Man makes a guitar out of microwave oven, proceeds to jam some Pantera in this new viral video.

15 years ago (yesterday), Pantera played what would become their last live show. Here’s a video of Hostile from that night with special guest, Kerry King

Rex Brown reveals plans to release solo record.

Former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown will release his solo debut album next year, he’s revealed.

He’ll be heard singing and playing guitar and bass on tracks inspired by his love of 1970s music.

And he says the project came about after he began to feel burnt out by life on the road.

Brown tells Metal Hammer: “I had to get off that bus after 25 years or more. I reached a point where I wanted to take some time off, watch my kids grow, be at home and just find out what the next journey is.

“I went to Nashville last summer, and I have this good friend who sits in his bedroom and writes incredible stuff. I’d found this tape with about 80 different riffs, so we started piecing together these songs. I’ve been going back and forth to Nashville from maybe last September. I think the longest I was there was 11 days, getting a feel for the band.

“I’m enjoying playing music again – and that took a while.”

Read more on metal Hammer here.

Spend some time with Vinnie Paul at his Las Vegas home & hear some great stories about how the Dallas Stars song was recorded and what happened to the Stanley cup

A very special person was born on this day, 50 years ago! The late, great Dimebag Darrell.

Make sure lots of blacktooths are flowing today. That’s how Dime would have wanted it! Forever missed. Happy 50th Dime!

Sterling Winfield on Recording With Pantera and Modern Metal

Sterling Winfield is angry. Not from the years of hanging around with Pantera as their engineer, producer and tour tech. Not because Dimebag is gone. It’s the haunting feeling that the way Dime and the band did things is dying.

He has plenty of evidence to back this up. From his days as an engineer at Dallas Sound Lab in the early ‘90s through his work with Pantera on the Grammy-nominated albums Reinventing The Steel and Far Beyond Driven, Sterling had a front row seat to the way metal albums used to be recorded.

Today Winfield works primarily from his own studio, Boot Hill, with a broad spectrum of artists, including hip-hop, R&B, country, blues, choral, jazz and orchestral. Among his recent projects, he produced and engineered metal band Texas Hippie Coalition’s latest release, Dark Side Of Black, produced and mixed Canadian hard rock band A Rebel Few’s new album, As The Crow Flies.

He also collaborated with Erykah Badu on the track “Maiysha,” her contribution to Robert Glasper’s Miles Davis tribute album, Everything’s Beautiful. So his perspective isn’t exactly that of a “metal guy” insulated from the rest of the recording world.

While he was co-producing War Paint, his seventh album with progressive rock band Vangough, I had a chance to dive in with him on the metal world’s dangerous creep into DAW massaging and the way things used to be.

To read the article/interview in it’s entirety, check it out on reverb.com here.

The Great Southern Trendkill: 20th Anniversary Edition will be released on October 21, 2016. (Preorder now!)

TGSTK 20th Anniversary

We know you have been waiting (not so) patiently for this! The Great Southern Trendkill: 20th Anniversary Edition will be released on October 21, 2016. This two-disc set includes the original album remastered, plus a dozen previously unreleased mixes, instrumentals, and live recordings. (Preorder now: smarturl.it/trendkill20)

Also being released on October 21, 2016, is a single LP titled THE GREAT SOUTHERN OUTTAKES featuring 10 of the unreleased tracks. (Preorder now: smarturl.it/gsouttakes)

More details on previously unreleased material:
The companion disc that accompanies the original album features an unreleased version of every album track, including two versions of “Suicide Note Pt. 1” – a rough mix of the track, along with a separate version of the introduction, which spotlights Dimebag on 12-string acoustic guitar. The second disc also features a newly remixed version of the title track, rough mixes for “Drag The Waters” and “The Underground In America”, as well as instrumental takes for “13 Steps To Nowhere” and “Living Through Me (Hell’s Wrath)”. In addition to the studio recordings, the anniversary collection features three live tracks recorded at the Dynamo Festival in Holland in 1998: “War Nerve”, “Suicide Note Pt. II” and “Sandblasted Skin”.

Coming in September: The first-ever authorized visual history of Pantera!

The first-ever authorized visual history of Pantera! A breathtaking, behind-the-scenes, comprehensive look at one of the world’s most legendary metal bands!

A voluminous coffee table book featuring rare and never-before-seen images of Pantera in the studio, at home, on the road, and kicking ass on stage, from their humble beginnings to their grand finish. A Vulgar Display of Pantera also includes contributions and recollections from various band members. An impressive testament to Pantera’s enduring legacy that’s sure to please the band’s legions of fans!

Joe Giron shot photographs of Pantera since 1983 and throughout the rest of the band’s career. He also photographed many other artists, including AC/DC, David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, Van Halen, and U2, just to name a handful, for many of the world’s leading rock magazines. Today, his niche is in the gaming industry as the photographer for the World Poker Tour and head of the official photography team at the World Series of Poker. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pick a copy up here: http://amzn.to/2ayUXmK

Viral video: A horse headbanging to “I’m Broken”.

Philip addresses the differences between Zakk and Dime’s playing.

Philip also took a question from the audience about the differences between Dimebag and Zakk Wylde. This is how it went:

Philip’s thoughts on “rock stars” and meeting guys like Ozzy, Dio, and Lemmy.

Philip had a public interview and Q&A session at the Diamond Pub Concert Hall on June 26 and Geek TV was there to capture some of it.

We are so sad and disappointed to hear that Christina Grimmie was gunned down the same way that Dimebag Darrell was.

After Dime’s murder, we all prayed that our industry (i.e. club owners & promoters) would do whatever they needed to do to protect artists from gun wielding fanatics. Sadly, that’s not the case and another rising star had to pay the consequences with her life. SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE! RIP Christina & RIP Dime, Jeff Thompson, Erin Halk, and Nathan Bray.

Vinnie Paul Talks Cookbooks, Strip Clubs, and Vehicle City Tacos with Banana 101.5

From Rolling Stone Magazine: Hear Hellyeah Cover Phil Collins With Lost Dimebag Darrell Guitar Performance

Heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah had finished recording the basic tracks for fifth album Unden!able when they started throwing around ideas for a cover song to add to the mix. Guitarist Christian Brady suggested the 1982 Phil Collins song “I Don’t Care Anymore,” and drummer Vinnie Paul burst out laughing — not because he thought it was a bad idea, but because he and his late brother Dimebag Darrell, both of legendary metal band Pantera, recorded the track around 10 years ago with their follow-up band Damageplan. The version went unused.

Read the entire article and hear the song here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-hellyeah-cover-phil-collins-with-lost-dimebag-darrell-guitar-performance-20160602#ixzz4ApalVWNz

Another episode of Vinnie Paul’s True Metal Stories. This one is about the first time Pantera met Rob Halford.