As we near the precipice of the August 6th release of our debut album, Requiems of The Ignominious, we decided to take a moment to look back upon some of the seminal albums that helped shape us and our sound as we progressed along the way as musicians. Each of us has chosen an album we felt best represented some of how we view music and the impact it has made for us as musicians.
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Brennan: Death- Human (1991)
“Human” is my pick because it is the first album that expanded my sense of boundaries for what metal drumming could be. Even with no blast beats, Sean Reinert was able to express both extremity and finesse to the fullest. Every song really made me want to become more fluent and diverse in my playing than just playing fast blast beats and double bass. Watching some of the live footage of Sean on the Human tours was incredibly eye-opening for me as a drummer.
Mike: Origin- Antithesis (2008)
I decided to go with “Antithesis” by Origin because that album is what made me want to push myself to the next level as a musician. I had already been listening to death metal for a few years, but when I heard this album it made me want to play faster and more technical. I learned “The Aftermath” on bass shortly after it came out. Learning and practicing that song definitely helped me develop speed on the right hand and also introduced the idea of “sweeping” on a bass. Since then Mike Flores has been a major influence to my bass playing. This album was the first album that made me want to play a more technical yet aggressive style of death metal.
Blake: Vehemence- God Was Created (2002)
Although it was and incredibly tough decision, I had to opt for what I feel was a severely underrated band and just incredibly classic album, “God Was Created” by Vehemence. At the time I discovered this diamond in the rough so to speak, I was very much in the throes of more ‘90s death metal. A lot of Cannibal Corpse, and just tons of Death album after album, over and over again. This album is one of the few that really pulled me out of the earlier era and into a more modern era of death metal. Musically, I had never even conceived of the thought that music could be so “brut-iful.” The album was so musical and had some amazing mellow parts suddenly merged with just nasty hideous death metal. The fact that it was a concept album was just the icing on the cake alongside Nathan’s disgusting vocals that were doubled for maximum monster tones. Nathan certainly inspired me vocally to a degree, but Bjorn and the rest of the band helped me to see how you can mix melodic and brutal aspects, as well as write riffs overall that were composed of multiple progressions and transitions so they weren’t ever so one dimensional. A lot of these things I’ve carried with me as a musician ever since, and are certainly present in the Cesspool sound.
Matt: Death- Symbolic (1995)
If I had to pick one album that had a profound impact and influence on me, it would be “Symbolic” by Death. It was the first death metal album I ever bought when I was 15 and it was my introduction to the more extreme side of music. Before this album, I was mainly listening to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, etc., and had never divulged into anything considered “extreme.” Not only was the level of musicianship by every member of the band impressive to me, but so was Chuck’s keen songwriting abilities. Chuck was capable of not only writing great riffs – he was able to structure his riffs in a meaningful way to create memorable, great songs, which is something I try to do with my own songs. It inspired me to be a better player and songwriter all together. “Human” has eventually grown to be my favorite Death album, but this one has been the most impactful. Without it, I may never have gotten into the music I am today.