Pantera

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Groove metal (originally glam metal) band from Arlington, Texas, USA.

Pantera was formed in 1981 by brothers - Vincent Paul Abbott (Vinnie Paul, drums) and Darrell Lance Abbott (Diamond "Dimebag" Darrell, guitar) with Terry Glaze (rhythm guitar), Donny Hart (vocals) and Tommy D. Bradford (bass).

Donny Hart left in 1982 (for the first time), and Terry Glaze abandoned his guitar and became a full-time singer. Later in 1982 Tommy D. Bradford left as well, being replaced by Rex Brown.

In early 1986 Terry Glaze left, and first was replaced by Matt L'Amour on vocals in winter 1986, later by Rick Mythiasin, and later by David Peacock who was the band's vocalist from late spring 1986 to October 1986.

Later David Peacock left and was replaced again by the band's original vocalist Donny Hart, who left in late 1986 and was replaced by Phil Anselmo.

Pantera released 4 albums in the 80's (the last one, "Power Metal" from 1988 features new vocalist, Phil Anselmo). Their early work did not achieve commercial success. In 1990 Pantera released their commercial debut album "Cowboys from Hell". Pantera would go on to release two extremely successful albums; "Vulgar Display of Power" and "Far Beyond Driven". In 2003, three years after Pantera's last studio album, "Reinventing the Steel", the band split up after troubles with vocalist Phil Anselmo committing to the band - officially split on November 24, 2003.

On December 8th 2004, Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio by Nathan Gale, a schizophrenic former US Marine.

Vinnie Paul Abbott passed away on June 22th 2018.

In July 2022 Pantera's surviving members Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo (while not being founding members) announced a reunion tour in 2023 - with session/touring musicians being Zakk Wylde (guitars) and Charlie Benante (drums).

Current members:
Rex Brown - bass, backing vocals (1982-2003, 2022-present)
Phil Anselmo - lead vocals (1986-2003, 2022-present)

Former members:
Dimebag Darrell - lead guitar, backing vocals (1981-2003), rhythm guitar (1982-2003) (died 2004)
Vinnie Paul - drums (1981-2003) (died 2018)
Terry Glaze - rhythm guitar (1981-1982), lead vocals (1982-1986)
Donny Hart - lead vocals (1981-1982, 1986)
Tommy Bradford - bass, backing vocals (1981-1982)
Matt L'Amour - lead vocals (1986)
Rick Mythiasin - lead vocals (1986)
David Peacock - lead vocals (1986)

Session / touring members:
Zakk Wylde - guitar (2022-present)
Charlie Benante - drums (2022-present)
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MMR 1283 Metal Magic — Pantera Pantera Metal Magic (Album) Metal Magic Records MMR 1283 US 1983 Sell This Version
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MMR-1984 Projects In The Jungle — Pantera Pantera Projects In The Jungle (Album) Metal Magic Records, Metal Magic Records MMR-1984 US 1984 Sell This Version
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MMR 1985C I Am The Night — Pantera Pantera I Am The Night (Album) Metal Magic Records MMR 1985C US 1985 Sell This Version
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MMR-1988C Power Metal — Pantera Pantera Power Metal (Album) Metal Magic Records MMR-1988C US 1988 Sell This Version
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7567-91372-4 Cowboys From Hell — Pantera Pantera Cowboys From Hell (Album) ATCO Records, ATCO Records 7567-91372-4 Argentina 1990 Sell This Version
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91758 Vulgar Display Of Power — Pantera Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power (Album) ATCO Records, ATCO Records 91758 US 1991 Sell This Version
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7567-92302-2 Far Beyond Driven — Pantera Pantera Far Beyond Driven (Album) EastWest Records America 7567-92302-2 Argentina 1994 Sell This Version
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61908-4 The Great Southern Trendkill — Pantera Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill (Album, Comp) EastWest Records America 61908-4 Thailand 1996 Sell This Version
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62068-2 Official Live: 101 Proof — Pantera Pantera Official Live: 101 Proof (Album) EastWest Records America 62068-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
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624512 8 Reinventing The Steel — Pantera Pantera Reinventing The Steel (Album, Comp) EastWest Records America 624512 8 Mexico 2000 Sell This Version
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R1 526152 Cowboys From Hell:  The Demos — Pantera Pantera Cowboys From Hell: The Demos (Album) ATCO Records, Rhino Records (2) R1 526152 US 2010 Sell This Version
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R1 541770 Far Beyond Bootleg - Live From Donington '94 — Pantera Pantera Far Beyond Bootleg - Live From Donington '94 (Album) Rhino Records (2), EastWest R1 541770 US 2014 Sell This Version
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0555020770 Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998 — Pantera Pantera Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998 (Album) Dynamo Concerts 0555020770 US 2018 Sell This Version
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none Hot & Heavy — Pantera Pantera Hot & Heavy(Acetate, 12", Advance, P/Mixed) Not On Label none US 1985 Sell This Version
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none Cemetery Gates — Pantera Pantera Cemetery Gates (Single) ATCO Records none US 1990 Sell This Version
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PRCD 3871-2 Psycho Holiday — Pantera Pantera Psycho Holiday (Single) ATCO Records PRCD 3871-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
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SAM 827 Cowboys From Hell — Pantera Pantera Cowboys From Hell (Single) ATCO Records SAM 827 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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PRCD 4414-2 Mouth For War — Pantera Pantera Mouth For War (Single) ATCO Records, ATCO Records PRCD 4414-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
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SAM 951 Fucking Hostile — Pantera Pantera Fucking Hostile EastWest SAM 951 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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PM 1120 Hollow — Pantera Pantera Hollow (Single, Maxi) ATCO Records PM 1120 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
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PR 5040 Hostile Mixes — Pantera Pantera Hostile Mixes (Single) ATCO Records PR 5040 US 1992 Sell This Version
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PRCD 4651-2 This Love — Pantera Pantera This Love(CD, Single, Promo) ATCO Records PRCD 4651-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
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AMCY-555 Walk — Pantera Pantera Walk (EP, Single) ATCO Records AMCY-555 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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7567958934 5 Minutes Alone — Pantera Pantera 5 Minutes Alone (Single) EastWest Records America, EastWest 7567958934 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
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PRCD 6028-2 Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight Edit) — Pantera Pantera Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight Edit) (Single) Atlantic, Big Screen Records PRCD 6028-2 US 1994 Sell This Version

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AmateurRockGuitarist

AmateurRockGuitarist

November 24, 2021
The music of PANTERA is divided in 2 eras:
1. 1983-1988 glam rock (with some elements of thrash metal) era
2. 1990-2000 modern thrash metal era

1. In their first era, they recorded and released 3 albums with their previous vocalist and their 4th album with their last vocalist (IMO their music was not that bad as a lot of their fans from 1990-2000 era claimed, they knew how to write songs from the beginning but they didn't stand out from the rest).

2. In this era they recorded and released one really great album, their 6th one (from 1992), which is my favorite, and one really good album, their 5th one (from 1990), which is my second favorite, I also like 4 songs from their 7th album (from 1994) and 3 songs from their 8th album (from 1996), and 2 songs from their 9th album (from 2000) are solid.

I used to buy Metal Hammer music magazine for some time but once I bought Metal Edge music magazine (which was mostly about hard rock and it's sub-style glam rock, and the rest about metal) because it contained an interview with PANTERA's great guitarist Dimebag Darell in which it was written that he said that nothing was wrong with glammy 80's when he looks back, but that they were just following others and if you don't figure it out for yourself you'll always have to follow others.

P.S.: All the other bands of PANTERA's band members sound average IMO in mass music production these days, and their vocalist Philip Anselmo can't earn any real money with all his other bands unless he plays PANTERA's songs live.
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