22 Unique Truths On Pantera

1. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell along with vocalist Terry Glaze.

2. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the following year, replacing the original unofficial bass guitarist Tommy D. Bradford.

3. Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera released four albums during the 1980s.

4. Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera replaced Glaze with Phil Anselmo in 1986.

5. With its fifth album, 1990’s Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced a groove metal sound.

6. The sixth album, 1992’s Vulgar Display of Power, exhibited even heavier sound.

7. Tensions began to surface among the band members when Anselmo became addicted to heroin in 1995; he almost died from an overdose in 1996.

8. These tensions resulted in the recording sessions for The Great Southern Trendkill (1996) to be held separately.

9. The ongoing tension lasted for another seven years, in which only one studio album, Reinventing the Steel (2000), was recorded.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. The band was originally named Pantera’s Metal Magic and consisted of Vinnie Paul Abbott on drums, Dimebag Darrell Abbott (called Diamond Darrell at that time) on lead guitar, and Terry Glaze on rhythm guitar; the line-up was completed with two more unofficial members, namely vocalist Donnie Hart and bassist Tommy D. Bradford.

14. In 1982, the band was renamed Pantera in order to shorten the name and to settle an agreement between all band members.

15. Hart left the band because he did not agree with the band’s ethics and Terry Glaze became the group’s vocalist.

16. Later, Glaze stopped playing guitar, citing how Darrell’s talent seemed to make his guitar playing useless, leaving Darrell as the solo guitarist.

17. Later that year Bradford also departed and was replaced by Rex Brown (then known as Rex Rocker).

18. Pantera became an underground favorite, though its regional tours in this era never took them beyond Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

19. The band began supporting fellow heavy metal/glam metal acts such as Stryper, Dokken, and Quiet Riot, who in turn promoted Pantera’s debut, Metal Magic.

20. Metal Magic was released on the band’s record label of the same name in 1983 and produced by the Abbott brothers’ father, Jerry Abbott (referred to as “The Eldn”), at Pantego Studios.

21. The following year, Pantera released its second studio album, Projects in the Jungle.

22. Though still very much a glam metal album, the band members crafted songs that had less overbearing melodic influences than songs from Metal Magic.

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