The 20th-anniversary edition of PANTERA‘s “Far Beyond Driven”album will be in made available sometime in 2014.
The seventh LP by PANTERA, “Far Beyond Driven”was released on March 22, 1994 through East West Records. Upon its release, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it the first extreme metal album to top the chart.
“Considering its contents, it is the heaviest record to come in at No. 1, and yes, there is a fucking goddamn re-release coming up,” former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo tells Artisan News (see video below). “I don’t know anything, really, about it other than, yes, it’s gonna re-released with live footage from said show, but I can’t name the show yet, because I think it’s a fight between two different shows. And you never know. I’m trying to think of specialties or whatnot [that will be included as well].”
Asked what he thinks made “Far Beyond Driven” so special,Anselmosaid: “The chemistry within PANTERA… In the early days, they were very guarded about what I said here and there. And then, finally, by‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, it was, like, ‘Just let me handle the lyrics.’ And then by ‘Far Beyond Driven’, I was saying anything I fucking wanted to fucking really fucking sing about, man.”
PANTERA manager Kimberly Zide Davis, who joinedConcrete Managementin 1994, and served as vice president of artist management until the organization ceased operations in 2003, was interviewed for Guitar World‘s January 2010 issue, which paid tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. During the chat she stated, “I wish there was more [previously unreleased material], but that’s one thing about PANTERA; they didn’t do extra material. What they did is what everybody got. They didn’t do throwaway songs.”
Dimebag Darrellwas co-founder and lead guitarist for PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, Dimebag and his brother Vinnie Paul formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.