The band emerged in the early Eighties, when drummer Vinnie Paul and his guitarist brother Dimebag Darrell put Pantera together with bassist Rex Brown and vocalist T Lee. After three self-released albums, it was clear that a remarkably different heavier sound was evolving. Enter new frontman and New Orleans native Philip Anselmo,on a fourth independant release. The collaboration with the heavy trio and explosive singer was about to set the stage for a harder, more damaging, trademark Pantera.The long-sought record deal finally arrived, and with it, Pantera's "official" 1990 debut, titled Cowboys From Hell.Cowboys From Hell took Pantera's evolution to the next level. Darrell's chugging, jagged guitars, Vinnie's machine-gun, darting drums, and Philip's collection of harsh screams, clenched-fist roars, and eerie melodies, all fused together into a sound they called power groove.Any hope of the band members ever reconciling their differences and possibly reuniting was lost in 2004, when Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on-stage at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio by an obsessed insane douchebag while performing with his brother's new band, Damageplan.
R.I.P Dimebag Darrell, He picked up guitar when he was in his early teens, winning a series of local guitar competitions, where in one he was awarded his first Dean ML guitar. Coincidentally, his father had bought him a cherryburst finish Dean ML the morning before the competition, so he only had a few hours of playing time on it. This and another contest prize, his first Randall Amplifier, are the two staples of his style and sound.
Guitar: "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (R.I.P)
Drums: Vinnie Paul Abbott
Vocals: Philip H Anselmo
Bass: Rex Brown