21 Songs, 1 Hour, 39 Minutes

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.

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.

TITLE TIME
Far Beyond Driven (20th Anniversary Edition)
3:38
3:05
5:48
4:25
2:52
7:01
3:57
6:05
5:37
4:52
5:01
3:57
Far Beyond Bootleg- Live From Donington '94
4:04
5:15
4:01
6:54
3:57
2:57
7:16
4:01
4:49

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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