Becoming (song)

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"Becoming"
Single by Pantera
from the album Far Beyond Driven
B-side "5 Minutes Alone"
Released 1994
Recorded 1993
Genre Groove metal
Length 3:05
Label Eastwest Records
Producer(s) Terry Date
Pantera singles chronology
"5 Minutes Alone"
(1994)
"Becoming"
(1994)
"Drag the Waters"
(1996)

"Becoming" is a song by American heavy metal group Pantera from their album Far Beyond Driven. It was released as a 2-track promotional-only vinyl 12", with "5 Minutes Alone" as its B-side.

The song features a unique guitar riff by Dimebag Darrell which involves a DigiTech Whammy pedal as well as extensive double bass drumming from Vinnie Paul. It also uses an unusual guitar tuning, simultaneously mixing dropped-D and Eb tuning.

Lyrics[edit]

The song hints at lead singer Phil Anselmo's childhood, describing it as a time of abuse and neglect, and showing how strong and bitter he was at the time of its release.

Live performance[edit]

During live performances of the song, the band would play Becoming and combine it with the outro of "Throes of Rejection", a Pantera song also featured on the album Far Beyond Driven. A live performance of the song is also available on the band's live album "Official Live: 101 Proof".

Track listing[edit]

12" single
  1. "Becoming"
  2. "5 Minutes Alone"

Release and reception[edit]

Despite its limited release, the song peaked at #18 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, equaling a position of #118 on the main Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it one out of three Pantera singles to appear on the chart.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 18