By the River
Label: Roadrunner Records
Why Vision of Disorder aren't more revered in alternative metal circles is a total mystery. For its second record, 1998's Imprint, the group teamed up with D. Sardy. The hot-shot producer helped the quintet achieve a perfectly balanced fusion of East Coast metalcore and Pantera-inspired groove metal. Not to gross you out, but this record is one giant loogie of venom, spite and bad vibes. No ballads, no progressive wankery, just face-ripping riffage and violent breakdowns that flirt with chaos without ever really descending into it. By record's end you feel utterly violated -- in a good way.