Pantera returns to the metal paths after almost 20 years of absence

Mexico City. With the energy and voice of Phillip Anselmo at the helm, Pantera returns to the sharp paths of metal after almost 20 years of absence. This new era of the American band will open in our country and will take place on one of the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest stages on December 2 of this year.

That night will be the first concert of the band’s return on a global scale and Mexico was the country chosen for such return and will take place at the H&H to be held on December 2, 3 and 4 at the Foro Pegaso facilities.

The history of Pantera began in 1981 at the hands of the Abbott brothers, Darrell and Vinnie Paul, who a few years later would invite Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown to their rock sound journey, this quartet becoming the creators of the so-called Power Groove and, a short time later, in an emblematic metal band on a global scale during the nineties. disks like Cowboys from Hell (1990) and A. Vulgar Display of Power (1992) broke sales records, a fact that catapulted them to fame inside and outside their country. But in the first years of this millennium –2003– Pantera officially ended its career. And the dream of seeing them together again on stage vanished after the death of the Darrell brothers; The good news for Pantera’s legion of fans is that the band has signed a contract with Artist Group International to start a tour and Mexico will officially be the first country in the world to witness the event and the setting for this meeting will be Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2022.

This is how Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, long-time members of Pantera, have joined in this project without ignoring the unfortunate absence of the Abbott brothers, Darrell and Vinnie Paul – who died in 2004 and 2018 respectively – the surviving singer and bassist of Pantera. that line-up, will be accompanied by two other metal icons, as is the case of guitarist Zakk Wylde who has played in groups such as Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory; For his part, Anthrax’s drummer, Charlie Benante, will be in charge of leading the rhythmic base in this, which will be Pantera’s first concert, a presentation that since now has generated great expectations among heavy metal fans. It is known that some metalheads will arrive from other countries just to witness the first show that the band will offer and they will do so to know the details, in advance, of what awaits the spectators on the group’s tour throughout the United States in 2023.

As background to what the quartet of performers from Walk, suffice it to remember the presentation of Phillip Anselmo & The Illegals in Mexico bursting Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2020 in the same forum in Toluca, state of Mexico; now, for this concert, attendees are waiting for the announced set list that will be full of glam, thrash, speed and classic heavy metal reinforced with the sound and visual technology of the times; Likewise, a select tour of the total discography of the band originally founded in Arlington Texas by Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell is expected, who will receive a tribute from Phil Anselmo, Rex, Zakk and Charly and, of course, by those attending this Pantera’s concert that that same day shares the bill with Scorpions, Arch Enemy, Epica, Venom, Possessed, Marduk and twenty other bands; while for Saturday the 3rd, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Bad Religion, Garrobos, among many other groups, are announced. And for Sunday Kiss is announced –Last Mexico Show– in addition to Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, Ska-P, Panteón Rococo, Transmetal and a long list of groups.

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Pantera returns to the metal paths after almost 20 years of absence

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