The Singles 1991-1996 (1996)
- 3 for One (1999)
- Original Album Series (2011)
- The Triple Album Collection (2014)

Live Album
- Official Live: 101 Proof (1997)

Split video
- For Those About to Rock - Monsters in Moscow (1992)

Split
- Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight Edit) (1996)
- The Badge (2014)


Members

Last known lineup
Vinnie PaulDr - ums (1981-2003)
Dimebag Darrell - Guitars (1981-2003)
Rex Brown - Bass (1982-2003)
Phil Anselmo - Vocals (1986-2003)

Past members:
Tommy Bradford - Bass (1981-1982)
Terry Glaze - Guitars (rhythm) (1981-1982), Vocals (1982-1986)
Donnie Hart - Vocals (1981-1982)
Rick Mythiasin - Vocals (1986)
David Peacock - Vocals (1986)
Matt L'Amour - Vocals (1986)

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