A long time ago, we asked a bunch of bands to submit columns on the following topic: Five Albums That Will Change Your Life. Today, we bring you an entry provided by Septycal Gorge guitarist Marco Lasano.
Slayer’s Reign In Blood
Yes, I know — it’s not really original but this record changed my life for real. I still get goosebumps nowadays when I listen to it. It influenced my whole way of conceptualizing extreme music in all the possible ways. The violence unleashed by this record is unbelievable still now. Best metal song EVER: “Necrophobic.”
Meshuggah’s Destroy Erase Improve
With a few notes and experimenting more on tempos, measures, and odd constructions, this band was setting new standards in modern metal already in 1995. That is just stunning. Meshuggah become more complicated and crazy with their next albums but this record is the beginning of a new era in extreme music in my humble opinion.
Does an album have to be fast to be considered violent? Only a fool can say yes. Dopesick is a rotten, raw, putrescent piece of heavy music with no edited or plastic stuff. Vocals, guitar, drums, songs structures, layout — EVERYTHING has come out from a muddy puddle of liquor, drugs and violence. This album made me enter into the world of slow music.
Emperor’s Anthems To the Welkin At Dusk
This masterpiece of epic malignancy reminds me every time I listen to it that keyboards in metal don’t always mean less impact. This album is glorious as fuck and in the meantime, brutal and unrelenting — played by the best line up Emperor ever had.
The Locust’s Plague Soundscapes
This is one of the biggest lessons I learned in music: Before listening to The Locust, I always thought that death metal, grindcore and black metal were the most extreme and violent musical genres on planet earth. This noisecore four-piece showed me in 23 tracks and 20 minutes how mad, extreme and furious a non-metal album can be.
Hard to appreciate it if you’re not used to going beyond heavy metal guidelines. But if you are open-minded enough, and you dig musical brutality 360 degrees, this schizoid record will leave its trace in your musical background as did in mine.
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