Dimebag Drrell
Dimebag Darrell
Musician Info
BornAugust 20, 1966
Arlington, Texas, U.S.
DiedDecember 8, 2004
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
GenreHeavy metal
glam metal (early)
groove metal
thrash metal
southern metal
nu metal
southern rock
Notable InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals
LabelsAtco, EastWest, Big Vin, Elektra
Associated actsPantera, Damageplan, Gasoline, Pumpjack, Anthrax, Rebel Meets Rebel, King Diamond

Darrell Abbott or more commonly known as Dimebag Darrell was born August 20, 1966 and died December 8, 2004. He was an american musician and songwriter who co-founded Pantera with his brother Vinnie Paul and he also founded Damageplan. He is considered to be one of the people to make Groove metal more mainstream.

Abbott was murdered by a gunman on stage during a performance with his band, Damageplan on December 8, 2004 at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio.

Music Career Edit


Abbott had formed Pantera in 1981 with his brother Vinnie Paul as the drummer. He called himself Diamond Darrell Lance originally.[1] The band had an influence of Thrash metal along with influence from certain bands such as Slayer, Megadeth, Venom and Metallica. Other influences may have been Traditional heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, and Judas Priest. When the singer Phil Anselmo chose to join Pantera, Darrell was invited by Dave Mustaine to join Megadeath. Darrell would have joined but only if his brother was hired as a drummer. Mustaine already had a drummer though, Chuck Behler, and Darrell stayed with Pantera.[2]

Pantera was then known as a key formulator of the post-thrash subgenre of Groove metal. Until nine years after forming Pantera, the band saw commercial success in its 1990 major label début, Cowboys from Hell. Pantera also had a "groove" style to its fruition in their breakthrough album Vulgar Display of Power, it was released in 1992 and it replaced the power metal falsetto vocals with a hardcore-influenced shout delivery and heavier guitar sound. On Pantera's 1994 album Far Beyond Driven, Abbott was listed on all prior albums under the alias "Diamond Darrell". He relisted himself with the name "Dimebag Darrell". On the night before Pantera's live appearance at the Monsters of Rock in England, the Abbott brothers were involved with altercations at a local club with journalists from two magazines.[2]

Pantera began to suffer from mounting tensions between band members in the mid-1990s, largely due to vocalist Phil Anselmo's rampant drug abuse.

In 2001, the group went on hiatus, during which time Anselmo worked on side projects, such as Superjoint Ritual and Down. This caused more friction within the band, as the Abbott brothers kept waiting for Anselmo to become available to work with them again. The frustration with Anselmo led to their decision to disband Pantera in 2003.

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