The Real Thing
Label: London Records
This commercially successful opus is not your standard metal record, and that's exactly what's so brilliant about it. From opener "From Out of Nowhere" to closing slow-burner "Edge of the World," Mike Patton and Co. cover A LOT of groove-oriented ground. There's the viral hit "Epic," the catchy funk of "Falling to Pieces," the spastic thrash of "Surprise! You're Dead!", the soulful urgency of "Zombie Eaters," the shape-shifting instrumental "Woodpecker from Mars" and the astounding Sabbath homage "War Pigs." Forget 1989; this influential album is still untouchably mind-blowing.