Legendary Texas groove metal band PANTERA never got to reunite the most famous lineup, due to the tragic events that unfolded at a DAMAGEPLAN gig on December 8, 2004. It was definitely on Darrell Abbott’s bucket list, to drop at least one more album with CFH to bring it all back home, with plans to “squash the feud” with Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown. Dimebag wanted to make these final songs “sing for the fans” and called them “brutal”.
No more drama. No more beefs. No more threats amongst metal brethren. Just straight up, kick your balls off Heavy Metal music.
“We’re going back to the old school!”
TMD has got the scoop. Checking with an industry source close to the situation via Facebook DM, a pro audio engineer confirmed that the tracks do indeed exist. This person, who shall remain anonymous, worked closely with PANTERA over the years, and is “within the inner circle” of PANTERA producer/engineer Sterling Winfield, who recently said that TMD was making up this story, and trying to “gain traction”. Well, there is a credible source now who has come forward and confirmed the Abbott unreleased tracks are in fact absolutely real.
“I am sure Sterling (Winfield) has them archived.
Rita Haney, Dime’s lady, said that Dime wanted to go back to Pantera before he died, complaining that he was not the least bit happy with singer Pat Lachman, and was fully intent on using the new songs that he and his brother Vinnie Paul recorded in Dalworthington Gardens at Dime’s home studio as a new PANTERA album. All these songs need is vocals laid down by Phil and the bass lines by Rex. Even if they were not going to officially reunite, and do any further touring together, it was planned as a way to send the band off the right way... with honor.
Speaking about Darrell‘s desire to reform PANTERA in the months leading up to the guitarist’s untimely death, a friend of his named Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger said: “Oh, yeah. He would have. The last time I saw him was in November of 2004. I was about to go back out with SLIPKNOT or [MARILYN] MANSON, one of the two. And I went over to his house. I was just talking to him briefly about everything. He was, like, ‘We’re gonna go out and do this [DAMAGEPLAN] tour through December, and I’ll see you for Christmas and everything. After that, we’re gonna have some new shit going on. And it’s not gonna be this (Damageplan). Whatever it takes, we’re gonna get these guys (Phil and Rex) back together and do it right.’ … He was saying he was gonna do everything he could. He was pretty much done with what they [DAMAGEPLAN] were doing at that point. He wanted to move on and go back to PANTERA.”
Now word coming out of PANTERA camp is that Anselmo wants to record a new PANTERA album with Sterling Winfied, but they will not include the Abbott brothers (unreleased material) who are the ones that founded the band. Instead, they are carrying out a blatant “cash grab” that only happened because Rocket of TMD promoted the Pantera tribute reunion cause (as a one off tribute show event, not a full blown tour around the world) when everyone else (the rock media, fans, surviving band members), including Anselmo said “There can’t be Pantera without Dimebag.”
Then how could you dare think to release PANTERA songs that do not include the Abbott brothers? Have you (Phil and Rex) even heard these unreleased Abbott brother songs? Probably not. How can you know if they are good or not without hearing them?
Don’t you think the Abbott brothers wishes should be honored now that you are touring under the PANTERA name again and earning profits off the Abbott brothers cherished legacy?