My Record Collection - April 15, 2019

My Record Collection by Children Of Bodom's Henkka Blacksmith
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My Record Collection by Children Of Bodom's Henkka Blacksmith

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 Finnish metal types Children Of Bodom and their bassist Heneka Blacksmith. Let's see what he picks...

 

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

"It was either Roxette’s Joyride, Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction or Prince’s Diamonds and Pearls. But I can’t pinpoint which came first exactly! I remember that those were the very first records I bought, well it was all cassettes/tapes back then. I can’t recall the order they came in. All of them were awesome records, and still are utterly amazing records. They all had a big impact on me."

 

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

"There were three records that had a huge impact on me wanting to be in a band. Those were Rust in Peace by Megadeth, Seasons in the Abyss by Slayer and Arise by Sepultura. However the very first songs I really started to learn were the songs from Rust in Peace, but Sepultura’s Under Siege (Live in Barcelona) VHS just blew my mind!"

 

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

"I guess that would be Rust in Peace by Megadeth. It was and it still is just so very good. There are so many good songs on that album, and every song has so many cool and unique things about it. It was only when I got older that I started to be a fan of Marty Friedman’s solos on that album. It's awesome!"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is...

"This would have to be ’Jag trodde änglarna fanns’ by Kamferdrops. This might be cheating a little as it’s a single, but nowadays it's my go-to song whenever I feel bad or when I’m missing my family out on the road. It's such a simple tune but somehow it works for me."

 

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

"This would be Lapko’s A New Bohemia. They’re a Finnish band and this album is especially something really good. It has great production too. At first, I had some issues with Ville Malja’s vocals, but on this album, it just works. The opening track is just awesome. I really wish they’d had more success!"

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

"That would be Opeth’s Sorceress. I’m not particaulatly a fan of their music, but when I first saw the artwork for this one, I just felt incredibly annoyed that I hadn’t come up with the idea! It’s just beautiful!"

 

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"It has to be the Amorphis record Tales From The Thousand Lakes. This album holds a lot of nostalgia for me. I was a big death metal head when this album came out, and the title was quite a weird one at the time... but as soon as I played the record I was just blown away. Suddenly everything made sense to me."

"This was probably the first album that I was really anticipating the release of, from a band that I listened to a lot. It was very cool feeling getting this album, especially when it fulfilled all of my expectations. And I saw them in the legendary Lepakko venue in Helsinki for the album release show. Awesome!"

 

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

"It would be any Cheek album. I usually understand quite a lot of music and have varied tastes, you know, and I understand the reasons why people like music that might not be to my own personal tastes. But with this Finnish artist, it's hard."

"He did do some cool things, like booking the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki in 2014 for a show. At the time everyone laughed at how he could dream of filling a stadium of that size and expect more than 1000 people to show up. But then suddenly the show was sold out twice over. He certainly had some nerve. I appreciate that. But his music not so much..."

 

The last record I bought was...

"This was Swallow the Sun's When a Shadow Is Forced into the Light. I’ve been a fan of this band for some time now, and recently they released this record. Wow, it’s beautiful stuff. It was amazing to hear some of the new material live on their recent tour, which hit Finland last month."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is...

"This would be the new Born Of Osiris album. I’ve just recently read that they’re due to release a new album this year! I thought that they’d decided to call it a day years ago.. so I’m very glad to hear that they’re still making music. I managed to catch them live at the Mayhem festival in Connecticut back in 2013. We were also playing at the festival. I'm looking forward to hearing how they’ve been evolving."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"Even though I’m not Metallica fan, I think the ’Black Album’ is something GREAT. How they changed from the ’ ...And Justice for All’ sound into this, what can only be desribed as ”perfection” that still sounds awesome today, it’s an incredible feat that they achieved."

"It really gives me something to think about. In regards to the songs themselves, I have no real comments on those, but I would like to say that just how massive that album is in every way makes it quite possibly the greatest album of all time."

 

Children Of Bodom's new album Hexed is out now in hmv stores. 

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