When you think of Pantera, you think of the ferocity, the riffs and the late, great Dimebag.
Credited as one of the bands that single handedly saved metal from the clutches of grunge in the early nineties, the influence they had, secured metal for the next generation.
The face of the band was always vocalist Phil Anselmo but the heart and soul will always be Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott, whose life was so tragically taken in circumstances unheard of in the metal world.
Bassist Rex Brown was the quiet one. You never really heard a peep from him. Interviews focused on the bands back stage antics, Dimebag’s insane riffs and what Phil was angry about on any given week.
Fans could be forgiven if, since the untimely demise of the band, you’d never really expect to hear from Rex again. Well, it turns out Rex has a lot to say and has put his story of what it was like to be in one of metals most influential bands into a book aptly titled Official Truth 101Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera. A play on words on the band’s 1997 live album Official Live: 101 Proof.
Revealing personal insight into the band, it’s fitting that their story gets to be heard from the inside by one of their own.
is out now.