We asked lead guitarist Nathan Sadd to pick three releases which have influenced him as an extreme metal guitarist. Check out Nathan’s awesome picks below…
Slayer – God Hates Us All
I still really enjoy God Hates Us All. I love the super heavy, thick guitar tones. I still think the proper album cover is super cool. And I love Araya’s delivery. In terms of influencing myself and our band today, the older stuff is certainly the go-to material. But ‘God Send Death’ is still in my list of favourite Slayer songs, and I have so many great memories of the years surround this album. It just got myself and a few friends into so much great stuff. It really spurred me to delve into a lot of the bands I’m into today from thrash to death metal and whatever else.
Chimaira – The Impossibility of Reason
Their live shows off the back of this record were incredible as well. Massively inspiring for me. I couldn’t stand the metalcore bands that shoehorned sugary sweet singing choruses into every single song. So stuff like this, Hatebreed’s first few records, Slayer and early Lamb Of God and Stampin’ Ground were really instrumental in directing me towards all the more extreme metal I love today. I think you can still hear the influence in our own stuff today.
Megadeth – Rust In Peace
And then there’s Friedman. I’m quite happy that we’ve started pinching Friedman-esque lead parts in the Shrapnel stuff. The new album has a bunch of it. His style and touch in his lead work (as well as Chris Poland’s) is still incredibly influential for me today. ‘Tornado Of Souls’ has perhaps one of the greatest shreds of all time. It is just unreal. I can’t say enough about how much I love this album. Perfect. Two thumbs up.