In a report by Metal Sucks, Rex Brown has given a new interview to eonmusic in which he was asked about the possibility of a Pantera reunion without Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, if it was possible, and whether the constant calls from fans to have Zakk Wyle take Dimebag’s place. Rex says that any Pantera project could only be a tribute and not an official reunion without the brothers. He commented that the band would be enormous if the brothers had lived and that he and Philip Anselmo receive offers for arena shows. And finally, he remarked that Zakk would not be in consideration for even a tribute tour, and that is his definitive answer on that.
Last Friday (1/29/21) I got to check out the live stream from Housecore bands Scour and Shock Narcotic. Both of these groups are “supergroups” but I’m not going to get into that right now. I will say though that the list of bands that make up the background for each band are some of my favorites so I was kinda excited for this show.
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According to a report from Blabbermouth.net, a protective fence has been placed around the family plot of Dimebag Darrell Abbott and Vinnie Paul Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan fame. The site is a magnet for the rabid fans of the band. Their mother, Carolyn Abbott, is also buried in the same plot area. You can view photos of the graves and their new enclosure below. This year marked 16 years since Dimebag’ssenseless murder on stage in December of 2004. Vinnie Paul died of a heart attack in 2018. Continue reading
En Minor is a project that had been rattling around in Philip H. Anselmo“s head since he was a child; they are an unexpectedly emotional and deeply serious sound that freefalls out of the genres most of the band members are associated with, including Anselmo himself, and into uncharted territory. Unconventional and, in many ways, experimental, their 2020 release, When the Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out (Housecore Records) is steeped in reverence to the Jazz tradition in New Orleans, and maybe more markedly serves as a morose interpretation of a Jazz Funeral March with hints of Vaudeville; an unironic gothic twist on Tom Waits that Anselmo has since self-described as Depression Core.
Sad news to report as former Pantera roadcrew member Chris Reynolds has died, succumbing to bile duct cancer. News of Chris’ passing has come from his family, via Pantera’s Facebook and his fundraising page on Caring Bridge. We brought you the news several months ago when Pantera’s legacy social media pages raised awareness to Chris’ plight to raise money and help with his GoFundMe for medical bills and treatment. His situation was made worse by the downturn of the music and touring industry due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Rest in power,Chris!Continue reading
Corey Taylor is celebrating his 47th birthday today with the release of a new animated lyric video for his single, “Everybody Dies On My Birthday.” The title refers to the deaths of John Lennon of The Beatles and Dimebag Darrell of Pantera who both died on this day. Corey has also shared a new coffee and limited edition merch drop! Corey’s solo album CMFT is out now via Roadrunner Records.
Today marks the sixteenth anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan while on stage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. Although we are sad at the occasion and we prefer to honor how he lived most of all, we can’t overlook the significance of the loss to the world of metal. Somewhere in the world right now, someone is strapping on a guitar and learning to play those songs, licks, and solos, which is at the very least, a comfort to know. As we do every year, we pay tribute to this fallen hero. Jam out to some classic Dimebag and Pantera tracks and raise a glass or smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar! Getcha pull!
In a post to social media, Pantera has announced they have teamed up with Dallas Fort-Worth Dallas craft brewery Texas Ale Project for Pantera Golden Ale, 5.4% ABV, the first Pantera spirits collab, which will be available March 2021.
Showing no visible signs of wear and tear, classic Los Angeles metallers Armored Saint return with eighth studio album Punching the Sky (Metal Blade). Noted for their consistency in both output and personnel, you have to go all the way back to 1987’s Raising Fear (Chrysalis) to find a studio album with a different line-up. A surprising level of stability considering two lengthy hiatuses and the untimely death of original guitarist Dave Prichard.