My Record Collection - September 30, 2019

My Record Collection by High Command's Ryan McArdle
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My Record Collection by High Command's Ryan McArdle

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 metallers High Command and their guitarist Roy McArdle, let's see what he picks...

 

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

"This was Rage Against the Machine's Battle of Los Angeles. I was kind of like Ricky Bobby’s kids in Talledega Nights, I didn't know what anarchy meant, but I liked it."

 

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

"Has to be AC/DC's Highway to Hell, I remember learning the three or four chords that comprise 'Night Prowler' when I first started playing guitar and thinking maybe I could do this whole band thing too."

 

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

"I'd go for Metallica's Ride the Lightning. This is a record that's been on steady rotation in my life since I was about 12 years old. I remember feeling like every note fell on my head like a 9-pound hammer when I first listened to it, 16 years later, nothing has changed."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Judas Priest's British Steel. Supreme party music, liquor always seems to go down easier when 'Breaking the Law' comes on."

 

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

"Townes Van Zandt's self-titled album. Man, no one paints a more miserable picture than him. You can feel down on just about anything and I guarantee Townes has a song about it. I’m glad we all have his music to lean on in our time of need, but man, he must have had to live it every day in order to convey such a sense of sincerity."

 

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

"Exhorder's The Law. The forefathers to the style of groove metal that became one of the biggest things in the world in the early 90s. It’s a shame they never got their day in the sun like some of the acts they influenced."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Has to be Slayer's Reign in Blood. It's the most evil-looking cover of all time. it looks like if Pablo Picasso went to hell, came back and painted what he saw. Definitely, one I hid from my parents as a kid..."

 


The record with my favourite title is…

"It's Will Smith's Big Willy Style. For obvious reasons…"

 

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

"Megadeth's Rust in Peace. This is a hot take on my part. I’m pretty sure everyone else in my band loves this record, but Megadeth was just a band that never clicked for me."

 

The last record I bought was…

"This was Fuming Mouth's The Grand Decent. A fantastic debut full length from fellow Massachusetts psychopaths. Everyone should do themselves a favour and grab a copy."

 

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

"Vastum's Orificial Purge. One of the meanest sounding death metal bands in recent years. Can’t wait to see where they take it next."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Black Sabbath's Master of Reality. While it's hard to choose just one Sabbath record to count as the GOAT, Master of Reality really was the one that first piqued my interest when I was a kid."

"It blows my mind how out of leftfield these guys came, no one was making music that evil at the time. Like it or not every single heavy band on the planet is either directly or indirectly influenced by Black Sabbath."

 

High Command's new album Beyond The Wall Of Desolation will be released on September 27th. 

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