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EDITORS’ NOTES

1992’s Vulgar Display of Power had been a breakthrough for extreme metal unlike anything heard since the emergence of Metallica and Slayer in the '80s. Its success guaranteed that metal fans everywhere would have their eyes and ears open for the follow-up. Which they did, since 1994’s Far Beyond Driven shot to the No. 1 spot in sales in its first week of release. Pantera were determined to give their fans even more of what they bargained for. Dimebag Darrell works extra hard writing riffs that stick and getting guitar tones that take the sound into even heavier territory. Singer Phil Anselmo put his heart into it, and songs like “Becoming,” “Slaughtered,” and “I’m Broken” remain classics for Pantera and for metal in general. This 20th-anniversary edition includes remastered sound, with the deluxe edition adding the nine-song Far Beyond Bootleg—Live from Donington ’94 release, featuring Pantera’s entire live set recorded at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donington, England, on June 4, 1994.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

1992’s Vulgar Display of Power had been a breakthrough for extreme metal unlike anything heard since the emergence of Metallica and Slayer in the '80s. Its success guaranteed that metal fans everywhere would have their eyes and ears open for the follow-up. Which they did, since 1994’s Far Beyond Driven shot to the No. 1 spot in sales in its first week of release. Pantera were determined to give their fans even more of what they bargained for. Dimebag Darrell works extra hard writing riffs that stick and getting guitar tones that take the sound into even heavier territory. Singer Phil Anselmo put his heart into it, and songs like “Becoming,” “Slaughtered,” and “I’m Broken” remain classics for Pantera and for metal in general. This 20th-anniversary edition includes remastered sound, with the deluxe edition adding the nine-song Far Beyond Bootleg—Live from Donington ’94 release, featuring Pantera’s entire live set recorded at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donington, England, on June 4, 1994.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings
32 Ratings
hevymetal30

"HARD LIVES?"

Why does iTunes do this? It's "HARD LINES and sunken cheeks" not Hard Lives and sunken cheeks

bluedemon218

Only Buy It If You Don't Own It

Only buy this if you already don't own the studio album if you do, there is no point really, on top of that there are no Unreleased Tracks on this unlike the previous two 20th Anniversary releases. Hell, though this is my favorite album and I've waited two freakin' years for only ONE unreleased track it's sad to see that they gave us about 8 live tracks instead (which isn't bad, but watch iTunes make that a "Album Only" thing in which you got to purchase the entire thing to get them).

WOLVERINEKILLS

Best Metal Album Of The 90's!!!

This album took bits of hardcore, death metal, speed metal and fused those genres with Pantera's excellent musicianship and overpowering sound. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell was to the 90's what Jimi Hendrix was to the 60's and Eddie Van Halen was to the 80's - the most innovative and best guitarist of his genre. This album is very raw, aggressive and heavy. It surprised everyone when it debuted at #1 on the billboard charts in 1994. Pantera was the best metal band of the 90's. I think Far Beyond Driven was the best metal album of the 90's. The 20th anniversary edition is a high quality remaster and the live bonus material is an excellent addition to a legendary album. All other bands should pull up a chair, take notes and learn from this masterpeice of an album!!!

About Pantera

The preeminent metal band of the early to mid-'90s, Pantera put to rest any and all remnants of the '80s metal scene, almost single-handedly demolishing any notion that hair metal, speed metal, power metal, et al., were anything but passé. Loathe to admit it, the Texas band had in fact been one of those '80s metal bands, releasing fairly unsuccessful (and later disowned) glam-inspired music throughout much of the decade. The about-face came with the addition of vocalist Phil Anselmo, and the key turning point was the band's major-label debut, Cowboys from Hell (1990). Pantera's mainstream breakthrough came next with Vulgar Display of Power (1992), their second major-label album, which thrust the band to the forefront of the metal scene, alongside such veteran bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, as well as fellow up-and-comers Sepultura and White Zombie. By the time Pantera unleashed Far Beyond Driven (1994), after two long years of touring, they were the most popular metal band in the land: the new album debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 as its lead single, "I'm Broken," was getting massive airplay.

At the height of their popularity and influence, Pantera began to self-destruct. Less than two months after the release of The Great Southern Trendkill (1996) -- an album ridden with allusions to drug abuse and personal destruction -- Anselmo overdosed on heroin after a homecoming concert in Texas, and as tensions rose between him and his fellow bandmembers, he began engaging with a growing list of side projects that kept him away from Pantera. A live album, Official Live: 101 Proof (1997), was compiled for release when it became evident that no new studio album was forthcoming any time soon. One final studio album did result, Reinventing the Steel (2000), but that was more or less it for the briefly reunited Pantera. The bandmembers once again went their sperate ways, forming such bands as Damageplan, Down, and Superjoint Ritual.

The end of Pantera then became official on December 8, 2004, when guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered on-stage by a deranged fan. This much-publicized murder shone the spotlight back on Pantera for an extended moment, and amid all of the emotional outpouring and tributes, a consensus arose: in retrospect, there was no greater metal band during the early to mid-'90s than Pantera, who inspired a legion of rabid fans and whose oft-termed "groove metal" style bucked all prevailing trends of the day -- from hair metal and grunge to nu-metal and rap-metal -- and remains singular to this day, as defined by the vocals of Anselmo as it is by the guitar of Dimebag. ~ Jason Birchmeier

ORIGIN
Arlington, TX
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
1982

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