Rex Brown knows a thing or two about bass. The man has been pounding out well-known, monstrous basslines for close to 30 years, ever since Pantera's first record, Metal Magic, in 1983. Brown, who was inspired to play bass by Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones and Geezer Butler, teamed up with like-minded musicians Vinnie Paul, Terry Glaze and Dimebag Darrell in 1982. Phil Anselmo joined the band in 1987, forming what would be considered Pantera's classic lineup.
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.