Death, 'Symbolic' (1995)
This is a masterpiece. The first time I heard this album, it was on a tape that a friend of mine re-recorded from a CD. The compression of the tape made it sound so unreal and intriguing. I became addicted very quickly, and started to discover Death's previous releases. These songs totally helped shape my phrasing both lyrically and rhythmically. Chuck Schuldiner is a god that I worship every day.