Dimebag Darrell spoke to Guitar World in May 2002 about the Pantera song he would most like to be remembered for.

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“I think the kind of music we play will stand the test of time for however long. But if I had to pick just one, I’d go with the powerful, off-the-cuff statement that is ‘Fucking Hostile.’

“When it came out it definitely set the tone and pace for what we were about. I also think our boy Philip [Anselmo, vocals] got it perfectly right lyrically and we got it perfectly right musically.

“So I believe that if somebody heard this song 500 million years from now, they’d go, ‘Goddamn, these motherfuckers knew what they were talking about and sure had their jamming skills down’. Plus, I think people will always be hostile, which is another reason I went with this one.”

-“Dimebag Darrell Abbott

Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals kick off their 2014 tour next week!

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Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals kick off their 2014 tour next week! Check here for the first promo video, highlights of the last tour, and links to buy tickets. http://www.philanselmo.com/?p=2469

R.I.P. Bill Sitkiewicz 1957 – 2013.

We lost a member of the Pantera family right after Christmas to cancer. Bill Sitkiewicz did security for us & always took amazing care of us. He will me missed! RIP Bill.

Vinnie Paul appears in the new Black Label Society video.

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Noisecreep put this video in their top 10 videos of 2013.

From Noisecreep:
t’s important to remember that videos are here to entertain, and with that in mind Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society likely registered many a smile with their clip for their cover of the typically heart wrenching Bill Withers classic, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine.’ As the camera pans up on Wylde playing the opening notes of the track, we see that he has a horse head. In fact, all of the characters in the clip are a hybrid of humans and animals, with Wylde’s titular horse imagining a dream life with a unicorn. Add in an odd Vinnie Paul cameo (on guitar no less) and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ is one of the year’s most bizarre (in a good way) and best music videos of 2013.

Click here to see the other videos that made the list.

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On this day 9 years ago my best friend in this world was taken from me!!! I hope all of you remember and honor my brother on this day !! He loved you all and gave you everything he had every day!! I love you DIME!! THANK YOU!! -Vinnie Paul

ARTISTdirect posted what they believe are the top 10 Dimebag Darrell Pantera riffs.

Every riff Dimebag Darrell recorded for Pantera could be considered legendary. Let’s just get that out of the way first off. The man was one of the greatest to ever pick up a guitar, and he’s responsible for an entire generation of players. So, that said, narrowing down a list to the “Top Ten Dimebag Darrell Pantera Riffs” wasn’t easy…but we did it anyway.

Dime tragically passed away nine years ago on December 8, but his spirit shines through in every note he cut to tape. Once again to honor his memory, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino and AllAxess.com co-founder and DevilDriver guitarist Jeff Kendrick and DevilDriver drummer John Boecklin assembled a list of ten. Now, this took a ton of back and forth, but we think we nailed it…

Click here to visit ARTISTdirect and seehear the clips they selected.

TotalDrumsets.com lists Vinnie Paul in the top 100 influential drummers of all time.

TotalDrumsets.com lists Vinnie Paul in the top 100 influential drummers of all time (any era/any genre)! This is a great link to soak up some drumming history too! Click here to check it out.

Blairing Out with Eric Blair: New Rex Brown Interview (video)

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Metal Insider’s Top 5: Bands Who Released Three Great Albums In A Row.

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From Metal Insider:

While Pantera was a popular regional glam band, when Phil Anselmo joined in 1987, the band started evolving. Power Metal was heavier than anything the other band had joined, evoking the album’s title more than their previous three albums. Yet they got much heavier for their major label debut. Vulgar Display is simply one of the best metal albums ever, and needs no explanation. Yet instead of following that album up with a Vulgar Display part two, Far Beyond Driven was heavier than either of its predecessors in every aspect. In fact, the band’s album-closing cover of Black Sabbaths’ “Planet Caravan” is one of the only times the album lets up.

Click here to visit Metal Insider and see the other bands selected.

REX BROWN Interviewed On ‘The Classic Metal Show’ (Audio)

Former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown was interviewed on the latest edition of “The Classic Metal Show”, which is heard live on Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST at TheClassicMetalShow.com. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Rollingstone.com recalls Pantera’s final concert.

By
Andy Greene
November 14, 2013 2:50 PM

Pantera were in pretty rough shape by the time their Extreme Steel tour touched down at the Beast Feast in Yokohama, Japan on August 26th, 2001. They’d spent the past couple of months on the road with Slayer, Static-X, Skrape and Morbid Angel and were playing to huge crowds, but long-simmering internal tensions and addiction issues were starting boil over.

“The tour seemed to go on forever,” bassist Rex Brown wrote in his memoir, Official Truth, 101 Proof. “The financial offers were great, but because we felt like we were in a marriage that was going south, that just didn’t matter anymore. Something had to give sooner rather than later.”

Read the entire article here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-pantera-play-their-final-concert-20131114

Ex-PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Guests On ‘Talking Metal’ Podcast (Audio)

Former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown was interviewed on episode 444 of the “Talking Metal” podcast (link textweb site). You can now listen to the podcast using the audio player below. (Note: The Brown chat begins around the 27-minute mark.)

KILL DEVIL HILL is the band featuring legendary drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) alongside Rex Brown, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) on guitar and Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals.

HELLYEAH: First Clip From The Studio Posted Online

A short video clip from the recording sessions for the fourth studio album from HELLYEAH can be seen below.

HELLYEAH’s new CD is being helmed by producer Kevin Churko at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Churko is the Canadian musician, sound engineer, songwriter and record producer who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and IN THIS MOMENT, among other acts.

HELLYEAH’s first three albums were laid down in Dallas, Texas at drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott’s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio.

In a recent interview, Vinnie Paul stated about HELLYEAH’s plans for the next CD: “Everything [Kevin has] ever done is great. I feel like he really made Ozzy sound fresh again, [on 2007's] ‘Black Rain’ especially. Sonically, [Kevin's] records are unbeatable, and he gets the best out of every band.

PHILIP ANSELMO Speaks To DeepEllumOnAir.com At Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival (Video)

DeepEllumOnAir.com conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo late last month at Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival in Austin, Texas. You can now watch the chat below.

Anselmo’s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip’s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales — “Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.

Video: PHILIP ANSELMO Performs At HOUSECORE HORROR FILM & METAL FESTIVAL

Fan-filmed video footage of former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo and his solo band, THE ILLEGALS, performing on October 27 in Austin, Texas as part of Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film & Metal Festival can be seen below.

Anselmo’s first-ever solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip’s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and José Manuel Gonzales — “Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo.