Seventh full-length album by legendary American Groove Metal band.
This is Pantera’s first album to take an extremely heavy turn with their Groove Metal style that was established on “Cowboys From Hell”. It is a lot heavier than their previous release with a slower chugging, mid-tempo Groove, down tuned guitar strings, with Sludgy like riffing. Pantera were influenced by some Sludge and Doom Metal bands on this album, such as: Crowbar, Acid Bath, EyeHateGod, Corrosion Of Conformity and Black Sabbath.
Album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it the first Extreme Metal album to top the chart. It is also the first album where Darrell Abbott is credited as Dimebag Darrell. At the time of its release, Phil Anselmo was injured with ruptured disks in his back and was suffering from chronic pain from degenerative disk disease. Anselmo began drinking heavily, abusing painkillers, muscle relaxants and began experimenting with heroin to numb the pain.
The album's original artwork (a drill bit impaling an anus) was quickly replaced with a new image, depicting a skull impaled with a drill bit. A limited edition box set released in Australia and New Zealand contained two copies of the album, with both the original and new artwork. The LP re-pressing by Rhino Records also uses the original artwork.
In November 2011, “Far Beyond Driven” was ranked number six on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1994. It remained on the Billboard 200 for 29 weeks.
EastWest Records America/Atlantic Recording Corporation/Warner Music, 1994 (7567-92302-2). Made in Germany.
1. Strength Beyond Strength 3:39
2. Becoming 3:05
3. 5 Minutes Alone 5:50
4. I'm Broken 4:25
5. Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills 2:54
6. Hard Lines, Sunken Sheeks 7:01
7. Slaughtered 3:57
8. 25 Years 6:06
9. Shedding Skin 5:37
10. Use My Third Arm 4:52
11. Throes Of Rejection 5:01
12. Planet Caravan 4:04
Total playing time: 56:23