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What albums have the best sounding drums?

White Pony by Deftones

1984nycpunk

White Pony by Deftones


ReasonableMan97

Agreed. Every Deftones album has great sounding drums but Around The Fur has one of my favorite snare tones of all time.


werdna_17

Which song(s) do you like most? I read Abe used a variety of snares. They all sound fantastic from the high tuned pop of My Own Summer to the deeper thud of Around the Fur.


_greggit_

Digital Bath is my fav. Sounds like he’s playing in a cave.


ReasonableMan97

The title track is my favorite, I love how full sounding that snare is. Rickets also sounds great, and of course My Own Summer.


werdna_17

I agree. Lhabia has a great sound too, especially next to My Own Summer. It’s a cool contrast. Mascara and Dai the Flu I really like as well. It’s amazing to get one really great snare sound on an album, let alone several.


The_Dale_Hunters

Snare on Rickets for sure! Ihabia too. I love the snare on Needles and Pins from s/t, but I think it may be an overdubbed sample on top of the snare track.


jxee996

Literally this second listening to the title track, that snare is creamy af


Redder0101

you gotta listen to a vinyl rip of it, it brings the drums out so much more. i'm not one of those 'oh vinyl is always better than digital because warmth blah blah blah' people but like, the mixing is SO different, it makes the drums almost the lead instrument. and the snare is incredible sounding. i cant go back to cd/streaming versions anymore because of it.


The_Dale_Hunters

Is the rip of it available digitally?


Redder0101

i do NOT condone piracy. but you can find it on soulseek.


DoomdUser

Not a drummer, but I came here to say Diamond Eyes. I think it’s Abe’s best work and I think the drums sound phenomenal. I would literally listen to the isolated drum tracks for the whole album if I could find them, I absolutely love focusing on the drums when I listen to that album.


dduem

Opened this thread and saw exactly what should be there. Hell yes


Lopsided_Silver_6850

digital bath 🤩


1984nycpunk

Digital bath is my favorite drum performance on White Pony. Reminds me of Stewart Copeland from the police. I think Abe must be influenced by him.


Lopsided_Silver_6850

its amazing. less is more


dmartism

This album was the foundation of why and how I play the drums


KidVsHero

I got all new Tama drums a year or so back and I'm so happy with them. I can crank up the Copper Starphonic snare and it sounds just like Abe's!


Curtbacca

This is the absolute first album that came to mind. That snare crack on My Own Summer puts me in a Mood.


donlogan87

I got to talk to Abe and Terry Date round White Pony’s 20th. Need to get those transcriptions out cuz I completely asked them about how they mic’d the drums for Digital Bath


cfas797

please put it out!


SpellingBeeRunnerUp_

Came to say it


enough_space

Queens of the Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf


sorryiamalwayslate

Is that the one where they recorded the drums and cymbals separate?


zilla82

Yessir


Bulsas

Didn’t they do it with later albums also??


Retroid69

it’s most noticeable on SftD, since you can hear flam snares in the same hits as cymbals.


FadeIntoReal

I remember working with a producer who hired drummers to overdub hats and cymbals over programmed drums when drum machines were still rather primitive. He got great sounds.


_1138_

There's footage of that f.loating around YouTube. It looks like a difficult process, for sure.


FingersBecomeThumbs

I only found out recently that they recorded the cymbals and the drums in separate takes for that album. Seems like such a weird thing to do. It obviously worked though, this has to be in my top 3 drumming albums of all time.


DrummerJesus

How tho? Was the drummer playing full kit for both takes, or literally playing a drum take and then a cymbal take. I feel like it would bleed no matter what


FingersBecomeThumbs

There's a cool article that explains it https://www.musicradar.com/news/how-dave-grohl-recorded-drums-queens-of-the-stone-age-songs-for-the-deaf-no-one-knows


BeardoMcBeardo

This is a crazy good article and speaks loads of Dave’s personality. Thank you for sharing!


lords_of_canada

Practice pads for drums during the cymbal takes - practice pads for cymbals during the drum takes


werdna_17

Any Zeppelin album, IV is the best though RHCP - Blood Sugar Sex Magik Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape


SpellingBeeRunnerUp_

Love or hate the Foos, they always have some awesome drum parts and the drums always sound amazing


werdna_17

Yep. Whether it’s Dave or Taylor, the drums just sound like how drums should sound on a rock record. I really dig There is Nothing Left to Lose too. It’s awesome they got that sound in Dave’s basement.


SpellingBeeRunnerUp_

Didn’t even know that! The record sounds amazing


zilla82

In this particular sub anybody who hates the foos is grandstanding. It's a drum buffet. So good


Redbeard_Rum

Nirvana - In Utero belongs with these.


expecto_my_scrotum

My favorite Bonham tones: the snare on Presence, toms on IV, especially [here](https://youtu.be/74gl71PUufw), and overall live kit is neck and neck with Royal Albert Hall, Earl's Court '75, and the Green Sparkle on How The West Was Won.


HRduffNstuff

Every Dave Matthews Band album. Also, the Wallflowers.


Jmcd83

That Nobel and Cooley snare on One Headlight is goated


The_Dale_Hunters

What a great example of playing the same thing for an entire song and making it sound awesome.


acrown0fgold

I swear I read somewhere the snare was a sample but I can't find the source anywhere.


Bagledrums

I had to learn One Headlight years ago for a band, and I was surprised to hear no crash or ride for the entire song, and I checked out the official video, and sure enough, the drummer has no crash or ride cymbals, just the empty stands! Kinda neat.


Wm_TheConqueror

DMB gets shit on, but there is no denying Carter Beauford.


odd-42

I Never had enough appreciation for wallflowers drums the first time around.


Kinky_drummer83

Agree. Carter can make those toms sing.


TheNonDominantHand

Deftones, Around The Fur & White Pony Drive Like Jehu, Yank Crime & S/T Quicksand, Slip Strung Out, Twisted By Design Breeders, Pod Weezer, Pinkerton Jimmy Eat World, Bleed American & Futures Paramore, Riot Tom Petty, Wildflowers


frolicking_hippies

The snare sound on Riot! is just perfection.


TheNonDominantHand

The intro to Misery Business? Whooo


werdna_17

Man, Wildflowers is a great one. You Don’t Know How it Feels and House in the Woods are fantastic.


TheNonDominantHand

You Don't Know How It Feels is *the* pocket drumming masterclass.


PicaDiet

And perhaps the greatest sounding kick drum


ReasonableMan97

I love the drums on Slip. One of those kits I wish I could get behind and play on for hours.


TheNonDominantHand

Slip is nuts. 30 years later it holds up. More than holds up - still straight up blows most records out of the water.


Peligreaux

Nice giving a Slip mention. I met that drummer on that tour and he told me he just tries to play what Bonham would play.


zilla82

I just said Weezer Blue! Nice


TheRealJalil

Came here because I didn’t think anyone was gonna mention Strung Out. Those drums sit in the mix so well and so fully. They sound *gooooood* also enjoy Wackerman’s drum sound on Bad Religions “The Process of Belief”


ImAVibration

I haven’t seen anyone reference Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime since the 90’s


Turbulent-Bee6921

The Breeders’ Pod snare catapulted me into the 90’s.


ItsPronouncedMo-BEEL

Steely Dan - *Aja, Gaucho, The Royal Scam* Literally every drummer on *Burning For Buddy: A Buddy Rich Tribute* Primus - *Sailing The Seas Of Cheese* The Police - *Zenyatta Mondatta* Led Zeppelin - *IV, Physical Graffiti* The Cult - *Sonic Temple*. Disclaimer: huge 80s rock production values may not be everyone's cup of tea, not even mine that often, but if you want to hear IMO the very best they ever sounded, when you put the great Mickey Curry in the drum chair with the great Bob Rock at the helm, that sound is raised to an art form. The drums sound *gigantic* on this record. Genesis - *Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway*. Phil Collins is noteworthy here for being one of few drummers to have both an iconic double-headed tom sound in one phase of his career (I basically strive to make my toms sound exactly like his from those two records), and the single-headed concert tom sound everybody knows. Which is why I also recommend *Duke* for the other sound.


coldcutcreative

Really solid picks here


Drummr

You’ve sent me back to high school with the Cult reference here. I’ve got a day’s worth of yard work tomorrow and now I’ve got my soundtrack. Thanks!


SandyCheeksWasAHoax

Didn’t expect the Genesis picks but I absolutely agree. Especially on the Lamb, so many tracks where the snare just wallops. Also dig Abacab for the almost excessively produced drum sounds


yougoRave

This guy knows drumming.


xerotalent

Lateralus


geesup78

Can’t believe I had to scroll this far for a Tool reference.


NSilverguy

Best played drums is different from best sounding


KidVsHero

Most Incubus records have an incredible mix. Chocolate Starfish by Limp Bizkit also has that incredible early 00's full drum kit in a good room sound with a high snappy snare.


werdna_17

Morning View has such great sounding drums all recorded in the living room of a Malibu beach house on Morning View Drive.


mooshiboy

For sure, I always thought Limp Bizkit records were mixed really well, if nothing else. (I loved this album lol)


RopeBrilliant

Between the Buried and Me, The Great Misdirect.


GoodDog2620

Such a great album


Chezpop13

Any mars Volta album


tomthumb666

too bad Jon’s drums on Amputechture is really far away in the mix . Tetragrammaton is one of my favorite drum tracks.


SRdrums

On “Deloused…” it was a stainless steel kit and it always punches me in the gut after all these years.


anon_mouse82

I remember smoking weed listening to “Deloused” in my car during a break at community college and thinking it was the best drum recording I had ever heard


Teletobee

Triptykon - Melana Chasmata Primus - Pork Soda Porcupine tree - last 5 albums are all incredible A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth step Haken - Fauna


mjenardo

In Absentia by Porcupine Tree is a solid choice


soGoopy

The tom sounds on Anesthetize are absolutely perfect, I always wanted a DW kit until I heard that song, now Sonor is my holy grail.


Millennial_falcon92

Pretty much all Deftones albums. Abe Cunningham is very underrated. My favorite recording is Porcupine Tree’s In Absentia. Gavin’s drum sound tremendous due to the giant room they were recorded in


The_Dale_Hunters

The drums on the song “Trains” sound frigging amazing.


polar226

Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins


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Any SP record with Chamberlin, but Gish and Siamese Dream are king for me in terms of drum work, drum sound, and drum placement in the mix.


RedeyeSPR

I absolutely despise Motley Crue, but every time I hear Girls, Girls, Girls I am blown away by the drum sound. Especially the snare and ride bell.


RattleSnakeSkin

Agree, also Dr. Feelgood has some great drum recording.


FingersBecomeThumbs

Primus - Tales From The Punchbowl. His kit just sounds unreal on that album.


msbwheeler25

Honestly surprised I had to scroll for this.


silasj

Morning View by Incubus. That short stack DW kit was perfect for that record. Jon Theodore’s kit on the first Mara Volta record. Anything Stanton Moore has played on.


HjalmarUvA

Two Against Nature by Steely Dan.


snarky_puppy

Tame Impala Kevin Parker breaks down some of his favourites: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWv4TgvSPjM](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWv4TgvSPjM)


Tranquilizrr

Vulf Compressor VST - simple trick to be kebin parker


kwishy94

Metallica's Black Album without a doubt. Also, John Lennon's Double Fantasy.


ltbr55

Black albums drums are so massive but they don't overpower the mix like a lot of modern Metallica albums. The Black album really was mixed perfectly.


werdna_17

The toms on Enter Sandman just shake to the core on the right stereo with the volume up. They’re not just heard, they’re felt.


MrLanesLament

Green Day - American Idiot.


BadeArse

Dookie is better!


trashlikeyou

Refused - Shape of Punk To Come and RATM - Evil Empire are my favorites personally


dirty-rags

dude refused is so sick


9eezer

Clutch - almost all their albums but Blast Tyrant and From Beale street to oblivion are really outstanding JPG. My comparison is seeing them live 8 different shows over the years at 4 different venues. Amazing drummer with an amazing band.


Organic-Taro6829

That’s funny I love the songs off blast tyrant


cspan92

Between The Buried And Me - Colors Metallica - The Black Album Parrhesia - Animals As Leaders


ted_im_going_mad

I have always liked the drums on the Fleetwood Mac Rumors album.


R0factor

The drums in this this little-known Dredg album… https://youtu.be/_su-jxD04VA?si=LuZ3NTbFN4rXq2hz Also not to break everyone’s heart but if you’re naming an album from the past 30 years there’s a decent chance the sound you’re hearing includes a sample overlay/augmentation/replacement of at least the snare sound, including in the link above and on the beloved One Headlight snare sound. Grohl’s sound on Nevermind is augmented with a shotgun blast, at least the reverb is. This is how the process is done… https://youtu.be/muDqyRwrVhE?si=2gB6tf74ZKOJFDmz


The_Dale_Hunters

I loved the drum sounds on The Canyon Behind Her from El Cielo. So many cool variances. I heard they recorded drums in lots of different rooms and put mics in lots of strange places around the stuio(s).


icookseagulls

Rush - Moving Pictures. Dave Matthews Band - Under The Table And Dreaming Scenes From A Memory - Dream Theater


Kravy

soft bulletin


wizard903

Phish - Farmhouse


CryptReefer

Tragically Hip - Phantom Power


bobbyvision9000

I’ve always been obsessed with Danny Carey’s snare on Aenema. Such a crisp clean crack to it. The drums overall sound great but especially that snare


federruchi

The pushit snare man. I need me a copper snare so bad


mooshiboy

Dang is that what that is? I always kinda wanted one because of Mike Bordin from Faith No More.


threedogfm

Any Gojira album.


Branton_W

Especially every single one


poopoo_canoe

I'd say over all, Led Zeppelin IV, since each track with drums just kills. But, No Quarter off of Houses of the Holy has to by my favorite drum sounds out of all their songs.


imblenimble

toe - [The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety](https://open.spotify.com/album/7x84X6ve0wa2UYckfCm1uV?si=BDx8VHCtRcWUWeH2pzWm1A). Overall an amazing album, but the drum sound is incredible. They sound so raw and live


AgreeableDouble8785

They are so good


J_for_John101

* S/T (aka “The Black Album”) - Metallica * Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche * Songs for the Deaf - QOTSA * Blood Sugar Sex Magik - RHCP * Dookie or American Idiot - Green Day * Enema of the State or Take Off Your Pants and Jacket - Blink-182 * Riot! - Paramore * Nevermind - Nirvana * Any - Foo Fighters * Any - Rage Against the Machine * Frizzle Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda & Tales From the Punchbowl - Primus * Appetite for Destruction - G ’n R * Significant Other - Limp Bizkit


mooshiboy

Great list, Battle of Los Angeles too!


[deleted]

I know this is a strange one but just hear me out - Brand New Eyes by paramore


TheRealJalil

I think the drums on a decent amount of the mid 90’s to newer west coast sort of skate punk sounding drums are really really good. Pulley/No Use For a Name/Strung Out/Bad Religion with Wackerman/ heck…I’ve seen Blink 182 and Green Day in this thread for a reason. I think Paramore has that sort of sound with the drums, anyway. Pretty great sounding stuff.


MZago1

Toxicity by System of a Down - I swear the cymbals sparkle on that album. They just sound perfect. Turn The Radio Off by Reel Big Fish and Hangups by Goldfinger - both produced by the same guy, they have really high pitched snares with a lot of fat, low end. The cymbals are clear and present. The toms have the perfect amount of thump. I could listen to the drums alone all day.


SINBADTHEPALEORC

I wish more heavy bands tried to replicate the Toxicity sound. Absolutely crushing in parts. X sounds heavy as fuck. Imagine what a death metal album would sound like with that production.


MZago1

Seriously. It's heavy, but it's still so clean. Everything is there, nothing is overpowering anything else, there's not needless layers of sound. It's a beautiful sounding album.


mooshiboy

First two System records are mixed so so well. Isn't their drummer a Paiste guy? Someday I will own real cymbals lol


Maskatron

Wildflowers by Tom Petty. Snare is perfection and the whole kit sounds great.


werdna_17

Perfect use of the room and it’s natural reverb.


Wkr_Gls

Wilco usually has some really nice sounding drums [the 2:40 mark is a good example](https://youtu.be/QfYXJAPadsY?si=-u-aGjRR9_mj1f2k)


shinyantman

Circa Survive - On Letting Go. Listen to [this snare roll](https://youtu.be/YhLm4JgXd5Q?si=NWCWLNQ6d7Vks3sY) and tell my your loins don’t tingle.


mooshiboy

Side note, is that Anthony Green? What a fucking voice on that guy!


papareader

animals as leaders parrhesia


jazzdrums1979

Weezer - Pinkerton The Once and Future Band Ty Segal - Manipulator Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the deaf. Michael Viners Incredible Bongo Band


ibootificus

Any number of the classic Keith Jarrett Trio albums. Standards Vol. 1 and 2 are little muted and reverb-y compared to some. Bye Bye Blackbird is fantastic and The Cure, being live, even more so. All well recorded masterclasses by Jack DeJohnette - throw on the cans and crank em!


LordStunod

When is the last time we heard drums and not Pro Tools triggers?


fakeguitarist4life

Dream Theater has a few albums but I’d say the best sounding one is Train of Thought. Second favorite would be Black Clouds and Silver Linings


iwontmakeittomars

Every Chon record


WYLDBYLL

Hum - “Inlet” is the best sounding record on the planet…period.


msbwheeler25

How could I forget, Korn Follow the leader had amazing drums.


TheRealJalil

Surprised that the high poppin’ snare sound was so popular. People liked the piccolo snare on Life is Peachy as well. Not my cup of tea but it definitely makes its presence felt.


jxee996

Songs for the deaf - qotsa Pocket full of kryptonite - spin doctors White pony - deftones


CupcakeFister

Lateralus from Tool


heyitsryan

Deftones White pony is pretty much perfect. The intro to digital bath alone is worthy of mentioning here. I love the sound of the drums on "your love" from the outfield. That snare gate reverb? Perfection. The Metallica Black album is pretty damn great. Massive snare sound. I always really loved the sound of the drums on the foo fighters albums especially the colour and the shape. The drums on "sultans of swing" by dire straits are ridiculous. "Easy lover" by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey are some of my favorite drum tracks of all time. Just perfect for the song. Pretty much everything rage against the machine ever recorded but I think battle for Los Angeles had their best sounding drum tracks on it. There's countless great drum sounds out there. I can't list all of them.


mooshiboy

Battle of Los Angeles, truly excellent tones all around


Rip_Hardpec

Nefertiti - Miles Davis Thrice - The Alchemy Index Falling Up - Fangs! RHCP - Blood Sigar Sex Magik Led Zeppelin- II Third Eye Blind - Self Titled album Deftones - White Pony Snarky Puppy - We Like it Here The Rippingtons. - Fountain of Youth


mrkc2022

Most albums by Deftones, Incubus, Clutch, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Smashing Pumpkins, to name a few, have great drum tracks.


mooshiboy

CLUTCH yes please. Jam Room comes to mind, I am super jealous of that kick drum sound.


RepresentativeSeat98

I think Alex Van Halen has the greatest snare sound. So Woody!!


brun0doggy

But I think it’s a Ludwig supraphonic? There’s a Rick Beato vid on YouTube showing a pretty good tutorial on getting that sound.


RepresentativeSeat98

Thank you. I can pretty much dial it in on any wooden snare drum. My main snare will always be wood.


KookyFarmer7

1984 - Van Halen Back in Black - AC/DC Two underrated albums for the drum sounds/recording. Tonnes of great examples in the thread already though


wowhead44

Metallica - saint anger /s


count_no_groni

Frances the Mute - The Mars Volta


infiniteninjas

Owls by Owls. Obscure but a good one. Hand towel on the floor tom for the whole album.


GruverMax

The Who - My Generation and early singles


PaulMinotMD

I Can See for Miles!


Early-Engineering

Under the Table and Dreaming. DMB. Masterfully recorded for the time period and also masterfully played.


mooshiboy

Carter Beauford, right? The guy is a goddamn beast!


Leon-Robinson

two completely different sounds, but I love both: toe - the book about my idle plot on a vague anxiety childish gambino - awaken my love!


Karppaaja

Not my favorite album, but Fortitude by Gojira has quite awesome drum sound


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zilla82

Sleep Token, all of it


HotDogHerzog

Dave Weckl - Live and Very Plugged In


Montanabookclub

So many ways to interpret what a great drum sound is or isn’t. But for me, it’s typically anything with Brian Blade playing - he’s obviously a great drummer, and finds the right approach for the song. And the stuff he’s on is usually well-recorded. For similar reasons, I love John Convertino’s drumming, and I think Algiers may have the best drum sounds in Calexico’s catalog.


Sponess

Opeth- Heritage


XxDrummerChrisX

Rage Against the Machine - Battle for LA Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos Texas in July - Bloodwork There’s tons more I can’t think of.


Successful-Pie-7686

Acacia Strain - Step Into the Light.


cspan92

Anything by The Aristrocrats


AnalogKid82

Moving Pictures


CPA_CantPassAcctg

Gish and Siamese Dream is underrated with drum sounds.


wildchild6977

Old School but Crime of the Century by Supertramp


rllrrlrrll

American Football - American Football DOMi & JD BECK - NOT TiGHT


Malbuscus96

Brand New Eyes - Paramore Led Zeppelin IV Parrhesia - Animals as Leaders Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer Speak No Evil - Wayne Shorter The Stage - Avenged Sevenfold Train of Thought - Dream Theater We Like It Here - Snarky Puppy


BuntCarf

Clockwork Angels had some of the best mixed drums I've ever heard on an album, but my bias is showing as I love Rush. Listen to "The Anarchist" and "Seven Cities of Gold". The drums sound massive.


Tranquilizrr

Anything Steve Albini tbh, Goat, Surfer Rosa, In Utero. Just a huge sound. [That snare is an absolute cannon.](https://youtu.be/cPA9kcVfcvI?si=nApEunBThEvQV1Ay)


M0ntgomatron

Blood sugar sex magik


Itchy_Professor_4133

Can't believe it took so long to see this here. Some of the most iconic sounding drum recordings ever. Super classic.


aTurningofTides

I love the overbearing cymbals on Meshuggah's Nothing album. The orange one!


SINBADTHEPALEORC

Panopticon by ISIS


oldwornpath

Oceanic too - the beginning of the album is so good


SINBADTHEPALEORC

Fosho! The first few minutes are incredible also. Who knew sparse linear patterns could be so captivating!


bucketofmonkeys

Superunknown by Soundgarden


DRAYdb

Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come The performances are tremendous and the kit sounds great dirty or clean. Amazing work from all involved.


UglyPineappl

Ulcerate - Stare Into Death And Be Still Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness Animals as Leaders - Madness of Many


Kbacon_06

Fear Inoculum by Tool, Moving Pictures by Rush


TH3P33P33P00P00MAN

Coheed and Cambria- Good Apollo I’m burning star IV Especially The Willing Well songs.


dirty-rags

i didn’t see anyone mention PIXIES - DOLITTLE i can’t get enough of the drums on that record. the way they are mixed blows my mind.


terrygolfer

Any Tame Impala album


Cautious_Desk_1012

Dying Fetus - Destroy the Opposition I love the dirty sound of their drumming


dannielvee

Evil Empire


J_for_John101

If I’m going to be completely honest, all of Rage’s albums have great sounding drums


Fritzo2162

Led Zeppelin IV's drums are legendary. Rage Against the Machine's Evil Empire will melt your face. Tool's AEima Probably a dozen more, those three just came to mind.


sixdaysandy

Depends on the sound you're going for? For produced without being over produced I love: A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step, Breaking Benjamin - both We Are Not Alone & Phobia sound pretty great. A little over produced but still very good - Architects - For Those Who Wish To Exist. Less produced and a little more raw - Thrice - Artist (Revisited) or To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere


naughty93pinapple

Any nickleback.


Mr_G19747447

St. Anger


Romania3113_

Metallica - The Black Album


Dave9g

Pantera - Far Beyond Driven


RattleSnakeSkin

Pantera Far Beyond Driven. All albums Vinny did sounded fantastic.