10. Strapping Young Lad – Love?
SYL were my first Metal band and this was the first song I heard by them. It was the thing that triggered my love for extreme, heavy music and at the time, was the heaviest thing I’d ever heard, and I’ve never looked back since.
9. Cryptopsy – Phobophile
The first time I heard this song, I accidentally clicked onto it on YouTube and thought it was ridiculous in the best way possible. This band definitely pushed the boundaries of the extreme, and the mix of Lord Worm’s discernable grunts and Flo Mounier’s insane drumwork on the None So Vile album turned me onto some amazing music. Still one of the best albums ever in my opinion.
8. Nirvana – Paper Cuts
This song was ace back when I was like 12, I recently discovered the Bleach album by Nirvana and was sucked into all the heaviness, this proved to me that you didn’t need to be Metal and tune down to be heavy, this was raw heaviness.
7. Suffocation – Pierced From Within
What is there to even be said about this track? It’s all pretty much perfect but god damn that breakdown, the breakdown of all breakdowns. Suffocation show everyone how it’s done in this track and it still gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.
6. Los Campesinos! – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
A slightly different one, but I got into this band in a brief moment where I fell out of Metal a few years back. This band helped me work out how to express emotion through music and still to this day is one of my favourite non metal bands.
5. Alice In Chains – Them Bones
Another classic! The main riff helped inspire me to pick up the guitar, as it is heavy, groovy and hits all the right sweet spots. When I eventually worked out downtuning and learned it, I felt so amazing. One of the best riffs going.
4. Clawhammer – Lynching
The boys! This was my first Beatdown-esque song and I’ll never forget the moment I heard it drop into the Beatdown towards the end. This inspired me to start writing heavy ass music with Beatdowns and crazy breakdowns in it, and to this day Clawhammer are still one of my favourite bands.
3. Full Of Hell – Gnawed Flesh
This is a recent one, but the album this track was on, Trumpeting Ecstasy, is near enough perfect in my eyes. It mixes the right atmosphere with the catastrophic heaviness to create this aura of pure dirty hard as fuck riffs. The repeating riff that starts off heavy already, but then goes into a palm muted version is my favourite. Definitely inspired me on a songwriting level.
2. Code Orange – My World
This was the first time I heard dissonance used within a song to build on a riff, and if you know my band, you know we like a bit of dissonance. I probably use it way too much but it sounded so good in this song that I needed to get a taste of it myself. It’s a huge shame I’m gonna miss them on Friday supporting Trivium.
1. Dying Fetus – In The Trenches
This is a song that I jam probably every single day. The album it is on, Reign Supreme is one of my favourites and there’s good reason behind that. This was my first time hearing proper groovy Hardcore riffs mixed with heavy as Death Metal with mad technical riffs and I was in awe. This is another song that inspired me to write music taking elements from Hardcore and Death Metal and combining them.
We are doing a small three track recording next month in Burnley, and will hope to get that out asap, then when that’s done we will be recording the rest of our tracks later on with someone awesome. Keep youe eyes peeled, it’s gonna be a heavy one .
25th April – Cryptic Shift, Exhumation, Cranial Discharge, Deus Vermin – Aatma
28th April – Pivorapist, Intoxication, Crescent Halo – Star And Garter
4th May – M2TM Semi Final – Sanctuary
28 June – Cockoroch, Pivorapist, Anal Floss Is Boss + More – Aatma