You probably haven’t heard much from the group since the early 2000s and that’s because they decided to call it quits in 2003. The band had a good 22 year run, from 1981 until they disbanded. Let’s take a stroll down heavy metal’s memory lane so you can learn some facts about this retired band.
Dimebag Darrell and brother Vinnie Paul formed the band back in 1981 in Arlington, Texas. With Terry Glaze onboard and Rex Brown joining a year later, the band first started as a glam metal band. In late 1986 the band replaced Terry Glaze with Phil Anselmo in hopes of gaining a new and heavier sound. However, when Anselmo became addicted to heroin in 1995 and almost died from it a year later, the group’s dynamic suffered. The band’s issues lasted about close to a decade during which only one album was released and recording sessions were being held separately as a result.
Pantera would go on to release nine albums from 1983 to 2000. The first was ‘Metal Magic, which was released on June 10, 1983, featuring a glam/heavy metal sound. A year later the follow up album was ‘Projects in the Jungle’, followed by ‘I Am the Night’ in 1985. ‘Power Metal’ came three years later and ‘Cowboys from Hell’ was released in 1990. ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ was then released in 1992 and two years later, ‘Far Beyond Driven’ was in the hands of fans. Another two years would pass before ‘The Great Southern Trendkill’, their second last album, would be released. And finally, their very last album as a band was released in 2000 with the release of ‘Reinventing the Steel’.
The band saw moderate release in terms musical awards. Most musicians would claim that being nominated for a Grammy Award is an accomplishment on its own, and the band achieved this feat twice in their career. In 1995 they were nominated for ‘Best Metal Performance’ for the song, “I’m Broken” and six years later in the very same category, they were once again nominated for “Revolution Is My Name”. An astonishing thirteen years after the end of the band, they won the Kerrang! Hall of Fame for Best Metal Performance for “I’m Broken”. That feat in itself shows that even more than a decade of being inactive, the band’s music was still very much relevant – enough to win an award.
After some tumultuous times in the group, the Abbott brothers decided to disband the group in 2003 after they went on hiatus in 2001. There were issues with communication and the brothers decided that Phil Anselmo was not going to return. In a tragic incident on December 8, 2004, Dimebag Darrell was shot dead on stage by a mentally unstable fan during a concert of the brothers’ newly formed band, Damageplan, thus ending any hope for a future reunion for the group. It had only been less than a minute into the concert when the 25-year-old schizophrenic killed Dimebag along with three other people at the concert while injuring others. He was later killed by Columbus and it was later discovered that the shooter was bitter about the band’s breakup and even suggested that the band had stolen songs he’s personally written.
While the tragic incident in 2004 may have officially marked the end of a potential reunion, Pantera’s music still lives on through their loyal fans. Their music is timeless as has been proven by an award win 13 years after breaking up. This band has made their mark on the heavy metal music industry and will live on for years to come.
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