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’s list comes compliments of Fetus Stench’s Andreas Björnson; his band’s new album Stillbirth can be ordered here.
Vomitory — Terrorize, Brutalize, Sodomize
The one album to rule them all. TBS is simply the most intense and aggressive record created by any band ever. With Peter Östlund replacing Ulf as lead guitarist and going from Berno Studios to Leon Studios, Terrorize, Brutalize, Sodomize was somewhat of a new start for the band. With a ridiculously brutal production and a relentless, yet diverse, collection of songs, it’s bound to be a future classic. From the first blasts on “Eternal Trail of Corpses” to the slow and haunting outro of “Cremation Ceremony” this album is a hellride. Go buy it.
Lock Up — Necropolis Transparent
With the sad passing of Jesse Pintado, there were many of us who wondered how Lock Up would sound like when they decided to get back to business with Anton Reisenegger as the new guitarist. All doubts were blown away with Necropolis Transparent. Although a little more than a year has passed since the album was released it’s still as great as when I heard it the first time. The blast beats never ends, it’s a deathgrind trip that will beat you bloody and then some. I fucking love it.
Dismember — Like an Everflowing Stream
Along with Entombed, Grave and the likes, Dismember set a new standard as for how you’re supposed to play metal. Dismember was always superior to the other Swedes tho. With the typical Sunlight Studio-sound and great, great songs, this album has indeed shaped me to the death metal head I am today. With hits like “Soon To Be Dead” and “Skin Her Alive” (among many others), this is an album that every fan of death metal should have in their collection.
Exhumed — Slaughtercult
In the year of 2000, the gore metallers of Exhumed thought that recording an album with Mieszko of Nasum at Soundlab studios was a great idea. I agree. Slaughtercult is to me the best album they’ve released, with a raging speed and a real nasty production only matched by few others this album will make you bang your head whether you want to or not. Favorite tracks: “Decrepit Crescendo”, “This Axe Was Made To Grind” and “Slaughtercult.”
Bloodbath — Unbleesing The Purity (EP)
While not being a full length album, this record just had to be included. UTP reeks of evil from start to finish. With a great production, fantastic songs and lyrics that could convert one from christian to satanist within mere seconds, this is the peak of Bloodbath’s career. Every song kicks ass in its own way.
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