Published on Sunday, 14 August 2016 19:54
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Musician at: Shadow Image
1. Tristania - Beyond The Veil
"The opening track was the first piece of “extreme” music I had ever heard back at the turn of the century. Needless to say, it changed my life. This along with Widow’s Weeds are the highest example of dark symphonic metal."
2. Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
"Minimalist drumming, droning doom riffs, along with Michael’s otherworldly growling made for a unique form of metal."
3. Fields Of The Nephilim - The Nephilim
"Their other albums are all amazing as well but this stands as the greatest from these dust covered phantoms of the wasteland."
4. Avrigus - The Secret Kingdom
"This band’s only full length album is an amazing mix of folk, piano and symphonic metal."
5. Trans Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven’s Last Night
"It’s Beethoven’s music performed by an orchestra and progressive rock band set to a Faustian theatrical story. It’s amazing."
"Choosing only five albums is difficult but these are some that have stood with me for years and remain the most influential in my life."
Musician at: Treha Sektori, Throane, Ovtrenoir, Sembler Deah
1. Muscle and Marrow - Love
"Because her voice is throat grabbing then bring vertigo."
2. Mgla - Exercices In Futility
"As if everything was to be made right one day. Dreams don't come true for people like us. As if the gods were bored with peace in our hearts... said a lot."
3. Oathbreaker - Rheia
"Because they wanted to reach something higher in being surprising."
4. Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
"Because they found a riff in "Saturaatio" that combines tons of emotions in a line."
5. Magma - Slagh Tanz
"Because when you think about a sound, they have done it already, 40 years ago, in better, and they’re still doing it."
Musician at: Noctiferia
1. Dead Can Dance - Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun
2. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
3. White Zombie - Astrocreep 2000
4. Juno Reactor - Labyrinth
5. Agnes Obel - Aventine
"What can I say, weird pack of albums, few of many that influenced me, left a mark on me through the years. Atmosphere is the most important to me."
Musician at: Saigon Blue Rain
1. Johnny Marr - The Messenger
"The best guitar-driven album that has been made ever. Johnny is surely on top of his creativity these days. It outperforms every Morrisey's recordings and in my opinion every Smiths albums."
2. Baroness - Yellow And Green
"One of these few albums I like to drown into. It catches you and won't release you until the last note."
3. From Monument To Masses - The Impossible Leap In One Hundred Simple Steps
"10 years ago I discovered this album and it was on repeat on my player. I rediscovered it few weeks ago and it's still one of the best pot-rock/math-rock albums ever made. Such a shame they broke up. What I also like about them is the way they managed to introduce political commitment in their music."
4. London Grammar - If You Wait
"The most beautiful voice I heard for a long time. I love the pizzicato guitar work. They manage to create such a unique and personal universe. I'm really looking forward for their next release. "
5. Crime & The City Solution - Rooms Of Light
"One of my biggest influence. Without this album, there wouldn't be Saigon Blue Rain."
Musician at: Nachtsucher
1. Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
"Muse is my favourite band! When I hear it or visite one of their great shows, I feel the whole power of music in perfection!"
2. Waltari - Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die! Die! (Death Metal Symphony in Deep C)
"I was impressed and will love it to the end! Everybody should hear it once in a lifetime!"
3. System Of A Down - Chop Suey
"The amazing changes from power and speed to fantastic melodies of tenderness - great!"
4. U2 - Rattle And Hum
"I love the voice of Bono!"
5. Udo Jürgens - Best of
"Udo was and will always be my reason for being a singer and performer! He was outstanding! R.i.P.!"
Musician at: Minneriket, Blodsgard, VOid&Khaos
1. Trelldom - Til et annet...
2. Dimmu Borgir - Stormblåst
3. The Offspring - Ignition
4. Vond - Selvmord
5. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
"Picking just five albums is an impossible task, but I tried to narrow it down to albums who have meant a lot to me through many years. I could have diversified it a lot more, but these have been the staples in the soundtrack of my life."
Musician at: God In A Cone, Madleaf, Slitherum
1. Scary Mother - Tai Laeo
"Amazing progressive grunge album."
2. Clay People - Firetribe
"Amazing elements of industrial and grunge music with gothic touches."
3. Godflesh - Pure
"Dark and heavy stuff at its finest."
4. Bathory - Under The Sing Of The Black Mark
"The father of the black metal movement."
5. Maya - Slow Escape
"This is an amazing progressive extreme trippy-metal music with tribal elements."
"Music is endless, my list might be an infinite loop, but I selected some innovative gems and so feel free to enjoy my Top 5!"
Chris Fu-Manchu Islec
Musician at: The Stompcrash
1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
2. The Doors - Strange Days
3. David Bowie - Station To Station
4. The Cure - Disintegration
5. The Damned - Phantasmagoria
"It was quite hard to select these albums and I'm still not sure of my choices because I had to leave off many artists I love and which surely influenced me a lot. Probably if you ask me this question ten times I'll give you ten different lists."
Musician at : SadDoLLs
1. HIM - Razorblade Romance
2. Poisonblack - Escapextacy
3. To/Die/For - All Eternity
4. Deathstars - Termination Bliss
5. The Crow - The Movie Soundtrack
"This is my current playilist, but it seems to change
depending on what new stuff I find out there, so it
is likely to be different by next year or sooner."
Musician at: Disjecta Membra, Dreams Are Like Water
1. David Bowie - Blackstar
"I’ve read dozens of eulogies to Bowie since he died and only one of them particularly resonated with me, which was written by Josh Strawn from Azar Swan. As much as I feel like so much more could have and should have been said about David Bowie’s legacy and impact, and specifically this album, I don’t feel like I’ve got it in me to do the subject any justice at all."
2. Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing / Log Horn Breed (Split LP)
"Two of my favourite current New Zealand bands on one album; kinda hard to go wrong there. They’re a very good pairing too; like a lot of my favourite Antipodean music, both bands have a decidedly ‘swampy’ sort of feel to them, somewhere between serrated post-punk, staggering, punchdrunk no-wave and bludgeoning noise-industrial. Where they differ is that GPOGP often feel like a harrowingly bad mushroom trip, shrouded in esoteric mysticism and a raw and visceral sort of revelatory esctaticism, while Log Horn Breed is more the kind of sound you can imagine kicking its way out from under the ruins of a collapsed Christchurch."
3. Masses - Moloch
"For the last few years there have been a lot of very good albums from the younger generation of post-punk, dark punk, deathrock (etc) revivalist bands, but this was my favourite of 2016. I loved Masses’ first handful of recordings (a demo, an EP, some split releases and compilation tracks), which were sort of jagged, spiky, barking and howling goth punk, with all of the requisite obnoxious, snotty bombast and swagger to carry it over. That’s still a very strong element of their sound on Moloch too, but I especially like the progression on this album into more melodic, atmospheric territory, which I think has a lot to do with the addition of Nellie Pearson on keys and vox. The song "Sirens" is my favourite; I saw a live version on YouTube that was just stunning."
4. The Mission - Another Fall From Grace
"This album fulfilled all of my old school #tradgoth rock requirements for 2016. If you took the ‘Wake’ line-up of The Sisters, and tried to imagine them completing a second album together, and then married that to the best elements of The Mission from ’86-’90, then this album is what you’d get. Only it’s better produced, and unlike any other album that might be described in those terms, this one wasn’t made by third-rate clones and imposters. They were fucking magic live, too - pissed all over The Sisters’ last show here. This album and the tour feels like a real triumph for the band; both a return to form as well as a gathering of momentum for the future."
5. Mick Harvey - Delirium Tremens
"This is the third in a series of four Mick Harvey albums that reinterpret the songs of Serge Gainsbourg; the previous two were favourites of mine in the mid-late nineties, so parts III and IV have been a long time coming. My favourite Mick Harvey solo album is probably Sketches From The Book Of The Dead, but Delirium Tremens is the one album I think I’ve listened to the more than any other release this year. Mick’s voice feels most at home in lounge-bar crooner mode, and his arrangements always sound rich, lush and immersive, even when stripped down to the comparatively intimate 4-piece band setting with The Intoxicated Men. Regular sideman/collaborator J.P. Shilo brings a hell of a lot to the equation these days as well, in amongst a swathe of talent from backing vocalists and sultry duets, string players, pianists, percussionists and revolving rhythm sections."
"I can’t list five favourite albums of all time, because there will always be another fifty albums or so that I feel really ought to have made it into the top five. But as it’s that time of year, here are five albums that I’ve enjoyed the most during 2016 (in no particular order)."