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Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9:50 PM (PST)

News of Vinnie Paul’s death first broke an hour ago on Billboard as of the time I’m writing this. A while later news of his passing was posted on the Pantera Facebook page.

Vinnie Paul was, as the Facebook page makes note of, the drummer of Pantera and Hellyeah. He was also the drummer in Rebel Meets Rebel and Damageplan.

From the time of the release of Pantera’s Metal Magic through till his death, Vinnie Paul had been involved in the heavy metal scene for over 35 years, setting the rhythm from behind his kit that would drive Pantera and Hellyeah to the front of the pack.

You can’t throw a rock in the heavy metal community without finding a fan of the music Vinnie helped make. From shotgun-slinging Cowboys From Hell to those who have a New Found Power, to those who just like to throw up their devil horns and declare Hellyeah! Vinnie Paul has been a prolific contributor to the scene.

Metal Riot contributor Andrew Johann Datoush had this to say about the news:

“I’ve always been a fan of everything Pantera did prior to Cowboys From Hell. That entire era for them was criminally underrated. There was some excellent song writing in those days. Dime had a different guitar style back then, and Vinnie’s drumming back then very clearly showed his love of KISS. There was definitely some Eric Carr influence to his drumming present in those days. While a lot of fans will be playing some of the harder tracks during their tributes tonight, I’ll be sticking with their more melodic era, and playing their tune “We’ll Meet Again” from their Power Metal album. Rest easy Vinnie. Give Heaven a Hell of a soundtrack!”

As I listen to “Matter of Time” and feel a chill run through my body, I don’t have anything more to say. We here at Metal Riot are all deeply saddened by Vinnie Paul’s death. It’s almost 1am here on the east coast of the U.S. and sometimes all you have is to put the metal on and break the fucking knob.

Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul!

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Mr. Rex Brown, he who once supplied the bottom end groove of Pantera, has a new solo record on the way called SMOKE ON THIS… due in July from Eone. Loudwire has a new song “Crossing Lines” right HERE.

It is an interesting track, sort of a gritty alternative hard rock song with Rex’s very bluesy and biker bar room smokey drawl leading the way. There are also some elements that recall Southern Rock and an organ section, cool stuff and different than the heavier side we have heard in Down and Kill Devil Hill and of course most Pantera, but by all means rocking.

“My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullshit.”

“Crossing Lines” is also available on all streaming platforms and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP today will the the track as a download instantly. The artwork and track listing are available below as well for the first time along with both digital and physical pre orders options.

Brown continues, “We’re not going to necessarily cater to metal fans, but the guys who grew up with Pantera, a lot of them love all the same stuff that I grew up on, too. This is just something else I’m doing for fun, man. And musical Freedom. Fun has to come into it or I’m not going to do it. I’ve had a tremendous career and now I feel like I’m thirty years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed.”

“I’ve got so much more in me,” Brown enthuses. “I’m just getting my feet wet.”

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This is amazing. And while I would’ve loved to have heard Grohl play this on drums, the fact that I believe it is Roy Mayorga (he of Soulfly, Stone Sour and of course fucking Nausea) on the kit is so bad ass and makes me bow to the cyber god. Plus, it takes all these extra guitars to come even close to the presence Dimebag brought to the stage all by his lonesome. \m/

If this don’t make your adrenaline kick in, walk on home.

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Quality live albums have somewhat, frankly, become a rare breed. Sure you have Iced Earth’s Alive In Athens which was made in 1999 (not THAT long ago) but these days it’s far more common to have a golden live moment caught on Youtube, be it a funny blooper, a raging Black Label Society set or Florence & The Machine filling in for Foo Fighters (no pressure) yet still easing into Glastonbury this year like she (Welch) was reclaiming a mystical throne whilst blowing away the uneven Kanye set. Dax Riggs bootlegs are always reliable for bluesy psych/glam rock from the ex-Acid Bath singer. Tearist released a live debut for a full length and it really shook up the noise/art rock scene and created amazing possibilities anew. There’s standbys like Nirvana or Alice In Chains Unplugged. The new Rotting Christ 2x live bad boy is streaming HERE.

Maybe I’m showing my age here but I’d argue though that I have yet to be knocked on my ass by a live release
from many newer bands (here’s a DVD exception). Most of the ones on this list of mine are still more
established than not. Maybe I’m wrong but it seems to be a hurting art form. Cuz bands fuckin’ fake shit in the studio, hahaha.

Here are twelve true bangers, IMO. Some of these even have accompanying footage! Cuz, y’know…we can do that stuff now!

See which twelve artists made the list BELOW.

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Metal Grasshopper is the comedy gold mine of heavy metal themed hijinx between Down‘s Phil Anselmo and comedian Dave Hill. The popular series was dreamed up by Hill along with former Supagroup mainman Chris Lee (a distant relative of Bruce Lee’s who happens to also be married to Sean Yseult of White Zombie/Star & Dagger fame).

With Episode 5 “Vulgar Display Of Feelings” was just released yesterday, it was high time to get the scoop from Chris about working with Dave and Phil on this hysterical series. If you don’t like it…walk on home, boy!

Click HERE for more.

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Ten years gone: Dimebag

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:17 AM (PST)
Ten years ago we lost a once in a generation guitarist and a great human being. Party on, Dime. First tweet I saw mentioning it goes to Jason from Shadows Fall and I’m gonna keep it simple and repost that here (kinda says it all):

Jason Bittner Drums ‏@jbittnerdrums 49 seconds ago

…………I can’t believe it’s been 10 years…….RIP Dime

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R.I.P. Dimebag and John Lennon, stop the BS violence

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 6:52 AM (PST)


“I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one” has somehow become maybe the most metal thing you can sing these days. The horrible amount of shootings of black men shows a real problem. Cops are people too and subject to fears, nerves and biases as well as the next, but carrying a gun means you have to be extra on point when it comes to firing it and the social implications. Anonymous hacking the KKK’s twitter exposed some horrible truths as well. When will people evolve?

This December marks too long since we were graced with the living, breathing presences of Diamond D. and John Lennon, but their music is as alive as ever. Pantera and The Beatles, hand in hand in my book. That’s just how my brain works. The best artists inhabit a shared space, like the virtuous pagans in The Divine Comedy, though if we weren’t busy “imagining there’s no heaven” I’d protest anyone who tried to keep Dime or Lennon from entering the Pearly Gates to rock with Jimi and my old drummer Pat Howland for an eternity of awesome times. Layne from Alice In Chains. You get the drill.

Can’t we all just get along?

Debbie Harry is playing the annual John Lennon tribute tonight and I will also be listening to Pantera today. Let’s make a change out there, people.

Kerrang! has the best Dime memorial up so far this year, so I’m gonna direct you all there. I have a hard time writing about it sometimes. I hope Vinnie Paul and Phil Anselmo can make up some day.

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“When making this record fell in my lap and I had to write these riffs, I didn’t look at it as a negative. On the other side of it, trying to keep the band together… things were fucking toxic. We almost didn’t make it through. If we kept things the same we would have dissolved. If we broke free of it we had a shot at doing what we needed to do… Our last record was Band Of Brothers and it couldn’t have been further from the fuckin’ truth” – Tom Maxwell

If you thought Hellyeah were cool but they never quite reached the heights of their members former bands, rest easy. The leaner and meaner Hellyeah of 2014 is pretty much the band most of us always wanted them to be. Greg Tribbett and Bobzilla had some good contributions and no offense to those dudes. They surely pleased fans of the Damage Plan and Mudvayne days, but this new version of the group is sooo much more on fire. I can safely say that Blood For Blood, the pending new record from the group, is by far their best album and certain to be the best “mainstream” hard rock release of the year (even if it doesn’t feature a cover of “Revenge on Society”, haha). Anyway, This is what you would hope to hear from members of Pantera, Mudvayne and Nothingface…aggressive riffs, Vinnie Paul hitting the drums so hard the world shakes and Chad Gray at his absolute best whether handling eerie, heart sick melody or rapid fire screams and morbid yet hope-infused banter. While a semblance of the group’s party vibe remains, the lyrics are a lot darker and more real on Blood For Blood. Cleaning house really did the band favors and I am done bitching that Chad should just go back to Mudvayne. The more minimal sound and serious, angry themes here work fucking wonders as Tom Maxwell’s sick ass groove metal riffs and Vinnie Paul’s blatantly more excited drumming audibly shine loud and clear. The band sound excited and ready to fire on all cylinders. Hell yeah!

Look…have any of you ever thought about the fact that Tom must be a pretty fucking cool guy if Vinnie feels comfortable with him as his main guitar honcho after what happened to Dimebag? Anybody out there as big a fan of Nothingface’s Violence as I am? Well, this Hellyeah record is where it all comes together and hopefully marks the start of a great new era for the band. Tom talks to us about new member Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple, Monstro),Vinnie Paul playing heavier than he has in years, Chad digging really deep vocally, touring with Avenged Sevenfold and much more. Blood For Blood is a celebration of all things metal.Come June y’all better crank this bitch up to 11!

Tom was under the weather at the time of the interview but he manned up. Thanks, dude! For our exclusive interview with Tom click HERE.

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Phil Anselmo interviews 50 Cent for

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 8:36 AM (PST)

If you didn’t already know (I didn’t) ex-Pantera and current Down frontman Phil Anselmo is a contributing writer for and is by his own admission utterly and completely removed from pop culture. Interestingly enough, this time around Phil gets to interview rapper 50 Cent. Overall it’s a good read especially if you’re a boxing fan and pretty entertaining. It starts out like this:

“I am so far removed from pop-culture, it’s pitiful. My foundations (for those of you who know me) are well laid and stern to the point of outright deafening indifference . . . especially when it comes to boxing . . and music.

But fuck all that, that’s my problem.

So, with an intro like the above reads, I gotta say, when I was assigned an interview with 50-Cent, I had no clue who the man was.


Call me morbid, call me pale, call me a victim of pugilistic dementia, but I must say, speaking to this man was an interesting experience. I was beyond impressed with his smarts, his sense of humor, his accomplishments and his future plans.

Despite my hardheaded “opinions” when it comes to the music that pops up randomly on my i-pod, as people go, 50-Cent was, and is, a super class act, and deserves all the accolades he gets.”

To read the whole interview over at click here.

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New Music: Dimebag Darrell – “Twisted”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:50 AM (PST)

You should feel spoiled.  We get an unreleased Pantera song AND an unreleased solo Dimebag song within a week of each other.  This is probably never going to happen again so enjoy it.

To check out the song called “Twisted” click right here.  It’s also available for purchase right over here.

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Music Video: Pantera -“Piss”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:43 AM (PST)

Yes, you read the headline correctly.  The iconic Pantera have literally found an unheard track called “Piss” that was recorded during the Vulgar Display of Power sessions and never made it on the finished record.  Whoa.  This is epic, they have even made a video for the track that you can find right here.

In order to make this video happen, Pantera put out an A.P.B. to all their fans asking for footage of them rocking out to Pantera or for them to show up at a video shoot in L.A..  The result is a brutal collage of Pantera fans rocking the fuck out and punching each other in the face in slow motion!

Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott recently had the following to say about the song “Piss”.

“‘Piss’ is the only unheard complete Pantera track in existence.  It was recorded at the same time as ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ and it’s 100 percent Pantera with attitude and our signature groove! After mixing it, I can’t believe it didn’t make the record! So it’s 2012 and 20 years later and new Pantera music has been delivered.”

Dimebag would be proud.  It looks like this is the only new/old Pantera we’re ever going to get so enjoy.  The track is also available for purchase through all of the regular outlets.

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Top 10 Heavy Metal Love Sucks Songs

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 2:46 AM (PST)

Is there a worse holiday than Valentine’s Day? Nope. Expression of romantic sentiment? Fuck it. The mixtape and romantic playlist? For saps and suckers. But why spend hours grumbling about it when somebody more talented can help you put words behind your middle finger pointed at cupid?! And there’s no better way to do it than in the form of metal songs!

So our gift to you my fellow heathens and cretins, is this: to celebrate this most absurd of all holidays, here is a list of the ten best heavy metal LOVE SUCKS! songs ever recorded (in no particular order).

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For more information and to vote, Click here.

Click here to view the nominees.

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Interview: Down’s Phil Anselmo discusses solo project

Posted by Lucas Riot on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM (PST)

Down's Phil AnselmoRecently Jason Wellwood of had a chance to catch up with Phil Anselmo of Down, Super Joint Ritual, and Pantera.  During the interview Phil discusses the process of creating the new solo record he is working on.

To read the full interview click here.

Phil also recently did a quick interview with Revolver TV where he discusses Pantera.

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Interview: Phil Anselmo discusses Pantera on Revolver TV

Posted by Lucas Riot on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 1:58 PM (PST)

PanteraRevolver TV recently sat down with Phil Anselmo of Down, Superjoint Ritual, and Pantera to discuss Pantera.  During the short interview Phil talks about his portrayal in a “Behind the Music” episode on Pantera stating “They portrayed me as this villain.”  He also talks about Pantera shows and the positive memories he has about being in the band.

To watch the interview click here.

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