Slipknot, Deftones, Five Finger Death Punch, Zakk Wylde and More Celebrate "Far Beyond Driven"
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:36:56
It's hard to believe it's been twenty years since the release of Pantera's epic of brutality, Far Beyond Driven.
On March 25, the band is releasing a special 20th Anniversary Edition complete with a second disc Far Beyond Bootleg featuring their performance at the Monsters of Rock Festival '94. It's a momentous occasion for metal heads everywhere to look back at one of the most important releases in rock history. Now, it always feels like everybody cites Vulgar Display of Power as the band's seminal statement. However, it's quite easy to make a case for Far Beyond Driven. It's still the heaviest album EVER to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. It changed the face of rock just as much as Vulgar Display of Power did. It seems like the album's influence is everywhere. [Watching a trailer for the next episode of True Detective, it even seems as if a suspect is wearing a Far Beyond Driven t-shirt!]
So, in this exclusive feature, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to members of Slipknot, Deftones, Five Finger Death Punch and more about Far Beyond Driven. See what they have to say below!
What can you say about Far Beyond Driven?
Corey Taylor of Slipknot & Stone Sour
Corey Taylor: I've been really into Far Beyond Driven lately because the production is so much thicker. Some of those songs are so righteous. "Becoming" is such a great tune, man. It's the riff. Then, it's that hook. It's so fucking heavy.
Chino Moreno of Deftones, Palms, Team Sleep, & † † † (Crosses)
Chino Moreno: When we toured with Pantera, Far Beyond Driven was probably my favorite. There's just some brutal songs on there, man, but it still has a groove.
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: Far Beyond Driven is still my favorite Pantera record, but Vulgar Display of Power is definitely close. Have you fucking heard "5 Minutes Alone"? Oh my god, every time I think of the title it fucking energizes me.
Jake Bowen of Periphery
Jake Bowen: Far Beyond Driven used to not be my favorite one. It used to be my least favorite because it was very brutal, dissonant, and in-your-face. I don't know now. It might be because I'm older and my tastes have changed, but I think Far Beyond Driven is my favorite.
Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne
Zakk Wylde: I remember hearing Far Beyond Driven a ton back in the day. Brian Tichy was jamming that all the time [Laughs]. When you think about it, with Pantera, the next album always had to outdo the last one. When you couldn't get any heavier, it was like, "Alright, what the fuck are we going to do now?" It was just awesome [Laughs].
Max Cavalera of Soulfly
Max Cavalera: My favorite Pantera record is Far Beyond Driven. I just love the raw energy of it. We toured with them when they were out on that record. It's just brutal. At that time, Pantera found a way to be brutal and, at the same time, maintain great grooves. They had such powerful grooves.
What's your favorite song from Far Beyond Driven?
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