Pantera – Far Beyond Driven (20th Anniversary Edition)

Pantera - Far Beyond Driven (1994)There is no subtlety about Far Beyond Driven. It’s just BANG! in your face, how do you like that muthafucker attitude from the moment  ‘Strength Beyond Strength’ assaults your senses.

It’s the album that best embodies Pantera. From the dragging your ear drums over broken glass crunch of ‘Becoming’ to the venom spitting delivery on ‘5 Minutes Alone’ and the beautifully depressed cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Planet Caravan’ to close the record – everything is a perfect balance and captures the band at the height of their powers.

20 years on the influence is rife. As Dimebag-inspired wannabe guitar gods everywhere can attest, plain and simple, this album is the shit.