Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Ennis, Texas, formed by the Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul (drums) and Dimebag Darrell (guitar) in 1981. Bassist Rex Brown would join in late 1981 with vocalist Terry Glaze. In 1987 Phil Anselmo would become the group's lead vocalist. After disbanding in 2003, any hope of a reunion was lost in 2004, when Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on-stage at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio by gunman Nathan Gale while performing with his new band, Damageplan.
They've released nine studio albums, one live album, and one compilation album; the latter was issued in two versions. Pantera has also released two extended plays (EPs), nineteen singles, four video albums, eleven music videos, and two box sets. They released four studio albums in their early years through its own record label, Metal Magic Records.
The band's major-label debut, 1990's “Cowboys from Hell,” peaked at number 27 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Pantera's second major-label album, “Vulgar Display of Power” (1992), reached number 44 on the Billboard 200, and was later certified platinum by the RIAA. After touring for two years, the group released “Far Beyond Driven” (1994), which debuted atop of the U.S. Billboard 200, and was certified platinu. “The Great Southern Trendkill” (1996) peaked at numbers two on the U.S. Billboard 200. “Official Live: 101 Proof “ (1997) was certified gold by the RIAA.
Pantera's final studio album, “Reinventing the Steel” (2000), became their second release to peak at number two U.S. Billboard 200. The best-of album “Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!” (2003), which combined the titles of the band's four major-label albums, was released in the U.S. It reached number 38 on the Billboard 200 and the album was certified platinum by RIAA.