Sterling Winfield got his start in the music industry as a studio apprentice and live sound engineer in Dallas. Those experiences led to his tenure as a staff engineer at Dallas Sound Lab and eventually recording and touring as a bass and guitar tech with rock and metal bands, including Damageplan, Hellyeah and Pantera, with whom he worked as assistant engineer on the Grammy-nominated album Far Beyond Driven.
“Fuck it, Hitchcock,” drawled Dime, downing the dregs of his beer. “We’ve been hammering this for hours and we’re out of booze. Interview and lesson over…we’re hitting a bar, goddammit! Put the camera and tape machine away, I’ll film me playing the riffs we went over when I get home and Fed Ex a tape to ya.”
Here's a killer acoustic version of Pantera's "Mouth For War" performed by Sam Westphalen. Hailing from down under, Westphalen has a prolific assortment of superb acoustic covers on YouTube and this one exemplifies the collection. Westphalen is currently studying Composition and Music Production at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and that's where this gem was recorded.
In this classic entry from his "Riffer Madness" column, Dimebag Darrell talks about more ways to pump up your riffs: Hey, Dad! What's shaking? This month we're gonna rap about a few ways you can pump maximum heaviness into a riff. Read on!
On August 28, 2001, Pantera played their final show — ever — in Yokohama, Japan, at the Beast Feast festival. Below, you can watch them perform a Far Beyond Driven track, "5 Minutes Alone," from this show.
Why should guitarists have all the fun? GuitarWorld.com recently launched a readers poll in partnership with Samson — the Greatest Rock Singers of All Time! We're certain that, even though our core readership is mainly made up of guitarists from different genres, locations and age groups, you — like us — have strong opinions about the skills (or lack thereof) of some of rock's most legendary singers.
"Come on, dude!" shouts Dimebag Darrell. "We've got steaks to eat, booze to drink and tits to see.” For the last hour, Dime bag has been hanging out in a Hilton suite, answering a continuous barrage of questions about Pantera's new album, Reinventing the Steel (Elektra). It's been four long years since Pantera's last studio effort and there has been a lot of catching up to do. But it's a Saturday night, Guitar World is in town and new adventures are waiting to be had.
A young cancer-stricken Pantera fan named Peyton had one wish: to shred out on "Walk," a classic Pantera tune. Wednesday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Make-A-Wish Foundation made that wish come true. Peyton got on stage with Phil Anselmo, Pantera's former frontman, and his band the Illegals, and had some serious fun.