With only 16 guitarists remaining in our massive tournament to crown your choice for the greatest of all time, we decided it'd be nice to take a break this week and take a good, close look at the men who have made it through three grueling rounds to make it to our Sweet 16, which is being brought to you by Sweetwater Sound.
Van Halen’s impact on Dimebag’s playing is unmistakable. The “vibe” of early Van Halen is by far the most recognizable influence in Dimebag’s playing. From the grooving rhythms played like leads of their own, to the tone, to the phrasing in his lead playing, Dimebag took the inspiration of Edward Van Halen and forged his own identity.
Last week, New Orleans-based metal supergroup Down debuted a brand new song from their upcoming EP, Down IV Part I – The Purple EP. The track, titled "Witchtripper," is now available for streaming via YouTube, so check it out below.
Good news for all you vinyl-loving metal heads out there. It was announced yesterday that, at long last, Pantera's final three albums — The Great Southern Trendkill, Official Live: 101 Proof and Reinventing The Steel — will be reissued on vinyl.
Kill Devil Hill — the new metal band from former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown, drummer Vinny Appice, Pissing Razors guitarist Jason "Dewey" Bragg and guitarist Mark Zavon — have just released a new music video for their song "Strange." Check it out below.
While 1990's Cowboys From a Hell was a radical reinvention for a band that wrote "Ride My Rocket," Vulgar Display of Power was the next logical step in the evolution of Pantera, further refining their signature recipe of equal parts groove and thrash into a piledriving cacophony truly worthy of the tag "vulgar."