Formed by the Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul (drums) and Dimebag Darrell (guitar), in 1981, Pantera transcended the hair metal and speed metal of its early years to become one of the preeminent metal bands of the 1990s. After enduring an on-again, off-again relationship with singer Phil Anselmo that handicapped the band in its prime, the Abbott brothers officially broke up Pantera in 2003. On December 8, 2004, Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed while performing on stage with his new band, Damageplan. —Jeff Royer
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