Pantera Returns With New Album, Ozzfest Run

With the band's first studio album in four years heading for record stores this month, the modern metal kingpins of Pantera are planning to make some serious noise in support of it.

"Reinventing The Steel," Pantera's fifth studio album and first since 1996's "Great Southern Trendkill," arrives on March 21, and the band is planning a major record release party to mark the event.

On March 18, the band will convene at The Clubhouse (the Dallas, Texas strip club that band members Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell own) to mark the impending release of the album. A few lucky fans will be able to share in the experience, as the guys have hooked up with for a contest that will see one fan and a guest head to Dallas for the party. The sweepstakes began accepting entries on Wednesday and closes its doors on March 10.

Plenty of other fans will get the chance to spend quality time with Pantera

this summer, as the band says it will make the rounds with the annual Ozzfest outing. While an official announcement has yet to be made concerning Ozzfest 2000's line-up, spokespeople for Pantera's record label, Elektra, confirm that the band will be on board this summer.

The band has already released the first single from the album, "Revolution Is My Name," to radio and plans to shoot a video for the song in the coming weeks. The group launches a European tour in April, and Elektra notes that the clip will likely be filmed before that, though no details have been hammered out yet.

After the European tour, Pantera will return to the States for Ozzfest and will then launch their own headlining tour after the Ozzfest run.

Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has been known to refer to his band as "the kings of modern metal," and he may very well be right. The band has four platinum albums to its credit and saw its 1994 album "Far Beyond Driven" debut at number one on the "Billboard"

album chart.