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.

Vinnie Paul – Hellyeah

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1 – First album you heard that made you fall in love with heavy metal?

The first one I heard and fell in love with, put my hands on and actually bought was Kiss Alive – it did it for me and still to this day I think it’s one of the greatest records ever made

2- What’s your poison these days?

Number 1 go to drink now is Sky vodka, water and 2 limes and I like it tall man, does the trick and I never have a hangover. It was invented by an American doctor who was tired of having hangovers, it’s the first vodka ever filtered four times, I never have a hangover – I love it.

3 – Weirdest fan experience?

A guy come up to me and said hey man can you sign my leg and I was like yeah no problem. so he goes to pull his pants up and then he takes his leg off and hands it to me. It was prosthetic leg and it scared me to death and had the Far Beyond Driven album cover spray painted on it and it smelled absolutely awful and i signed my name and he grabbed it put it back on and took off running down the street

4 – The most disgusting habit of someone you’ve toured with?

Ah most of my guys are pretty clean, pretty good cats. You know back in the day when i’d be out on the  road on Ozzfest with Zakk when he wouldn’t bath for you know a month or two at a time it’d be kinda disgusting hanging out with him sometimes

5 – A kid asks you what Heavy Metal is – what album do you hand over?

Oh man that’s really hard but I guess I’m gonna give the kid Master of Puppets man, I mean that is heavy metal, that’s a band that’s important to everybody’s life that listens to heavy metal and they did it for me that’s for sure.

Hellyeah’s new album Blood For Blood is out now