We’re coming to your house tonight. What new music are you most excited to introduce us to? What are you making everyone listen to at the moment?
I’ve been listening to Orogeny by Turbid North pretty consistently for almost a year now. I show everyone I can and do my best to turn people on to that metal masterpiece. Besides that I also spin Surtur Rising by Amon Amarth, Worship Music by Anthrax, Black Mass by This is Hell and Once Upon a Time in the West by The White Buffalo (not a metal album, but heavy in its own way).
Five hours later we’ll still be there and, politely, you’ll be wanting to get rid of us – what goes on the stereo to clear the house?
A good party clearing album would be Talkie Walkie by Air. Very slow, atmospheric, electric music that I sometimes listen to when I can’t sleep in the tour bus. It’s a great album, but definitely not party music.
What was the first record you can remember hearing at home? Did it have any effect on where you are today?
I grew up listening to classic rock non-stop in the house because of my Father. Since it was always playing I can’t really pinpoint which was the first because I was so young, but I definitely gravitated to The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Kiss.
And what was the first record you bought with your own money? And why?
The first record I bought with my own money was I’m the Man by Anthrax. My best friends older brother had the tape and I liked what I heard so much that I went out to pick it up. I found metal and never turned back.
Any records in the collection you bought because you liked the cover, only to get them home and realize you’d made a terrible, terrible error?
Not necessarily the cover, but I bought an album based on the band name. The band was Shotgun Messiah. I figured it would be heavy because what’s more brutal than a shotgun? On top of that, it had the word “Messiah” in it and I thought of Metallica’s Leper Messiah. Man was I DEAD wrong. It was glam rock that wasn’t even done right. I dug Motley Crue and Poison as much as the next metalhead back then, but Shotgun Messiah fucking sucked. Maybe I’m jaded because I expected something so different.
If you didn’t answer this in question (3) what was the first record to make you think you might like to try your hand at rock n’roll yourself?
A couple of my cousins and I would imitate Kiss when we were really young. We would sing along with their the Rolling Stones cover of 2000 Man for our parents and I was always the “frontman”. That feeling never went away and when I was 14 I joined my first band and just went on from there.
And what record is so good it makes you feel like giving the whole game away every time you hear it?
There isn’t an album that makes me feel that way actually.
What record for you most fits the term ‘Metal as Fuck’
Seasons in the Abyss by Slayer can’t be categorized as anything else except “Metal as Fuck”, so I’ll go with that one! Unmistakably heavy, fast and evil….SLAYER!
What decade is most represented in your record collection?
It has to be a tie between the 80’s and 90’s. So much good metal and hardcore in those decades.
What would you recommend to unbelievers as the best ‘entry level’ metal record in your collection?
Master of Puppets is a must own by anyone that is willing to give metal a shot. It is well written and catchy, but it is also heavy as hell and one of the best metal albums of all time.
And what album from your collection should be in every other home in the land, apart from one of your own?
If we are talking metal here, it should be Black Sabbath by none other than Black Sabbath. These guys brought this heavy, dark sound into rock’n’roll and largely get credit for being one of the first metal bands to exist. To really appreciate and love metal I believe you need to appreciate the raw sound and hear and feel where metal was born.
What’s the vinyl/CD split of your collection
It’s probably at least 50 to 1 in favor of cd’s. I was never a big collector of vinyl. I do have a few choice selections, but it was a never a real hobby of mine.
And finally, what record would you take with you to the next world, if such as thing exists?
A record I have spun thousands of times and am still not sick of is The Great Southern Trendkill by Pantera, so I’ll be taking that one with me straight to hell.