From the begining...
In 1983 band Pantera was formed by founding members Diamond Darrel,
brother Vinnie and Rex. At the same year they released their
independent album titled Metal Magic. A year after that they released
their second album - Projects In The Jungle. Their third album - I Am
The Night - was released in 1985, three years before their last
independant album - Power Metal. Through the release of first three
succesfull independant albums the band became progresively heavier and
to complete their direction added Phillip Anselmo. With him band
recorded their most succesful independant album - Power Metal. That
album was combined with their incredible live shows, gained Pantera
a large underground following worldwide.
In the year of 1990 Pantera sign with East West/Atlantic and released
Cowboys From Hell, Produced by Terry 'Rope King' Date. The Album breaks
new ground with its style and direction. Incorporating raw and
aggressive energy with their polished songwriting and emphasising
their trademark 'Power Groove', Cowboys From Hell is a worldwide
In 1991 the Cowboys From Hell long form video is released and the band
perform at the 'Monsters Of Rock' festival in Moscow. The Russian
audience go 'BUGFUCK' at the band's earth shattering brutality.
Their second album Vulgar Display Of Power is released! Mouth For War
was the first metal single ever to debut at #1 - beating Metallica's
"Enter Sandman", while the album topped the U.S. metal charts for
weeks on end! Critics are unanimous in their entusiasm...Guitar World
raved "Anselmo sings with the fury of a post office psycho" and the
Village Voice called Pantera an "angry, cantankerous, ferally
aggressive band that channels all the free-floating rage of their
enviroment into a murderous mettlic growl." After that in 1993
Pantera had its first headliner tour of the UK begins. Band members
are preparing for the recording of a new album.
In 1994 Pantera release new album, Far Beyond Driven. "It's Fucking Heavy!"
quotes singer Philip Anselmo. In March, Far Beyond Driven is released
debutting at No. 1 on the Australian and U.S. album charts
simultaneously. The world tour begins. The true definition of Pantera
is their live performance which literally rattles every bone in your
body and crushes at your ears like a vice - a sheer hostile takeover...
"We felt like after 7 years of playing live, that we wanted to put
out a record with all our best tunes. Songs that have our own TLC
instead of all that foolishness that happens when a band puts out a
greatest hits album or some overdubbed live album." So says Vinnie
Paul, drummer for one of the seminal metal bands of the 90's, Pantera.
He's talking about the upcoming release of their first sanctioned live
LP (Pantera live bootlegs have had fans salivating for years) Official
Live - 101 Proof, scheduled to hit stores on July 29.
Culled from years of relentless touring, the album features
hand-picked gems from Pantera's legendary/critically acclaimed
roadshows, as well as two new songs specially recorded for the album
as a gift to their fans. The connection between the group and their
audience is one of the most magnetic in rock. "We've always been real
honest about what we do. We have always taken our music directly to
our fans," says Vinnie. "Our deal - what we do - is a live deal. It's
what we do fucking best. The fans are so much a part of that. There's
a circular energy when we play that goes back and forth. Our story
wouldn't be complete without a live record."
And what a story it is. Official Live - 101 Proof, is the follow up
to 1996's masterwork, The Great Southern Trendkill. With only four
albums under their belt, and nearly 8 million sales worldwide, the
group (featuring Vinnie Paul, vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarist
Dimebag Darrell, and bassist Rex Brown), has become one of the most
integral (and best selling) metal bands of the decade by, in Darrell's
words, "Staying true to our fans and our music. We haven't conformed
to any trend. We went against the grain and blew it up. Selling out
would be against what we're all about." That passion rings loud and
true on Official Live - 101 Proof, featuring 14 live tracks which the
band personally chose as the cream of the Pantera arsenal, and of
course the two new songs. "We recorded the new material during a
break in our tour," smiles Vinnie. "We recorded them in 12 days. It
was a great feeling to get back in the studio again. Especially when
we knew the songs were going to go on an album that is so important
for us and our fans."
Pantera will also release 3 (Watch It Go), their third home video,
in August. The video will follow in the outrageous footsteps of the
band's previous two home video releases, Vulgar Video and Cowboys From
Hell, both certified gold. The new package will include home movies of
the band's on the road antics, state of the art live footage, as well
as clips from the last two albums, 1996's The Great Southern
Trendkill. and 1994's platinum-plus Far Beyond Driven.
You can view Pantera's live mayhem up close and personal through June
29 as they bring their gauntlet to the Ozz-Fest. Pantera is playing
alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Machinehead,
Fear Factory, Type O Negative, and Powerman 5000. "It's a thrill for
us to be doing it," says Vinnie. "Black Sabbath was a huge influence
for us and we like all the groups on the bill. It's nice to be able
to just play and enjoy all of it as a fan, as well."
On July 1 Pantera is scheduled to venture on alone, performing their
first ever show in Anchorage, Alaska. July 17 and 19 find the group in
Mexico City and Monterey respectively, as they play their first ever
headline gigs in Mexico. Pantera returns to headline their own U.S.
tour again from September through the end of the year.