Pantera, 'Far Beyond Driven' (1994)
That album is so sludgy. I loved [Pantera's 1992 album] Vulgar Display of Power, and obviously everybody gravitates toward that one just because it's got the songs, it's got the whatever. But to me, Far Beyond Driven was the first example of what a modern metal production could sound like. It was so thick and the mix was a little angrier. To me, it was the first time that you could really hear how heavy they could go and how willing they were to just drive that shit home. And it's got my favorite Pantera song on it, which is "Becoming." That song alone wins. Just when you thought you had some shit figured out, fuck you. You're done.