Written By Braddon S. Williams
PANTERA: FAR BEYOND DRIVEN
In 1994 PanterA released what arguably stands as the heaviest album to ever top the Billboard charts with Far Beyond Driven. The Texas titans were on a mission to outdo their previous release, Vulgar Display Of Power, in the decibel derby, resulting in a rocket ride to #1.
Tons of touring and hands on meet & greets with their fans had made PanterA one of the most popular metal bands of all time. Regardless of chart position, Far Beyond Driven is a nearly flawless slab of righteous metal fury.
PanterA were virtually untouchable in the ’90’s and proudly kept metal alive at a time when it became nearly invisible due to grunge and alternative rock.
I love the entire album, but some of my personal highlights are Throes Of Rejection, Becoming, Five Minutes Alone, Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills, Slaughtered, and I’m Broken.
Their cover of Black Sabbath’s Planet Caravan is a nice little departure from the brutality to close out the album, and does justice to the original with an exceptional guitar solo from Dimebag Darrell.