My Record Collection - September 25, 2017

My Record Collection by Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson
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My Record Collection by Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson, let's see what the metal axeman has chosen...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"This was WASP's The Last Command” on cassette! I was saving up my allowance for a while and then bought it in the nearest town (Haugesund). The funny thing is that I liked it for a few weeks then totally lost whatever liking I had for the band. Still to this day people get surprised that a full-time metal head like myself is not into WASP. Then again, I have heard some stories about people in that band and the way they act in the world and I am kinda happy it did not stay with me."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"Kiss's Dynasty! My Granddad noticed I was collecting Kiss’ collectable cards and was a big fan of this Norwegian television show, which featured a little Kiss-snippet in each episode. So he got me this cassette for my birthday, I believe I was six years old, and from then on it was all about getting a band going. During my first years at school, I think I started a new band weekly!"

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, by far. I inherited my dad’s record collection when I turned eleven, and sitting down listening to it, I got to Dark Side Of The Moon and never moved on. Still, listen to it a lot and it often makes appearances at important times in my life."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"This is Another Perfect Day by Motorhead. That opener 'Back at the Funny Farm' gets me up and running every time. Hell, just talking about it now makes me want to go out and get a cold pint. I am in Sao Paulo now, so that is actually a great plan for later."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"Tool is always a band that gets me inspired and energetic. Right now I am going to select 10,000 Days, there is this relentless energy in that band that I feel when listening to it. The lyrics are great, powerful and totally void of self-pity. Danny Carey’s drumming alone is enough to get anyone up and about with happy thoughts!"

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Ved Buens Ende has an EP-album called Those Who Caress The Pale that was released in 1997, years and years ahead of anyone else it predicted the fusion of (extreme) Metal, jazz, prog and everything else that is so popular today. The band is kinda alive today through another heavily underrated band; Virus. Make sure to check out both if you are into things that are original, beautiful and strange."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Bathory's Hammerheart is the album that led Enslaved to fuse the themes from Norse mythology with our very own brand of avant-garde Norwegian Metal. And the cover for this album contains all the power and magic of Metal and Norse mythology. It is a piece called The Funeral of a Viking by Sir Frank Dicksee, and I can sit for long whiles just studying it."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Saturday Night Wrist by Deftones. I do not really understand what it means, but at the same time I kind of do. Combined with the cover art it gives of this weird nostalgic dark vibe that goes so well with the music and strange lyrics on this album."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"Pretty much anything by Guns N'Roses. Do not get me wrong, it is good music and all that – but loving it and freaking out over it just does not compute with me, sorry. Maybe it is a reminder of the greatness of Rock and Metal in the 80s? Still not worth the worshipping of the enfant terrible Axl Rose. Slash is awesome though!"

 

The last record I bought was…

"Oh boy, that was Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool. Ooops, that reminds me – have not heard it yet. I liked their earlier stuff A LOT, and still hope that new albums will take me back to those vibes."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"I am really looking forward to hearing Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Luciferian Empires! That band is just so good and atmospheric and unusual. Love’em!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Oh, that is easy. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. None next to it and certainly none above!"

 

Enslaved's new album E is released on October 13th and available to pre-order here. 

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