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on 29 May 2014
Pantera's - Far beyond driven is an album that I have always felt has been considerably overrated. The first three of the four songs on the album are iconic classics. "Strength beyond strength, 5 minutes alone and I'm Broken", are but contrasted by the averageness of "Becoming, Slaughtered, Use my third arm, throes of rejection"; and then there is the disasters of "Good friends, Hard lines and 25 years". So quite a mixed bag in hindsight.,
The drive for further heaviness after 'Vulgar' has resulted in some significant detraction of songwriting consistency and the Pantera esque; needless to say this is still quite a very good album but probably does not fully level the classic quality it's predessors of 'Cowboys & Vulgar' both had. So yes, this is a considerable step down from the heights scaled by those albums but it is probably better than the two albums which followed this one.
Black Sabbath's - Planet Caravan is here- covered in great taste and timeless fashion, but had it been without those three terrible songs this is certainly an album that skirts close to the four star mark.