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Far Beyond Driven

PanteraAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: March 22, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JR8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,810 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Strength Beyond Strength
2. Becoming
3. 5 Minutes Alone
4. I'm Broken
5. Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills
6. Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks
7. Slaughtered
8. 25 Years
9. Shedding Skin
10. Use My Third Arm
11. Throes Of Rejection
12. Planet Caravan

Editorial Reviews

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

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Certified platinum by the RIAA. (11/97)

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail! King! The new.... king! STRONGER THAN ALL!! December 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, as everyone knows, Dimebag Darrell's life was taken abruptly last night by some crazy fan that blamed him for breaking up Pantera (or so I've read). Damageplan were just warming up when this gunman leaped up on stage and took Darrell's life (and the lives of several other fans). Right now, I am at a loss of words for what I've just heard this morning.

"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was truly one of the greatest guitarists the metal world has ever seen and heard. He pulled off riffs like no other guitarist I've heard. And it was this album that truly made me a metal fan.

Sure, Slipknot got me into "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 listened to this album. I heard it back in my freshman years of high school. And, yeah, Slipknot were my favorite... but not until a friend loaned me a copy of this album. I put it in my CD player... and I was just in complete awe. "Strength Beyond Strength" was the harshest 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 college dream! Fact is we're stronger than all!" really stuck into my head. Phil sings angrily about certain economical issues like drugs. And Dimebag comes in with an eerie guitar sound. "Hail! King! The new... king! Stronger than all!" Phil immediately growls when Dimebag finishes his haunting solo. Yes... hail Pantera. Hearing that line immediately made me a newcoming fan of Pantera.

Just hearing that first track catipulted me into the real heavy metal world. No nu-metal like Slipknot. The absolute harshness and darkness that heavy metal is. This album is downright brutal only to still be bested by "Vulgar Display of Power.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dimebag and Co. dominate on "Driven" May 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
For an album to stand the test of time, two critical things are needed: good production and great musicianship. It's safe to say that (Pantera's third album) "Far Beyond Driven" has both of these things, because, over a decade after its release, it's as great as it ever was.

First, the production: I've never had a problem with the production on any of Pantera's albums (except for maybe their 1980's hair metal albums), and "Far Beyond Driven" is no exception. Production can be a bit tricky sometimes; some good metal albums have suffered from a bad production. For instance, take Megadeth's "So Far, So Good..." album: Megadeth did a great job, musically, (and the album sounded fine in the `80's) but, over the years, it has become more and more stale sounding. Terry Date, Pantera's typical lead producer, does a strong, robust job, here. The result is a batch of songs that are extra crunchy and have a harder edge on them.

Next, the musicianship is, as always, top notch. More pummeling drums, puke stained vocals, and propulsive bass lines. But it's the guitars that, once again, dominate the maelstrom. When you hear the sludgy guitars on "Far Beyond Driven" bob, crunch, grind, start, stop, beep, pound, shriek, thump, groove, ascend, descend, downshift, cascade, soar, run, surge, shake, rattle, and steam roll (and about everything in between), you know it's just another day at the office for Dimebag Darrell.

"Strength Beyond Strength" has rushing iron riffs, a thumping beat, and good drumming (especially in the beginning). The mid-section is slower, but after that, things pick up where they left off. The middle of this song also has a riff that goes up and down, like it's running over hills. Did I mention this song also has Phil's constant howling?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-time listener loves this powerful band August 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was my introduction to Pantera. I have difficulty describing their sound, but it has elements of speed-metal/death metal, and is even punk at times. Whatever you want to call it, one thing is for sure: this album is very hardcore.

The vocals tend toward throaty, husky screams, but the singer demonstrates great versatility... just give "Planet Caravan" a listen after hearing all the songs that precede it on the CD!

The extremely distorted guitar riffs are complex, and they are creatively done. The drumming is powerful and intricate, and the guitar solos are amazing pieces of sonic art. These guys play guitar the way I would like to be able to play... they are powerful, and very primal in their approach.

This band wears its anger on its collective sleeve. They hide nothing, and there is no pretense. If you like genuine emotional release in savage, powerful music, then DON'T pass this up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Down, Stronger than ALL August 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
After all the acclaim and respect Pantera received from its sophomore effort, Vulgar Display of Power, it was going to be very difficult for the band to follow up with an album of similar magnitude. No problem. Its excellent production (Terry Date) and its punishing song lineup gave Far Beyond Driven a sound all its own.

It packs a furious punch right from its starting track, "Strength Beyond Strength". The record rumbles on, through "Becoming", "Five Minutes Alone", and "I'm Broken"; heavy anthems which all would later be considered some of Pantera's greatest hits. The only real break from the relentlessness is on "Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills", a mysterious and haunting interlude that has Phil and a piercing shrill chorus echoing a drug-induced theme. The next four tracks pick the intensity right back up. "Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks" contains one of the more enticing guitar solos (not that any others aren't), "Slaughtered" is just downright heavy, "25 years" contains a scorching ending (Phil screams "we're F------ you back" in a ruthless way). "Shedding Skin" has a choppy, catchy main riff and powerful chorus, while "Use my Third Arm" may be the fastest moving song on the entire CD. "Throes of Rejection" once again pounds the listener from the onslaught, through Phil's powerful intro "This is feeding what I am!!!" Planet Caravan winds out the CD in perfect fashion. Phil's clean vocals are something the listener hasn't heard much of through the course of the album, and they sound excellent. Dimebag matches the original Tommy Iommi solo almost exactly in the outro (he adds several different parts which in turn make it sound different, he also uses more of a blues sound than in the original).

Truly a CD that any genuine Pantera fan will own, Far Beyond Driven should not be taken lightly. It serves as just another explanation for Pantera's early 90's metal dominance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Ass!!
Crank It Up!! Great Remaster and Love the Live Versions, Happy Anniversary!!Dime Bag Lives On and On!!Very Happy to Have It!!
Published 15 days ago by smokin joe
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Metal Albums Ever
This 20th Anniversary Edition of "Far Beyond Driven" was perfect for me. I had this on cassette (twice, I think) and never got a CD copy. Read more
Published 19 days ago by J. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great of course, but...
Got the re-mastered version, love it, sounds great, classic, brutal album, etc. The live show's sound quality isn't all there ("good" bootleg status), but the energy is... Read more
Published 19 days ago by epac
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Beyond Driven: the 20th anniversary
We all know very well how metal isn't for everybody, and the abrasive nature of Pantera's music is a prime example from their rough image to the tough guy sound mixed with their... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first time.
One of my all time favorites. Sounds great with this remaster. Plus you get the Far Beyond Bootleg Donington '94 live set with it. Good deal for the price.
Published 21 days ago by Brian Sandor
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the reveiw for the 20th anniversery edition
It is common knowledge that Pantera ruled the metal world in 1992. This was the release that put them at the forefront of music scene period! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Roy Lee Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
Awesome! This is a cd my son has been wanting for a long time, and we couldn't find it locally. Some sites were really too expensive for this cd but Amazon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Connie Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars CBH!!!
I bought this to replace my old cassette. This disk and Vulgar are my favorites from Pantera. R.I.P. Dimebag!!! Vinny Paul rocks!!!
Published 6 months ago by rupert
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Pantera's best work!
It's hard to be unique in metal now a days or even back in the nineties. When this album was released in 94 when metal was uncool and grunge ruled the radio and MTV. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Josh Bosely
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVY BEAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FAR BEYOND DRIVEN is the album where PANTERA really went HEAVY!!!! yes, COWBOYS FROM HELL and VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER are masterpieces and heavy too, but on BEYOND they really went... Read more
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Pantera Lyrics,Solos, everything
I noticed no one else answerted you so I figured I'd be nice enough to offer my two cents.
I don't know exactly, but your assumptions are problably correct or at least close.
PanterA ROCKS!
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