'Everybody should own at least one Symphonic black metal album!" - My Record Collection with Our Last Enemy.

Our Last Enemy's Bizz (guitars), Craig (Keys) and Matt (bass) celebrate the end of their Wolves of Perigord EP Launch tour this Saturday by taking us on a spin around their musical treasure boxes...

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?
Matt: I don’t have a house… but if I did, and people were attending… I’d show them Our Last Enemy’s new EP because I’m proud of it! Other than that it would be Die Antwoord at the moment.
Bizz: There’s a great band called Our Last Enemy. They’ve just put out a new EP called Wolves of Perigord. They’re my idols. Especially the guitarist.

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?
Craig: Ahhh.. whats that poofs name?... Oh! Pitbull! If you enjoy that shit and stick around, I will happily take a shovel to your head and drag your limp, sorry ass out myself...
Matt: Random samples of people screaming.
Bizz: Ska music (it’ll clear me out too if you don’t leave soon)

What was the first record you can remember hearing at home? Did it have any effect on where you are today?
Bizz: Alice Cooper - Trash. Yes it did!
Matt: Fuck! Good question… aaahhh, well I don’t know if it was the first record I remembering hearing, but I remember a lot of Michael Jackson when I was young, and I’ve mentioned before – if people want to learn rhythm, put a Michael Jackson CD on!
Craig: Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell on vinyl. Yes it did…. I am now well away from that record!

And what was the first record you bought with your own money? And why?
Craig: Meatloaf: Bat out of Hell - Back in to Hell. I was young and foolish... There is no other excuse!
Bizz: Motley Crue - Dr Feelgood. Because.
Matt: I know I bought Faith No More’s The Real Thing when I was really young, I bought the cassette, because I liked the song Epic. I would sit there in bed just playing and rewinding that one song!

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?

Matt: Umm, not really, but I do have 2 albums of Gidget Gein’s (ex Marilyn Manson) solo stuff, given to me by his manager (after his death) and the album covers look awesome, but the albums are still in the plastic wrap… and its been over a year.
Bizz: No, because if there ever were any records that I bought like that, they were destroyed...

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?

Craig: Guns n Roses - Use Your Illusion. ( I was still young and foolish).
Bizz: My High School Record...
Matt: Silverchair’s Frogstomp back in ’95, I think I was 11, that made me want to be in a band. I still love that album.

And what record is so good it makes you feel like giving the whole game away every time you hear it?

Matt: Slipknot’s Iowa – it took things to the next level.
Bizz: None. I’m the greatest composer to ever live.

What record for you most fits the term ‘Metal as Fuck’ ?
Matt: Just one?? Pantera’s Great Southern Trendkill, Metallica’s Master of Puppets and Fear Factory’s Demanufacture (one of my personal favorites).

What decade is most represented in your record collection?
Craig: The 90’s.
Matt: I’d say 90’s – early 2000’s.
Bizz: I’ve got heaps of Japanese shit from 2000 - 2010. It makes up two-thirds of my collection - which contains 13,735 songs according to my itunes library. But I’m sure I’ve got more than that which hasn’t been imported into itunes for one reason or another.

And what album from your collection should be in every other home in the land, apart from one of your own?
Bizz: MUCC - Zekuu
Craig: Everybody should own at least one symphonic black metal Album!

And finally, what record would you take with you to the next world, if such as thing exists?
Craig: Marilyn Manson: Antichrist Superstar (just to remember that he was once talented)
Bizz: All of them.

Wolves of Perigord is out now on Riot! Entertainment. You can catch live in Canberra at the Basement this Saturday (May 26th) as part of 'Metal Fiesta #2'.