Total cliche term, but can you name 3 albums that made a GENUINE change to your life, ie. opened your eyes to a new genre or direction or changed the way you think about music? Please don't list your favourite album in a genre even if you travelled to Iceland to see the band play or something... I'm talking about something that had a big impact on your musical ideas.
Everybody can name one i expect in the first metal album you heard, but three is more difficult if you're being strict.
Being 12/13 and Terminal Spirit Disease by ATG coming out.
When I was growing up as a kid in my street all of my friends were way older then me like almost ten years atleast.
We all however liked playing football and boardgames together.
I was introduced to alot of music in the early 90's and always loved going up to my mate Andy's house and finding out about something new I remember the week before listening to ATG I was blown away by GWAR - America Must Be Destroyed and begged him to copy on to tape for me.
The week after TSD came out and it just hit me being young and impressionable it was catchy enough to grab my attention and just want more and more.
every ones favorite drunken thrash metal bastard
And you ate a 12 inch before I was halfway through a 9 inch!
The two albums made me realise that music was more than what those cunts from school listened to, and that it could actually be pretty cool. From here on, I pretty much lost interest in computer games, sci-fi, and socialising and spent all my free time outside (and inside) of school learning to play guitar, listening to music, hunting for more gems through my parent's collection (I'd even spend hours in the attic with a tape recorder going through my dad's archives of tapes), and wishing my hair would grow faster. Before that I had no interest in music apart from an obsession with pipe organ (yes, I'm sure that's going to be the butt of some jokes) music as a very small kid. I think I was about 10 then, and around the age of 13-14 I discovered metal through Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and then Cannibal Corpse. Discovering metal was my last true musical revelation. Obviously as I've got older I've discovered a taste for stuff that wasn't so appealing as a teenager like classical, jazz, and ambient music, but metal was the last big thing.
As much as I hate to say it, I've really lost that youthful enthusiasm that I used to have for music. Don't get me wrong, it is still the most important thing in my life, sometimes the only thing that I feel helps me keep my sanity, but perhaps with having more money (haha) and music being so easily accessible these days, it's taken away a lot of the excitement of the actual hunt for new music for me. I still love new releases, and getting new music in the post, but it isn't quite heart stoppingly exciting as it used to be.
First album that changed my life would be Out of the Blue by E.L.O. My dad borrowed the tape from his workmate, and ended up keeping it permanently. We listened to it over and over because it was such a big album (a double LP fitted on to one tape) and it just really caught my interest because of the big orchestral sections, rock, strange synths, and fucking huge drum sound. I later listened to it to go to sleep and this became the way I got into most bands that I now like.
Second one would be Queen: The Miracle. A school mate was obsessed with Queen and brought two tapes for me to borrow, The Miracle and Greatest Hits. The first track he played was Chinese Torture, which was Basically just an extended Brian May Solo, and being 10 years old that was enough to blow me away. I spent the next 4 years listening to nothing else other than Queen albums, expanding my collection of tapes whenever I'd got the pocket money.
The next ones were Appetite for Destruction and Nevermind, taped back to back, which got me into more "modern" music. Then it was Chaos AD by Sepultura. At that time, bearing in mind I knew no-one deeply into metal, Territory was the heaviest thing I'd ever heard and the vocal sound blew me away. When I got my first kit, Chaos AD was the album I played along to solidly.
After that I went off metal, finding that there didn't seem to be anything interesting out there, and not being able to justify spending money on stuff without hearing it first or getting someone else's recommendation, which for heavier stuff was impossible to find. My interest in finding death metal that was "good" came about as I was sick of hearing kerrang bands and metal hammer bands that were too simplistic and samey.
It was only when Tower records opened in Birmingham that I found somewhere I could take a bunch of cd's to the listening area at the till that actually had cd's worth checking out and you didn't get hassled for asking to listen (like you would at Tempest if they didn't like your choice). I got through as many different bands as I could find, then realised they stocked those "extreme" bands, which seemed a bit cliched, but at the same time intriguing due to their imagery and seeming refusal to compromise. I finally decided to listen to Malice by Gehenna as I knew that they had supported Marduk at the Foundry a few months earlier. The opening track completely blew me away, with all the scary lyrics and themes of evil and the annihilation of mankind. Then the tracks with blastbeats really caught my ear, as previously I'd only heard it done poorly on Cradle of Filth's stuff and they didn't interest me at all.
After that it was Marduk's Opus Nocturne that sealed it, when I was about 17. Even though that album is not very original the speed of it really impressed me. I didn't realise it was gonna take another 3 years to find someone I could actually play metal with, as so few people that I knew liked it enough to try.
So not exactly a great grounding in metal or a metal background, but it goes to show that some people are open-minded enough to make their own discoveries and determine their own tastes regardless of what they started off with. I've always had to deal with snobbery but I've never let it put me off. If it wasn't pop kids belittling grunge, it was grungers belittling metal and indie, indie kids belittling anything else, so-called alternative kids not understanding that it's possible to like artists like Jeff Buckley and like Black Metal at the same time, metallers snobbishly dismissing anything vaguely non-metal, cock-rockers dismissing metal as mindless noise and yet more alt types dismissing good pop music (i.e. non-cookie-cutter stuff). I'll always be an ecclectic but I'll always have a filter. I won't just accept any old thing. I think atmosphere is what I really look for in music, but I've found that can take many different forms.
Slightly off topic now, but this is my therapy session done for the day. We'll resume next week.
Before hand I had listened to stuff more like their Chaos AD album, Roots album and early Machine Head. Sepultura's Arise album sent me down the root of discovering death metal, as I eventually started listening to Morbid Visions and soon after was listening to Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse and Deicide at age 14.
Another album was De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, along with Kathaarian Life Code and Transilvanian Hunger. Without those 3 albums I probably wouldn't have checked out black metal properly.
One other album that "changed my life" was Sadogoat's "Et In Arcadia Ego" (not really an album, but still changed my life in some way). Without it it probably would have taken longer for me to discover stuff like Beherit, Blasphemy, Profanatica and VON (as I was introduced to these bands by Seventh Blasphemer of Sadomator).
Without wishing to hi-jack the thread I decided to see if Sadogoat were on youtube, and found a link to another bunch of Danish bands amongst which was one called Mordulv:
Now is it just me or is the guys vocal on this hilarious? I like the track as it's quite raw and punky and sounds pretty much a bedroom recording, but the vocalist keeps making these really funny "annoyed" sounds.
Anyway that was a nice irrelevant aside. Everybody continue about their business.
Probably the first extreme metal album I got, along with Morbid Angel's Domination and Decapitation's Nihility. World ov Worms, as I've ranted before, is so powerful I had no idea what was going on. Death metal, black metal, industrial, constant and dense, huge and terrifying... I remember listening to it on the grass outside my parents house and having no idea what it was or why I'd never heard it before. It was that album that really ignited a love of proper metal in me, after years spent listening to stuff like Raging Speedhorn and assuming that was as good as it got.
Trying to narrow it down to another two is incredibly difficult!
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Michael Jackson - Bad - Probably the album that got me listening to music, my parents bought me the tape back in '87 and it took a while until I stopped listening to it (actually found it again last weekend!)
Metallica - ...and Justice for All - My brother forced me to listen to it when I was little! It was probably the first metal album I had ever heard and just got me totally instantly hooked. Still love it to this day and it is probably my favourite Metallica album.
Fear Factory - Soul of a New Machine - When this came out I realised that there was other (heavier!) music out there other than Metallica/Megadeth/Slayer and Pantera!!
There are probably quite a few others that cemented my path down the extreme, but these were probably my earliest major influences. Over the years I have picked up albums that have completely changed my understanding of music, or introduced me to genres I knew little about at the time. These have in a way influenced me just as much as the above three, as my tastes have changed and matured over the advancing years!
This album blew me away when I was a kid. The immense production values coupled with Corgan's frankly phenomenal musicianship and lyrics had me totally floored. I heard this a while after hearing Mellon Collie (which at the time, and even now, I had pegged as being bloated and wildly inconsistent - the high points are definitely some of the Pumpkins' best material, but as an album I don't think it stands up to the consistent genius of Siamese Dream), and I guess it was what started my love affair with the band. I've never heard a band like the Pumpkins since. I think the emo trend goes straight for a lot of the visual and aural aesthetics that were used by Smashing Pumpkins, especially the minor key lyrics put to major key music, but don't get anywhere near their quality. This band and this album more than any other (although Down comes a close second) had a powerful influence on the way I wrote music and lyrics when I was in a band in school. As Billy will tell you, I tried to rip Corgan off right down to the floppy fringe ;D
Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream is a true classic and will always be.
I must give mention to:
Lush - Split
I'd heard their single "Hypocrite" on Radio 1 and seen a brief clip of the video on The SHITV Chart Show's Indie chart section, noticing they were at no.1 Then they seemed to disappear and I never heard from them again, until about 2 years later when I saw their back catalogue in Tempest Records (back when it was a treasure trove and would get discount deals from the record companies in order to be able to sell their albums cheaper than the fuckhole HMV sucker prices)
I bought a tape copy of Split and it fucking blew me away. This gorgeous post-cure depresso indie band with beautiful guitar sounds, fast paced punky numbers and magnificent orchestra-backed slower songs. I was fucking hooked on them, and the half-japanese frontwoman's good looks and flame-red punk-dyed hair. Then I found their other previous albums, which had been produced by The Cocteau Twins' guitarist and songwriter Robin Guthrie. He had imbued their work with his trademark sound, which made them a sort-of indie pop sub-outfit of the Cocteaus. In time I learned that this wasn't something they'd enjoyed and it had hampered their career somewhat, but at the time I was mesmerised by it's incredible ethereal production.
Sometimes the best music can make one feel emotion that you may lack in everyday life, or a nostalgia for some other existence that really can't be attained, and this is exactly what I got from Lush. Maybe it's an autistic trait or due to me being mentally damaged somehow from injury in my early years, but for me music can transport me mentally to other places, and on occasion bring me greater happiness than anything else in life. The best music to me has always been music that I've felt I could live inside.
I understand for some this may be hard to imagine, but I guess that's just down to one's own Weltanschaung.
For me Lush ruined it all when they tried to come back as a britpop band, and will most likely only ever be remembered for their final album, which was the weakest music they did. Anyone else that will make allowances for vocals that aren't the best in the world should check out "Split" and "Spooky" for some shoegazey, poppy, happysad lovelehness.