The Great Southern Trendkill was unleashed on the world 19 years ago today! It debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200

Check out the discography page for The Great Southern Trendkill for album details, pictures, and relevant links. You can also stream all of the songs, read the lyrics, and find out where to pick it up on cd or vinyl. Go here: http://pantera.com/thegreatsoutherntrendkill/

5 Pantera Gems from Unsung Opus “Reinventing the Steel” By Rick Florino for Artist Direct

Pantera’s Reinventing the Steel never gets enough credit. When you ask someone their favorite Pantera album, you’ll most commonly hear Vulgar Display of Power or Far Beyond Driven. Often, you’ll get someone who says Cowboys from Hell. This writer’s personal favorite is The Great Southern Trendkill—and after years of convincing he has a few friends who agree. However, a little more than 15 years since its release, Reinventing the Steel feels more powerful than ever. In essence, it stripped the Pantera sound to its core. The riffs are as thick as ever and the grooves pummel with poise, passion, and power. It’s almost like the direct successor to Vulgar Display Power with just ten slamming anthems that purge with no-nonsense, no-frills, and no-regard attitude. That was what Pantera did best, and it’s on full display here.

For the 5 songs Rick dissects for readers, check out the original article here.

VH1: Dime is the #1 most influential guitarist of the modern era.

As originally posted on vh1.com here.

Compiling a list of the most influential modern metal guitar players is intimidating. There was no way to do this without pissing a bunch of people off. I did my best to quantify which guitar players’ mark was being felt the most by the up and coming generation of new bands and musical movements in the realm of all things heavy. Whose legacy stood the test of time? Why is player “A” more influential than player “B”? Is there empirical evidence to support these arguments? These are the burning questions. There are some tremendously phenomenal players who did not make this list because their significance will not be known for some time. There are some players who made a big splash initially, but stature has waned in recent years. There are some genres like Black Metal where I had difficulty pinpointing 1 or 2 specific players that stood out among the slew of pioneers.

It (arguably) all started when Tony Iommi lost his fingers in a machinist accident, but metal guitar has come a long way in 50 years. Enjoy this list in all of its imperfect glory!

1. Dimebag Darrell – Pantera, Damageplan

Dimebag Darrell is definitively the most influential metal guitarist of the last 25 years. He is to the 1990s what Eddie Van Halen was to the ’80s and Jimi Hendrix was to the ’60s. His precise thrash chops are on full display on tracks like “Shattered” and “F-cking Hostile”, and yet Dime also knew how to keep the riffs simple and grooving with iconic songs like “Walk” and “5 Minutes Alone”. This sparse, low-end, bluesy chug was the blueprint for post-thrash, nu-metal, and metalcore in the subsequent years. From the solid-state behemoth crunch, signature squeals, and peerless lead playing, everything he did was 100% his own style. Despite his monumentally vast influence, we still have not found the heir apparent to Dimebag’s throne. He is irreplaceable, and I am just thankful for the legacy he left. RIP.

To see all 20 guitarists included and why they were picked and where, go here.

Dime comes in at #5 on Loudwire’s Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists of All Time

As originally posted on Loudwire here.

Let the debate begin! The history of hard rock and metal is littered with blistering riffs delivered by incredible shredders providing memorable licks that just beg you to either pick up a guitar yourself or do your best air guitar if one isn’t handy. But which guitarist is the best of all-time? That’s a debate that set our Loudwire staff buzzing.

What makes for the greatest guitarist of all time? Is it the signature riffs you can’t get out of your head? Is it the undeniable skill the axeman has that makes them the envy of all? Is it the influence they’ve given to the next generation? Is it the legacy they’ve created with years of hits and defining the sound of an era? The short answer is all of the above.

Dime comes in at #5 but to see the rest of the rankings, check out the gallery countdown here: http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-metal-guitarists-of-all-time

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Dime takes 2nd place on Ultimate Guitar showdown!

As originally posted on ultimateguitar.com here.

So after over four whole months, the inaugural edition of UG Showdown came to an end with a massive clash between late Pantera icon Dimebag Darrell and Queen legend Brian May.

Based on nearly 55,000 fan votes, Dr. May grabbed the title by fetching around 60% of the votes, placing him straight on the throne of guitar lords!

On his way to the finals, Brian earned a reputation of a destroyer of prog champions, as he first bested John Petrucci in round one, and then devastated Robert Fripp in the second phase. In the quarterfinals, he triumphed over Jimmy Page in a tight clash, and then bested John Frusciante in the quarterfinals.

As for Dime, his journey to the finals saw him besting such titans as Rory Gallagher, Buckethead, David Gilmour, and even Jimi Hendrix in the semifinals. He was ultimately stopped by the Doctor, but a silver medal is still a great nod to one of the all-time greats of metal.

For more details on the poll outcomes, check out the UG summary page here.

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Guitar World: Tour Dimebag Darrell’s Guitar Vault, Home and Recording Studio

Originally posted on guitarword.com here.

Guitar World’s February 2015 issue, which is available at the Guitar World Online Store, is the ultimate tribute to the late, great Dimebag Darrell.

As part of our coverage, which was timed for the 10th anniversary of the guitarist’s tragic death, Guitar World was invited into Dime’s home and recording studio—and we got to bring our cameras!

Below, enjoy our exclusive video tour, which offers a private look at Dime’s impressive guitar collection, not to mention his home, memorabilia, kitchen, bathrooms (Note: Dime’s bathrooms are more interesting than they sound!) and a lot more.

Check out the video below! And remember to pick up the February 2015 issue of GW, which features the ultimate Dimebag Darrell guitar gallery, more details about his home and studio, our guide to the 25 Greatest Pantera Songs and much more!

Pictures of the Dime guitars at the Dean display this week at NAMM + pics and video from Guitar World!

The Dean From Hell Limited!
The Dean From Hell Limited!

Razorback DB Floyd Bumblebee Firefly
Razorback DB Floyd Bumblebee Firefly

Dime Razorback Rebel
Dime Razorback Rebel

Stealth Floyd FM – Dime Slime
Stealth Floyd FM - Dime Slime

Dimebag Rebel Flame Top Floyd – Trans Red
Dimebag Rebel Flame Top Floyd - Trans Red

Razorbolt – Black Red
Razorbolt - Black Red

Razorbolt – Black Silver
Razorbolt - Black Silver

The following pictures and video are courtesy of Guitar World.

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Check out Guitar World for more coverage of this year’s NAMM.

Check out this never before seen footage of Dime, Vinnie & Rex playing with their side project , Gasoline. New Year’s Eve 2001.

Check out this previously unreleased track written & played by Dimebag Darrell!

It’s part of Guitar World Magazine’s Ultimate Dime Tribute Issue. More info from Guitar World here.

The February 2015 issue of Guitar World, which will hit newsstands and readers’ mailboxes this week, has been dubbed our Ultimate Dimebag Darrell Tribute Issue!

Among its exclusive Dime-themed offerings are:

• A private tour of the late guitarist’s estate in Arlington, Texas, featuring his most cherished guitars and memorabilia

• The Guitar World guide to the 25 Greatest Pantera Songs of All Time

• An interview with metal producer Terry Date, who reflects on his days in the studio with Pantera

• An interview with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, who recalls how he nearly drank himself to death on the road with Pantera

• Plus a gallery of Dimebag Darrell art and tattoos from Guitar World readers, who continue to express their devotion to the late guitarist.

As part of our Dime tribute, we’re also premiering “Whiskey Road,” a never-before-heard song that features Dimebag Darrell on vocals and all the instruments

Here is a 30 second preview of the song. For the whole thing, check it out on Guitar World here.

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Anthrax’s tribute to Dime!

Loudwire’s ‘Remembering Dimebag Darrell’ series continues with Scott Ian and Hellyeah

Originally from Loudwire here.

“Dec. 8, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Pantera / Damageplan guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott‘s tragic death. In remembrance of the guitar phenom, we’ve spoken to rock and metal’s greatest musicians to gather stories and testimonies of admiration towards the immortal shredder.

Our video tribute series, ‘Remembering ‘Dimebag’ Darrell,’ continues with a testimonial from Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. In this clip, the Anthrax legend speaks of “always looking forward” to spending time with Dime. The Pantera guitarist’s signature black tooth grin didn’t really delight Ian’s palate, so Dime surprised Scott with a special gift.

Scott Ian also raves about Dime’s playing abilities, saluting the musician’s taste for both ripping, complex solos along with simple, monstrous riffs. Check out the clip above and stay tuned for more ‘Dimebag’ Darrell memories, coming from now until Dec. 8.”

In this video, Hellyeah frontman Chad Gray and guitarist Tom Maxwell reflect on Dime. They have a unique perspective, as they are both in a band with Dimebag’s brother and longtime Pantera bandmate, Vinnie Paul.

Maxwell speaks about his first time touring with Pantera as a member of Nothingface and how Dimebag graciously shared his time and talent in teaching him one of his signature riffs. As for Gray, he recalls his first time ever seeing Pantera play live and shares that experience. “They left a mark. They touched somebody’s soul with what they did,” says Gray. “And they forever changed my life.”

First off, we’ve got the one-and-only Slash. In this clip, the top-hatted guitarist talks chilling with Dime and other musicians at the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Fla. Slash also puts a huge emphasis on what “a phenomenal guitar player” the cowboy from hell truly was. “He had a great tone and a great original style and wrote very unique riffs … He was one of the best new guitar players that came out over a long period of time,” Slash declares.

Dave Grohl tells Rolling Stone he learned his backstage hospitality from Dime.

Original Story in it’s entirety from Rolling Stone here: http://rol.st/1vjRRqR

“10 things we learned from hanging with Dave Grohl”

6. How Grohl became “The Nicest Guy in Rock”:
“There was an Ozzfest in England in 1998, and Korn canceled. So we got the call. It was Slayer, Pantera and Black Sabbath. We had to go on after Pantera. I was so terrified: ‘There’s gonna be a riot. I’m gonna get drawn and quartered. No one’s going to like our band.’

“But we played, and I looked to the side. The guys from Pantera are watching us and singing the lyrics to our songs. Afterwards we made friends with Pantera. I was nervous and scared; I didn’t think I fit in. But they were so open to us. That backstage hospitality we try to have – it all came from Pantera. [Guitarist] Dimebag Darrell was the nicest fucking guy in the world. He could walk in and do a shot of Crown Royal with Justin Bieber, with Rick Nielsen, with James Brown – he was everybody’s best friend. And you could feel that energy when he was playing.

“After that day, I was like, ‘From now on, everybody’s allowed in this room. I don’t care if it’s Britney Spears.’ I became the backstage best friend. Whenever I showed up at a festival, the first thing I’d do is grab a bottle of whiskey and go knocking on doors to see who the funniest people are. You’d be surprised who the real fucking nutcases are.”

Original Story in it’s entirety from Rolling Stone here: http://rol.st/1vjRRqR

Loudwire Remembering Dimebag Darrell series: Slash praises Dime’s ‘phenomenal’ guitar skills.

Originally posted on Loudwire here: http://loudwire.com/remembering-dimebag-darrell-slash/

Dec. 8, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Pantera / Damageplan guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott‘s tragic death. In remembrance of the guitar phenom, we’ve spoken to rock and metal’s greatest musicians to gather stories and testimonies of admiration towards the immortal shredder.

First off, we’ve got the one-and-only Slash. In this clip, the top-hatted guitarist talks chilling with Dime and other musicians at the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Fla. Slash also puts a huge emphasis on what “a phenomenal guitar player” the cowboy from hell truly was. “He had a great tone and a great original style and wrote very unique riffs … He was one of the best new guitar players that came out over a long period of time,” Slash declares.

Watch Slash remember ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott in the clip above and stay tuned for lots more tribute videos between now and Dec. 8.