My Record Collection - September 8, 2020

My Record Collection by Evanescence's Will Hunt
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My Record Collection by Evanescence's Will Hunt

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 Evanescence drummer Will Hunt. Let's see what he chooses...

 

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

"Kiss Alive II! I was 7 and in 2nd grade, I think. Kiss cards had been circulating in my class like some type of contraband and I, of course, had several, as well as an 8-Track of a K-Tel compilation with Rock-N-Roll All Night, and I was a fan. I just remember my dad taking me to the record store near the airport in Kansas City when he picked me up for my Christmas visit with him."

"The album had just come out and there was a huge display in the store for the album, and as everyone who’s seen the cover knows, it's insane looking! My dad gave me $10 as an early Christmas gift and told me I could get whatever I wanted. Technically it was my money, and money well spent it was. It pretty much defined what I wanted to do with my life from that moment."

 

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

"It was Motley Crue’s Shout At The Devil. I already knew I wanted to rock, but when that record and the video for 'Looks That Kill' came out the thought of being in a band went from an idea and a dream to a tunnel-fucking-vision conquest. I was committed and nothing was stopping me."

 

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

"That's a 4-way toss-up between, Def Leppard’s Pyromania, AC/DC’s Highway To Hell, Alice in Chains Facelift, and Deftones Around the Fur- although Pyromania probably wins. It’s one of those records that can just rotate non-stop, every track is stellar, and the production still holds up today. That record was always on at parties (and still finds it’s way onto the party playlist these days!) and is just bad-ass!"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"The Essential Electric Light Orchestra. I know, it's a hard left turn there! But, Jeff Lynne’s songwriting and production are second to none, and the performances on those songs are incredible. It’s music that really takes you away to a dream state and puts a smile on my face."

 

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

"I go to Korn’s Issues. It’s heavy, brutally honest in its lyrics, and very singable in the car when I need to yell out. The riffage, grooves with the tempo slowdowns, and melodies on that album really speak to me."

 

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

"Bloodsimple’s Red Harvest and not at all because I played on it. It’s simply one of the greatest slabs of metal/hardcore psychedelia ever written and recorded. Featuring Vision of Disorder Alumni Tim Williams on vocals. He's got best scream in the biz, and he channels this Jim Morrison thing with his lyrics and singing, then rips your face off with a gut-wrenching scream) and Mike Kennedy on guitar."

"This record should’ve destroyed the world, but alas, the old story of a band getting lost in a big record company executive shuffle kept it from getting it’s due. If you haven’t heard it, do yourself a favour and crank this up..."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Kiss - Alive II. Duh! I mean, it checks all the boxes. Fire, blood, explosions, sweat, sparks, superhero looking dudes, big ass Pearl drum kit, and Les Pauls. It's the absolute essence of all things rock!"

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"AC/DC’s Back In Black. I can’t think of a better title for that album, from that band, at that time, in their lives and careers. It really sums it all up, and at the same time describes the sound of that incredible slab of vinyl that I threw on my turntable for the first time in 1980. I don’t think anyone fully knew what they were about to listen to when they did that."

 

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

"Any Red Hot Chili Peppers album after Blood Sex Sugar Magic. They’ve literally made the same record over and over and over. It’s so predictable and safe that I've now got to reach for the dial to change the station if any of it comes on the radio. Annoying would be the descriptive term here. Chad Smith is awesome though and I love his grooves, but the rest of it? I just can't do it."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Korn’s The Nothing. Those guys just put out their best record since Follow The Leader and Issues. It’s truly an incredible, heartfelt, sonically brutal, heavy AF record that you can listen from front to back. Record of the year for me."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is…

"The Deftones new album. This is one of my favourite bands of all time. I think the last album didn’t live up to expectations for the fans or the band and that they’re ready to put something out to remind everyone and themselves of just who the f**k they are. Add to that that they’ve enlisted Terry Date who did the first three classic records and I think we’re in for a great album."

"I’ll also say and add this as well if Rage Against The Machine were going to be giving us even just an EP of new music, or hell, just two songs, that would top my list. I can’t think of a time when the world, and particularly the US couldn’t use a jolt of moral electricity and revolutionary inspiration from these dudes. Hopefully, they’re listening..."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"For me, it's Led Zeppelin II or The Beatles Abbey Road, I can’t choose. Both have incredible songs with just as incredible production and delivery and sparked generations of all types of rock to come. To me, those are the rock and roll 10 Commandments."

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