Kyle Thomas Has No Hard Feelings Toward Pantera Over Exhorder Influence

Exhorder’s Kyle Thomas sat down with ‘Scars And Guitars’ podcast, where he clarified that there were no hard feelings toward Pantera over their Exhorder influence.

The frontman discussed his band’s alleged influence on Pantera’s transition from a power metal sound to a more aggressive thrash style. He was questioned about whether he still receives inquiries regarding Exhorder’s earlier adoption of a more extreme metal genre compared to Pantera. After stating that he deals with it the ‘most polite way’ possible, Thomas explained:

“I think there’s room in this world for both bands. I think it’s a good thing Pantera is back in business. I think it’s good for hard rock and heavy metal, and the more, the merrier. They worked extremely hard — a lot harder than we did — for their success, and who cares whether the chicken or the egg came first. To me, they’re both delicious.”

The differences in their views did not get ahead of the friendship of the two parties. He continued:

“I’ve been friends with Phil for a long time. I always got along nicely with Darrell and Rex. That platinum record on the wall right there was a gift from Phil for ‘Far Beyond Driven’, presented to me and my band Penalty at the time, which became Floodgate. It was just his way of basically saying, ‘Hey, thanks, man.’ And I know what he meant. We were a big influence on him personally, and he returned the favor by spreading our demos around to people and turning people on to us. He was, at one time, probably the biggest cheerleader this band ever had.”

How Did The Influence Comments First Emerge

Back in a 2007 interview with Midwest Metal, Kyle addressed the speculation that Exhorder may have been an inspiration for Pantera’s shift towards a more aggressive approach in the early 1990s, stating:

“The thing I hate the most of this topic is just how handcuffed we are to their success. Did they rip us off? Possibly. Was it deliberate? Maybe. Were they influenced by us? Definitely. Did they work a helluva lot harder than we did? Absolutely. Case closed.”

Later in 2013, Anselmo rejected that Exhorder had a significant impact on shaping his band’s musical style, claiming that he did not hear it at all:

“It’s absolutely untrue. Exhorder was a killer band, don’t get me wrong. And for their time in the local scene in New Orleans in 1988, as far as skill level, they really upped the game for everyone. To this day, I’m still really good friends with their singer, who is now the singer for Trouble. Kyle and I come from the same school of heavy metal vocals — Rob Halford, Don Doty from Dark Angel, and Tom Araya — so there are similarities between us, but musically, I don’t hear it at all.”

Despite Anselmo’s comments and the so-called resemblance, the two parties are still friends and there are no hard feelings.

You can check out the recent interview below.