Published Oct 01, 2015While the tragic 2004 death of Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott will prevent a full reunion from ever taking place, the Texan cowboys from hell are back with a pair of history-scouring releases. Later this month, the band will deliver both a new best-of release and a box set compiling all of their prime-period studio full-lengths.
A post through Pantera's Facebook page notes that Rhino Records will release a "nine-track Pantera primer" called History of Hostility on October 30. It's further explained that the compilation culls its material from the group's five major label releases. Though a tracklisting has yet to be revealed, odds are it could feature singles like "Walk," "I'm Broken" and "Cowboys from Hell." If that title is any indication, it very well could include "Fucking Hostile."
While details on its contents are pending, you can peep the cover art for History of Hostility up above.
Rhino will also be delivering a box set titled The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000. As you might imagine, both five-CD and five-LP editions will contain 1990's Cowboys from Hell, 1992's Vulgar Display of Power, 1994's Far Beyond Driven, 1996's The Great Southern Trendkill and 2000's Reinventing the Steel. The box set hit stores December 11.
The vinyl box set adds a 7-inch single featuring "Piss," a track that surfaced last year on Rhino's 20th anniversary edition of Far Beyond Driven. The flip houses "Avoid the Light," a song the band contributed to the soundtrack for Dracula 2000.
Pantera formed in 1981 and delivered four full-length LPs before singing to the majors. Those records mined slightly glammier waters than their thrash-and-groove-minded '90s incarnation. The 1988 release Power Metal was the first to include vocalist Phil Anselmo.