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“Dimebash” Tribute Celebration Set For January 2020 @ The Observatory

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The Press Release:
Dimebash – an all-star jam tribute to “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, the late co-founder and guitarist of Pantera and Damageplan – is set for Thursday, January 16 at The Observatory OC in Santa Ana, California.

Rock legend Dave Grohl and many more top rock and metal artists will be on hand to honor the guitar legend 15 years after his untimely passing. The all-star jam will feature Dime’s music and some of his favorite songs, with the Texas homegrown sounds of WhiskeyDick opening the show. The full lineup of musical guests will be announced in January.

Event producer and Dimebag’s longtime partner Rita Haney said, “This year will mark the 15 year anniversary since Darrell was taken from us…even more of a reason to come together with friends and chosen family to honor the man that brought so much love and laughter to our lives…not to mention some pretty sick tuneage!!! If you’ve never experienced ‘the room’ at Dimebash, it’s something you can’t describe – the love, the unity, the smiles, the magic. It’s a special kind of vibe you have to check out at least once for yourself. Then you’ll almost know what it’s like to have Dime physically in the room.”
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Hails To 1/4 Century Of Pantera’s “Vulgar Display Of Power” (1992-2017)

Can you believe that we are at the 25th Anniversary of Pantera’s “Vulgar Display Of Power”? Well we are and while this is actually the sixth album in the bands discography, it’s pretty much the second in the more throttling and intense “Groove Metal” sound that they were laying down and claiming some dominance over. I remembered that I first got into Pantera when I heard some tracks on WSOU and despite my being a fan of some of the earliest Power Metal and Glam Rock of the day, I never did hear of the band during their non-Thrashy times. To say that I played “CFH” to death would be an understatement but it was with “VDOP” that this band firmed up in everyone’s Metal minds that they meant business. As always, these milestone reflections are more personal thoughts as the full litany of what made this album come to pass are well outlined in the official Wikipedia entry below. Let’s continue.

From the moment that I first played this at the time new album I felt that the band had upped their Heavy Metal game. They were intense and very in your face and had this whole “Take No Prisoners” sort of attitude. In 1992 the Grunge Rock scene was getting more and more prominent and the Metal Legions had to stick by their favorite music in order for it to thrive. It would not be an easy task for Phil, Dimebag, Vinnie and Rex to do since these Seattle based melodic strains were quickly taking over the airwaves and even the video ones. Bands like Pantera were slowly relegated to only being showcased on the later evening “Headbangers Ball” that broadcast once a week. When you did play this album it was very often done at levels that would send a more civilized sort into hiding. Like I said up above, this was some true in your face stuff and for those of us who were enjoying it we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Metal’s Darkest Day: “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, A Decade Gone (2004-2014)

Has it really been ten years? Well I guess it has and yet I still find it troubling to write down but the great “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott has been gone for ten years as of this very day. The Metal world at large all know the story about how the master guitarist was gunned down during a show with his band Damageplan by a crazed gunman. This terrible night also claimed the lives of three others and injuring several others.

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“Cowboys From Hell” (Deluxe Edition) by Pantera

Artist: Pantera
Title: “Cowboys From Hell”
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 9/14/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

Continuing a year of interesting anniversary releases comes Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell” which is celebrating its being first delivered some twenty years ago. It was an album that while arriving at the beginning of the Grunge Era was one that said “F You! We’re dishing out some Metal with this band so hold onto something”. The album was the groups major label debut and originally came to us on ATCO Records with their signing coming care of Mark Ross who witnessed them in action after being stranded in their region by a hurricane. In today’s Metal Republic there are few fans among us that have not heard this album nor been impacted by its level of power. It was truly a beacon to all fans and one that showed just how much life the true Heavy Metal sound still had in it despite what the conventional radio stations were pushing down our throats at the time. To celebrate the milestone those folks at Rhino Records have given us the 20th Anniversary Edition in a number of different formats and the one we are examining is the 3CD version. This particular one features the original remastered album, a CD of previously unreleased live material and a third CD of demo recordings. With each disc being special in its own right I have decided to break up my thoughts on each of them one at a time. Strap yourselves in for the ride as we shall begin with some thoughts about the bands debut.
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“Metal’s Dark Side: Hard And The Furious V.1” by Jasmin St. Claire

Artist: Jasmine St. Claire
Title: “Metal’s Dark Side: Hard And The Furious V.1”
Label: Music Video Distributors
Release Date: 4/25/2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 6/10

Sexy hostess and former adult actress Jasmine St. Claire apparently loves Heavy Metal music and by the look of this DVD it seems the harder the better. The DVD series she has launched entitled “Metal’s Dark Side” is her aim at focusing on the darkest and heaviest stuff she can manage to bring you. While it was an interesting premise I wondered what the overall appeal would be on a larger scale. Jasmine being drop-dead gorgeous will appeal to the testosterone levels of most fans of this music but being an actress and then becoming a host of a program (even one of your own design) takes a little more skill than is demonstrated here. On the DVD Jasmine interviews several notable Death and Black Metal personalities along with traditional icons but the interviews seem very ad-hoc and don’t give the viewer much in the way of interesting band commentary. Everyone seems to be whooping it up but there is nothing in-depth that will have you saying “AH HA, that’s what they meant”, and this factor makes the piece a watch once sort of thing. Without being totally negative on it, I felt this would make for an interesting cable television show to give extra pump to the music we all love and fight to keep vital, however just making this a DVD to sell will limit the chance for the wider populace to see it. Jasmine does include some of these bands videos, but with so many groups releasing compilation pieces and with other networks showcasing this type of thing again I was not that taken by their inclusion. There are interview segments and joking with all the groups listed and I think that the interview with Damageplan is probably the best segment on the whole video. It ends with a brief tribute to Dimebag Darrell, a man who Metal misses very much and will never forget.
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