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Far Beyond Driven (20th Anniversary Edition) Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks
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2014 Japanese pressing 20th Anniversay edition remaster in a digipak scheduled to include bonus material. Warner
For Pantera, rage flows like water from a tap. Far Beyond Driven vents the band's animosity in a maelstrom of hateful harangues fuelled by thunderous drumbeats, piercing guitar noise, and raw-throated vocals. --Jon Wiederhorn --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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The hyperspeed opener Strength Beyond Strength is an awesome song packed with lightning fast drums, insane guitar riffs, and Phil Anselmo screaming in absolute rage. Dimebag Darrell also rips out one of his best solos ever in that song. Becoming contains some good double bass work from Vinnie Paul, and some good riffs too. 5 Minutes Alone and I'm Broken continue the non stop heaviness. Good Freinds And A Bottle Of Pills has bassist Rex Brown just ripping up his bass. Hard Lines And Sunken Cheeks is another good song with neat tempo changes and another good solo from Darrell. Slaughtered has the death metal feel, in which Phil growls in. 25 Years, Shedding Skin keep the album in a tight pace, while Use My Third Arm is an all out assault of raging blastbeasts, freinzied riffs and more of Phil's raging vocals. Throes Of Rejection has a good bass intro from Rex, and a good solo from Darrell. After 11 tracks of pure hate, rage, and adrenaline, the boys tuck everybody in with a cover of Black Sabbath's Planet Caravan. As far as this entire album goes, you want heavy, THIS IS HEAVY!
The guitarwork on tis CD is, obviously, destructively powerful. Dimebag's trademark riffing is present as usual, although his style has developed and matured since Vulgar Display Of Power. The entire band is also much more aggressive sounding, and yet they still keep a hold of their straight-ahead heavy metal feel. Dimebag's solos are viciously powerful, but his true strong point is rhythm guitar work and his creative riff writing. Rex (on bass) also gets a chance to shine on this album more than he did previously. Along with fast thrashing sections, there are also quite a few crunching breakdowns, making the album well rounded and more diverse than Vulgar Display Of Power. As a whole, the disc shows much development - in a more aggressive and a darker direction. Though there are a few weak spots on songs like "Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks" and "25 Years", these are fairly minor, and the brilliance of the other songs outshines these flaws massively. The disc has a strong sense of personality and emotion instilled in it as well, and you get the feeling that Phil and the band poured all of their effort into creating this work.
As a sort of bonus, the last track on the CD is a cover of Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan". It is a very well done cover, and does a nice job of finishing off the album with a different, softer, more introspective mood.
The production on Far Beyond Driven could be better, but it's nothing to complain about.Read more ›
On the other hand, "5 Minutes Alone", "I"m Broken", "Slaughtered", and "Shedding Skin" are the best songs on the album. Oh yeah, Pantera's rendition of Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan" is really awesome, it is a very relaxing, slow ballad. I'm surprised that "Planet Caravan" is on the best of Pantera album.
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5 Minutes Alone, Planet Caravan and I'm Broken are the best songs off the album. Pantera's follow-up to the cd, Vulgar Display of Power, debuted at #1 on the album. Read morePublished on July 20 2006 by Jason Hutton
Dimebag was and will always be one of my two favorite guitarists, along with Kirk Hammett. No matter what kind of music you listen to, you can't help but be inspired by his... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2004 by Dan Chan
I was greatly inspired by this CD to start playing the guitar. The riffs are amazing. I don't think I've ever heard a better metal guitarist than Dimebag. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Moshpit666Maggot
Far Beyond Driven is the perfect follow up to Vulgar Display Of Power. This album was much more on the aggressive, and heavier side of Pantera while Vulgar Display Of Power was the... Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by A. Caruso
Pantera's third metal album (note that my rating is 4.5 stars not just 4)
With Far Beyond Driven Pantera managed to make thier music even heavier. Read more
Great Riffs and Animal Drumming. This is worth the money for the riffs alone.Published on June 20 2004 by Slayerization