|Far Beyond Driven|
|Produced by Terry Date & Vinnie Paul (Co-produced by Pantera)|
|Released on March 22, 1994|
|US CHART POSITION #1 . . . PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #3|
|Find it at GEMM|
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T his is where Pantera sells out to the guy in the red pajamas and makes the death metal album they’ve always dreamed of. I haven’t heard an album that worked so hard to earn a parental advisory warning in my life. Philip Anselmo sounds like Eminem’s horse-lovin, devil-worshippin older brother and Dimebag Darrell might as well be playing a chainsaw. Great stuff if you’re a sociopath who loves motocross, but Pantera lost me with this one. Vulgar Display of Power had some killer grooves behind it, not to mention a little melody. Far Beyond Driven strips away all that like so much useless veneer. This is the ugly underneath: the hatred, the anger, the violence, and a not a spoonful of sugar to make it go down easy. If the intent was to separate the men from the boys among their fanbase, mission accomplished. I bailed with my ass on fire. If you stuck around for Trendkill, wear your heavy metal badge with pride, noble webelo. The trouble I have with Far Beyond Driven isn’t even the negativity or heaviness, but the unrelenting intensity of it, the numbing sameness of it. The only respite comes at the end with a cover of Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan.” Really, that and “Shedding Skin” are the only tracks I’d have considered as singles. The rest of the record is unhummable and memorable for the wrong reasons. Not that the idea of heavy metal is to go humming it in the supermarket aisle, but admit it, you’ve hummed a good half of Vulgar Display at some point, haven’t you? Maybe you’ve pursed your lips and pushed a riff or two from Far Beyond past your teeth, but even then you couldn’t be certain it was in the right key. Just as Vulgar Display of Power brought them a wider audience, Far Beyond Driven scared half of that audience away. Which probably endears it to diehards more than it deserves.
PHILIP ANSELMO -- vocals
DIMEBAG DARRELL -- guitars
VINNIE PAUL -- drums, engineer, mixing
REX -- bass
Terry Date -- engineer, mixing
Richard Bates -- art direction, design
Donald May -- design
Eric Attenburger -- design
Dean Karr -- conceptual photography
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|WW||March 22, 1994||EastWest||LP/CD/CS||92302||lyric sheet|
|JPN||1994||Atlantic||CDX||AMCY-670||w. bonus track|
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