My Record Collection - September 23, 2014

My Record Collection by HammerFall's Oscar Dronjak
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My Record Collection by HammerFall's Oscar Dronjak

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 Swedish metallers HammerFall Oscar Dronjak, wonder what he's got in store for us...

 

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

"I don’t quite remember, but it was either Judas Priest: Screaming For Vengeance, Accept: Balls To The Wall."

 

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

"It was not a record, it was an instrument: the electric guitar! But the reason I started playing was because I felt the inherent energy and power in the music I was listening to, and wanted to try playing it myself. The trombone, which was what I played for 4 years, just didn’t cut it in a metal environment. It was my love for heavy metal and playing an instrument that made me want to play in a band, not any single album."

 

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

"Probably any of the KISS, Judas Priest, Accept, W.A.S.P., Mercyful Fate or Twisted Sister albums of the 80s would qualify."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"It always depends on what I’m in the mood for. The 1991 Manowar song 'Metal Warrior' never fail to get my juices flowing, same goes for anything with King Diamond on vocals. As well as the Swedish band Jävlaranamma, they always put me in a good mood!"

 

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

"A bunch of ballads, with 'Tears By the Firelight' (Stormwitch), 'Before The Dawn' (Judas Priest), 'Tomorrow' (Europe), '1000 Rainy Nights' (Stratovarius) and 'Hol Van A Szó' (Pokolgép) being the most prominent."

 

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

"Come Out And Play with Twisted Sister. They caught a lot of criticism for that one, and almost no one didn’t seemed to realise it actually was their strongest effort ever. As usual, some people listen with their eyes instead of their ears. I guess some things never change…"

 

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Hands down, Don’t Break The Oath by Mercyful Fate. It’s stunning and breathtakingly evil in it’s relative simplicity."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Judas Priest’s Defenders Of The Faith, because that’s what I’ve spent 30 years of my life doing. Honorable mention goes to Alice Cooper for his 1982 album Zipper Catches Skin, just for the humour and agony associated with it."

 

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

"Anything in the grunge genre. It’s so far away from what I perceive metal to be, so I can’t understand the connection. But maybe that’s just me."

 

The last record I bought was…

"The new Sixx:A.M. single 'Gotta Get It Right', it came out last week. Full album was “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun. But they were iTunes downloads. If we’re talking physical copies, it was a picture disc reissue of the Rave Records Mercyful Fate album A Corpse Without Soul/Nuns Have No Fun/Doomed By The Living Dead/Devil Eyes 12."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Accept: Balls To The Wall. Judas Priest: Painkiller. Mercyful Fate: Melissa. Europe: Out Of This World. Twisted Sister: Come Out And Play. Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow: Strangers In Us All. Helloween: Keeper Of The Seven Keys pt. 1&2. U.D.O.: Faceless World. Vince Neil: Exposed. Rainbow: Rising. Morbid Angel: Altars Of Madness. W.A.S.P.: Live…In The Raw. Manowar: Louder Than Hell. Mötley Crüe: Shout At The Devil. Take your pick, I can go on forever. And so far I’ve restricted myself to just 1 album/artist…"

 

HammerFall's new album rEvolution is out now and can be previewed on the right-hand side of the page. 

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