My Record Collection - October 10, 2016

My Record Collection by Epica's Mark Jansen
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My Record Collection by Epica's Mark Jansen

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 Dutch symphonic metallers Epica and their guitarist Mark Ransen, let's see what he picks out for us... 

 

You can check out some of Mark's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"This was Megadeth's Rust In Peace. I come from a small village, but we had record store with a small section for metal. So I came into the store and I was looking at the albums… I remember that album with that cover… The artwork caught my attention. I bought it just based on the cover. I hadn’t heard any music by Megadeth but I just knew it was heavy. It looked heavy. The cover was so amazing. And I got back home, I played it, and I loved the music. So my intuition was good."

 

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

"That was Gorefest's Erase. That album really kicked ass and I saw them on MTV's Headbangers' Ball. I saw the video clip of ‘Erase’, and then I knew that I wanted to do this too. They had a video of it and it was a dark video, and you saw the guy with the bass, Jan Chris de Koeijer. I thought 'Wow, it must be amazing to be in a band like that'."



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

"I think that’s also Rust In Peace. Because when I got it, it was impossible to get it out of my CD player. I never re-bought it, but it’s full of scratches. It’s skipping some tracks. I still have the album, full of scratches. I still carry it around. But if I can’t pick Rust In Peace again I’d say Ayreon's The Final Experiment. That album I bought just based on a review it got in a magazine. I think it got like 10/10. So I thought this must be great, so I bought it, played it at home. At first, I thought 'This sucks'. And 'Shit, I spent all my money on this album, and it sucks', I gave it another spin, 'It doesn’t suck' played it again, and it got me. From there on, I played it like 200 times."


The record that always make me feel good is…

"Yeah, that’s Clannad. It’s soft music, and it doesn’t matter what album it is. Most of the time I play a Best Of. It makes me feel good, because I loved to watch Robin Hood when I was a kid. They wrote the title track for the series. They have some great energy around them."


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

"When I feel bad, I start cycling. It makes me feel better. There’s not really a lot of music that makes me feel better."


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

"This is Orphanage's By Time Alone. That’s the band that was at the beginning female-fronted scene. I don’t like that word, but that’s what they called it. Of all the bands that were inspired by them, they took off with Within Temptation. Within Temptation was supporting them back in the days. Everybody took off, but Orphanage stayed a bit underground. I’m sure many people have heard their name, but not many people know their music. So I would suggest: check that band out. Especially By Time Alone. It’s really an amazing album and I think it’s really underrated."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Yeah, that’s also the Rust In Peace album by Megadeth. I bought it just because of its cover. I loved that cover right away. Sorry but I HAVE to pick that one!"



The record with my favourite title is…

"I always liked Opeth's Blackwater Park. It makes your imagination go wild. I think about a mystical place. Scary, even. You don’t want to swim there. That’s the feeling I get with such a title. In general, I like titles that makes you imagining how things are, and then the music enhances that feeling."



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

"Judas Priest. I never quite got Judas Priest. There’s many friends of mine that was all about Judas Priest. Even the guy I founded After Forever with, he was a big Judas Priest fan. So when I said “I don’t like them that much”, it really pissed him off. You had to like them. Otherwise you knew nothing about music. Not a good taste. But we both liked Iron Maiden. I tried many times to get into it. For me it’s a bit overrated."

 

The last record I bought was…

"The last record I bought was the new album from Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud. I’ve played it quite a few times in the car. Sometimes I need new CD’s for my car, and this was a good choice."


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2016 is...

"I’m really looking forward to the new Opeth album. I am really into Opeth, when someone says it’s really amazing, I get even more curious."


The greatest record of all time is…

"Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction. Because that album is pure rock n’ roll. It’s because of my childhood too. My father bought that album, and I didn’t want to admit that I liked them. Said 'Ah, shit music'. Then I stole the album, I started playing it. And my father went 'Where’s my guns ‘n roses album?' I was like 'I don’t know' and then I put It back. You don’t want to listen to the same music as your parents. Especially at that age. But I think that was the start of heavy music for me. I listened to top 40 when I was a really small kid. When you’re orienting yourself and finding your way in life. And then, with guns n’ roses, I knew that the heavier music, that’s for me."

 

Epica's new album The Holographic Principle is out now and available to preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page. 

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