My Record Collection - March 24, 2020

My Record Collection by Irist's Bruno Segovia
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by Irist's Bruno Segovia

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 South American metallers IRIST and their bassist Bruno Segovia, let's see what he goes for...


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

"It was Metallica's ...And Justice for All. My first foray into metal was when I was around 13 years old and living in Chicago. My best friend at the time was a metalhead and his older brother had all the original Metallica vinyl pressings, and I remember him playing them in order for me."

"When we hit ...And Justice for All I remember the intro to the album/song 'Blackened' just floored me. The use of these cleaner, melodic, nearly classical intros on that track as well as on '…And Justice for All' and 'To Live Is to Die' remain some of my favourites to this day."

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

"I'd have to say System of a Down's self-titled. I had just started playing the guitar when this album came out and System’s vibe was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Aside from the fact that they used rhythms I’d never heard in metal music, I also felt that I was able to identify with the fact that they were also immigrants or sons of immigrants."

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

"This is Inti illimani's Viva Italia. This album was constantly playing during my childhood. Andean music was not the only thing I heard growing up, my parents also listened to a lot of Deep Purple, Ten Years After and The Doors. There is just something about this particular album, and the mix of Andean folk with Italian folk, that I just never get tired of."


The record that always makes me feel good is…

"I'd go for Bersuit's Vergarabat's Libertinaje. Bersuit is an Argentine band that tends to mix Cumbia, Murga, Punk, and Reggae among some other rhythms into their music. It is very often reminiscent of football stadium chants, the gang vocals that are all over this album almost force you to sing along and join in. Always a good time."

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

"I'd go to Victor Jara's El Derecho de Vivir en Paz. Victor has a very special place in Chilean and South American history and culture. Although he isn't the only troubadour that I frequently listen to, and that has deep social, political, and cultural significance. Victor, to me, is definitely the most important and whenever I’m in that sombre state I always end up sinking into the sound of his voice and guitar."

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

"This is Made Out Of Babies' The Ruiner. I can’t recall exactly how or when I came across Made Out Of Babies, but their music and Julie Christmas’ voice immediately made its mark on me. I feel they should have gotten so much more attention and a lot more recognition than they did, and sadly they had already disbanded at the time that I found them. Amazing band."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It's Baroness' Yellow and Green. After listening to Baroness for the first time, not only did their music captivate me, but knowing that the singer/guitarist John Baizley designed their album art just gave it this whole other layer of artistry to me. One of my all-time favourite artists is Alphonse Mucha, and I recall seeing his works all around me as a kid."

"I feel that Baizley manages to capture much of that essence whilst maintaining his unique style. It’s hard to pick one of his works as they are all amazing, but Yellow and Green just always stood out for me."


The record with my favourite title is…

"It has to Type O Negative's The Origin of the Feces. I think this is self-explanatory..."


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

"I'd say Pantera's Cowboys from Hell. I was just never too enthralled by the “tough guy” sound/attitude I felt they conveyed. Just not my thing."

The last record I bought was…

"It was Elder's Reflections of a Floating World. It’s an ethereal trip of an album, and I really like Elder’s music in general. This is an album that I bought before actually listening to it just because the art was so great and I already liked their previous work. This album ended up getting a whole lot of play time at my house..."

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

"Brutus. If they don’t have an album coming out then they should. After we finished recording Order of the Mind, we took a short trip to Belgium and played a show at a little place called Kinky Star in Ghent. Although we didn’t stay there long, the city and the people we met had an overwhelmingly strong impact on us. I am personally enamoured with the city. Specifically, to the record matter."

"I was shown a multitude of amazing bands/artists while there and Brutus was amongst them. I feel they have such an amazing balance of raw, straightforward beats but with a depth that still manages to make me want to close my eyes and sway in the wind like a willow tree. I just really like them and I hope they put out more music soon."


The greatest record of all time is…

"It is Deep Purple's Made in Japan. Just an untouchable live album. This is an album I originally knew because my father and I used to drive around blasting it and screaming our faces off to it when I was a kid in Chicago, especially to Child in Time. As I grew and got more into music and recording I gained an appreciation for this album that is just unmatched."


Irist's debut album Order Of The Mind is released on Friday (March 27th). 

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