Formed 1982. Disbanded 2003.


Pantera /pantɛ:ra/ was an American metal band from Arlington, Texas. It was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers – drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell – along with vocalist Terry Glaze. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the next year. Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera replaced Glaze in 1987 with Phil Anselmo as the new vocalist. Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera released four albums during the 1980s. For their fifth album, 1990's Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced a heavier groove metal sound. Their sixth album, 1992's Vulgar Display of Power, revealed a heavier sound still. Their 1994 release of Far Beyond Driven debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200.

Tensions began to surface amongst the band members when Phil Anselmo became addicted to heroin in 1995, which led to 1996 seeing an overdose involving his effective death and resuscitation. These tensions resulted in the recording sessions for The Great Southern Trendkill (1996) to be held separately. The ongoing tension lasted for another seven years, in which only one studio album, Reinventing the Steel (2000), was recorded. Pantera went on hiatus in 2001, but was disbanded by the Abbott brothers in 2003 amid communication problems and their conclusion that Anselmo would not return to the band.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Great Southern Trendkill

    The Great Southern Trendkill 2012

    Reviewed by Alex Deller
    A shiny new vinyl reissue of the band’s most diverse and ferocious offering.
  2. Review of Cowboys from Hell

    Cowboys from Hell 2010

    Reviewed by Greg Moffitt
    Remastering brings clarity and punch to what was already an iconic metal landmark.
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