San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD performed their cover version of the PANTERA classic “Fucking Hostile” live on the eighth anniversary of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott‘s death this past Saturday, December 8 in Atlanta, Georgia. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below.
MACHINE HEAD‘s studio recording of “Fucking Hostile” appeared on the “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott tribute album which was released with the 200th issue of U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine. The CD and the magazine, which coincided with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag‘s passing, were made available on December 16, 2009.
Flynn told Metal Hammer about the band’s decision to cover “Fucking Hostile”, “It was either that or ‘Strength Beyond Strength’ from ‘Far Beyond Driven’. In the end, we decided that we wanted to do a classic. We chose ‘Fucking Hostile’ because it’s two and a half minutes of pure, raging metal. It’s short, fast and brutal.”
He continued, “There’s some real intricate riffing parts in there. We’d jammed it before but we’d never sat down and analyzed it properly. I think we did a great job on it.”
“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.