The Top 10 Heavy Metal Album Openers by Guitar World

No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.”

It’s a fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind.

The same applies to the album: Kiss didn’t open Destroyer with “Beth,” for example. And Metallica had the prudence to place “Fade to Black” a good four songs into Ride the Lightning.

Read the countdown and see where Pantera fits in here: posted their list of 10 Ripping Pantera Bass Lines By Rex Brown.

If you’re in a band with Dimebag Darrell and you want your performance to be noticed, you better bring your A-game.

For over two decades, Rex Brown stood by Dime’s side and became a crucial element of Pantera’s bone-crushing rhythm section, managing to find his role in the mix alongside Dimebag’s massive tone and Vinnie Paul’s relentless drumming.

Check out the entire article here:

Check out this recently released book by Greg Prato: Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s.

Rex Brown wrote the foreward and both Philip Anselmo & Rex were interviewed for the book. And you may recognize the guys on the cover as well. Pick it up at Amazon here: or Barnes & Noble here:


Official Live 101 Proof was released 18 years ago today!

Official Live 101 Proof was released 18 years ago today! You can stream the songs, read the lyrics, find album details, comments on the album from the band and other metal legends on the CFH discography page here:

Cowboys From Hell turns 25 today!


Cowboys From Hell was released 25 years ago today. You can stream the songs, read the lyrics, find album details, comments on the album from the band and other metal legends on the CFH discography page here::

The 25th Anniversary of Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell and the Reason It Matters:

Cowboys From Hell: 25 Facts About the Pantera Classic:

25 Years Ago: Pantera Transform From Footnote to Heroes on ‘Cowboys From Hell’:

Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell Turns 25:

‘Cowboys From Hell’ turns 25:

Check out this video compilation of musicians celebrating the 25th anniversary of Cowboys From Hell! Rob Halford, Slash, and members of Anthrax, Korn, Slipknot, and more telling stories of their first impressions of Pantera and Cowboys From Hell.

Hear a sample of “Dying Song”, Philip’s track with Metal Allegiance

Remaining Superjoint Summer 2015 Tour Dates:
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7/23 — Clarksville, Tenn. — Warehouse Live
7/24 — Pensacola, Fla. — Vinyl Music Hall
7/25 — Shreveport, La. — Warehouse
7/26 – New Orleans, La. — House Of Blues

Check out where our guy Vinnie Paul comes in on Loudwire’s Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Drummers of All Time!


While frontmen and guitarists get a lot of the glory in rock bands, drummers are very much a driving force behind the music, especially when it comes to hard rock and heavy metal. In the gallery above, we salute the men behind the kit with our picks for the Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Drummers of All Time.

Some of these drummers were chosen based on their world-topping chops; some based on their historical influence; others based on knowing when to not show off their virtuosity; and ofttimes they were chosen based on some combination of all the above, among other talents.

But the end goal was to celebrate 50 drummers who have helped define the music we love, and now dominate our record collections. So take a seat and take the ride, and check out our list of Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Drummers of All Time by clicking here.

USA Dimebag Commemorative ML Limited Run 100 PC


Limited run of 100 pieces. Please contact for order/dealer inquiries.

The USA Dean Dimebag Darrell Commemorative ML Guitar is one of the most recognizable guitars in the world; seen on countless stages across the globe and heard on Dime’s recordings for decades. Dean Guitars has now proudly recreated this iconic guitar for you.

Limited to only 100 pieces worldwide, this extremely collectable guitar follows the specifications as Dimes Original “Dean From Hell.”

Key features include a solid mahogany body; set mahogany V shaped neck with rosewood fingerboard and mild roll over cream binding. Top mounted Floyd Rose tremolo system, vintage Style Grover Tuners, Switchcraft pickup selector switch, DBD Traction knobs, neck angle, and the same approximate weight as Dimes original DFH.

Each instrument is painstakingly finished with a hand airbrushed Lightning Bolt motif in exacting detail to Dime’s beloved Dean From Hell.

No detail has been overlooked; Dean has even replicated the signature “The Dean From Hell” that was handwritten by Dime himself on the headstock logo that adorns his original ML as well.

A limited edition custom hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Dime’s brother Vinnie Paul round off this amazing instrument.

More info here.

Philip announces that Superjoint will headline Housecore Horror Film Festival 3

Remaining Superjoint Summer 2015 Tour Dates:
Click on the date/venue to purchase tickets!
7/21 — Greensboro, N.C. — Greene Street
7/23 — Clarksville, Tenn. — Warehouse Live
7/24 — Pensacola, Fla. — Vinyl Music Hall
7/25 — Shreveport, La. — Warehouse
7/26 – New Orleans, La. — House Of Blues

New Dimebag Darrell ad in the September 2015 Edition of Guitar World (The Future of Shred edition)!


Hellyeah and Down are co-headliners of Dirtfest 2015!

Hellyeah will headline on Friday Aug 7 and Down will headline on Saturday Aug 8. The show takes place at the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, Michigan.

Tickets can be purchased here:

For up to date info on what bands are performing on what days, check out the Dirtfest website here:

Rex signs with Warwick

I am now a WARWICK signature artist !! I’ve been sitting on this for 6 Months !!
Mucho Thx to Hans Peter, Marcus, Jon, Andy, Flo… !!!
Many more to come.. Stay Tuned !!


Vinnie’s band Hellyeah is on tour with Slayer and King Diamond right now! Check out dates, locations, ticket links, and videos from the tour here.


Asked by Simon the WRRV Interview Series if he was looking forward to HELLYEAH’s participation in this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with SLAYER, Vinnie said: “Oh yeah, man. SLAYER is one of my favorite bands of all time, and to be on a tour with them is absolutely a dream come true. In 1999, we did a thing called the ‘Reinventing The Steel’ tour with PANTERA, when I was still with them, and SLAYER was part of that, and it was a great tour. And we’ve just been killer friends for a long time. So playing with them, and also the mighty KING DIAMOND, is gonna be a dream come true, man. It’s gonna be something I’m really looking forward to, and every metalhead needs to be there this summer.”

Some videos from the festival so far:

Remaining dates and ticket links to see Slayer, King Diamond, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, and many more on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Click on the date for tickes and more info:
July 03 Phoenix, AZAk-Chin Pavilion

July 04 Albuquerque, NMIsleta Amphitheatre

July 05 Morrison, CORed Rocks Amphitheatre

July 07 Council Bluffs, IAHarrah’s Council Bluffs

July 08 Milwaukee, WIEagle’s Ballroom

July 10 Noblesville, INKlipsch Music Center

July 11 Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre

July 12 Tinley Park, ILFirst Midwest Bank Ampitheatre

July 15 Toronto, ONTD Echo Beach

July 17 Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center

July 18 Burgettstown, PAFirst Niagara Bank Amphitheater

July 19 Hartford, CTXfinity Theatre

July 21 Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center

July 22 Gilford, NHBank Of New Hampshire Pavillion

July 24 Bristow, VAJiffy Lube Live

July 25 Mansfield, MAXfinity Center

July 26 Wantagh, NYNikon Theater at Jones Beach

July 29 Atlanta, GAAaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

July 31 New Braunfels, TXWhiteWater Amphitheater

August 01 The Woodlands, TXCynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

August 02 Dallas, TXGexa Energy Pavilion

Photos/Videos from Philip H. Anselmo’s Superjoint appearance at Hellfest!

To see more pro quality photos of Superjoint’s appearance at Hellfest, go to the Official Hellfest page by clicking here.

Superjoint at Hellfest 2015

Today (June 24) a new interview with Philip was posted by Joey Cutler of Graffiti ( Here are some excerpts concerning Superjoint from that interview:
Graffiti: So, we learned that Superjoint is back and hitting the road. I mean, it’s obviously something that had been talked about on Facebook, but now the dates are set. What made you choose now to bring this thing back? I know that Superjoint played your Housecore Horror Festival.

Anselmo: Yeah I was kind of skeptical at first, when we were asked to do that. And believe it or not – rest in peace – it was [true-crime author and Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder] Corey Mitchell’s idea. Oh man, bless that guy’s heart. I mean he pushed for it and pushed for it, and he got it. The truth is it was fun jammin’, it was a blast to do. You know, I consider myself a kind of free agent, I mean, I do all kinds of stuff. I know I sing in Down, but I’m really into a lot of different projects and this is just something to do because it’s fun, man.

Graffiti: So playing with Superjoint again is a good thing for you?

Anselmo: Oh yeah. I mean, those guys are all just, again, fun. And the same thing goes for Kevin Bond.

Graffiti: Yeah, while we’re talking about Kevin, I know that not everyone has attached to this.

Anselmo: Yeah, we’ve gone through like three different bass players, the most prominent being Hank III, of course – I’ll just say that right now Hank is in the middle of a very important part of his life where he needs to focus on Hank – We all love him and only want the best for him. It’s nothing bad, by the way, it’s just a pain in the ass for him right now. He’s healthy and great, so no worries there. He’s honestly just really busy and doesn’t really have time to be a part of this Superjoint experience, which leads me to Stephen [Taylor] and Blue [Joey Gonzalez]. Obviously Blue is in Warbeast and also plays in the Illegals with me, as does Stephen. Those guys are f—-n’ awesome. And once again, down right handsome devils Kevin Bond, with those child-bearing hips. I’m tellin’ you man, we are a group of handsome f—-n’ devils!

Then this is the live line-up for this summer’s ‘It Takes Guts’ tour?

Anselmo: Oh yeah, 100 percent, brother.

For the entire interview that touches on Down, Housecore, Jimmy Bower and more, check out the entire interview on here.