During a recent interview with Eonmusic, Pantera bassist Rex Brown said that he has no desire to reissue the band’s early albums. The group’s pre-fame output included “Metal Magic,” “Projects In The Jungle,” and “I Am the Night,” which featured original vocalist Terry Glaze, and “Power Metal,” which was the first album to feature Phil Anselmo.
Brown said the following about Pantera’s early work:
“This is like going back and looking at your old high school notebooks and going, ‘Look at how far you’ve come in between.'”
“I will say this: a lot of bands didn’t have the opportunity at 17 years old to fuckin’ put a record out. We just happened to do it, and we paid for every fuckin’ lick of it; none of it was given to us. We paid for the studio time, we paid for the pressing of the record, and we never thought that that would go anywhere, nationally, globally, so it’s almost like, after the fact. But we really learned how to write a song, and be a band.”
He went on to say that Pantera really began when Anselmo joined:
“The old singer? Shit, it was going nowhere really quick. He just was not on the same wavelength as the three of us. The dude’s never had a job in his life. I see him shootin’ his mouth off in some of these magazines, and it’s, like, ‘Dude, you were in the band for fuckin’ four years,’ you know what I’m saying? ‘Now you’re wanting claim to fame 35 years later? Sorry, pal, you missed the boat!’ So I don’t want to give any credit where it’s fuckin’ undue, you know? Once we got Philip in the band, it developed into something else, and that was the Pantera that we know now, and that’s why we never talk about those old records.”
“Hey, look, it’s great to go back memory lane and all that kind of stuff, but those are the farthest things that I wake up for in the first of the morning. ‘Oh, remember that one tune ‘Nothing On (But The Radio)’, and the singer?’ No! I mean, I hate fucking songs like that, but it was a growing process, and now, because the things are out, and they’ve been bootleged a hundred thousand times, people consider it a part of our history. It’s not. Unless Philip’s singing on it, it’s not Pantera. That’s the way I look at it.”
When pressed to clarify whether or not he would like to see the early albums reissued, Brown added:
“God no, god no! The brothers were against that, and I’m against it, and that’s just it. Period. It ain’t coming out.”
This news comes after Glaze previously said that he would like to see the early albums get reissued someday.