Damageplan was a hard rock/Metalcore band formed by Vinnie Paul and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, formerly of Pantera, after Pantera disbanded. They were joined by ex-Halford guitarist Pat Lachman on vocals, and Bob Zilla, playing bass. Their sound mixed both Pantera and Halford, with elements of Slipknot, Alice In Chains, and many other bands. Their debut album, New Found Power, was released in the United States on February 10, 2004.
On December 8, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, and 3 others were murdered when a gunman, 25-year-old Nathan Gale, took to the stage and began shooting during the band's show at the Alrosa Villa: a Columbus, Ohio, USA nightclub. Columbus police officer James Niggemeyer soon arrived at the scene and shot the attacker, killing him. Damageplan was on a world tour at the time, and, according to guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell, a new album probably would have been released sometime in 2005. The band was playing the song "New Found Power" when Gale opened fire. (for more details about the incident, see Wikipedia's entry on Dimebag Darrell)
The band has been dissolved since Dimebag's murder. However, www.blabbermouth.net has reported that members of Damageplan may release their second and final album with Dimebag's final recordings later in 2005. As of January 2005, it is unknown how complete these recordings are or when they will be released. It is speculated that the recordings are demo recordings, as Damageplan were touring in support of New Found Power at the time of the shooting.
- New Found Power (2004)