There have been loads of opinions about Pantera‘s present lineup of Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown being joined by Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. Some persons are vehemently in opposition to the entire thing, whereas others are all for it. Kittie guitarist and vocalist Morgan Lander appears to err on the aspect of it being an excellent factor, but additionally acknowledges that it’s not the Pantera of yesteryear for apparent causes.
In an interview with the Audio Ink Radio Present hosted by Anne Erickson, Lander mentioned she feels “the soul of the band is gone” now that each Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul have handed on. Although for the youthful era that by no means received to expertise a Pantera stay present, that is the closest they’re going to ever get and that is nonetheless an excellent factor. Which is… what these reveals are all about, proper? Giving a brand new era the choice to throw all the way down to classics like “Walk” and have some enjoyable?
“After I heard about it, I wasn’t… I do not know… I wasn’t mad about it. I really feel like it’s bizarre, as a result of I really feel like the center and soul of that band have been the Abbott brothers. And every thing about their taking part in… Not like I may ever examine myself to any of them, however I perceive what it is wish to have a sibling in a band, and also you play collectively for therefore lengthy that it is, like, you join on a unique stage. Once they performed, that they had a sure swagger they usually related on a sure stage collectively. And that is simply one thing that comes with time and apply and all of these issues, but additionally that bond, of being a sibling. And I do know they have been very shut, clearly.
“I used to be actually excited to see it. We performed the very first present that they have been doing the reunion factor on the Hell & Heaven pageant in Mexico [last December], however we weren’t capable of get to the venue in time to see the present, so I truly did not get to see it myself, with my very own eyes, however I used to be very excited to see it.
“It’s weird. To me, it feels like the soul of the band is gone. But there are a lot of people who never did get to see Pantera, and I’m sure that the shows are great, and with time they’ll get even better. They’re doing a ton of stuff this year. I definitely want to see the set, to see them play, even if it’s just to hear some of my favorite tunes.
“However I am not Group Phil and Rex or Group Dime and Vinnie. From a fan perspective, it is cool to have the ability to see and listen to these songs stay once more. And there is lots of people that did not get to see it, so in the event that they’re excited, then that is cool. However I undoubtedly can be catching most likely… I do know they’re taking part in round right here [in Ontario, Canada] in the direction of the top of the 12 months. I undoubtedly wish to catch it after I can. It is humorous, as a result of they’re doing so many pageant reveals, and there may be one other new pageant, I believe, that they are taking part in as nicely that we may be round for. So I assume we’ll see.
“Before Vinnie had passed away, I had seen lots of people talk about, ‘Oh, well, the only person that could fill Dime‘s shoes for that should be Zakk Wylde.’ As somebody who was very close to him, who was his friend, also an incredible guitar player, he always made sense for that. And I’d seen people talking about it for years and years and years. And so I can see where people would be excited but also kind of ‘hmmm’, a little weird about it. But if people wanna see them, then more power to them. Myself included — I definitely want to check it out.”
Once more – Lander just about nails it together with her opinion. No, Pantera in 2023 is clearly not the Pantera that everybody knew and liked within the ’90s. But it surely’s one of the best Pantera can do within the current day, and if followers are having enjoyable then nice! On the flip aspect, no person’s forcing anybody to go see Pantera in 2023. Staying dwelling and listening to Cowboys From Hell is an possibility.
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