Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams


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.

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