Pantera with Lamb of God at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, February 22nd!
American heavy metal band Pantera was formed in 1981 in Texas by the Abbott brothers, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. Originally a glam metal band, they quickly lost that in favor of a heavier thrash metal sound for their album releases. Their breakthrough album, Cowboys from Hell, released in 1990 and is their fifth studio release, but considered by both fans and the band to be their “official” debut. Pantera’s sound and energy lead to a few touring dates as well as festival performances.
Their seventh studio release, Far Beyond Driven, came out in 1994 and debuted No. 1 in both the United States and in Australia on the album charts. The song “I’m Broken” earned Pantera their first Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance.
Phil Anselmo joined Pantera at the age of eighteen, after the band had been searching for a new vocalist once again. Over the years, there had been a growing tension between Anselmo and the brothers, which led to the disbandment of the group, with Darrell and Vinnie forming Damageplan as their new project. Tragedy struck, when Darrell was killed during a performance in Ohio, alongside several audience members, security, and venue employees that were either killed or injured at the event. After the news broke, album sales of both Damageplan and Pantera skyrocketed – their popularity reawaken in the wake of tragedy.
In 2022, after years of relative silence from ex members, Anselmo and Rex Brown reunited alongside new members Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante to form a new era of Pantera.
Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1994. Founded by John Campbell, Mark Morton, and ex-members Chris Adler and Matt Conner, Lamb of God has been instrumental in the new wave of the American heavy metal movement.
They have released eleven studio albums, two being released under their original band name, “Burn the Priest.” To avoid being associated as a satanic band group, the band changed their name after the second album release to what they are known as today. Two of their albums, Ashes of the Wake and Sacrament are certified RIAA Gold.
Lamb of God has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, and have won multiple awards for their music at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. Their most recent album, Omens, was released in 2022.
Tickets on sale Friday November 17th at 10am at ticketmaster.com.
Check out Mike Anthony’s list of 5 songs Pantera should play live in February HERE.