Anthrax’s Charlie Benante recently revealed on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk that he will try to play the drums just like Vinnie Paul to make preserve Pantera’s original sound.

Pantera not only became one of the most popular heavy metal bands but also significantly impacted the metal scene, paving the way for the grooved metal subgenre. However, the members decided to disband in 2003 due to internal conflicts between bandmates, often related to Phil Anselmo’s addiction to painkillers, alcohol, and heroin.

Shortly after the breakup, the Abbott Brothers, Dimebag Darrell, and Vinnie Paul formed  Damageplan. However, their time together was cut short as Darrell was tragically shot and killed by a mentally unstable fan during a Damageplan concert in Ohio. Although his brother, Vinnie Paul, continued his career with his band Hellyeah, he too passed away in 2018 from dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease.

The surviving members of Pantera, Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, have announced a reunion tour that will begin in 2023. Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde will reportedly replace Darrell, and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will be on the drums.

Benante stated that he has realized he can’t play the drums like in Anthrax. He added that it wouldn’t match the Pantera sound if he did. Thus, the musician revealed that he has decided to try to sound like Vinnie Paul.

Charlie Benante’s thoughts on playing the drums like Vinnie Paul:

“I can’t go do this as the drummer from Anthrax because it would be a different sound completely. So the way I’m gonna do that is if you close your eyes, it’s gonna sound like it’s Vinnie, basically. And that’s how it’s going to be. The sound is going to sound exactly like him.”

While some fans criticized Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown for doing a reunion tour as Pantera without Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, most fans look forward to seeing Pantera live again. The tour will commemorate Vinnie and Dime’s life, and their contributions to Pantera and the metal scene.