If you’ve not heard of Conjurer so far this year well you’ve must of been living under a rock in the Shetlands. 2018 is going from strength to strength after the release of the bands latest album ‘Mire’ which is out now via Holy Roar Records.
We sat down with bassist Conor Marshall and asked him which 10 tracks changed his life for our ever popular 10 Tracks That Changed My Life Feature… And here’s which tracks he picked out.
Master Of Puppets – Metallica.
This is the song that got me into metal and pretty much changed everything. My brother had been blasting different bits of Metallica through the walls but this is the one that got me. It basically has everything and if I had to pick one song off the top of my head to represent metal for me there’s a strong change this would be it.
Afterlife – Avenged Sevenfold.
Avenged have been a huge band for me and this is the song that started it. After hearing it I picked up the self titled album as well as City Of Evil and began to listen to them on repeat for years, throwing Nightmare into the mix when that came out but Afterlife has always just about managed to stay as my favourite A7X song. after hearing it and THAT SOLO Synyster Gates became god for longer than I would like to admit to be honest…
Bailando – Enrique Iglesias.
For the last few years I’ve been properly into Reggaeton and Latin pop stuff. As a kid I’d always quite liked the odd Shakira or Enrique tune but never paid much attention and they were only ever the singles that were big over here. I’d heard Bailando before in passing and liked it but then when a friend came back from holiday in Spain and reminded me of it, it sent me down this rabbit hole I’ve been in for a while now and so when the whole Despacito thing hit I was more than ready.
Plug In Baby – Muse.
Although I play Bass in Conjurer I’ve been a guitarist for about 14 years and Matt Bellamy was my first guitar hero and Muse were my first favourite band. The first proper show that I remember going to was when my dad took me to see them and then their album Absolution was huge for me growing up, but Plug In Baby and that first riff is what sticks in my head.
BYOB – System Of A Down.
I’d heard this song on Kerrang! and liked it so my Mum bought me Mezmerize and I would sit and listen to it happily, but looking back little 9 year old me had no idea and didn’t fully appreciate what he was listening to, it’s only after going back and properly listening to SOAD years later that I realised just how much that album had subconsciously influenced me and how damn good it is. This song and album should have got me into metal but didn’t, because I’m an idiot.
Untouchable Part 1 – Anathema.
This song is on here mainly because it marked me coming out of my teen “everything has to be heavy” phase and starting to listen to other music again. It’s such a beautiful and uplifting song, I remember being shown the Universal Live DVD and just being blown away, it doesn’t get played as much anymore but every now and again I’ll put it on and be immediately comforted by the opening guitar part.
In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth 3 – Coheed and Cambria.
Coheed and Cambria have been my favourite band ever since Dan (guitarist and vocalist in Conjurer) lent me his copy of their album Good Apollo I’m Burning Star 4 Vol. 1 and I’ve never looked back since. I’ve never gotten into a band so fast and stayed excited for so long. I could pick so many Coheed songs to go on this list but this one just about takes it, they’re a band that haven’t had a bad album and I love them.
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Genuinely one of my favourite songs ever written, chances are to most people it comes across as just another pop ballad but to me there’s something about it that’s beautiful. I’d heard her song Jar of Hearts and not been particularly fussed but this song made me go and listen to both albums and I’m glad I did, she’s wonderful. Just a shame the song was for one of those Twilight films…
The Bad Thing – Periphery.
I didn’t get the whole Periphery thing for quite a while and felt like I’d missed the train a little bit until they brought out the Juggernaut double album and from then on I’ve been a big fan and this song was one of the ones that really did it for me. Super heavy riffs, massive clean vocals, technical but not too much. And then they followed it up with another amazing album that I genuinely had on almost daily for about a year, great band.
Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen.
It’s a bit of a tradition in this band to mention Jeppers, as we affectionately call her, whenever we can and I’m kind of using this song to represent the more pop side of what I listen to nowadays. At a similar time as I got into the Latin stuff I also got back into pop music and realised how many great songs I’d missed and so metal had to take a backseat for a short while, because everybody loves a riff but at the end of the day you can’t beat a good chorus and this song has an absolutely HUGE chorus, it will change your life.
Conjurer’s ‘Mire’ is available to stream below and also available to purchase – http://smarturl.it/CONJURER