In our ongoing series of guest columns, we’ve asked a bunch of metal’s heaviest hitters to provide us with a list of five albums they think will change you — either for the better or worse. Today, we hear from Arnaud Pecoste of the band Ad Patres.
Morbid Angel — Domination
The way I discovered Morbid Angel is quite comical to be honest: My sister’s boyfriend had this CD and she hated it so much that each time he played it, she locked herself in the bathroom. She won that war of nerves and he gave me the CD! More than the twisted melodies of Azagtoth and Rutan, this CD struck me with Sandoval’s double bass and his insane ‘groove’ such as on the song ‘Dawn of The Angry.’ Side note: They are married with 2 kids today and I still have his CD.
Death — Human
I discovered Death thanks to the music video of “The Philosopher” (taken from Symbolic). It was broadcast on French cable TV and that song blew my mind; so dark, evil and insane. I think it was actually the very first time I heard fretless electric bass and Steve DiGiorgio’s work on that song is just stunning. Anyway, that song led me to explore Death’s discography backwards and Human is just one of my favourites, the one I recommend.
Origin — Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas
For quite some time, my friends were pushing me to listen to brutal death metal but I just could not, because I wasn’t simply able to get into the music. A friend, Cyriex (from Seth/Offending/Asmodée) came to a party with that CD and it really triggered something in my mind and paved the way for me to explore the exciting new paths of brutality and really extreme music.
Immortal — Pure Holocaust
Back when I was in college listening to my first hard rock cassettes (Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, AC/DC, Aerosmith…) I bought a magazine and came across an interview or review of Abbath (can’t remember) and I thought that makeup and dressing style was quite strange. I went to a great record store (they had CDs, oh!) and asked to listen to Pure Holocaust. Man, I think I could not stand it more than 20 seconds! I was so not ready for that! Anyway, some years later I remember my first contact with raw black metal with a smile… Pure classic!
Thorns — Thorns
During year 2000 (if I remember), Heimoth from Seth came back from holidays in Norway with a burnt CD the guys of Thorns had given him before the CD was released. At first listen, things seemed so clear, so efficient, so powerful, and simple — and dark. This record is such a Masterpiece!
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