The reformed or reunited version of Pantera in 2022 features original members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown who laid down that primal concrete sledge something fierce back in the heyday with the exemplary talents of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul who are sadly no longer with us. Joining the ranks in their honor are Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society and Charlie Benante from Anthrax on lead guitar and drums respectively. Now there is a lot of chatter to the relevence of this particular reunion and my view is this. It’s good to have the means to let generations of Metalheads in the now enjoy these songs in the live sense since with the proper work it can be done effectively and send the people home exhilarated. While the band was recently in the news with their joining onto the upcoming Metallica World Tour (announced HERE ICYMI), last night they performed at the Hell and Heaven Fest in Mexico and the set list rundown was cribbed from the popular Setlist.fm website. Continue reading The Reunited Pantera Perform For The First-Time @ Hell and Heaven Metal Fest, Mexico→
The Press Release:
We told you about our new album 72 Seasons, so what’s next now that we’ve escaped the studio? Hit the road, of course! You want a tour, we’ve got a tour… how about two full years worth of shows?!?!
Over the past few years, we have been so inspired by the dedication and family/community vibe of the fans who traveled to San Francisco for our recent weekend celebrations, first in 2019 with the two S&M2 shows, followed by last year’s 40th Anniversary shows. On top of that, we had a blast being a part of the 2021 Wimmer Festivals when we played two nights in one city, each with a totally different setlist. With all of that in mind, the M72 tour was born!
You know him from Pantera, Down and Kill Devil Hill and now musician Rex Brown will be doing an intimate speaking appearance as a part of the BUILD Series. Admission is free but you must register and do this fast since space is extremely limited.
Can you believe that we are at the 25th Anniversary of Pantera’s “Vulgar Display Of Power”? Well we are and while this is actually the sixth album in the bands discography, it’s pretty much the second in the more throttling and intense “Groove Metal” sound that they were laying down and claiming some dominance over. I remembered that I first got into Pantera when I heard some tracks on WSOU and despite my being a fan of some of the earliest Power Metal and Glam Rock of the day, I never did hear of the band during their non-Thrashy times. To say that I played “CFH” to death would be an understatement but it was with “VDOP” that this band firmed up in everyone’s Metal minds that they meant business. As always, these milestone reflections are more personal thoughts as the full litany of what made this album come to pass are well outlined in the official Wikipedia entry below. Let’s continue.
From the moment that I first played this at the time new album I felt that the band had upped their Heavy Metal game. They were intense and very in your face and had this whole “Take No Prisoners” sort of attitude. In 1992 the Grunge Rock scene was getting more and more prominent and the Metal Legions had to stick by their favorite music in order for it to thrive. It would not be an easy task for Phil, Dimebag, Vinnie and Rex to do since these Seattle based melodic strains were quickly taking over the airwaves and even the video ones. Bands like Pantera were slowly relegated to only being showcased on the later evening “Headbangers Ball” that broadcast once a week. When you did play this album it was very often done at levels that would send a more civilized sort into hiding. Like I said up above, this was some true in your face stuff and for those of us who were enjoying it we wouldn’t have it any other way. Continue reading Hails To 1/4 Century Of Pantera’s “Vulgar Display Of Power” (1992-2017)→
Artist: Pantera Title: “Cowboys From Hell” Label: Rhino Entertainment Release Date: 9/14/2010 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating: 4.5/5
Continuing a year of interesting anniversary releases comes Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell” which is celebrating its being first delivered some twenty years ago. It was an album that while arriving at the beginning of the Grunge Era was one that said “F You! We’re dishing out some Metal with this band so hold onto something”. The album was the groups major label debut and originally came to us on ATCO Records with their signing coming care of Mark Ross who witnessed them in action after being stranded in their region by a hurricane. In today’s Metal Republic there are few fans among us that have not heard this album nor been impacted by its level of power. It was truly a beacon to all fans and one that showed just how much life the true Heavy Metal sound still had in it despite what the conventional radio stations were pushing down our throats at the time. To celebrate the milestone those folks at Rhino Records have given us the 20th Anniversary Edition in a number of different formats and the one we are examining is the 3CD version. This particular one features the original remastered album, a CD of previously unreleased live material and a third CD of demo recordings. With each disc being special in its own right I have decided to break up my thoughts on each of them one at a time. Strap yourselves in for the ride as we shall begin with some thoughts about the bands debut. Continue reading “Cowboys From Hell” (Deluxe Edition) by Pantera→