Twenty years ago on March 22 1994 Pantera released the Far Beyond Driven. This album was easily a top 10 album that helped keep metal alive in the heavily dominated Grunge era. Many thought that Vulgar Display of Power could never be topped by Pantera, but then they came out with Far Beyond Driven and destroyed that silly notion.
Far Beyond Driven is one of the greatest metal albums that has ever been made, and is their greatest album without a doubt (no disrespect to VDOP or TGST). Listening to this album twenty years later, it's amazing that it has weathered the harsh reality of time. For an album to be relevant twenty years later, it is a very special accomplishment. To accomplish this feat you have to have top notch production and excellent musicianship.
There are countless albums who suffer from poor production quality that destroy their ability to stand the tests of time. Albums you listen to and think "Why did I ever like this? It's Stale, and so tied to that period of time". This isn't Far Beyond Driven... Terry Date did a fantastic job with production quality. The result is an album that has a unique non-period tied album which has a harder edge.
The Musicianship is simply some of the best that has ever been thrown down on any album ever! Pummeling drums, heavy vocals, and propulsive bass lines. But the guitars, once again, dominate the maelstrom. When you hear the sludgy guitars bob, grind, start, stop, pound, thump, groove, ascend, descend, downshift, cascade; you know it's just another day at the office for one of the greatest guitarist to ever live. RIP Dimebag \m/
So beers raised for 20 badass years for one of the greatest albums to have ever been made. \m/