VH1 includes Pantera in it’s list of “The 10 Greatest Non-Heavy Songs By Heavy Metal Bands”

From VH1.com: “Sold out.” “Gone soft.” These are phrases we hear when metal bands step a toe in the land of the light. Perhaps inspired by my recent article about heavy bands that took huge left turns with respect to their creative direction, it got me thinking about how much I enjoy when metal bands include something different on an already heavy album: a token curveball among a collection of 100 mph fastballs.

Because it’s coming from a heavy band, I almost appreciate it more when we get a glimpse into the more vulnerable side of genre known for projecting unyielding strength and stoic resolve. Often it affects me more than listening to a folk artist like Jack Johnson where the entire soundscape is sensitive, quiet, and beautiful. I yearn for the peaks and valleys, the yins and yangs.

As I was formulating this list, I had to set up some parameters:

First, what classifies as a heavy band? I could have included Alice In Chains’ “Nutshell”, which is a monumentally popular track, loved by metalheads and normal folks alike. Is Alice In Chains a rock band? A metal band? It’s difficult to say, but I felt that they released a substantial quantity of acoustic, lighter music that it’s basically just part of their sound.

Coming in at #6; Pantera – “Suicide Note Pt. I”

There was a big temptation on my behalf to include “Planet Caravan”, Pantera’s haunting Black Sabbath cover that closed Far Beyond Driven. The more I thought about it, I realized Pantera deserved to be recognized for an original song. Their versatility is really what made them the biggest metal band of their era. Like Metallica before them and Slipknot after, being the top dog requires serious range. Even though “Suicide Note Pt. I” is an acoustic song, it never loses any of the intensity Pantera was known for. Much of it had to do with Phil Anselmo’s vocal delivery, which was as emotive as it was masculine, but never felt forced. From “Cemetery Gates” to “Hollow” to “Floods”, these guys always knew how to paint with different colors. This type of breather in the midst of crushing jams is what was missing from Pantera’s swan song, Reinventing the Steel.

To check out the ariginal article and see the rest of the top 10, check it out on VH1’s page here.

VINNIE: Touring With SLAYER And KING DIAMOND Is ‘Dream Come True’

Vinny recently sat down with Simon the WRRV Interview Series. You can listen to the entire interview below.

Asked 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.”

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:

June 26Chula Vista, CASleep Train Amphitheatre

June 27San Bernardino, CASan Manuel Amphitheater

June 30SE Auburn, WAWhite River Amphitheater

July 01Nampa, IDFord Idaho Center

July 03Phoenix, AZAk-Chin Pavilion

July 04Albuquerque, NMIsleta Amphitheatre

July 05Morrison, CORed Rocks Amphitheatre

July 07Council Bluffs, IAHarrah’s Council Bluffs

July 08Milwaukee, WIEagle’s Ballroom

July 10Noblesville, INKlipsch Music Center

July 11Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre

July 12Tinley Park, ILFirst Midwest Bank Ampitheatre

July 15Toronto, ONTD Echo Beach

July 17Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center

July 18Burgettstown, PAFirst Niagara Bank Amphitheater

July 19Hartford, CTXfinity Theatre

July 21Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center

July 22Gilford, NHBank Of New Hampshire Pavillion

July 24Bristow, VAJiffy Lube Live

July 25Mansfield, MAXfinity Center

July 26Wantagh, NYNikon Theater at Jones Beach

July 29Atlanta, GAAaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

July 31New Braunfels, TXWhiteWater Amphitheater

August 01The Woodlands, TXCynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

August 02Dallas, TXGexa Energy Pavilion

Enter the Dimebag Darrell, Pantera and DR STRINGS Worldwide Giveaway! Go here to enter: http://smarturl.it/dimedrgiveaway

Giveaway starts today, ending on Sunday, June 7, 2015

strings

Dimebag Darrell, Pantera and Dr Strings Worldwide Giveaway!!!

Enter for a chance to win one of three prizes. Go here to enter: http://smarturl.it/dimedrgiveaway. Giveaway starts today, ending on Sunday, June 7, 2015

First Prize Winner:
Pantera “Far Beyond Driven” T-Shirt
and CD, plus DR Strings T-Shirt,
Black DR Leather Strap, and
4 Dimebag Darrell Signature Sets (9-50)

Second Prize Winner:
Dimebag Darrell T-Shirt,
Guitar Lesson – Play-Along Book,
and 3 Dimebag Darrell Signature sets (9-50)

Third Prize Winner:
DR Strings T-Shirt and 2 Dimebag Darrell Signature Sets (9-50)

Philip turns back the clock by touring with both Down and Superjoint this year.

sj

downeastbound

Philip H Anselmo on the Sports Machine with Vince Caruso!

philbox

After a week off, The Sports Machine with Vince Caruso takes NO prisoners as we come back stronger than ever with former Pantera frontman, Phillip Anselmo! Phil is by far the BIGGEST boxing fan in the world and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the sport. Tune in and DO NOT miss this great episode!

Philip enters the interview at 12:50

Check Out Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Vince Caruso on BlogTalkRadio

Guitar World shares “The 25 Greatest Pantera Songs of All Time” as they see it.

Guitar World celebrates the heaviest of the heavy—from “Revolution Is My Name” to “This Love” … from “Cemetery Gates” to “Cowboys from Hell” …

Check out our guide to the 25 greatest Pantera songs of all time!

Note: This list is from GW’s recent Dimebag Darrell tribute issue. To check out a video of our exclusive tour of Dime’s guitar vault, home and recording studio, step right this way.

25. “10’s”
The Great Southern Trendkill (1996)

One of Pantera’s most haunting compositions, “10’s” comes into focus slowly, floating in on an ethereal, if crusty-sounding, bent-note Dimebag riff. The warped guitars and slow pacing provide an appropriately uneasy environment for a weary vocal from Phil Anselmo, who documents a man “disgusted with [his] cheapness” and destroying himself from the inside out through addiction.

An acoustic guitar interlude and a liquid Dime solo that, for a few bars at least, unexpectedly wanders into major-key territory, allow a few seconds of sunshine to poke through the black clouds. But overall, “10’s” is positively chilling and all-consuming in its atmosphere of impending doom.

To see the rest of the 25 songs chosen by Guitar World, go here.

Vinnie Paul says HELLYEAH will begin to work on a new album in early 2016

Crazy G of NewEnglandConcertReviews.com conducted an interview with Vinnie Paul when HELLYEAH played at DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 8. Hear the entire interview below. Following are some excerpts:

On the making of HELLYEAH’s fourth album, 2014’s “Blood For Blood”:
“It was a really trying CD at first. We knew we had a couple of bandmembers that really had lost their focus and were becoming a detriment to the band, so we parted company with [bassist] Bob [‘Zilla’ Kahaha] and [guitarist] Greg [Tribbett]. And myself, Tom [Maxwell, guitar] and Chad [Gray, vocals] wrote the record. I think we made the most intense HELLYEAH record ever.

On HELLYEAH’s continued success:
“We’ve worked very hard from Day One, [since] this band started, and we haven’t slowed down, we haven’t stopped, and we don’t intend on it. We’re not 25 years old anymore, so we don’t have any time to waste. We really enjoy what we’re doing, and luckily, all of us are in great health right now, happy and loving what we’re doing. And the stage is what we live for, man.”

On HELLYEAH’s upcoming activities:
“We really, from the start of this record [‘Blood For Blood’], wanted to do a complete two-year touring cylcle, which we really haven’t had the opportunity to do with any of the previous HELLYEAH records. We would put a record out, tour for a year and go right back and start working on another one. And so we’re finally getting into the second year of touring for this record, and it’s just starting. After this tour, we go straight to Europe, where [we’ll be] for a month, and as soon as we get back from there, we do [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem [Festival] all summer with SLAYER and the mighty KING DIAMOND, which is gonna be an absolutely amazing tour; I’m really looking forward to that. And as soon as that’s done, we go to Australia and New Zealand, Japan and Indonesia, and then we come back and we do another run here early next year, which will be our final run, and then we start working on a new record.”

Housecore Horror Film Festival reveals a first wave of bands and other details for 2015!

Legendary metal frontman and Housecore Records founder Philip Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theatre on November 13th -15th, 2015.

The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October. Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival’s success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year.

“I’ve got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be,” he says. “There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that’s what we’re going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.”

Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & DalilaKayros, EYEHATEGOD, Child Bite, WARBEAST, many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. “When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered,” Anselmo continues. “Nothing has changed, in that respect.”

Tickets to go on sale soon! Stay tuned for additional announcements.

Housecore HorrorHHFF FACEBOOKHHFF TWITTER


DOWN Live at Resurrection Fest ’14. Hi-Def, Pro-Shot, Full show. 2015 tour dates and ticket links too!

DOWN’s entire August 1, 2014 performance at the Resurrection Fest from Viveiro, Lugo, Spain.

Down will appear at the Amnesia Rockfest in Quebec in June, then will tour the East coast of the USA in August. Details and Ticket/VIP info below:

06/16/15 Montebello, Quebec, Canada Amnesia Rockfest TICKETS

Eastbound And Down

Tour: Eastbound ‘N Down
08/06/15 Louisville, KY, United States Mercury Ballroom TICKETS VIP

08/07/15 Fort Wayne, IN, United States Piere’s TICKETS VIP

08/08/15 Birch Run, MI, United States “Dirtfest” Birch Run Expo Center TICKETS (No VIP available)

08/10/15 Buffalo, NY, United States Town Ballroom TICKETS VIP

08/11/15 Pittsburgh, PA, United States Alter Bar TICKETS VIP

08/12/15 Hartford, CT, United States Webster Theater TICKETS VIP

08/14/15 Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom TICKETS VIP

08/15/15 Richmond, VA, United States Hadad’s Lake – GWAR BQ TICKETS (No VIP available)

08/16/15 Wilmington, NC, United States Ziggy’s TICKETS VIP

Today is the 8th anniversary of Darrell’s induction to the Rockwalk.

Here are some videos and photos from the event.

Zakk Wylde performing “In This River” which was written for Dime by Zakk.

Check out the Dime Icon Exhibit at Rock On The Range!

DIME ICON is a free exhibit that will showcase over a dozen of Dimebag Darrell’s reissued guitars from Official Dean Guitars Page, and feature a Dime Tribute by Nick Bowcott!

For more info on Rock On The Range go here.

Pics from the Icon Exhibit:

dimeicon1

dimeicon2

dimeicon3

dimeicon4

dimeicon2015

Pantera to be on “Guitar Hero Live” set list!

As originally posted on Rolling Stone here.

The Guitar Hero franchise is coming back in 2015 after a five-year hiatus, and now Guitar Hero Live has revealed the first 24 songs from its expansive set list. The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys and Green Day are among the initial wave of artists that will contribute music to the upcoming game.

Among the new features on the revitalized Guitar Hero are a more realistic controller/instrument – no more deadly orange pinky button – and a 24-hour music video network called GHTV, “the world’s first playable music video network.” Game creators Activision says the channel will allow participants to play along to official videos across various genres and challenge other online players of the same skill level.

Guitar Hero Live will also present the game from a first-person perspective, allowing gamers to almost interact with the crowd and their bandmates on screen. “If you start dropping notes and messing it up, not only are the crowd gonna turn on you, but so are your band members as well, because you’re effectively ruining their career as well as your own,” Jackson said. FreeStyle and Activision partnered on Guitar Hero Live.

Guitar Hero Live Initial Set List

The Black Keys – “Gold on the Ceiling”
Blitz Kids – “Sometimes”
Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
Gary Clark, Jr. – “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
Green Day – “Nuclear Family”
The Killers – “When You Were Young”
The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”
Pierce the Veil – “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
The Rolling Stones – “Paint it Black”
Skrillex – “Bangarang”
The War on Drugs – “Under the Pressure”
Black Veil Brides – “In The End”
Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
Judas Priest – “Breaking the Law”
Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”
Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”
System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”
Alter Bridge – “Cry of Achilles”
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
Broken Bells – “Leave It Alone”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-rolling-stones-green-day-lead-guitar-hero-live-set-list-20150512#ixzz3Zx1AWxGX
Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

For the full article go here.

The Great Southern Trendkill was unleashed on the world 19 years ago today! It debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200

Check out the discography page for The Great Southern Trendkill for album details, pictures, and relevant links. You can also stream all of the songs, read the lyrics, and find out where to pick it up on cd or vinyl. Go here: http://pantera.com/thegreatsoutherntrendkill/

5 Pantera Gems from Unsung Opus “Reinventing the Steel” By Rick Florino for Artist Direct

Pantera’s Reinventing the Steel never gets enough credit. When you ask someone their favorite Pantera album, you’ll most commonly hear Vulgar Display of Power or Far Beyond Driven. Often, you’ll get someone who says Cowboys from Hell. This writer’s personal favorite is The Great Southern Trendkill—and after years of convincing he has a few friends who agree. However, a little more than 15 years since its release, Reinventing the Steel feels more powerful than ever. In essence, it stripped the Pantera sound to its core. The riffs are as thick as ever and the grooves pummel with poise, passion, and power. It’s almost like the direct successor to Vulgar Display Power with just ten slamming anthems that purge with no-nonsense, no-frills, and no-regard attitude. That was what Pantera did best, and it’s on full display here.

For the 5 songs Rick dissects for readers, check out the original article here.

Check out “The Rex Brown Collection from the Pantera years” auction from April 18th to the 26th.

rexauction333

A special opportunity as Backstage Auctions is giving you the chance to bid on and win items previously owned by Rex Brown during the Pantera years!

Preview the items and start bidding on the April 18th here.