Witness An 18-Year Old Dimebag Darrell 7-Minute Guitar Solo Back In 1984

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There is no such radical and successful transformation in the history of music as that experienced by Pantera in the 1990s, And it’s that going from being a mediocre glam band to redefining metal history is not a feat that is seen frequently.

Throughout the 1980s, the Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell released four albums that went unnoticed among fans of glam and hard rock; a sector awash in groups with pretty kids, spandex pants, and plain lines.

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Along with bassist Rex Brown and vocalist Terrence Glaze, the Texas native brothers released Metal Magic (1983), Projects in the Jungle (1984), and I Am the Night (1985); all very influenced by the style of Kiss and the soloist side of Ozzy Osbourne.

The blurry video below is none other than the 18-year-old Dimebag Darrell, shredding his way through an approximately seven-minute-long guitar solo with his dependable Dean ML.

In the clip, the young Darrell gives obvious references to numerous key six-string influences, particularly Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen, with an impression of Yngwie Malmsteen driven in.

Keep going for the video below: