Metallic hardcore outfit Black Coast are preparing to release the first instalment of their band new double EP ‘Ill Minds’. The band are ready to release some new music after a hectic couple of years. The band have been out supporting the likes of Stray From The Path before setting out on a full Japanese tour and playing alongside In Hearts Wake and Silent Screams.
To celebrate the recent release of the band’s new EP, we got the band to pick five albums that have inspired them in someway to find out where the unique sound of Black Coast was moulded.
PANTERA – ‘COWBOYS FROM HELL’
There’s no band better at writing groove riffs than Pantera. Dimebag is one of the greatest guitarists ever. His solos are out of this world, and his note selection sets him apart from other amazing guitarists, something that we look to when we’re writing the lead parts. ‘Domination’ being one of the most notable tracks from the album, it inspired us to write the breakdown in ‘Lost My Limits’. They’re a big influence on us when it comes to writing, and if we’re ever trying to figure out a certain way to approach a riff or a groove section, we usually stick Pantera on for some inspiration.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – ‘THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES’
Once again another band that write some of the grooviest songs ever, Rage perfectly blended hip hop and rock together. ‘Testify’ and ‘Sleep Now In The Fire’ are good examples of the up-beat, bouncy tempo that give them their sound, something that we try to incorporate into our song writing.
STRAY FROM THE PATH – ‘RISING SUN’
Like Rage on steroids, Stray took it to the next level. If you listen to our songs there’s no denying that we’re heavily influenced by Stray From The Path. The groovy riffs, stomping breakdowns and those double stop bends in songs like ‘Rising Sun’, ‘Bring It Back To The Streets’ and ‘Mad Girl’ are perfect examples of the sound that we’ve been so influenced by. Stray are like a blend between Rage and Pantera, a formula you could never go wrong with.
LIMP BIZKIT – ‘CHOCOLATE STARFISH AND THE HOT DOG FLAVOURED WATER’
Sticking with the same theme is another band laden with all of the things we’ve talked about previously, nu-metal kings, Limp Bizkit. Similar to Rage and Pantera, Limp Bizkit are a band that we grew up listening to and have always played a part with the music we write. They’re another band to infuse metal riffs with hip-hop beats in songs like ‘My Generation’ and ‘Rollin’’. ‘My Way’ is probably the most influential track to us from this album, with it’s space sounding intro and verses seamlessly blending in with the heavy choruses and bridge.
DJ SHADOW – ‘ENDTRODUCING..’
Something a bit different from the rest of our picks, DJ Shadow is someone we usually listen to on a late night drive from a show, however we’ve taken inspiration from this album in particular with some of the weird beats and rhythms that he uses in his songs. It’s always good to look for inspiration outside of the genre of music your band is in, especially artists that push the boundaries of their genre, like DJ Shadow.
Black Coast‘s new EP ‘Ill Minds Vol 1’ is out November 9th via Primordial Records.
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