If you like the sound of Nasty and Malevolence mixed with Rage Against The Machine then you’ve come to the right place – brand new groove/rap metal/hardcore band All At Sea are dropping their brand new EP ‘Systemised’ on May 12th and it’s crushingly heavy. We grabbed the band and got them to each pick a record that inspired them into becoming the musician they are today.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
As chosen by Ross Adam Blackmore (Guitar/Vocals)
Super important album to me, I remember the first time I heard it, I was living in Scotland at the time and a friend showed me it round his house, being a kid at the time I knew little about guitar riffs or instrumentation I just knew I liked it. Fast forward to now Tom Morello and that album have a heavy influence on the band and my song writing. Tom‘s riffs aren’t necessarily technical and he proves less is more, something I strongly believe in. He’s the master at writing hooks and my song writing ethos is “if you can hum it so can they”. The aim is always create a hook that people will remember.
CANCER BATS – BIRTHING THE GIANT
As chosen by Scott Marks (Guitar)
This album has been on my playlist since I was 15 years old. Cancer Bats were, for me at least – one of those bands that would rock up on support and completely outshine the headliner. I like how the vocals are energetic and aggressive without ever really pushing it as far as screaming. The guitar work has a nod to southern metal which has always been a big thing for me.
LAMB OF GOD – RESOLUTION
As chosen by Kip Walker (Bass)
An album that really opened my eyes in terms of how to work a bassline to weave a little more groove behind heavy riffs would be ‘Resolution’ by Lamb of God. That, and because it’s filled front to back with brilliant songs that are consistently well written. I feel like the layering for the two guitars, drums, and bass is all done exceptionally well. John Campbell‘s bass tone and well crafted lines are heard clearly throughout the content, which is important for any groove styled band, and in some tracks there are cut away sections to reveal that deep, underlying, chunky bass sound.
KARNIVOOL – SOUND AWAKE
As chosen by Tom Cox (Drums)
A hugely influential band of mine is Karnivool and especially the album ‘Sound Awake’. The main reason being that was the first album Karnivool recorded with Steve Judd behind the kit. The whole album shows beautiful discipline and creativity from all members but especially Judd for me. His approach to everything from complex time signatures to heavy riffs is something that gains my attention every time I listen to ‘Sound Awake’.
PANTERA – VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER
As chosen by Jack Tyreman (Vocals)
This album influenced me for a number of reasons. Being a vocalist, I find Phil Anselmo‘s lyrics were raw and never sugar coated which I have taken a lot of inspiration from – what he says is what he means. His vocals were never over produced and you can feel the live grit of his voice in every line. It was as if he just picked up the mic, screamed a line and that’s how it ended up on the record. This has had a big influence over my attitude recording in the studio and how I want to sound.