Before breaking internationally with 1990’s Cowboys From Hell, PANTERA released three glam records with Terry – 1983’s Metal Magic, 1984’s Projects in the Jungle, and 1985’s I Am the Night. They also released Power Metal in 1988 with Phil Anselmo on vocals, which was still rooted in the glam sound. The original releases have since become highly desired collectors’ items.
Rex said about the glam days: “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 f*ckin’ put a record out. We just happened to do it, and we paid for every f*ckin’ 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 continued: “The old singer? Sh*t, 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 f*ckin’ 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 f*ckin’ 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.”