Pantera formed in Arlington, Texas by founding members Darrell Abbott,
brother Vince and Rex Brown. They release their first independent album titled Metal
Second independent album Project In The Jungle is released.
Third Independent album I Am The Night is released.
Through the release of the three unsuccessful independent albums, the band
became progressively heavier and to complete their direction added "the original
circus freak" Philip Anselmo. With Phil, the band recorded their most successful
independent album to date - Power Metal. The album, combined with their incredible live
shows, gained Pantera a large underground following worldwide. Local gigs were performed
at small club called Joes Garage.
Pantera sign with East West(Elektra)/Atlantic and release Cowboys From Hell
produced by Terry Rope King Date. The album breaks new ground with its own
style and direction. Incoperating raw and aggressive energy with their polished
songwriting and emphasising their trademark Power Groove, Cowboys From Hell is
a worldwide success.
Cowboys From Hell long form video is released and the band perform at the
Monsters of Rock Festival in Moscow. The Russian audience go
Bugfuck at the bands earth shattering brutality.
Vulgar Display Of Power is released! Mouth For War off Vulgar Display Of
Power was the first metal single ever to debut at #1 - beating Metallicas
"Enter Sandman", while the album topped the U.S. metal charts for weeks on end!
Critics are unanimous in their enthusiasm
Guitar World raved "Anselmo sings
with the fury of a post office psycho" and the Village Voice called Pantera an
"abgry, cantankerous, ferally aggressive band that channels all the free-floating
rage of their environment into a muderous metallic growl."
Panteras first headliner tour of the UK begins. Band members prepare
for the recording of the new album.
Pantera releases a new album, Far Beyond Driven. "Its fucking
heavy!" quotes singer Philip Anselmo. In March, Far Beyond Driven is released
debuting at No. 1 on the Austrailian and U.S. album charts simutaneously. The world tour
begins. The true definition of Pantera is their live performance, which literally rattles
every bone in your body and crushes at your ears like a vice - a sheer hostile takeover.
The Great Southern Trendkill is released. While on thier trendkil tour Phil Anselmo O.D'ed on heroin after a show in Dallas. Phil was clinically dead for over 5 minutes as his friends tried to revie him, he was soon revived in the back of an ambulance. Phil relased a press statement reguarding this situation and him kicking heroin. I will post his actuall statement here soon.
Official Live: 101 proof is released. This album is composed of completely live performances of the band on tour, it also had 2 new studio tracks. Pantera's live performance of Cemetary Gates earned them a grammy nomination in the best metal performance catagory.
Reinventing The Steel is released. Reinventing The Steel is Panteras first studio album in 4 years debuting at #4 on the Billboard album charts in the United States. The band co-headlines Ozzfest 2000 and After that headlines thier own world tour.