They were a Heavy Metal band, formed out of Arlington, Texas, in 1981, by the Abbott brothers – Drummer Vinnie Paul, Guitarist Dimebag Darrell along with Vocalist Terry Glaze. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the following year, replacing the original unofficial bass guitarist Tommy Bradford.
They have been cited by many as being one of the key pioneers in The New Wave of American Heavy Metal, being seen as an influence to this sound.
Some of the story
Pantera put out four albums during the 1980s, then set about looking for a new and heavier sound, the band then replaced Glaze with Phil Anselmo in 1987, and Heavy Metal was created.
It was with album number five, "Cowboys from Hell" in 1990, that Pantera introduced a Groove Metal sound, as well as the sound that the majority of people would associate with Pantera.
The sixth album, Vulgar Display of Power in 1992, Pantera took their sound to a heavier realm.
Next came along Far Beyond Driven in 1994, which even debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Tensions started between the band members when Anselmo became addicted to heroin in 1995, this very nearly led to his death in 1996 after an overdose.
The 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.
Studio Album List
- 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)
Members Name Check
Most recent lineup
- Phil Anselmo – lead vocals (1986–2003)
- "Dimebag Darrell" Abbott – guitar, backing vocals (1981–2003; died 2004)
- Rex Brown – bass, backing vocals (1982–2003)
- Vinnie Paul – drums (1981–2003)
- Donnie Hart – lead vocals (1981–1982, rehearsal only) (unofficial member)
- Terry Glaze – lead vocals (1982–1986); guitar, backing vocals (1981–1982)
- Tommy Bradford – bass, backing vocals (1981–1982) (unofficial member)