Pantera’s ‘Reinventing the Steel’ 20th Anniversary Reissue Has a New Album Cover

Reinventing the Steel proved to be the final album from Pantera and 20 years later, the music and the memory lives on. The band has just revealed a 20th anniversary edition of the record, complete with new album art, a track-for-track remaster, as well as some alternative mixes and other bonuses.

The 3-CD version of the 2000 album is set to arrive on Oct. 30 while the 2LP version will be available early next year on Jan. 8. Among the highlights of this reissue set is a brand new mix of the entire record courtesy of producer Terry Date, who was at the helm of the Texas group’s four previous works — The Great Southern Trendkill, Far Beyond Driven, Vulgar Display of Power and Cowboys From Hell.

As a teaser for the full update, Pantera have shared three songs with the new Terry Date mix: “Revolution Is My Name,” “Death Rattle” and “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time.” All three can be heard below.

Accompanying this reissue is a brand new album cover, which replaces the inebriated man in his boxer shorts jumping through fire that adorned the original release. This time, Pantera kept it simple, playing a bit off the album’s title while also giving a nod to one of Dimebag Darrell’s guitar designs, which featured a diamond plate body.

View the new album cover and the full track listing for the CD and LP sets further down the page. Head here to pre-order.

Pantera, Reinventing the Steel Tracks With New Terry Date Mix

Pantera, Reinventing the Steel 20th Anniversary Edition Album Art.

Pantera, Reinventing the Steel 20th Anniversary Edition CD Track Listing

Disc One: New Terry Date Mix
01. “Hellbound”
02. “Goddamn Electric”
03. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”
04. “You’ve Got To Belong To It”
05. “Revolution Is My Name”
06. “Death Rattle”
07. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time”
08. “Uplift”
09. “It Makes Them Disappear”
10. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”

Disc Two: Original Album Remastered
01. “Hellbound”
02. “Goddamn Electric”
03. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”
04. “You’ve Got To Belong To It”
05. “Revolution Is My Name”
06. “Death Rattle”
07. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time”
08. “Uplift”
09. “It Makes Them Disappear”
10. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”
Bonus Tracks
11. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Mix
12. “Revolution Is My Name” – Radio Edit
13. “I’ll Cast A Shadow” – Radio Edit
14. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Edit

Disc Three: Bonus Tracks
Non-Album Tracks & Covers
01. “Avoid The Light”
02. “Immortally Insane”
03. “Cat Scratch Fever”
04. “Hole in the Sky”
05. “Electric Funeral”
Instrumental Rough Mixes
06. “Hellbound” *
07. “Goddamn Electric” *
08. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit” *
09. “You’ve Got To Belong To It” *
10. “Revolution Is My Name” *
11. “Death Rattle” *
12. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time” *
13. “Uplift” *
14. “It Makes Them Disappear” *
15. “I’ll Cast a Shadow” *

Pantera, Reinventing the Steel — 20th Anniversary Edition 2LP Track Listing

LP One: New Terry Date Mix
Side One
01. “Hellbound”
02. “Goddamn Electric”
03. “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”
04. “You’ve Got To Belong To It”
05. “Revolution Is My Name”

Side Two
01. “Death Rattle”
02. “We’ll Grind That Axe for a Long Time”
03. “Uplift”
04. “It Makes Them Disappear”
05. “I’ll Cast a Shadow”

LP Two: Bonus Tracks
Side One
01. “Avoid the Light”
02. “Immortally Insane”
03. “Cat Scratch Fever”
04. “Hole In The Sky”

Side Two
01. “Electric Funeral”
02. “Goddamn Electric” – Radio Mix
03. “Revolution Is My Name” – Radio Edit
04. “I’ll Cast a Shadow” – Radio Edit

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Pantera started as a glam metal band. In 1981, the band performed under the moniker Pantera’s Metal Magic and opened for other metal acts like Stryper, Dokken, and Quiet Riot. The band later dissociated from these early albums and blocked their release.

In 1987, Pantera auditioned a new vocalist named Phil Anselmo. The singer clicked with the rest of the band and the new lineup decided to change their image before releasing 1988’s Power Metal album.

In 1988, Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was offered a gig playing guitar for Megadeth. Darrell turned down the opportunity because his brother Vinnie Paul was not allowed to join Megadeth as well, as the band had already hired a new drummer named Nick Menza.

Anselmo is crazy about horror movies, so much so that he started the Housecore Horror Festival in 2013. In an interview he listed some of his favorite films:

The Sinful Dwarf
Innocents from Hell
I Bury the Living
The House with the Laughing Windows

Pantera’s fifth album, Cowboys From Hell, was released by Atco Records in July 1990. The record was produced by Terry Date, who is well known in the hard rock world for producing bands like Slipknot, Deftones, White Zombie and Soundgarden.

Abbott was shot and killed onstage in December 2004 while performing with his new band Damageplan in Columbus, Ohio. The shooter was a crazed fan who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and believed that Pantera had stolen his lyrics.

Today is Dimebag Darrell Abbotts birthday. He would have been 54 years old if he were still alive.

After Pantera disbanded in 2003, Anselmo formed a New Orleans supergroup called Down. The band quickly signed with Elektra records and released their debut album NOLA in 2005.

Abbott is one of the most celebrated metal guitarists of all time. Guitar World magazine ranked his solo on “Floods” #15 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.

James Niggemeyer, the Columbus, Ohio police officer who entered a local nightclub and took out Dimebag Darrell’s killer, was so affected by the incident he had to give up his career due to PTSD and severe anxiety disorder.

PANTERA’s ‘Social Distancing’ T-Shirt Raises $100,000 For MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

PANTERA‘s recently released limited-edition social distancing t-shirt has raised approximately $100,000 for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. 40 percent of the net proceeds generated from the purchase of the shirt — which takes the classic image from PANTERA‘s “Vulgar Display Of Power” album and adds personal protective equipment (PPE) to the artwork, as well as the “Walk” song lyrics “Be yourself, by yourself, stay away from me” — are being donated to the fund, which was started with two $1 million donations from the charitable foundation MusiCares itself as well as its affiliate, The Recording Academy.

Late last month, MusiCares announced that the COVID-19 Relief Fund was depleted and that it had been forced to stop accepting new applications.

“Unfortunately, until we can raise more money for our COVID-19 Relief Fund, we can no longer accept new applications from those seeking assistance. While our goal is always to provide support to everyone in need, we are currently bound by the funds available,” the Foundation said in a statement.

Since forming in March, the fund had reportedly raised nearly $14 million to aid thousands of music industry professionals affected by the pandemic.

According to MusiCares, over 20,200 applications for financial assistance had been vetted and approved in the last several weeks.

Experts say “social distancing” is the best way to curtail the spread and dampen the impact of the coronavirus on the population.

The Centers For Disease Control And Preventiondefines “social distancing” as the act of “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.”

In a 2017 interview with the WGRD radio station, former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott spoke about the 25th anniversary of “Vulgar Display Of Power”. He said: “I never ever think about [how long it has been since the record was released]. It certainly doesn’t feel like it at all, man; it feels like it was yesterday, almost. But looking back on it, it really was a groundbreaking record for heavy metal. It really set the tone for what modern-day metal bands do. They still use that record to A-B their records to — getting their guitar sounds, their drums sounds, this, that and the other. So it really was special, and I’m really proud to have been a part of it.”

“Vulgar Display of Power” was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2004, signifying shipments of more than two million units in the U.S. since its February 1992 release.

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Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas formed in 1981. The group’s best-known lineup consisted of the Abbott brothers—drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell—along with vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown. Not that any introduction is needed for these guys. They were not only edgy and as heavy as it gets, they were the preeminent metal band of the early to mid-’90s.

Pantera put to rest any and all remnants of the ’80s hair metal scene, almost single-handedly demolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal were anything but passé. Loathe to admit it, the Texas band had in fact been one of those ’80s metal bands, releasing fairly unsuccessful (and later disowned) glam-inspired music throughout much of the decade. The change came with the addition of vocalist Phil Anselmo, and the key turning point was the band’s major-label debut, Cowboys from Hell (1990). Pantera’s mainstream breakthrough came next with Vulgar Display of Power (1992), their second major-label album, which thrust the band to the forefront of the metal scene, alongside such veteran bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, as well as fellow up-and-comers Sepultura and White Zombie. By the time Pantera unleashed Far Beyond Driven (1994), after two long years of touring, they were the most popular metal band in the land. The new album debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 with its lead single, “I’m Broken.”

PANTERA Releases Limited-Edition ‘Social Distancing’ T-Shirt

PANTERA has released a limited-edition social distancing t-shirt based on the cover of the band’s classic album “Vulgar Display Of Power”. 40 percent of the net proceeds generated from the purchase of the shirt — which features the “Walk” song lyrics “Be yourself, by yourself, stay away from me” — will be donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.

Order the shirt here.

Experts say “social distancing” is the best way to curtail the spread and dampen the impact of the coronavirus on the population.

The Centers For Disease Control And Preventiondefines “social distancing” as the act of “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.”

DIMEBAG’s Longtime Girlfriend Says He Was ‘Totally About The Word ‘Unity”

In a recent interview with Backstage Axxess, Rita Haney, the girlfriend of deceased PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, discussed how the legendary musician would have reacted knowing various charity events were held in his honor. “Dimebash” 2020 — an all-star tribute to Abbott — was held earlier this month at The Observatory OC in Santa Ana, California, and featured members of FOO FIGHTERS, ANTHRAX, LAMB OF GOD, SEPULTURA, KING DIAMOND and SEBASTIAN BACH.

“He would have such a blast,” Rita said (hear audio below). “We used to have this club for a little while in Texas, I was always putting together little jam things there. He would come in, sometimes during the week, if I had a band cancel, he would put together with a couple of friends and they’d do a set of cover songs and stuff. It was all for fun. He was always all about that. That was the one thing PANTERA was known for was sharing their stage. They always brought someone out, whoever could fill in from the side of the stage and do backups on ‘Walk’ or ‘This Love’. They were always all about that, not so much about ‘It’s our show. You’ve gotta do it perfect.’ That show was having all the weird little unexpected jams from whoever popped up on the side of the stage. He was totally about the word ‘unity’, bringing everybody together and making sure it was a damn good time always.”

Haney then delved into the making of “Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over”, the second home video that features footage of the late guitarist captured between the mid-’80s and his later years.

“Honestly, it’s just sitting around, taking some time and watching the videotapes,” she said. “Between me and [PANTERA videographer] Bobby Tongs, it’s time-consuming and of course, you sit, you watch everything, you laugh, you have drinks, you have to remember so much stuff, but you just pull clips as you’re going through and you slowly catalog through the years. There’s tons of footage that hadn’t been watched, still, still cataloging, there’s still a ‘Pantera 4’ [home video] that’s cataloged that we need to get to. That was planned last year, but with Vinnie [Paul Abbott, brother of Dimebag] passing unexpectedly, that got put on hold. Everybody’s trying to come out of the fog with that and get back to their normal day-to-day, but we’ll get to it. We’ve already pulled footage and cataloged for the next ‘Dimevision’as well. It’s just sitting around and watching videotapes, pulling it as you see stuff.”

“Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over”was released in November 2017 via Metal Blade Records. The DVD/CD set — which includes more raw footage, true gems and classic Dimebag moments — also contains five previously unreleased demos, picked from a vast catalog Dimebag accrued since Haney gave him his first four-track in 1984.

Dimebag was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

Dimebag‘s brother Vinnie Paul Abbott, who played drums in PANTERA, died in June 2018.

HELLYEAH’s CHAD GRAY: ‘I Choose To Believe That VINNIE PAUL Is With Us Every Night’

HELLYEAH singer Chad Gray spoke to KISW‘s “Metal Shop” about the band’s decision to continue touring after playing its first concert with STONE SOUR drummer Roy Mayorga, who stepped in as the replacement for the late Vinnie Paul Abbott.

“We did the one show [in May] — that’s all we talked about doing after Vinnie passed — we did the one show in [Las] Vegas, and I swear to God, man, probably within the first two measures of the first song, it felt like the world had been lifted off me,” Chad recalled. “Because I felt like Vinnie was there, I felt like Dime [Vinnie Paul‘s brother, late PANTERA guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott] was there.

“I was looking out in the eyes of all those people,” he continued. “We had all been mourning for so long, and I think that that was almost like a switch for us to shut off the mourning switch and turn on the celebration switch. It was a very cathartic and therapeutic moment for me personally. And we got done, and as soon as we walked offstage, I [said to the other guys], ‘Did you see everybody? Did you see how together we were? Did you see how much that brought everybody together? We have to keep this going. We have to keep doing the good work for Vin and Dime and everybody and take this around the country so people can experience what we just experienced.’ Because I don’t think you can fully know about the mourning and grieving process until you do get in that room with those people, until you do experience that music. And experience in the name of Vinnie — what he would want. It was a beautiful, beautiful moment. So we just took it around. And every night is a new night. And we’ve had a lot of fun with it. You can see it in people’s faces. I can feel it.”

According to Gray, the spirit of his former bandmate is with HELLYEAH every time the band performs.

“I choose to believe that Vinnie is with us every night,” he said. “I choose to believe that Dime is with us every night, that Jeff Hanneman [SLAYER] is with us every night, that Chester Bennington [LINKIN PARK] is with us every night, that Chris Cornell [SOUNDGARDEN] is with us every night, that Layne Staley [ALICE IN CHAINS] is with us every night, that Kurt Cobain[NIRVANA] is with us every night, that Jimi Hendrixand Lemmy [MOTÖRHEAD] and Ronnie James [Dio] — the list goes on and on.

Vinnie was the muse, the inspiration for this to happen, but then, every night, I’ve just kind of turned it into more about being much larger than certainly anyone in the building and much larger than even Vinnie and much larger than Dime. And those people are God-sized — they were huge, enormous personalities.”

Mayorga‘s addition to HELLYEAH was made official in early May. At the time, the band said Roy was the perfect guy to take Vinnie Paul‘s place. “These men had so much love and mutual respect for each other, this makes our transition so much easier,” HELLYEAH said in a statement.

Mayorga previously played with HELLYEAH bassist Kyle Sanders in MEDICATION, the early 2000s outfit which also featured guitarist Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD) and singer Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE).

Vinnie Paul died in June 2018 of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn’t pump blood as well as a healthy heart.

Not long before his death, Vinnie laid down the drum tracks for HELLYEAH’s sixth album, “Welcome Home”, which was released in September.

Watch Members Of Ghost Deliver Partial Instrumental Cover Of Pantera’s “Walk” Live

Members of Ghost performed an instrumental cover of Pantera‘s “Walk” during their October 24th set at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. Fan-filmed footage of that can be seen online below. The band are currently prepping for a European/UK tour to close out the year. They will be taking 2020 off from the road to start working on their new album for a 2021 release. You can catch them out with All Them Witches and Tribulation this fall at the below run of shows:

11/16 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
11/17 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
11/18 Glasgow UK – SSE Hydro
11/20 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
11/22 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
11/23 Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
11/30 Katowice, POL – Spodek
12/01 Prague, CZE – Universum
12/03 Budapest, HUN – BSA
12/05 Mantova, ITA – Palabam
12/06 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
12/08 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi
12/10 Lisboa, POR – Altice Arena
12/11 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
12/13 Eckbolsheim, FRA – Zenith Of Strasbourg
12/17 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
12/18 Saint-Herblain, FRA – Zenith Nantes Metropole
12/19 Toulouse, FRA – Zenith Toulouse Metropole

Today Marks First Anniversary Of VINNIE PAUL’s Death

Today (Saturday, June 22) marks the first anniversary of the passing of PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul, who died at the age of 54 in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. The official cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease.

Vinnie was buried on June 30, 2018, next to his brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He was laid to rest in a custom “Kiss Kasket” provided by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as a gift to Vinnie‘s family. According to The Pulse Of Radio, attendees included original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, DISTURBED‘s David Draiman, NICKELBACK‘s Chad Kroeger, ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante, FOZZY‘s Chris Jerichoand ROUGH CUTT‘s Paul Shortino.

Born on March 11, 1964 in Abilene, Texas to Carolyn and her then-husband, country singer and songwriter Jerry Abbott, Vinnie and his brother, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, founded PANTERA in 1981 along with bassist Rex Brown. After three moderately hard-rocking independent albums, the band recruited singer Philip Anselmo and evolved into a much heavier-sounding act. Their 1990 major label debut, “Cowboys From Hell”, made them pioneers of a new kind of sound that combined thrash metal riffing with grinding groove-laden rhythms and an almost industrial precision.

PANTERA became one of the most influential metal bands of the ’90s, churning out classic albums like “Vulgar Display Of Power” and “Far Beyond Driven”, the latter of which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. When the band broke up in the early 2000s due to tensions between the Abbotts and Anselmo, the brothers started a new band called DAMAGEPLAN.

But that came to an end on December 8, 2004, when Darrell Abbott was shot dead onstage at the age of 38 by a deranged gunman as the band performed at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Vinnie never spoke with Anselmo again after his brother’s death, reportedly feeling that some things Anselmo said about Darrell in the press may have set the killer off.

Two years after his brother’s death, Vinnie returned to music with the group HELLYEAH, which also featured members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. Vinnierecorded a total of six albums with the band over the past decade, including the upcoming “Welcome Home”, for which he laid down his drum tracks before his death.

In the days following Vinnie‘s death, the heavy metal community paid tribute to the PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN co-founder.

“Can’t believe it. R.I.P to our brother Vinnie Paul,” ANTHRAX tweeted, while Paul Stanley of KISS — whose former member Peter Criss was one of Vinnie‘s biggest influences — wrote: “So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when PANTERA did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all KISS shows. RIP and condolences to his family.”

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler reminisced about his time touring with Abbott, calling him a “true original.” “Shocked and saddened to hear of Vinnie Paul‘s passing,” Butler wrote on Twitter. “Had some good laughs when we toured with PANTERA. Gone too soon.”

“Rest in peace, Vinnie,” KISS bassist Gene Simmonswrote on Twitter. “Our prayers and good wishes go to his family, friends and fans.”

VINNIE PAUL’s Grave Marker Next To That Of His Brother, DIMEBAG

Friday May 24th, Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s grave marker was officially installed next to that of his brother, PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Two pictures of the gravesite were released via PANTERA‘s social media, along with the message: “We ask that you please be respectful when visiting the brothers’ graves.”

A message engraved on Vinnie Paul‘s grave marker reads: “Don’t ever think it’s not a good time, if you do think it’s not a good time. A good time is a good time, a bad time is a bad time, and a wonderful time is irreplaceable. Hellyeah!”

The PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer was buried on June 30, 2018 next to Dimebag and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He was laid to rest in a custom “Kiss Kasket” provided by KISSmembers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The casket was offered as a gift at Vinnie‘s family’s request. Vinnie was also buried in some of his trademark clothes, including his hat, shoes and flannel.

Speakers at the service included former GRIM REAPERguitarist Nick Bowcott and SiriusXM DJ Jose Mangin. Also appearing at the event were original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, DISTURBED‘s David Draiman, NICKELBACK‘s Chad Kroeger, ANTHRAX‘s Charlie Benante, FOZZY‘s Chris Jericho and ROUGH CUTT‘s Paul Shortino.

Vinnie‘s brother was buried in the original Kiss Kasket prototype in 2004 after his untimely death. The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of KISS, the KISS logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Both Abbotts were huge fans, especially Darrell, who was shot dead by a gunman in December 2004.

A public memorial for Vinnie Paul was held on July 1, 2018 at Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. 

Vinnie passed away on June 22, 2018 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. He died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn’t pump blood as well as a healthy heart.

Not long before his death, Vinnie laid down the drum tracks for HELLYEAH‘s sixth album, “Welcome Home”, which will be released in September.

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