Vinnie Paul Abbott of Pantera Died Two Years Ago Today

The music world still has a Texas-sized hole in its heart following the death of  Vinne Paul Abbott in his Las Vegas home in 2018. He was only 54 years old. The drumming legend most famous for his time as a founder of Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel, and Hellyeah was taken from us too young due to “dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease.” We have mourned his loss hard as Vinnie was a beloved as a figure in recent metal history for his outgoing personality, his giving spirit, and his incredible talent. Last year Hellyeah released their final album with Vinnie, Welcome Home, and completed a short tour, paying their respects nightly. You can read a comprehensive memorial piece we published about Vinnie at the time of his passing and watch these highlights from his career below. Continue reading

Fear Factory Released The Genre Smashing Album “Demanufacture” 25 Years Ago!

Many times in music journalism, we writers are given to hyperbole, often because it is the low hanging fruit of the field to gush about the classics with a torrent of compliments. You often read words like genre-defying, and frankly, a lot of the time they don’t land as they are meant to. However, in the case of the entire career of Fear Factory and certainty of the album Demanufacture (Roadrunner Records), the words can never do proper justice to the music. Simply stated, Deamnfacture is one of the most important, unique, and unapologetically brutal albums in heavy metal history. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bleed From Within – Fracture

Glasgow may not be considered a heavy metal hub, but the band Bleed From Within proves that Scotland can produce some pretty extreme musicians. Formed fifteen years ago, this young, charged-up group of guys sought to make a spectacle of aggression and severity. Their early works took on a very vengeful edge that was mainly categorized under the Deathcore genre. Now, these fresh-faced Scots present a more sophisticated take on the ‘Core’ genres while merging it with Modern Metal on their new fifth full-length album, Fracture (Century Media Records). Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: Win An Exclusive Merch Bundle from Almost Honest 

Pennsylvania metallers Almost Honest have teamed up with Ghost Cult for a new Giveaway! You can win their fresh bundle of merch! The self-described Groovy Sexy Viking Funk Doom Rock from Outerspace band is a must for fans of early Mastodon, Red Fang, Clutch, and Pantera! Their current album Seiches and Sirens is full of bangers! The prize is two merch bundles (one bundle each winner) which will go to two (2) winners! Check out the bundle below and sign up at the form as well. Winners will be chosen at random and this contest is open to USA residents only and end on June 5th! Full contest rules are also found below. Continue reading

Philip Anselmo Discusses Why Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio Are The Best Metal Singers Ever

Pantera, Down, and En Minor singer Philip H. Anselmo shared a new video with Revolver Magazine to discuss the best metal singers ever. He mentioned Rob “The Metal God” Halford and Ronnie James Dio. Yesterday (May 16th, 2020) marked the tenth anniversary of Dio’s death from cancer. Anselmo has always cited Halford as an influence, as evidenced by his early work in Pantera.  Continue reading

Watch Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” In The Styles of Pantera, Poppy, Deftones, My Chemical Romance, Korn, Steelheart, Yes and More!

Anthony Vincent is back with another one of his awesome 10 Second Songs videos from his popular YouTube channel! This time he recreates Rick Astely’s 1980s classic in the styles of Pantera, Prince, Toto, Chris Isak, Foster The People, Beach Boys, Steelheart, The Notorious B.I.G., New Order, Earth, Wind and Fire, Korn, Billy Joel, Deftones, George Michael, Yes, The Verve, and My Chemical Romance! Check it out! Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: White Zombie – “Astro Creep: 2000” Turns 25

For many, the nineties would prove to be the end of heavy metal as we knew it. Bands who rose to greatness in the preceding decade suddenly found themselves either retreading old ground, out of their depth trying to explore new territories, or simply grinding to an unceremonious halt. Within just a couple of years, denim, leather and even the term “heavy metal” itself, were out. Continue reading

Pantera Shares New Social Distancing Shirt in The Style of Vulgar Display of Power

Pantera, photo credit Phil Anselmo.com

Pantera has released a limited edition Social Distancing T-shirt available now. The shirt spoofs the classic album cover for Vulgar Display of Power (East-West). Not only is this shirt hilarious (and we all need a laugh right now), but 40% of the net proceeds generated from the purchase of this tee shall be donated* to MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund. Order here:  Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Pantera’s “Reinventing The Steel” Turns 20

What happens when a band hits maturity? It’s bound to happen to all the bands you love. It’s definitely hard for some fans to accept when their favorite band, was once new and youthful have become the elder statesmen of the scene. Some bands also struggle to come to terms with aging and changing. Others try and recapture their earlier sounds, while others strive to evolve. This is what happened to Pantera twenty years ago when they created their album Reinventing The Steel (East/West). Continue reading

Philip Anselmo’s En Minor Band Signs to Season Of Mist Records

Philip Anselmo’s (Pantera, Down, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals) “depression core” project En Minor has signed a new record deal for Europe and Ward in Japan, with the great label Season of Mist. The band will release its debut full-length later this year. The band released a self-titled seven-inch EP this summer via Housecore Records. Continue reading