My Record Collection - May 5, 2015

My Record Collection by Paradise Lost's Greg Mackintosh
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My Record Collection by Paradise Lost's Greg Mackintosh

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 Paradise Lost's Greg Mackintosh, it's decidedly gloomy...

 

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

"That would be Adam and the Ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier.  Loved this record at the time (I was 10 years old when it came out) and I still do. I think it's an inventive and vibrant record that transcends genres."

 

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

"Ultra Violent - Crime for Revenge EP. So raw and still one of my favourite punk records. This record is directly responsible for me picking up a guitar. The fact they were from my home town made me feel like being in a band was actually possible."

 

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

"Jesus Christ Superstar - The Music from the Motion Picture. My brothers and I grew up with this playing pretty much every day. My mother used to go to London once a year to see it live as well. I know every word to the whole thing and still play it probably once a fortnight. Don't bother with any other version than this one." 

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"Conflict - The Ungovernable Force. Fucking love this record. This record got me angry and motivated. Still makes me want to smash the system even though I would probably put my back out these days. Favourite track has to be Mighty and Superior."

 

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

"Carnivore - Retaliation. I always called this my Saturday night record. If I needed to get in the mood for going out this would do it. Superb songs and for the most part hilarious lyrics that provoke pretty much everybody."

 

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

"Anti Sect - Out from the Void. Along with Sacrilege, English Dogs and a handful of others this was one of the first bands to successfully merge hardcore punk and metal spawning the crust movement. This record led me to Hellhammer and Celtic Frost and opened my mind to metal music which I wouldn't have entertained before."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion. Didn't even hesitate on this one. Best cover art ever by far. Utterly morbid and a great example of H.R. Geiger's best work. Also one of my favourite albums ever."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Candlemass-  Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. For all the wrong reasons. Fantastic album with the most ludicrous title. Fortunately I forgave them the title and it became one of my most beloved records. Weep openly at the solo on the track 'Crystal Ball'."

 

 

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

"Porcupine Tree - Any album It's not just Porcupine Tree. It's the whole smugness of the modern prog scene. I detest any band who assimilates themselves with this scene. I only picked Porcupine Tree because they are the smuggest of the smug."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Napalm Death - Apex Predator. Stunning return to form in my opinion. This is ferocious. Not bad for a bunch of blokes knocking on 50."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2015 is…

"Sacrilege - As yet untitled but partly to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Behind the Realms of Madness. I grew up listening to this band and when Frank their bass player told me they were getting back together I just assumed it was drunken ramblings. It was definitely drunken but ramblings it was not."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales. This album just sums up everything I love in music. It's angry, dirty,noisy, grim but has great hooks. I am morbid!"

 

Paradise Lost's new album The Plague Within is released on June 1st. You can pre-order the album in hmv stores across the UK now. 

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