Pantera

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2008 (The 2009 Induction Ceremony)

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Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2028 (ranked #287) .


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Will Pantera be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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they saved metal in the 90s and dimebag darrel was the best guitarist since hendrix

Posted by zach iuliucci on Wednesday, 07.19.06 @ 23:20pm


^Thats true. Nirvana was killing metal in the 90's and Pantera brought it back. Dimebag definatly was the best guitarist since hendrix. I dont mean this in a negative way, but i think Pantera will get inducted because dimebag was murdered.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 07.31.06 @ 12:47pm


Pantera kicks ass, there's nothing else needed to be said. RIP Dimebag

Posted by tony on Friday, 08.11.06 @ 15:47pm


dude dimebag is the shit..but uhh best since hendrix..no..hes no where near the likes of vaughan,vai,satriani,gilbert, and malmsteen..okay malmsteen might have ate to many cheese cakes to get into the halll of fame but hes still good

Posted by Jack on Saturday, 09.9.06 @ 22:24pm


They should be in. They shunned trends and kept the music the way they wanted it to be and people listened! Sounds innovative to me!

Posted by JAM on Thursday, 11.16.06 @ 10:42am


It took them how long to get Sabbath in there? Pantera won't be getting in any time soon and that is a damn shame.

Posted by Justin on Tuesday, 12.12.06 @ 20:24pm


There were loads better metal bands in the '90s, notably Kyuss and the Melvins. It's laughable to think Nirvana was "killing" metal.

Posted by William on Monday, 01.8.07 @ 19:19pm


every fan of hard rock knows these guys are the most underrated band of the 90's. i'd even bet many of the rock critics want to vote for them (just like Sabbath) but are too afraid since their music was so heavy for its time.

they will get in...but i'll be dead by then

Posted by diddles on Tuesday, 01.16.07 @ 00:05am


Dimebag was a genius, plain and simple. He never had formal training and could play better than many even aspire to, this alone should be reason enough for them to get in... The rest of the band was incredibly talented. They added something to metal that has not been matched. They will get in at some point and I would love to be able to see it. RIP Dimebag

Posted by Brett H. on Thursday, 01.18.07 @ 19:26pm


Dimebag was average at best

Posted by Tits McGee on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 23:59pm


Pantera was as influential as Sabbath and Metallica in the realms of metal and were one of the only bands that stayed true during the 90's. And if malmsteen will be in the Hall Of Fame than certainly Dime should be!! And yes he is up in the realms with SRV, Satriani.

Posted by No You on Thursday, 02.15.07 @ 14:33pm


SRV? Satch? Really?

No, not really.

Malmsteen's a hack, by the way.

Posted by William on Thursday, 02.15.07 @ 21:16pm


This is heavy metal for the ages. Yes

Posted by Seth on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 10:48am


hell yeah they rock

Posted by reaper on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 09:25am


HELL YES - they saved metal in the 90's after grunge plotted to destroy it and dimebag was the best guitarist since hendrix

Posted by Aaron on Friday, 03.30.07 @ 05:39am


Grunge tried to destroy metal? Are you serious?

Holy hell what a big bucket of stupid that idea is.

That would certainly explain grunge's strong metal influences, then.

Shut the hell up and listen to the Melvins. Then never speak about anything ever again.

Posted by William on Friday, 03.30.07 @ 06:08am


pantera shuld without a doubt b in the hall of fame...they were metal..dimebag honestly in my opinion was the best guitarist to ever live(i no thats big to say) but no one played like dime..and the thing about pantera is that everyone was amazing at wat they did...rex= one of the best bass players..vinnie = amazing drummer and phill had vocals like no other..ya thats my opinion

Posted by tru on Thursday, 05.3.07 @ 09:17am


I'm a huge pantera fan so of course I think they should be inducted. I mean even if you don't like them you can't say they weren't influential to the world of metal. Most importantly they weren't afraid or ashamed to be heavy even though most bands were heading in a different direction. They flew the heavy metal flag in the 90's just as Judas Priest had done in the past. We can't let the music of pantera or the memory of dime slip away from future generations.

RIP dimebag

Posted by seth on Thursday, 05.10.07 @ 20:03pm


Name a few bands that were directly inspired by Pantera. See how far you get.

Posted by William on Thursday, 05.10.07 @ 20:23pm


Let's look at it this way: Pantera was an influence on many metal bands (pick any band on Ozzfest in the past ten years and one of their influences in probably Pantera), yet Dimebag's sad, tragic and pointles death may help them snag a second or third year induction by a fraction of a vote. That and the opening for "Walk" is still one of the most recognized and imitated intros in the history of popular music.

Posted by Ryan Gibbs on Saturday, 05.19.07 @ 14:05pm


They were a major part of the 80s metal scene...but I think they're going to fall short of the HHOF. They can make it, but unless others like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest can get it, it's going to be tough.

Posted by maplejet on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 11:17am


Pantera deserves to be inductuded because without them...What would have happened to metal?

Posted by Stephanie on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 17:34pm


"Pantera deserves to be inductuded because without them...What would have happened to metal?"-Stephanie

I don't know. Let's ask Voivod, the Melvins, Corrosion of Conformity, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Sleep, Pentagram, Helmet, Faith No More, or any of the other hundreds of metal bands formed in the last 20 years that owe absolutely nothing to Pantera.

To avoid confusion, once again, I'm not actually arguing against this band so much as I'm arguing against stupid arguments.

Posted by William on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 12:14pm


I love Pantera, I think Dimebag is one hellacious guitarist with soul, and his tone... it was perfect. But the best since Hendrix? No. Like Jack said... SRV, Satriani, Vai & Gilbert. And Malmsteen is a hack.

Do I think they should make it in? Not sure on that one. I think about 40% of me says yes.

Posted by Lance on Sunday, 09.9.07 @ 04:23am


I think you all are right Pantera did save Metal in the 90s &Dimebag definetly was 1 of the greatest guitarists since Jimi Hendrix &Eric Clapton &think their is a very strong chance of them being inducted in 08 &i certainly hope that since Dimebag got murdered they will be so he can get recognized for who was 1 of the greatest guitarists of all time.RIP Dimebag.

Posted by Chris on Friday, 09.14.07 @ 19:57pm


Again, I ask exactly how they "saved" metal when it was doing just fine without them? It's like saying you put out a fire by pouring water over dry wood. There was never any danger, and hence nothing to save.

Posted by William on Friday, 09.14.07 @ 20:11pm


Pantera is one of the top 10 or 15 metal bands of all times and Dimebag is one hell of a guitarist but like I've said elsewhere the morons that run the HOF hate metal. Eventually the will get in but it won't be 2008

Posted by karl on Sunday, 10.28.07 @ 03:49am


Alot of comments in here are about how dimebag is the best. he is not, he may be your favourite and thats cool but he was a mile away from being the best.

Posted by Luke on Monday, 10.29.07 @ 10:51am


Pantera is proof, to me, that the eligibility rules are flawed.

They are considered eligible now, but there are two problems:

1) the band has completely disowned their first four albums (before "Cowboys From Hell")

2) Phil Anselmo was not in the band until their fourth album "Power Metal" released in 1988.

Under the first condition (25 years after first acknowledged album), Pantera would be eligible in 2015/2016. Under the second (first with line-up to be inducted) they would be eligible in 2013/2014.

I do feel that the Rock Hall should change the eligibility rules to exclude disowned albums or those recorded with a line-up prior to the one to be inducted. This would prevent Pantera from being "cheated" into the Hall. On the other hand, whilst I feel they will get in, it is quite probbaly not going to occur before 2015/2016 anyway.

Posted by anonymous on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 05:01am


No one wants you here, anonymous.

Posted by LLLIIIAAAMMM on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 08:20am


Grunge plotted to destroy metal? What a bunch of imbeciles!...Let go of your conspiracy book..and smell reality.

First of all, Nirvana did not "kill" metal in the 90's. The growing trend of Rap was the largest threat to Metal, simply because it was to quote a Pantera lyric "Politically relieved, producs sold and well received". ;)

If anything, Nirvana grunge rock or not, kept the rock theme alive for as long as Cobain had lived, consider the popularity of figures like 2pac, and his martyr status even after his death.

No, Nirvana did not "try to kill Metal". Assbag.

Posted by Joseph on Saturday, 12.29.07 @ 13:44pm


I've been a guitarist for a long time, and will most certainly give Pantera their due. I'm not really a big fan of harder edged metal, but a lot of their music was absolutely brilliant. Dimebag Darrell was definitely the talent in that band, which leads me to believe that the hall should have a branch for guitarists. after all that is the one constant symbol of Rock & Roll. Dimebag would probably be first ballot.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 01.27.08 @ 10:43am


who actually thinks that pantera shudnt get in needs their head examined

grunge was pretty much 2 big bands and alot of posers

the most influencial frontman in grunge mumbled his lyrics and probably killed him self because his music couldnt piss people off as much

pantera will always be rembered and the new bands that formed from them are insane

dime inspered millions of guitarists and is the face of one of the best guitar companies ever and hes dead RIP dime

Posted by on Wednesday, 01.30.08 @ 00:26am


Your musical history is shoddy.

Posted by William on Wednesday, 01.30.08 @ 00:35am


People should stop looking at Pantera as Dimebag's band, he wasn't the only influential person in the band.

Posted by SSR on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 14:01pm


Sorry to whole heartedly disagree, but YES he was!!!

Posted by Terry on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 14:13pm


First things first...

Pantera was awesome. Their combination of agression and virtuosity put them in rare company. However... anyone who thinks Dimebag is the best guitarist since Handrix is lacking perspective. Sometimes it helps to detach yourself from your emotions and look at the facts. For starters, Hendrix had many notable contemporaries who survived him, guitarists that Dimebag himself would tell you are much better then he was. Clapton, Townshend, Richards, BB King, Alan Collins (yes, Alan Collins. The man had to coexist with two other guitar players and he still kicked ass. And if you don't know who he is, you're spending too much time reading blogs). Everybody here seems too preoccupied with metal and hard rock guitarists when forming their arguments. The truth is, Stanley Jordan is a better player than Dimebag. So is Prince!!! Hell, there are bluegrass guitar players that could smoke Dimebag (a little play on words there, ha ha!). Dimebag was definitely an amazing guitar player, don't get me wrong. But anybody who believes he even belongs in the same sentence as Hendrix has his or her head buried in the ground... probably even deeper than Dimebag's corpse.

Posted by Chris M on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 20:18pm


P.S. Nirvana DID NOT kill metal. They didn't even kill hair metal. That horse was already dying when Nirvana came along, and would have eventually died anyway. Nirvana just shot it and put it out of its misery... sped the process up.
P.S.S. Phil Anselmo is a gutless poser. I used to think he was cool, but after watching him recently, it doesn't take a government spy to see through that pile of pig s**t.

Posted by Chris M on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 20:24pm


First things first...

Pantera was awesome. Their combination of agression and virtuosity put them in rare company. However... anyone who thinks Dimebag is the best guitarist since Handrix is lacking perspective. Sometimes it helps to detach yourself from your emotions and look at the facts. For starters, Hendrix had many notable contemporaries who survived him, guitarists that Dimebag himself would tell you are much better then he was. Clapton, Townshend, Richards, BB King, Alan Collins (yes, Alan Collins. The man had to coexist with two other guitar players and he still kicked ass. And if you don't know who he is, you're spending too much time reading blogs). Everybody here seems too preoccupied with metal and hard rock guitarists when forming their arguments. The truth is, Stanley Jordan is a better player than Dimebag. So is Prince!!! Hell, there are bluegrass guitar players that could smoke Dimebag (a little play on words there, ha ha!). Dimebag was definitely an amazing guitar player, don't get me wrong. But anybody who believes he even belongs in the same sentence as Hendrix has his or her head buried in the ground... probably even deeper than Dimebag's corpse.

Posted by Chris M on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 20:31pm


Chris M...I think you're the one who's uninformed!! Saying one great player could "smoke" another is assinine, at best! Hendrix came along and did things no one had done before...which made him an original, an INNOVATOR!!! Made people want to imitate AND emulate what he did. Was he basically a very good player...yes! Great? For my money, not really (understand, I've been playing for 40 years, and he was one of my early influences)!!

Playing has evolved a lot since Hendrix. Townsend was a member of a great band, fit the template of what they did perfectly. Alan Collins played in a band with three other guitarists (Garry Rossington and Ed King, who was replaced by Steve Gaines). They played together since they were kids...they created the band's sound (yes, we all know he did the "Freebird" solo in one take...). In the blues, B. B. King laid a blueprint for others to follow. Clapton said himself on the night Stevie Ray died "I had to get away from the stage and gather my confidence because listening to him, I didn't know how I was going to follow him". Stanley Jordan...came up with a style no one had seen before...guess what?? A lot of people have taken that style to another level (I saw Stu Hamm do the same jaw-dropping technique...on a BASS!!!). Prince is a very good player...actually sounds like Hendrix when he plays(Hmmm...must've been influenced). Bluegrass players...a few great ones...don't see them "smoking" other great players!!

I'm glad to see that there are still players in this day and age trying to take things to another level. I think Abbott was succeeding, as are people like Zakk Wylde, Brad Paisley (country), Ronny Jordan (jazz), etc... They pat tribute to those who came before them, while trying to master their own style and technique. Plus, your comment about Darrell's "corpse was disrespectful and just plain STUPID!! I'm glad to say I like them all!!

As Darrell was qouted one time (which I've said before on this site and you obviously didn't read!!!) "If someone picks up a guitat and tries to play...none of it SUCKS!!!"

Posted by Terry on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 22:23pm


Hmmm...some typos. Guess it was because I was typing in the dark. Oh, well...at least I wasn't THINKING in the dark!!!

Posted by Terry on Saturday, 02.16.08 @ 22:27pm


Terry, what about Phil Anselmo? He made it ok for metal singers to scream, but he also had true emotions to it that made sense to the songs. Vinnie is also a drummer who helped make double bass drums common to play. Rex also made the songs heavy. Of course, Dime is no exception.

Posted by SSR on Sunday, 02.17.08 @ 18:52pm


SSR...understand, being a player myself I have a little bias toward them. I'm also not the biggest metal fan in the world. It seems to me that most metal bands have TWO players...Pantera had ONE exceptional player. I mean, listen to them, where would they have been with just any other player? That guy was probably one of the best, say, twenty players I've ever heard (in no particular order). I don't give out those kind of kudos to just anyone. It also seems that his fellow players hold him in high esteem.

In my book, in any genre, he was the real deal. It's sad, because NO musician deserves to be murdered on stage by some maniac. From everything I've ever heard about him and his brother, they're also pretty good guys...which makes it all the more tragic. Could Pantera exist again without him? Probably not.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.17.08 @ 20:03pm


Terry, I'm sticking with my opinion. It was sad when Dime died, it was. I'm not saying Pantera could continue without because they really can't, but without Anselmo and Vinnie, where would metal be going?

Posted by SSR on Friday, 02.22.08 @ 15:19pm


Your opinion's cool with me! I'm kinda partial to guitarists, anyway!

Posted by Terry on Friday, 02.22.08 @ 16:12pm


1. Pantera
2.Slayer
3.Metallica
4.Megadeth
5.Anthrax


2009...all are eligible...and who wouldnt want to see those egos clash on stage? Thrash metal can't be denied...but something tells me it will be.

Posted by Brain on Wednesday, 02.27.08 @ 10:08am


Metallica will probably get in because they quit being metal a long time ago and the Hall will probably recognize them for being musical and commercial sellouts.

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 02.27.08 @ 19:09pm


BO-RING!
Their music appeals to people stuck in 10th grade emotionally.

Posted by D. Bunked on Wednesday, 04.2.08 @ 16:21pm


I agree with what Tits McGee said.

"Dimebag was average at best"

He was great and all, but compared to other great players like Paul Gilbert, Satriani, Vai.... he was just average. Dimebag use his skills that he had and made the best of it eventhough he's just average.

Posted by McFuck on Sunday, 05.4.08 @ 01:15am


Come On! Dimebag Darrel - Greatest Metal guitarist ever!(Screw Rhoades) Phil Anselmo - Greatest frontman ever!(Screw Tyler and Roth). Put 'em in for kickin' more ass than anyone has ever kicked before!

Posted by matt on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 07:45am


The last great thrash metal band. And the last metal band period to understand true aggression!

Posted by matt on Saturday, 05.10.08 @ 16:50pm


"The last great thrash metal band. And the last metal band period to understand true aggression!"-matt

Sounds like someone who doesn't listen to much metal at all.

Posted by William on Saturday, 05.10.08 @ 22:40pm


If you don't dig PANTERA then you don't know dick about Heavy Metal. Stick with the boy-bands, pansy!

Posted by matt on Wednesday, 05.14.08 @ 14:01pm


Go grab a copy of the Obsessed's '94 album "The Church Within." It'll be good for you. And before you get the chance to say something ignorant, Phil Anselmo is a HUGE Obsessed fan, and has stated in interviews that Pantera would not have the same sound were it not for them.

Posted by William on Wednesday, 05.14.08 @ 16:31pm


WRONG! Pantera sounds nothing of Obsessed. Obsessed is not aggresive. Phil has said that his three main influences have always been Sabbath - Priest - and most of all the mighty VENOM! Now there's a band that understood aggression! And, William, if you're refering to LAMB OF DOG or CHILDREN OF BOTTOM or MASTERDON then you obviously can't here the clear PANTERA rip off that is those groups core sound. PANTERA perfected it and none shall unthrown the late - great - PANTERA. Only band out now pupmping that much aggression while sounding like themselves and no one else...DOWN - featuring two members of PANTERA. DUH!

Posted by matt on Sunday, 05.18.08 @ 16:05pm


"WRONG!"-matt

So Phil Anselmo doesn't know his own influences?

Maybe you should tell him. Or else dig up a copy of the old Obsessed documentary.

Or you could just keep being wrong. You know, whatever.

Posted by William on Monday, 05.19.08 @ 00:35am


william - chris m., Once again you all sound like you'd rather argue than talk about PANTERA! The obsessed are great but they are DOOM Metal, not really known for agression and speed. I would say they way heavier as an influence on DOWN than PANTERA! You don't really think that Pantera sounds like Obsessed? Does Phil sound all that much like Wino? They'll never even step foot in the Hall 'O' Fame, although they should, if your a true fan of Heavy Metal, then Pantera gettin' in should please you not piss you off! And Hendrix got his turn. Hendrix is old hat! He himslef was about innovation and moving forwrad in music. I think we can all agree the Dimebag moved the whole world forward with his playing! He would've blow Jimmi's acid soaked mind! Darrell could pull off Hendrix...but I doubt Hebdrix could've pulled of some DIMEBAG!!!!!!!

Posted by harrison on Wednesday, 06.25.08 @ 07:51am


Sounds like someone who has never actually heard The Obsessed, but has maybe read about them.

Give "Streetside" a spin. It's on Youtube.

Posted by William on Wednesday, 06.25.08 @ 11:37am


The Obsessed...kind of a juiced-up Black Sabbath, which isn't a bad thing. It's too bad they didn't put out more material.

I'm not one that's into all the mindless flailing "let's see who can play the fastest" thrashing (A term I don't particularly care for when it comes to playing). Dimebag Darrell could play about as fast as anyone, but could be pretty melodic, too. "Cemetary Gates" and the Sabbath remake "Planet Caravan" are two that I would recommend to any first time Pantera listeners.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 07.6.08 @ 14:34pm


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Posted by trixxie on Wednesday, 07.9.08 @ 00:32am


well... i have to disagree that dimebag is the best guitarist since hendrix.... i think stevie ray vaughan probably is... no one comes even close to him (beside jimi). but i do think that pantera should be inducted

Posted by tmr88 on Tuesday, 07.15.08 @ 16:40pm


Metal? Metal? Metal is a Sub-genre.... I know you guys hate to hear that... but it is. There is only 4 genres of rock and roll, and everything else is just a fad that will die out eventually. That doesn't mean that there isn't spectacular metal bands (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer) but... i hate it how everyone is like "What would happen to Metal?" "But the metal man...." and crap like that. "Folk Rock" "Hard Rock" "Alternative Rock" and "Pop Rock" are the 4 genres of Rock and roll (Prog. falls under alternative... since most alternative bands were influenced by prog. bands.... and since alternative has kind of adapted a prog sound in more recent years) So calm down about your precious metal. Pantera doesn't deserve to be inducted... What did they do for music as a WHOLE, not just the sub-genre of hard rock that has somehow got a cult following.

Posted by Calzone on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 18:00pm


dime was a great guitarist who could play almost anything you told him to, enough said
he probably could play some hendrix, or satriani or whatever, the point is he was heavy, he was not in the same category as hendrix or clapton, he was the best METAL guitarist of all time, and he did inspire a lot of bands. rex was also a very underrated bassist, and vinnie paul was an awesome drummer. phil was a good vocalist, but his drug problem was ultimately the reason that pantera split up. there, a very talented inspirational metal band, the most popular metal band of the 90's these hall of fame things dont look for unknown bands with technical proficiencies, they look for revolutionary, mainstream bands like pantera. pantera brought very heavy metal to the types of people who would listen to glam rock, or rap, as they were accessible enough to be on mtv, and they were genuinely nice guys (dime and vinnie anyway).
theyre, that is why pantera should be inducted into the hall of fame.

Posted by mcsalad on Sunday, 11.30.08 @ 16:11pm


My favorite 90s metal band but they wont get in the first time.It took sabbath years to get in.What makes you think the music snob voters will change there ways for pantera.They dont respect metal very much and thats a shame.Dimeback was a very good guitarist I wouldnt say the best metal guitarist but a very good one.

Posted by Chris on Monday, 12.1.08 @ 21:49pm


My favorite 90s metal band but they wont get in the first time.It took sabbath years to get in.What makes you think the music snob voters will change there ways for pantera.They dont respect metal very much and thats a shame.Dimeback was a very good guitarist I wouldnt say the best metal guitarist but a very good one.

Posted by Chris on Monday, 12.1.08 @ 21:49pm


I said yes because Pantera had some great albums are are no doubt influntial to heavy metal.
But some of you must be stupid.Saying Dimebag is the best since Hendrix?Dimebag was really good but not one of the greatest and barely even top 100 too me.
Roads and Kirk Hammet are WAY better heavy metal guitarists than Dimebag was.Anyone who thinks Dimebag is the greatest metal guitarist probably doesnt play guita.

Posted by DJ on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 11:47am


DJ...I DO play, and I have for a long time. In the "metal" genre, I would have to put Abbott in a short list of great players...the guy was absolutely BRILLIANT. I couldn't tell you who was the "best", but he was definitely up there with Wylde, Lynch, etc...

I'm convinced Randy Rhoads was from another planet, though. His playing was INSANE!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 15:01pm


whos to say who the best guitar player is?..how do you decide on who is the best?..i dont think its possible as its all a matter of opinion..

but dimebag was ONE of the best..along with all the other legends.

Posted by mike t on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 15:56pm


every guitar player has a different style. they all may have alot of the same influences but may approach their own work differently. johnny cash maybe only played 3 or 4 chords but listening to his work he did what made him great. he used what worked for him and had his own sound. cobain in interviews i read was said to be a crappy guitar player...but he was my main influence above hendrix or dimebag!!! you play what fits the song. i can shred and play fast but does it matter. its all about feeling. there is no best there may be better but thats all opinion!!!

Posted by hk on Tuesday, 02.3.09 @ 20:11pm


DJ...I DO play, and I have for a long time. In the "metal" genre, I would have to put Abbott in a short list of great players...the guy was absolutely BRILLIANT. I couldn't tell you who was the "best", but he was definitely up there with Wylde, Lynch, etc...

I'm convinced Randy Rhoads was from another planet, though. His playing was INSANE!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 15:01pm

Some of Dimebags stuff was brillant,and the guitar work on "Cemetary Gates" is epic.
But these "best since Hendrix" comments are just hilarious.I know thats only an opinion.But still.
I would say Rhoads was the best at metal guitar,his riffs and solos were amazing.He had potential beyound the Ozzy Osbourne band.

Posted by DJ on Wednesday, 02.25.09 @ 16:49pm


I TOTES MCGOATES AGREE WITH WHAT EVERYONE HAS SAID HERE ABOUT AXL ROSE

DIMEBAG DARRYL JONES WAS THE PETE TOWNSHEND OF MAGAZINE PUBLISHING

Posted by OKTOBERFEST on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 17:55pm


OKTOBERFEST can I ask you a question?

Is this the same person that posted previously on this site under the names Karen or maybe DAN BARCAN?

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 18:01pm


I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT KEEBORD IS TALKING ABOUT BUT FOR THE RECORD IF KEITH MOON WAS ALIVE TO SEE THIS HED ASKED ME IF I WAS AT FAULT OR IF IT WAS PETER PARKER TOWNSEND

Posted by OKTOBERFEST on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 19:04pm


Oktoberfest, whoever you are, do us a favour and shut up!!!

Posted by Cubix on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 19:05pm


SO CUBIX ARE YOU TRYING TO CENSOR ME ARE YOU SOME KIND OF BENEVOLENT FASCIST DICTATOR IS THAT IT

WHY DONT YOU GO BACK TO WORSHIPPING MUSSOLINI YOU FASCIST IM ALLOWED TO SPEAK MY MIND HERE

Posted by OKTOBERFEST on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 19:25pm


Huh? Fascist? What are you talking about? I just want you to stop talking nonsense and try to be reasonable. Also stop usings CAPS LOCK do you have any idea how annoying it is?

Posted by Cubix on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 19:28pm


What mind might that be? Maybe people wouldn't suggest an "exit...stage right" for you if you'd exercise making a little bit of sense...

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 19:29pm


Occasionally, this site seems to suffer from a strange phenomenon whereby nutcases like this Oktoberfest guy escape from the cuckoo's nest and vent all their emotions out on the internet.

I recommend we ignore him and hope he goes away

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 19:41pm


He also uses the name "Oktoberfest" that in itself is pretty self explanatory

Posted by Cubix on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 19:44pm


Pantera definately deserve to be inducted. They kept heavy metal music alive during the rise of grunge. Lots of today's bands have been influenced by them.

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 14:07pm


I always thought it was kind of strange when people said grunge killed metal. When I was a metal guy, I always thought the early-mid nineties produced some of the best metal. That is when the European scene really came together afterall.

All that really happened was the death of hair.

Posted by Elastic Man on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 05:50am


Grunge didn't quite kill hair metal, thrash metal most likely had more to do with that.

Pantera shockingly started out as a hair metal band! They changed to groove metal when Phil Anselmo joined the group.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 06.27.09 @ 12:18pm


Gotta love that Metal Magic album cover!

Posted by Elastic Man on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 03:04am


Pantera never were that great with album covers. The original cover for Far Beyond Driven and Reinventing the Steel are also pretty awful covers.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 09:29am


Pantera had a bit of a "hair metal" persona when they first came on the scene. I believe Dime was calling himself "Diamond Darrell" at the time.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 10:17am


Yep, back on thier first 4 albums they had the hair, spandex, and everything that came with it.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 11:05am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHv99XhJ5zk

If anyone wants to know what Pantera's original sound was like here you go.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 11:09am


I remember them being in a Battle of the Bands at Six Flags Over Texas in the early 80's. You wouldn't even recognize Dime as being the same person...long, frizzy hair everywhere (I think it was before he could grow facial hair...LOL)!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 11:10am


As always, good story Gitarzan.

If you look the metal bands Pantera were first influeced by it actually isn't all that suprising that they first had a more poppy sound. Not too many people would consider Kiss and Van Halen some of the more extreme metal groups.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 12:15pm


Yes, influence can come from the strangest places sometimes. It's funny how Pantera AND Garth Brooks were both influenced to a degree by Kiss. If a graph of "who influenced who" were established, it would be quite the conundrum...LOL!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 12:26pm


Please. Pantera has to get in line behind many great hard rock acts i.e.Alice Cooper, Deep Purple,Scorpions.

Posted by on Saturday, 09.26.09 @ 14:22pm


I would say Alice and Purple should get in before Pantera, but Pantera were way more influencial than the Scorpions.

Sadly, I don't think Pantera will ever be inducted, their music was just too far out for the committee.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 09.26.09 @ 14:43pm


Dime was better than any guitar ever to have lived when it came to Floyd Rose Tremelos (Whammy bars. he created a style of metal which included more squeals then ever. even if Pantera never gets inducted to the hall of fame, they still are one of most heavy, and influential metal bands of all time

Posted by DimeBag Barrell on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 16:19pm


Actually, playing with a Floyd Rose is much easier because you can almost snap a guitar in half and it will still be in tune. The "squealing" that you heard was probably him playing "pinch harmonics", which takes some practice). With a Bigsby tremelo or a stock tremelo on a Fender Stratocaster it's more of a challenge because using them will sometimes make your guitar go out of tune (really bad in some cases).

Have you ever tried to get a guitar back in tune in the middle of a song? Not fun...!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 10.22.09 @ 17:44pm


Even though Dime was the most notable person in Pantera, it's not fair to Phil, Rex, and Vinnie to be "those guys that played with that dead guitarist". When Dime got on the Hollywood RockWalk, why didn't they do Pantera? Dime wasn't a solo artist, he was 1/4 of a legendary band. Think about that.

Posted by SSR on Friday, 10.23.09 @ 19:18pm


yes they undoubtedly deserve it but then again maiden's not even in yet

Posted by down on Tuesday, 01.5.10 @ 16:08pm


yes they undoubtedly deserve it but then again maiden's not even in yet

Posted by down on Tuesday, 01.5.10 @ 16:08pm


Great band? Yes. Innovative? Only a little. Influential? Yes, I am perfectly aware of the people who they influenced? Best metal band ever? No, not even close. I think they should get in, but they've got a long line ahead of them (at the very least Deep Purple, KISS, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Motorhead.) Then again, they went straight for Metallica and skipped over a lot of people who paved the way for them, so it wouldn't bother me too much if they went straight for Pantera.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.5.10 @ 13:02pm


It's great that Pantera has a page here, and I'm looking forward to the day they get inducted (although it won't be any time soon).

But where is the page for Superjoint Ritual? Or for that matter, Assjack and Hank F'n 3?

Posted by Ralph on Wednesday, 09.15.10 @ 11:53am


You can request a page, apparently. Request one for Damageplan as well.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 09.19.10 @ 08:52am


They'll get inducted eventually. As much as I hate to admit it, that won't be anytime soon. Black Sabbath wasn't inducted until the 90's. So I don't know what makes people think they'll be inducted soon. They're my favorite band, but I had to be honest there. Dime and the band as a whole should be in there. But first thing's first. They need to induct Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and the guitarists for those bands.

Posted by Mark on Tuesday, 10.19.10 @ 20:10pm


Yes, Priest and Maiden should get in. As should Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper (hopefully that major snub will be corrected in December), KISS, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Oh God how could I forget Deep Purple? Pantera are quite a ways back in the queue. Venom are in front as well but they'll never even be nominated so it's irrelevant. But yes, Pantera should get in. Sabbath were eligible in the 90's and inducted in 2006.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 10.21.10 @ 05:55am


Pantera didn't rock just for the fact of Dime. He was badass dont get me wrong but guys are forgetting about his musical life mate and partner. His Bro Vinnie Paul. My vote for one of the all time greatis and most badass drummers EVER.

Posted by Cr8zyTimmy on Tuesday, 12.21.10 @ 08:52am


Bottom Line .. Pantera was the METAL band of the 90's.

Hip Hop Exploded , Grundge became the new wave of rock. Did it kill Metal ?? No. did it hurt Metal. Yes.

The 80's Metal Scene was dying !. The big bands like Metallica, Maiden, Priest, Slayer ,Anthrax, weren't as powerfull as they once was.. Glam Metal , Motley Crue , Skid Row , Twisted Sister. were slipping away... also Arena Metal , The Scorpions , Quiet Riot , Accept were on the way out .

A younger generation was thirsty for something diffrent.!! Enter Pantera. They carried the torch. Theres always that one metal band !! Sabbath , Metallica , Pantera

And please some other poster wanted to include Sleep , Pentagrom and Faith No More . LOL LOL .GIVE ME A BREAK !! Pantera was the only Metal band of the 90's the rest were POSERS !! and copy cats . Faith NO more had one OVER RATED hit .


But Props to Pantera for being Metal in a Grundge dominated era .

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 01.11.11 @ 07:26am


I'm only going to say this once, so pay attention:

Grunge did not try to kill metal. In fact, "Grunge" was just a term that one of the bands in the Seattle scene came up with as a joke. It did fit the music at the time, but it wasn't meant to be taken seriously, and then the media blew it all out of proportion when they caught onto it when Nirvana and Pearl Jam blew up. In fact, most of the bands didn't really use the term. Never mind that by that time Nirvana and Soundgarden were both moving away from that kind of a sound, and Pearl Jam didn't really have anything to do with it (listen to Ten and then listen to the first Soundgarden album; no connection). According to the musician who said it, the term was already being used in Australia to describe certain bands. The bands themselves had strong metal influences. Cobain was a huge Sabbath fan, and the Melvins loved Venom, Motorhead and Sabbath. Alice in Chains and Soundgarden were metal bands for most of their careers, as far as I'm concerned. They toured with and were friends with bands who could be considered metal.

"Pantera was the only Metal band of the 90's the rest were POSERS !! and copy cats . Faith NO more had one OVER RATED hit ."

Either you haven't really listened to Faith No More or you just have wooden ears. Either way, you're a musical moron. First of all, should the number of hits a band has detract from their quality? No. Second of all, if you knew anything about them you wouldn't be calling them "copy cats", as they were a damn good group who couldn't necessarily be pigeon-holed. As for the rest of that, you clearly know nothing about the rest of metal in the 90's. Judas Priest made a big comeback with Painkiller, Slayer remained uncompromising and got two gold albums, Megadeth were big, and of course the whole alternative-metal thing: Soundgarden, AIC, FNM, Tool, Rage Against the Machine. Calling them "copy cats" makes your entire post irrelevant, but as for the rest of it...

"Glam Metal , Motley Crue , Skid Row , Twisted Sister. were slipping away... also Arena Metal , The Scorpions , Quiet Riot , Accept were on the way out"

Skid Row actually got heavier at the beginning of the 90's, and briefly stayed in the spotlight as a result. Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot were broken up by 1987, so they were long irrelevant. Scorpions never broke up. Glam Metal was slipping away, but even people like Dee Snider will tell you it was about time. It wasn't progressing at all, and was being watered down by power ballads.

You mentioned Anthrax in there; they created rap-metal before they became irrelevant. They did not break up, they adapted their sound to what was going on to try and stay relevant. Also, the quote in question that pissed you off:

"I don't know. Let's ask Voivod, the Melvins, Corrosion of Conformity, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Sleep, Pentagram, Helmet, Faith No More, or any of the other hundreds of metal bands formed in the last 20 years that owe absolutely nothing to Pantera."

Nobody said all of those bands should be in the Hall (though Faith No More and the Melvins should but won't). Try learning reading comprehension before you type.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 01.12.11 @ 15:32pm


I have always seen Grunge as a sub-genere of Metal that originated from the Seattle area and took influences from the college/indie/alternative rock of the 1980's.

Posted by Gassman on Wednesday, 01.12.11 @ 16:01pm


I believe the people associated with it have basically described it as some bits punk, some bits metal and some bits garage rock, at least in it's original 80's form. Yes, it was heavily influenced by the college radio stuff (I think Cobain's first concert was a Black Flag show, and Kim Thayil said back in the day that Bauhaus was just as important to the Soundgarden sound as any metal).

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 01.20.11 @ 13:54pm


Name a record heavier than Far Beyond Driven that has debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. That's how powerful Pantera was. I think they should get in. But with the horrible choices the voters have made the last 5 years, they might not.

Posted by SSR on Thursday, 08.4.11 @ 22:41pm


Pantera started The New Wave of American Metal, made great albums, and influenced many bands of the 2000s. What more is there to ask? Like this petition if you want to see them in the RHOF. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Induct-More-MetalHard-Rock-Bands-Into-The-Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame/193628144053264

Posted by Kyle on Friday, 11.25.11 @ 22:33pm


Pantera definitely should be inducted. Dime was a great guitarist. Dime picked up metal were Randy Rhodes left off. However, a lot of people overlook Randy because he has been gone for so long. Hendrix was before his time, so much like dime they were innovators. However, music genres have expanded since the death of Hendrix. Jimi would have played metal if he was still alive because, he liked all types of music and had the ability to play blues, rock, jazz etc. Debating on who is the best is an opinion. Pantera as a whole inspired all metal groups some way shape or form today. Funny thing is they admit to it, Disturbed, Trivium, Slipknot, Godsmack. You can hear similar riffs in their music which was already pioneered by yours truly "Pantera".

Posted by Steveo flea on Saturday, 06.30.12 @ 00:52am


I would be destroyed if Pantera made it in before Iron Maiden. I like Pantera and all, but...just...no. Maiden is so deserving of a spot. They did so much for the metal scene; it's sickening thinking how they aren't already in. Why doesn't Pantera just own up to their first 4 albums? What do they have to lose? They don't follow trends or popularity so what do they care. If nothing else, it's more money from people who actually enjoy those albums (Surprise! They are out there).

Posted by Daniel on Thursday, 08.2.12 @ 16:52pm


This is a textboot snubbing because the band's star member is dead and the Hall doesn't know how to make money with it. Plus, Pantera is in a genre that the Hall is totally ignorant of and has zero regard for, heavy metal.

Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 10:55am


It's absurd to say Pantera 'brought back' metal in the '90s, because metal never truly went away, and half of the 'alternative' artists were really heavy metal bands at heart - Tool, AIC, Soundgarden, White Zombie, Monster Magnet, Faith No More - while certain other explicitly metal acts remained successful at least to some degree into the decade. Even Grunge/alt-rock groups that leaned decidedly toward more punk or classic or rock - like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins - still had metal roots that were obvious in their music. However, Pantera chose to embrace the metal tag, and were the most explicitly metal band of their time. Dimebag's guitar playing is for the ages, and reason enough to induct Pantera. But, I don't see it ever happening.

Posted by Sunking278 on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 07:11am


Heinous oversight but so many tremendous metal bands are overlooked that they won't get in for another decade, if ever. Phil Anselmo and Dimebag did brilliant things. If Pantera ever played with a guest guitarist at the show (I'd suggest Scott Ian) they would blow everybody else off the stage and cause half the attendees to piss their pants.

Posted by Hunter Morrow on Wednesday, 08.28.13 @ 14:28pm


Come on HOF get your heads out of your asses. Who put these tool bags in charge anyway?

Posted by Mike Lawson on Wednesday, 09.11.13 @ 12:24pm


Pantera definitely deserve to be inducted. They had a swagger matched by none. If you think they didnt carry metal and attitude throughout the 90s you either werent alive or old enough to see it or you simply werent paying attention. They are absolutely innovators of extreme music. you truly missed something special if you didnt get to see them live. They purposely took struggling/unpopular metal bands that deserved to our attention on tour with them and they didnt give a shit what anyone thought. Dimebag changed the way extreme music could be played, if that makes sence. No one can play like him. He had soul and feeling in his riffs and solos, ya he still played solos when alot of bands found it uncool. Listen to the solos on songs like the sleep or floods. Anselmo changed the way vocals and even lyrics were used in metal. That dude is the metal frontman template. They should be inducted now, but i can see it taking a few years.

Posted by themanthatfollowshell on Saturday, 01.18.14 @ 08:46am


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