Korn, 'Korn' (1994)
I feel like people have forgotten how explosive and poignant Korn were when they hit the scene. To me, I would put that on the same level as Appetite [for Destruction] and Nevermind as far as albums that shifted things culturally. It's just one of those "Where the fuck did this band come from?" kind of moments. They were that fucking pivotal for so many people in their lives. Especially me. And to this day, that album holds up.
There's a fucking edge to it like nobody's business, and it's so different. You've got the darkness of "Clown" and "Daddy." You've got shit like "Ball Tongue" where you're just like, "What the fuck is happening right now?" It's so crazy. There's a reason why half their fucking set is their first album; it's because it's the shit. It's pretty fucking badass, man. And I love the fact that I'm friends with all those guys. That makes me really happy. I don't know if I'll ever have the balls to tell them just how fucking important that first album was. But God, it is pretty fucking good.