February 18, 2009
Those following the latter years of
were likely not surprised with the eventual
announcement of their breakup, with vocalist
Phil Anselmo delving into numerous projects and
no real word from the Pantera camp for some time.
So, it was 2003, Pantera was finished, and that left the
Abbott brothers with the task of forming a new band,
and soon enough came the announcement of that band,
originally called New Found Power, then Damageplan.
The interesting choice of lead vocalist fell to
Patrick Lachman, formerly known as a guitarist
In due time came the debut album, its title
a reminder of the original band name, New Found Power
The likely course for the Abbotts was to retain the
Pantera fan base without simply reliving past glories.
The style of the album, then, is not really a surprise, as it's
neither a clone of the signature Pantera style nor a
radical departure from it.
Lachman is a capable frontman, but given the inevitable
comparison to Anselmo, he arguably falls a bit short.
The prevailing opinions on New Found Power
were that it was a
capable album, good but not great.
Unfortunately, the tragic shooting death of Dimebag Darrell Abbott onstage
in December 2004 sent the metal world into mourning and marked the
premature end to this band.
New Found Power