Pantera Remembers 'Far Beyond Driven:' 'Record Company Wanted Another 'Black Album''

"We were like, 'No, that's not going to happen,'" says Rex Brown.

Pantera Remembers 'Far Beyond Driven:' 'Record Company Wanted Another 'Black Album''
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Pantera bassist Rex Brown has been talking with Rolling Stone about the band's classic "Far Beyond Driven" album, which turns 20 this month.

As Brown notes, if the band's record company had their way, the record would have ended up sounding a lot more like Metallica's multi-platinum selling "Black Album:"

"The record company was pushing for something like [Metallica's] 'Black Album,'" Brown says. "We were like, 'No, that's not going to happen.'"

The record, which reached number 1 in the album charts, was a "validation" for Brown, although the bassist was unhappy that it led to the band, who had been gigging for some 13 years prior to the album's release, being labelled an overnight sensation:

"We were going to the airport the day the record came out, and I picked up a USA Today, and it said, 'Pantera: The overnight sensation from Texas.' And I went, 'Overnight my ass.'"

A 20th anniversary deluxe edition of the record was released earlier this month.

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    evanfurillo
    That's why I love Pantera. They didn't give a shit about what other people thought of their music. They made music the way they wanted to, and it kicked (and still kicks) ass!
    Jazz1992
    Call me crazy, but (although I think all their albums were damn good) I think a Black Album-like album from them would've been very interesting to hear. Of course, at that point it probably would've been a mistake, but still...
    benjixoath
    what is this joke of an excuse for journalism? you've literally took two quotes from the previous pantera article about a different cover art and put it as another news story what a pathetic attempt to get more views
    Garagepoet
    wow, i am ashamed & embarrassed that i missed the release of the 20th anniversary deluxe edition of this album, but i also blame U-G for not keeping me notified... on the other hand, i feel like to band should be putting much more effort into these -- a live album is great, but a DVD of videos & live footage should also be included. they did a great deluxe box set for CFH but have really dropped the ball on every album since then
    GALGOPOWER
    THAT'S JUST CAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE TALENT TO MAKE A NEW "BLACK ALBUM". ONLY.
    BlackLabel5150
    I really don't care about other peoples opinions, everyone is entitled... but that was by far the stupidest comment I have ever read. Getcha Pull Bro....
    gbrooks2
    Everyone who reads this: click the rolling stone article, grab yo headphones, get FBD in your ears and read it.