Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul "carries a lot of hatred in him," according to his former band mate and bassist Rex Brown.
Brown was discussing his new memoir "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera", which is reportedly a stark and honest look at one of heavy metal's best-known bands from the inside.
"It's basically my tale of the Pantera years from my point of view," Brown told the Aquarian Weekly, adding that he was always "the silent guy in the band" and never did interviews when Pantera were active.
Speaking about Vinnie Paul, Brown said he finds it hard to relate to Vinnie's angry outlook on life. "When you read the book, you will understand his persona and his way of going about things. I'm not trying to hack Vinnie at all - I have a lot of empathy for him - but in the long run, the guy carries a lot of hatred with him that it's not right... I don't carry around this terrible vendetta against people."
Brown was approached to work on the memoir by author Mark Eglinton, best-known for his first book "James Hetfield: The Wolf At Metallica's Door" in 2010. It was a critical hit, and his new book with Brown is set to reveal sides to Pantera that you might not expect.
"It was cathartic, for sure," Brown says. "Reliving all of those memories and stuff like that, it really made me go back and think, 'F--k, man! I wish Dime were still on this planet because God knows what would've happened.' Unfortunately, he's not. I always envisioned that we would somehow try to get back together, but it was not meant to be."
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