Far Beyond Drivenby Pantera
Far Beyond Driven may have been Pantera's fastest selling album upon release, but it's hardly their best. In fact, although it shot straight to the number one spot on the Billboard sales chart in its first week (arguably the most extreme album ever to do so), this incredible feat doesn't so much reflect its own qualities as those of its predecessor, 1992's Vulgar Display of Power. A true landmark by any definition, Vulgar Display had seen the Texan quartet quite literally reinventing the heavy metal wheel in ways not seen since Metallica's rise to fame in the mid-'80s. But when the time came to follow it up, the members of Pantera seemed unsure about how they could possibly top it, so they decided to try and out-heavy themselves, resulting in a less cohesive record which often sacrificed songwriting for outright aggression. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell (recently re-baptized from the far more glam Diamond Darrell) took it upon himself to conjure the heaviest guitar tones imaginable, turning up the volume and dissonance to sometimes painful thresholds with his massive, grinding riffs. As a result, songs like "Becoming," "Shedding Skin," and the particularly vicious "Slaughtered" still stand head and shoulders above most of the heavy metal competition, but only die-hard fans may be able to withstand their systematic sensory bludgeoning long enough to get to the hooks hidden underneath. Indeed, except for wisely chosen first single "I'm Broken," the rest of the material (and especially over-long tracks like "5 Minutes Alone" and "25 Years") generally lacks the iron-fisted discipline and controlled power captured on the band's previous triumphs. Worst of all is probably "Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills," which wanders aimlessly in formless feedback and is topped with vocalist Phil Anselmo in gratuitous, stream-of-consciousness mode -- a sketchy proposition at the best of times. In the end, it's probably the band's need to justifying their faithful cover version of Black Sabbath's gentle "Planet Caravan" in the album's liner notes that sheds the most light on their embattled frame of mind at the time. With or without this evidence, however, the bottom line is that Far Beyond Driven doesn't match the hype -- but it sure proved its weight in platinum at the bank.
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Performance CreditsPantera Primary Artist
Vinnie Paul Drums
Phil Anselmo Vocals
Diamond Darrell Guitar
Rex Brown Bass
Technical CreditsOzzy Osbourne Composer
Geezer Butler Composer
Terry Date Producer,Engineer
Tony Iommi Composer
Vinnie Paul Producer,Engineer
Bill Ward Composer
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this is what i call real music thank you dimebag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good riffs! The songs are very powerful and angry. The lyrics are very very good! Unlike other Pantera albums. In this One Philip Anselmo signs as much as he cans.
After the outstanding vulgar display of power, PANTERA bounces back yet again with Far Beyond Driven. My personal favorite album. This is driven by Phil's screams and Dimebag's guitar work. A must for Pantera Fans!!!!
I loved the whole thing. The band's speed and power is great! it is very organized and well written
I remember when I found this CD for the first time. I was waiting to go to an AC/DC concert, and me and my friend went into this old dumpy bookstore to kill time before the concert. The store had CDs, though almost no good ones. But, strangely enough, I found this thing, in a broken jewel case, sitting to the back of the last row. And it was only 3 dollars! I had to get it, because as of then, I had no real heavy music. And then, after listening to this near masterpiece of putrifying aggresion for the first time, Metal became my favorite music for life. This thing grinds, growls and vomits power and fury from every direction, and just like all Pantera albums, showcases excellently the bands ever-growing style. A life changing album, go get it now.