Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

PANTERA / Far Beyond Driven (1994)

FBD sold by the bucket-load on the strength of the previous album, but it's not as good. Diamond/Dimebag Darrell's down-tuned chug is slowed way down in places and sounds like Fear Factory in others; Fear Factory are boring. The drums are savagely heavy-handed and impact upon the sound of the whole album a little too much. It's still as heavy as a bag of spanners, but has less to set it apart from the era's Pantera clones. Although, there's a rather fine cover of Black Sabbath's Planet Caravan at the album's end that deserves a mention.

Songs of Note: 5 Minutes Alone; Becoming

3 aggressive album covers out of 5

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