Published on Sunday, 14 August 2016 19:54
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Musician at: Trouble Fait'
1. David Bowie - Scary Monsters
"I've always been fascinated by this multifaceted artist who has been able to re-invent himself again and again. Scary Monsters is the album I listened to the most and it includes great tracks maybe with a more commercial approach and therefore more accessible; I particularly love these synthetic string sounds."
2. Bauhaus - Mask
"My all time favourite band... Definitely!! These 4 guys are simply amazing, Pete Murphy ahead with his beautiful voice and his unique way of using it. Atmospheric guitars, sophistication, darkness and gloom... there's so much creativity in all the songs."
3. Dead Can Dance - Dead Can Dance
"It's hard to choose only one album because all of them include so many great tracks! Lisa's voice is so pure, "Ocean" song touches me to the depth of my soul. This 1st album is already a perfect blend of dark new wave, goth and world music and Brendan and Lisa match so perfectly."
4. The Cure - Pornography
"Without the slightest hesitation it's their most brilliant and creative album, the darker too with its wailing guitar and its heady bass. Robert Smith's depression is palpable from the beginning to the end of the album."
5. Joy Division - Unknown pleasures
"The whole album is passion, energy, emotion and especially despair. Their music is timeless. Ian has often been imitated but never equalled."
Musician at: Whispers In The Shadow, The Devil & The Universe, Near Earth Orbit
1. Anna von Hausswolff - Ceremony
2. Esben And The Witch - Violet Cries
3. Eraas - Eraas
4. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
"To keep things more interesting I decided to choose my favorite albums from the last 10 years instead of my all-time favorites, which are actually well documented and are mostly 80s records. They would have been the obvious candidates anyway, stuff like The Cure, The Sisters Of Mercy, Bowie, you name it, you know them. Instead I asked myself what are the albums from the last 10 years that really got me, the ones I will still hold in high regard in another 10 years’ time. I discovered the first 3 bands from my list within a year or so. The time period from 2012-14 was a good one, lots of new and exciting bands, at least in my book. Very inspiring as well. It’s not by coincidence we started with The Devil & The Universe at that time. Especially Esben And The Witch’s debut album is an absolute masterpiece in my ears, same goes for Eraas, such fantastic rhythm work on this one. But Hausswolff seems to be the only one who is able to keep my expectations high today. The last Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album was such a surprise, I’m not the only who thinks it’s actually his best and most coherent work to date. Same goes for the Dead Can Dance comeback album, which was everything I hoped for and came at a time when I was rediscovering the band big time. Perfect timing." (*Photo by Manuela Melichar)
Musician at: Kult Of Red Pyramid, Shinrei Complex, Void.Inject
1. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times
2. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
3. Alice In Chains - Dirt
4. Danzig - Danzig
5. Katatonia - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
"This was extremely hard to pick out because it would require a top 20 or at least top 10, but here it is. These 5 releases represent a strong influence through longer periods of my life and are still valid today."
Musician at: Born For Bliss, Vaselyne, ex-Clan Of Xymox
1. David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
"When I was a kid I wasn’t really thinking of becoming a musician until I heard David Bowie on the radio for the first time. It was as if a door to a new universe opened up to me. Songs from the ‘Ziggy Stardust’ album like "Starman" and "Moonage Daydream" literarily changed my life. Not only David Bowie became my number one hero but also Mick Ronson became my hero guitar player. I no longer wanted to be a kid. I wanted to grow up to be just like them..."
2. Joy Division - Closer
"One of the most important post-punk records ever made. No need to say more."
3. The Sound - The Sound From The Lions Mouth
"I remember seeing Adrian Borland and The Sound for the first time when they performed at the No Nukes festival in The Netherlands, Utrecht 1982. I was immediately blown away by Borland’s drive and energy on stage. The next day I went to the record store and I bought Jeopardy and The Sound From The Lions Mouth. The following months both records became a permanent fixture on my turntable. During that same period I tried to convince my fellow band members that I used to play with at that time, to get rid of our set list and start writing songs like Borland did."
4. The Cure - Disintegration
"My favorite Cure album. Dark, gloomy and hallucinogenic. The album is full of slow droning guitar progressions, layered synths, hypnotizing basslines and Robert Smith’s introspective vocals. Just fantastic..."
5. Swans - White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity
"Simply a masterpiece. But definitely not for the faint of heart. During some of my darkest moments, Michael Gira’s mournful voice and scattered guitar chords in "Failure" at least made me aware of the fact that there was someone out there who could feel himself even more miserable then myself."
"I could think of at least a hundred different albums that changed my life and that have for sure influenced me as a musician. It’s kind of difficult to reduce it to five. So I’m including albums mostly from the early period, 70s to early 90s which influenced me the most."
Musician at: TeHÔM, Principia Audiomatica, ex-Implant Code
1. SPK - Zamia Lehmanni: Songs Of Byzantine Flowers
2. Lustmord - Paradise Disowned
3. Test Dept. - Beating The Retreat
4. Clock DVA - Buried Dreams
5. Skinny Puppy - Bites
"It's really hard to mention 5 albums of all time for me, but these are five albums that come to my mind each time when somebody is asking me, so probably that's it. They represent reflection of my influences and definitely my top artists from different genres. I must also point out that all these albums have excellent production for that time, the mid '80s, but also for the present and still at a very high level."
Musician at: Monocube
1. Asmorod - A Faint Light Below
2. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Black Earth
3. Death - Human
4. Diamanda Galas - Plague Mass
5. Troum & Yen Pox - Mnemonic Induction
"Top 5 albums that have formed me and are the best for my soul, for different states of mind. Always welcome, anytime, any place. Like a soundtrack for my life. It is the music with vibes you feel imminently, you merge inexorable. True music for people who can listen."
Musician at: My Darkest Time
1. Veni Domine - Spiritual Wasteland
"I'm fan of all their albums but this one is from special period when I was listening to them for the first time, and that rich and creative guitars and the weirdest drum rhythms always impress me."
2. Saviour Machine - Legend II
"This is the soundtrack for the end of the world. Top class of music and vocals."
3. Kohllapse - Distant Mind Alternative
"It's just cool album when I'm down."
4. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
"Best heavy power voice for me and a very light album."
5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part
"For calm mood, without drama and emotions."
Musician at: Aeon Sable
1. The Sisters Of Mercy - First And Last And Always
2. Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
3. Angels Of Liberty - Pinnacle Of The Draco
4. The Covenant - Nexus Polaris
5. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
"Only five albums - how could I reduce my musical inspiration to only five albums?"
Robert "Mr. Grey" Steen-Antonsen
Musician at: Liquid Grey
1. Black Sabbath - 13
"Classic Sabbath, downtuned and moody."
2. Behemoth - The Satanist
"This band takes heavy to a whole new level. Excellent album."
3. Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
"Beautiful album even if you are not a Celtic Frost fan, this album takes you on a trip."
4. Rotting Christ - Rituals
"One of the best bands on the planet creating soundscapes that are beyond conventional metal. Powerful album."
5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
"Nick Cave & Co deliver the goods every single time, Cave is one of the few artists that can be so heavy even at whispering volumes. Haunting album."
"I got a lot of favourite albums but here are some of my favourite albums for the last 2-3 years or so."
Musician at: Noctilucant
1. Atrium Carceri - Seishinbyouin
"I heard this album shortly after its release in 2004 and the effect was immense. Prior to this album I had mostly stuck to listening to just the deep droney dark suffocating ambient artists like Lustmord, Kammarheit and Svartsinn. This album showed me (and many others) that dark ambient could be so much more. The highly atmospheric cinematic touches, the twisted bizarre sounds, the industrial vibes, samples, sparse percussion, piano, beats and guitar, and the occasional underlining melodic characteristics and even epic touches made this an absolutely breathtaking original album that I'll infinitely hold in the highest regard."
2. Northaunt - The Ominous Silence
"Northaunt's 2001 debut was my personal soundtrack of despair between the years of 2001-2004 and the amount of times I've listened to this album is immeasurable. Northaunt was another project that displayed a sound far from the norm within the dark ambient scene with its incredible nature based atmospheric vibes paired with dark mesmerizing drones and occasional melodic touches via piano and guitar. The album emits an absolutely unique melancholy sentiment, which was both mournful but also comforting to my fragile state of being at the time."
3. In Slaughter Natives - Enter Now The World
"For me this is one of the most monumental releases in the entire history of post industrial and dark ambient music. Sounding like the soundtrack to a post apocalyptic nuclear war of devastating stature, In Slaughter Natives's music intermingle's between dark ambient, industrial, martial, neoclassical and warped soundtrack music. It was also wrote and recorded in 1991, which to me doesn't even seem possible, because there just simply wasn't anything else out there like this at the time."
4. Inanna - Day Ov Torment
"When I was able and ready to create dark ambient music, this one got pulled off my CD shelf and stuck with me for quite a while. I had already heard the album about eight years earlier, and during all these years I'd always considered it one the more haunting dark ambient/industrial releases out there. Although close in sound to In Slaughter Natives, this album has an unmistakably darker and malevolent character to it, which is hard to resist."
5. Sabled Sun - 2146
"Although only released a few years ago, 2146 by Sabled Sun was absolutely the album that finally convinced me to create dark ambient music. Rich with field recordings and an even more cinematic sound than his Atrium Carceri project, Simon Heath's Sabled Sun is AC and then some. The story follows a single protagonist, awakened from cryogenic sleep, as he wanders through a desolate post apocalyptic world and throughout album he makes various discoveries while trying to piece together just what exactly happened to humanity. This is probably one of the most highly atmospheric recordings ever released in the dark ambient genre, and for me its surely one of my biggest influences."
"Although tempting to list a multi genre best of, I decided to approach this top 5 list from the perspective of inspiration it served unto me as a dark ambient artist."