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Old 02-21-2014, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What if Pantera never broke up?

I've rediscovered my love for Pantera when I had some money in my iTunes account and bought two of their later albums. While I was listening to them, I began wondering what they would be like today if they had never broken up.

Pantera is one of those rare bands that I felt got better and better with each album. Everyone praises the **** out of Cowboys From Hell and Vulgar Display of Power, and while those are great albums, I feel that they were just the start. Far Beyond Driven and The Great Southern Trendkill are some of the heaviest metal albums I've ever heard, and Reinventing the Steel is up there in quality as well.

Three years after that last album, they broke up in 2003 over internal band conflicts, and everyone went off to do their own side projects. Most notable of these was Dimebag and Vinnie going off to form Damageplan. However, less than a year after their first album, the tragic shooting of Dimebag occurred, forever preventing a reunion.

Even though they broke up before Dimebag's death, I do sometimes wonder what they would be like had they stuck it out and stayed together. Phil was always very anti-mainstream when it came to the music industry, especially during the later albums, so he would probably be even more pissed off at the trends today, resulting in some very angry music. Then again, they could have aged horribly and become extremely played out and generic. It really could have gone either way. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part that I really wish they were still together.

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Old 02-21-2014, 09:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think they would be writing top-notch songs and touring around the world. Rick Graham would be happier than he actually is and heavy metal wouldn't have passed away (I don't think it's popped off entirely, but let's admit lots of people seem to have decided to lay off this majestic kind of music).
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've asked myself that same question a hundred times concerning Buddy Holly and Randy Rhoads. John Lennon and dime bag Darrell both are victims of unnecessary deaths and tremendous loss to the community of Music.

I watched and old video of Pantera performing Cowboys from hell the other day and Dimebags performance with dynamics on tape clearly established him as the frontman in stage presence.

My guess would be if Damageplan we're here today, they would at the least be giving Korn a fight in the polls/charts of popularity.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Any number of things, Dimebag might have been killed by Nathan Gale anyways. This guy was legitimately bat**** insane, he thought Pantera was reading his mind.

Who knows, what would Jimi Hendrix have done if he could have gotten his **** together and quit drinking/doing drugs. Maybe he would have made some groundbreaking albums in the 70s, maybe he would have sold out and made disco records, who knows. I really don't care much for Reinventing The Steel, so I'm not so sure it wasn't time for them to break up.
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Old 02-22-2014, 01:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't have as much anticipation for artist like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Keith Moon or John Bonham for example that more less, committed suicide versus accidental.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Lamb of god would have never existed :P
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd listen to a bit more groove metal.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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What if Phil Anselmo had never been born?
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well if they stopped being such a cheesy thrash metal band it might be worth them still being around. But I have a feeling they would of went down the same road as Metallica did.
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