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Pantera’s Greatest Pranks: Hilarious Stories From Band Members and Tour Mates

An exclusive excerpt from the new book ‘Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends’

As anyone who’s watched the Pantera home videos knows, the Cowboys From Hell weren’t just the kings of Southern power groove, but they were also master pranksters, always looking for a laugh at anyone’s expense — but preferably the expense of one of their tour mates while onstage.

The new book Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends, by rock author and longtime Revolver contributor Jon Wiederhorn, has chapters devoted to sex and drugs, vomiting, blasphemy, onstage and offstage injuries and, of course, pranks. Pantera looms large across this section, with everyone from band members Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown and the late Vinnie Paul sharing hilarious tales of mischief and mayhem, to their victims in other groups, such as White Zombie, Crowbar and Prong, recalling their experiences being the butt of the joke. We have the exclusive excerpt below.

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Revolver Magazine Fan Poll: Top 5 Acoustic Songs By Heavy Bands

Even the hardest headbanger sometimes needs a break from the sonic excess. Our ears and our necks can only take so much. That said, “heavy” is not always about volume and aggression — sometimes the quietest songs are actually the most devastating. (Give Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” another spin if you don’t know what we mean.) With that in mind, we asked you to pick the “best acoustic song by a heavy band” and you offered up some truly stellar choices that exemplify the wide expanse of what “heaviness” really means. Below are the top five vote-getters.

Read the atrticle in its entirety here: Fan Poll: Top 5 Acoustic Songs By Heavy Bands

The greatest metal guitarists of all time by

Heavy metal as a genre can be attributed primarily to Black Sabbath and their 1970 self- titled debut album, but the seeds of our beloved music and culture were sown much earlier.

Thanks to guitar manufacturers and designers like Les Paul and George Beauchamp, the electric guitar emerged during the 1930s and revolutionised the way that music sounded, injecting presence and volume into the blues and paving the way for the birth of rock’n’roll a decade or two later.

Read the article in its entirety here: Lords of the riff: The greatest metal guitarists of all time

Necklaces handmade from Vinnie’s cymbals that he played during the Far Beyond Driven Tour!

Here’s your chance to own a piece of Pantera history. Unisex Limited Edition Vinnie Paul Cymbal Necklaces! These necklaces are all one of a kind. They were handmade from Vinnie’s Sabian Cymbals that he played during the Far Beyond Driven Tour Cycle in 1994/1995. 333 produced. Get yours before they are gone forever!