Pantera – Far Beyond Driven Reviews

Far Beyond Driven

For Pantera, rage flows like water from a faucet. Far Beyond Driven vents the band’s animosity in a maelstrom of hateful harangues fueled by thunderous drumbeats, piercing guitar noise, and raw-throated vocals. –Jon Wiederhorn


13 responses to “Pantera – Far Beyond Driven Reviews”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, as everyone knows, Dimebag Darrell's life was abruptly last night by some crazy fans who blame him for breaking up Pantera (or so I read). Damage Plan were only warming up when they Gunman jumped onto the stage and took the life of Darrell (and the lives of many other fans). At the moment I'm at a loss of words for what I've just heard this morning.
      “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was really one of the greatest metal guitarists of the world has ever seen and heard. He pulled out riffs like no other guitarist I've heard. And it was this album made me really, that a metal fan.
      Sure, Slipknot took me in “NU” metal, but it was Pantera's “Far Beyond Driven”, that opened my eyes to a better view of Heavy Metal. I still remember when I first heard this album. I heard it back in my freshman high school years. And, yes, Slipknot are my favorite … but not until a friend lent me a copy of this album. I have it in my CD player … and I was just in complete awe. “Strength Beyond Strength” was the hardest song I've heard (at the time). The music was loud and the band played at a fast pace. The lyric “F *** you and your dream college! The fact is we are stronger than all! “Really is in my head. Phil sings angry about certain economic issues such as drugs. Dimebag and comes with an eerie guitar sound. “Hail! King! The new … King! Stronger than all! “Phil immediately growls when Dimebag ended his haunting solo. Yes … Pantera hail. Hearing that the line immediately newcoming me a fan of Pantera.
      just hear that first track catipulted me in the real heavy-metal world. No. NU-metal like Slipknot. The absolute hardness and darkness, the heavy metal is. This album is just brutal yet be bested by “Vulgar Display of Power”. Sure packs a hell lot of kickass and heavy metal music. Phil growls unlike anything before with texts, give an insight into the American Southwest and the snake was born with his eyes. Rex on bass is still Kick Ass, sounds like a reincarnated Cliff Burton. And Vinnie Paul (Darrell's brother) on drums is as good as John Bonham (the former Led Zeppelin drummer, to). Pantera were really a great heavy metal band, and I always considered them to be the best.
      And Dimebag played the guitar like no other that I've heard … at the time. He played fast and unrelenting. His guitar screeched to the point where you feel as if you go or make your deaf ears bleed. And his solos are simply amazing, as each song forward. He's not Hendrix, Page or Kirk Hammett … no he is not one of them. He is better than all of them. That is what I think. That's what I always thought ever since I heard this album, and discovered Pantera.
      Dimebag Darrell will really be this fan, as well as his millions of other Headbanging fanatics. From Pantera to Damage Plan, Dimebag Darrell joined yet ass on the guitar. It is so sad that he left this world so quickly. But nevertheless, his music will live for the coming years. His legacy will never be forgotten.
      As my friend, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott will always be stronger than all.
      May he rest in peace and my condolences go to the families of the victims who's lives were abruptly last night.

  2. Jafaru says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rarely do you hear an album this punishing that is still coherent and well put together. From the pure brutality of “Slaughtered” to the mellow Black Sabbath cover, this CD never…

  3. Anonymous says:

    For an album, the test of time, two critical things are needed: good and great musicality. It is safe to say that (Pantera's third album) “Far Beyond Driven” has these two things, because more than a decade after its release, it's as big as it ever was.
      First, the production: I've never had a problem with the production on a Pantera's albums (except maybe in 1980's hair metal albums) and “Far Beyond Driven” is no exception . The production can sometimes be a bit difficult to some good metal albums have suffered from a bad production. For example, Megadeth's “So far, so good …” Album: Megadeth have a great work musically (and the album sounds good in the 80's), but over the years, more and more bland sounding. Terry Date, Pantera typical manufacturer, is a strong, solid work here. The result is a lot of songs, the extra crispy and have a harder edge to them.
      Next, the musicianship is, as always, first class. More pummeling drums, vocals Puke-colored, and driving bass lines. But it is that the guitars once again dominate the maelstrom. When you hear the sludgy guitar on “Far Beyond Driven” Bob, crunch, grind, start, stop, beep, pound, scream, beat, groove, climb, descent, down shift, Cascade, climb, run, overvoltage, Shake, Rattle, roll and steam-(and everything in between), you know it's just another day at the office for Dimebag Darrell.
      “Strength Beyond Strength” has iron-roaring riffs, a thumping drum beat and good (especially at the beginning). The middle section is slow, but after that things pick up where they left off. The middle of this song has a riff that is up and down as it runs over hills. Did I mention this song is also Phil's constant howling? In addition, there is a slow breakdown about halfway through.
      “Becoming” is off-takes, guitars, a mini-solo, and fast double bass drumming (which is particularly evident at the end.)
      “5 Minutes Alone” is a fan favorite, would be well suited to the album's first single. It's grinding guitars, staccato vocals, chorus and large make it a fan favorite. And the guitars slowly bobbing at the end are tailored to Headbanging.
      “I'm Broken,” a single, a groovy guitar and pounding beat. Dimebag contains a large, snowball fights solo here as well.
      “Good Friends …” Phil finds that all sorts of strange noises. One moment he is quietly growling, one moment it sounds like he, um … a dump, and the next moment, he whispers, and finally, it sometimes sounds like he coughs! The guitars on this are usually soft and restrained, but this song is a highlight, because Phil's vocals and abnormal downright perverted lyrics.
      I enjoy how the beat of “Hard Lines” layers before. It slows, then accelerates, then slows down, then speeded up.
      “Slaughtered” has a machine gun intro, low, gruff vocals, guitars and chugging (which chug fast, short break, then chug).
      “25 Years” skipping a beat, like “We Grind Ax, that for a long time” (from 2000 of “Reinventing the Steel”) and “Shedding Skin” has not only an appetizing title, but also three guitar solos! The first is, of course, very good, the second (my personal favorite) has two parts, and guitar solo number three rises like a steep mountain.
      Finally , “Planet Caravan”, originally by Black Sabbath, is a good coverage, but also a good song in its own right (and a great closer!) The gentle percussion (What sounds like a I'm not saying they are, they just sound like tribal drums) and bleak, spacey vocals give this song a dreamy feel. Pantera gives this song its own sound while remaining true to the original. Pantera includes several ( “Hole in the Sky,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Electric Funeral”, and that) and has `em good. I predict that if Pantera had a band, they would have a covers album in a few years ago.
      Also, “Far Beyond Driven” is close but falls just under his predecessor, “Vulgar Display of Power”, in relation to the size. This album is perhaps not the default setting that most “vulgar” was (it is not as innovative as the album), but the bone crunching riffs and energy, which blows from the walls of nearly every song on this album a hit .
      Plus, you know, it's too big. What other album is as heavy as this, and debuted at number one in the charts?

  4. Biton says:

    That was my introduction to the Pantera. I have difficulties, their sound to describe, but it has elements of speed-metal/death metal, punk, and is also his. Whatever you want it, one thing is certain: This album is very hardcore restrictions.
      the vocals tend toward throaty, husky cries, but the singer shows great versatility … only the “Planet Caravan” hearing after hearing all the songs that are on the CD!
      extremely distorted guitar riffs are complex and they are creatively done. The drumming is a powerful and complex, and the guitar solos are amazing pieces of Sonic art. These guys play guitar, I would like to be able to play … they are powerful and very original in their approach.
      This band contributes their anger on their collective sleeve. They hide nothing, and there is no excuse. If you like real emotional release into the wild, powerful music, then this is not up!

  5. Tab says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Pantera album ever — one of the best metal albums
    I bought a copy of this album when it first came out in 94. Almost 15 yrs later, it still sounds riveting and fresh.

  6. Kevlyn says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, but not Great
    The follow up to Pantera’s masterpiece, Vulgar Display of Power, this begins with the thrash and groove inspired “Strength Beyond Strength” and after the first three tracks the…

  7. Anonymous says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good but not great
    The first four songs of this release are classic relentless Pantera. Strength Beyond Strength, 5 Minutes Alone, and Becoming are some of Pantera’s best work.

  8. Nura says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    At the top of their game.
    I have been a Pantera fan for years and when I bought this it did not leave my cd player for at least a month.

  9. Tuve says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Heavy, brutal and intense…Pantera never fail to impress!
    Far Beyond Driven (1994.), Pantera’s third recognised studio album (their seventh if you count their four album releases during the 1980’s which the band now totally disregards)…

  10. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Heaviest Pantera to date.
    Although I do not have The Great Southern Trendkill, I own every other Pantera release and can say without a doubt that this is their heaviest, hardest, most extreme album to…

  11. Waldemar says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Undeniable CLASSIC!
    I’m listening to it right now… Jan. 24/07… when did this come out? ‘94?! This is still some truly inspirational sh!#!

  12. Luvenia says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Final glory before the decline
    Imagine: it’s the mid-90s and Grunge is everywhere. Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Smashing Pumpkins rule supreme; Speed Metal is pretty much dead.

  13. Osgood says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    An Average Album, not very “Pantera” like
    After having reached a huge amount of success with thier 2nd album, “Vulgar Display of Power” Pantera returned to give us “Far beyond Driven” Now, I am not saying that the band…

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