10 Tracks That Changed My Life By Joe Bradley Of Cryptic Shift


Cannibal Corpse – Entrails Ripped From a Virgin’s Cunt

Cannibal Corpse were the band that got me into Death Metal and this song is incredibly heavy. The unintelligible yet disgusting lyrics and the sheer ferocity of the instrumentation make for one intense track. This song pretty much singlehandedly influenced me to create gory lyrics for the songs I write and it’s a style I enjoy working on very much.

Guns N’ Roses – Civil War

As far as lengthy ballads go this is sheer perfection. Slash may be one of the more overrated guitarists out there but his note choice in the solos in this track are incredible and they ooze emotion and style. The double time feel during the very last chorus is fucking incredible and seeing it performed live last year in London is one of the absolute highlights of my life.

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

It may be a simple song with a basic structure, yet the catchiness of the chorus is unquestionable. It’s one of those songs that will get an entire crowd of pissed people singing along because it’s melodies are just that infectious. John McVie’s bassline in the chorus is easily one of my favourite basslines ever written. It just perfectly complements what the guitar and vocals are doing.

Buckethead – Soothsayer

This instrumental piece perfectly captures the absolute raw emotion and talent that Buckethead has. It is one of the first instrumental pieces that I ever learnt on guitar and it has stuck with me for a very long time. It left such an impression on me when I first learnt it that I decided to relearn it recently and I’d forgotten how fun and challenging it is to play. Definitely a track to check out if you haven’t already.

Iron Maiden – The Evil That Men Do

Maiden are the band that officially got me into Metal back when I was like 8 or 9. Out of all their songs this one stays with me the most. The intro riff is sublime and when the rest of the track kicks in, it kicks in hard. The chorus is memorable and great to sing along to. It’s classic Maiden and it has some of my most favourite riffs and melodies from them.

Necrophagist – Stabwound

The fact that these guys haven’t released any new music in 14 years is extremely depressing since I only got into them a few years ago. This song introduced me to them and since that moment they instantly became one of my favourite bands. The intro to this song is incredible and ridiculously fun to play on guitar. It’s an absolute must if you’re into your Neo-Classical Tech Death shred nonsense.

Bathory – A Fine Day to Die

This is the song that got me into Black Metal as a whole. I liked tracks by Mayhem and Darkthrone, but it is A Fine Day to Die by Bathory that really made me a fan of the genre. For me this song, and the album Blood Fire Death in general, was the absolute peak for Quorthon’s vocals and riffs. It’s a shame I’ll never see it played live but seeing Emperor play it at Bloodstock in 2014 was a pretty magical experience!

Megadeth – Good Mourning/Black Friday

Megadeth were the band that really influenced me as a player when I first started playing Thrash 6/7 years ago. Friedman will always be a massive influence on my early lead playing but it’s Chris Poland’s guitar work on the Peace Sells album, in particular this track, that really helped me evolve as a player. Poland’s main solo in this track helped me to explore with more notes outside of the scale being used whilst still being able to maintain melody. For me it’s their most evil track and the lyrics are essentially Death Metal, just with more legible vocals!

Six Ft Ditch – Six Feet Deep

The riffs are hard as fuck. Literally makes you want to put your foot through an old woman’s face. Music is angry and that pretty much sums the song up.

Sodom – Tired and Red

This song has everything. It’s got mosh riffs, an emotional acoustic section and a mean solo. For me this was Sodom at their absolute peak. Lost count of how many times I’ve listened to this song. I used to play the whole album at least once a day because it would get me pumped. It’s a shame they haven’t released anything recently that even comes close to this masterpiece. They should just play the whole album live in it’s entirety and nothing else.   

We are just about to embark on an 8-date tour across UK and Europe.

Dates below:

25th April – Aatma (Manchester)

26th April – The Gryphon (Bristol)

28th April – Jeugdhuis Ohk (Ostend, Belgium)

29th April – Little Devils Bar (Tilburg, Holland)

1st May – T. Chances (London)

5th May – Thrashersaurus (Norwich)

7th May – Trillians (Newcastle)

8th May – Temple of Boom (Leeds)

We are also in the final stages of finalising the tracks for our upcoming EP. It’s going to be big so keep an eye out!   

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