I'm Broken

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"I'm Broken"
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Single by Pantera
from the album Far Beyond Driven
B-side "Slaughtered"
ReleasedMarch 15, 1994
Recorded1993
Genre Groove metal
Length4:25
Label Eastwest, Acto
Songwriter(s) Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown
Producer(s) Terry Date
Pantera singles chronology
"Walk"
(1993)
"I'm Broken"
(1994)
"Planet Caravan"
(1994)

"I'm Broken" is a song by American heavy metal band Pantera from their seventh album Far Beyond Driven . It was the first single issued from the album. Kerry King said on the Japanese TV show Rock Fujiyama (featuring guitarist Marty Friedman) that it's his favorite guitar riff.[ citation needed ]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Pantera American heavy metal band

Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers – drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell – along with lead vocalist Terry Glaze. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the following year, replacing Tommy D. Bradford, who was the unofficial original. Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera released four albums during the 1980s. Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera replaced Glaze with Phil Anselmo in late 1986 and released Power Metal in 1988. With its fifth album, 1990's Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced a groove metal sound. Pantera's sixth album, 1992's Vulgar Display of Power, exhibited an even heavier sound. Far Beyond Driven (1994) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

<i>Far Beyond Driven</i> 1994 studio album by Pantera

Far Beyond Driven is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on March 22, 1994 by EastWest Records. Pantera's fastest-selling album, it peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album was also certified Platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Far Beyond Driven is the first album by Pantera where the band's guitarist Darrell Abbott is credited as "Dimebag Darrell", having changed his nickname from "Diamond Darrell" soon after Vulgar Display of Power was released. The Japanese and the Driven Downunder Tour '94 Souvenir Collection editions contain a bonus thirteenth track, "The Badge", a Poison Idea cover. This cover was also featured on The Crow soundtrack.

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Meaning

The song is about the back pain that Pantera's vocalist Phil Anselmo felt. Phil Anselmo said "This is right when I started feeling the pain in my lower back, and it felt scary," says Anselmo. "I think this is one of the first times in my life, man, that I had this thing called 'vulnerability' kick in, and that was a very uncomfortable feeling." Anselmo adds, "I think that was really my first glimpse into kind of screaming to the world, 'Fucking... I am broken! Somebody fucking help me here!'" [1]

Phil Anselmo American musician

Philip Hansen Anselmo is an American heavy metal musician who is best known as the lead vocalist for Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual. He is also the owner of Housecore Records and has been involved with several other bands.

Origin

Pantera's guitarist Dimebag Darrell spoke about the song saying:

Dimebag Darrell American guitarist and songwriter, founding member of Pantera and Damageplan

Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and later Dimebag Darrell, was an American musician and songwriter. He co-founded the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan alongside his brother Vinnie Paul. He was considered to be one of the driving forces behind groove metal, and is also considered by many to be one of the most influential guitarists in heavy metal history.

""I'm Broken" was a sound check riff – one of them ones where I'd walk in with a hangover from ripping it up night after night with everyone in every town. That's where a lot of the best riffs I ever wrote came from. I just played the first riff I thought of, Vinnie started kickin' in on it, Rex joined in – we didn't write the entire song on the spot, but we kept toying with it and finally worked on it once we got into the studio."[ citation needed ]

Release and reception

"I'm Broken" was released as the band's first single for Far Beyond Driven . Two versions of the single were released. Both contained the b-side "Slaughtered", but each version included a differing pair of live tracks. All live tracks were recorded in Moscow, USSR at the Monsters of Rock concert in 1991. The single garnered the band its second top 40 U.K hit reaching #19 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the band's highest charting single worldwide. It also reached #49 on the Australian Charts and #32 on the Swedish Charts. [2] The song was also nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 1995 Grammy Awards. [3] Allmusic reviewer Eduardo Rivadavia called "I'm Broken" a "wisely chosen first single". [4]

Monsters of Rock Former heavy metal music festival

Monsters of Rock was an annual hard rock and heavy metal music festival held in Castle Donington, England from 1980 to 1996, taking place every year except 1989 and 1993. It later branched into other locations such as the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, the United States and the former Soviet Union.

ARIA Charts main Australian music sales charts

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Sverigetopplistan is the Swedish national record chart, earlier known as Topplistan (1975–1997) and Hitlistan (1998–2007) and known by its current name since October 2007, based on sales data from the Swedish Recording Industry Association. Before Topplistan, music sales in Sweden were recorded by Kvällstoppen, whose weekly chart was a combined albums and singles list.

Live performance

A live version of the song can be found on the band's live album Official Live: 101 Proof . During live performances of the song, the band would have Dimebag Darrell performing backup vocals and would end the song with the outro of "By Demons Be Driven".

<i>Official Live: 101 Proof</i> 1997 live album by Pantera

Official Live: 101 Proof is a live album released by Pantera on July 29, 1997.

Cover art

The covers for parts 1 and 2 each show half of Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo's face. When compared, it can be seen that they are a mirror image of one another, and on part 2 of the single, the colors are inverted.

Track listing

CD Single 1 (I'm Broken/Slaughtered Part 1)
  1. "I'm Broken" - 4:25
  2. "Slaughtered" - 3:57
  3. "Domination (Live)" - 6:33
  4. "Primal Concrete Sledge (Live)" - 3:56
CD Single 2 (I'm Broken/Slaughtered Part 2)
  1. "I'm Broken" - 4:25
  2. "Slaughtered" - 3:57
  3. "Cowboys from Hell (Live)" - 5:10
  4. "Psycho Holiday (Live)" - 5:49

Covers

Appearances in the media

Charts

Chart (1994)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [5] 49
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [6] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [7] 32
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[ citation needed ]19

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