DONINGTON GETS HOS­TILE

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Your Shout -

Per­haps more than any other year in that decade, it was 1994 that most as­sertively put the no­tion that metal was a spent force to the sword. In a year that saw the likes of Korn, Mar­i­lyn Man­son, Ma­chine Head, In Flames and Cra­dle Of Filth an­nounce them­selves on the world stage, one bunch of lairy Tex­ans landed one of metal’s all-time great ham­mer-blows to the main­stream, as Pan­tera made his­tory when sev­enth al­bum Far Be­yond Driven crashed into the Bill­board 200 at Num­ber One. Less than three months later, the four-piece would take to the stage at Donington at that year’s Mon­sters Of Rock fes­ti­val, oblit­er­at­ing the main stage and con­sol­i­dat­ing their po­si­tion as one of that era’s sin­gle most im­por­tant bands. It was a mo­ment in time that sig­ni­fied not just a sea change in the land of heavy, but metal’s most im­pact­ful state­ment of the 90s. “We’re heavy metal and we’re not ashamed to say it,” stated drum­mer Vin­nie Paul ear­lier that day. “It’s in our roots. It’s cool to claim you’re some­thing else right now, but heavy metal is what we do.”

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