Dimebag Darrell – Is Pantera’s Split A Cause For A Death Of Dimebag Darrell?

Last updated:

Dimebag Darrell is one of the greatest metal guitarists of all time that anyone would treasure. But unfortunately, he is not with us today in this world. Dimebag was the pinnacle of groove metal that even the greatest guitarist and musicians Dave Mustaine, Eddie Van Halen, Zakk Wylde, and praised for his technical approach in the music scene.

People, who are known for Dimebag’s music, mostly do know about his killing riffs and solos, technical management of the sound, and outrageous stage performances. For that, just go back and watch some footages of their 1992 concert in Moscow, Russia, where they performed their evergreen metal songs, including Walk, Primal Concrete, Domination, and many others.

Well, Dimebag Darrell’s performances are the results of his years of guitar training. Yeah, he took guitar classes at a young and practiced them for many years to be a professional one. A video that showcases his guitar skills at the age of 16 might elaborate further. See here:

Dimebag proved that he was a professional from an early age. While other kids were choosing to pursue their careers, Dimebag was on the road of glory with his eternal music legacy.

Who Is Dimebag Darrell?

Dimebag Darrell is the greatest metal guitarist you might ever know. He widely got recognized as the guitarist of the firebreathing groove metal band ‘Pantera‘ alongside Phil Anselmo in vocals, Vinnie Paul in drums, and Rex Brown in the bass. Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell were real-life brothers. Paul died on 22 June 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States.

Dimebag Darrell, whose full name is Darrell Lance Abbot, was born on 20 August 1966 in Dallas, Texas, in the United States. He and Vinnie Paul are the sons of country music producer, Jerry Abbott and his wife, Carolyn Abbot.

Dimebag was highly influenced by the songs of KISS, Black Sabbath, Eddie Van Halen, and Judiest Priest, and he would stand in front of the mirror with makeup even though he did not know how to play guitar. Later, his father, Jerry Abbot, learned some of the KISS songs to teach him how to play the guitar.

Dimebag got his first guitar, Les Paul-style Hondo when he was twelve years old. Similarly, he got a large pignose amplifier on his 12th birthday, and the rest is history.

Dimebag Darrell With Pantera

Dimebag Darrell was 15 when Pantera was formed in 1981. Dimebag and Vinnie showed strong brotherhood when Vinnie was asked to join a band alongside his schoolmates, including Terry Glaze on guitars, Tommy Bradford on bass, and Donny Hart on vocals. But he said that he would accept the terms only if his brother Dimebag too will be in the band.

Glaze later recalled the memories of the time, stating that they were not sure about Dimebag’s position in the band. Since he ‘wasn’t very good’ at guitars and was such a skinny and scrawny dude. Nevertheless, they accepted him.

It was the same case in 1989 when Megadeath’s frontman Dave Mustaine asked Dimebag to join their band, but he kept the same condition there saying that he would join Megadeath only if Vinnie Paul is their drummer. However, Mustaine had already hired Nick Menza as their drummer, so it did not happen, and he remained in Pantera.

Pantera was originally a glam metal band, where Dimebag was not Dimebag; instead, he was ‘Diamond Darrell.’ During the time, the band was image-conscious and featured a heavy makeup, wearing spandex and hairspray on-stage performance.

In the glam-metal genre, Pantera released a couple of albums entitled ‘Projects In the Jungle’ and ‘I Am The Night’ in 1984 and 1985. However, the Abbot brothers were not happy with the sound, and they wanted to go heavier and heavier, which was not a thing for Glaze. This led to his departure in 1986, after which the outstanding and outrageous vocalist came into the band. And his name is ‘PHIL ANSELMO.’

Since then, the band has ruled the groove metal world. They produced six albums together, which are listed below;

  • Power Metal (1988)
  • Cowboys From Hell (1990)
  • Vulgar Display of Power (1992)
  • Far Beyond Driven (1994)
  • The Great Southern Trendkill (1996)
  • Reinventing The Steel (2000)

Despite the greatest groove metal music that Pantera gave to the music world, the band followed tensions and separations. In 2014, Phil Anselmo recalled that he had a bad addiction to drinking alcohol and heroin, which led to their breakup. Even while recording their 1996 album ‘The Great Southern Trendkill,’ they recorded it separately. Dimebag and Vinnie Paul recorded at Chasing’ Jason Studio, which Dimebag had constructed behind the barn. And Phil Anselmo recorded his vocals at Trent Reznor’s Nothing Studio.

After the great barriers emerging inside the band, Pantera got dispatched. Dimebag went with Rex Brown with another band, which confirmed that Pantera will not continue its journey together. He joined Damageplan alongside Vinnie Paul and Patrick Lachman and followed their album entitled ‘New Found Power‘ in 2004.

Is Pantera’s Split A Cause For A Death Of Dimebag Darrell?

Metal Industry just got hit by a massive earthquake when the news of Pantera’s guitarist Dimebag Darrell’s death swirled. He died on the twenty-fourth death anniversary of John Lennon on 8 December 2004 during a live show with Damageplan at Alrosa Villa Night Club in Columbus, Ohio.

A young fan obsessed named ‘Nathan Gale’ rushed with his gun to the stage and shot Dimebag. Along with Dimebag, three other people died that night, including Nathan Bray (Fan), Jeff ‘Mayhem’ Thompson (Damageplan’s crew member), and Erin A. Halk (club’s employee).

After minutes of the violence erupted, the shooter Nathan Gale died in an encounter with the police officers. Gale reportedly believed that Dimebag Darrell was the prominent reason for Pantera’s split and was not happy. Eventually, Gale’s one misleading decision tumbled down the whole music world on 8 December 2004.

Since then, Groove Metal has not been the same. Many metal professionals, including Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Zakk Wylde, other bands of sub-metal genres, believe this.

Rest In Peace, Dimebag Darrell. It has been already seventeen years that we missed you but still, you are in our hearts through your music. You are the one and inspiration to many of the rising guitarists around the world.