So it was about time we asked the band about the releases that have influenced them the most, and singer/guitarist Adam Holt replied with 3 classic albums.
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
From ‘The Rover’ to ‘In My Time of Dying’, to ‘The Wanton Song’ and ‘Kashmir’ – Physical Graffiti pushed the Zeppelin sound to new a new level. Each song as bold and confident as the next, it is a record that, for me, stands as the jewel in the Zeppelin crown. My favourite Zeppelin song of all time ‘Ten Years Gone’ sits right in the middle, a song that has it all, and truly resonates with me.
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Grace is a masterpiece, there are no two ways about it. It’s a deeply passionate, romantic and haunting album, not just because of the music; but because of Buckley’s tragic fate, the missed acceptance, recognition and global success the album has gained since.
Grace taught me how to take my emotions and feelings and transform them into lyrics that people can relate to. I like honest, truthful lyrics. I like people who wear their heart on their sleeve, bare all, accept their faults and weakness and allow for that human connection – that is what I feel when I listen to Grace.
Pantera – The Great Southern Trendkill
When I listen to The Great Southern Trendkill I hear someone letting out their demons. It’s such a raw and aggressive album, but it’s honest and true. As an artist, that is the end goal – to create something that connects.
At the time in my life when I discovered The Great Southern Trendkill, I had just lost a friend to suicide, I was angry and confused and my depression and anxiety were just beginning to manifest – not quite in my life yet, not yet weighing me down, but definitely bubbling away in the background waiting. I was on holiday in San Sebastian, I remember one day just sitting alone on some rocks by the sea, I had my personal CD player with me and I put that album on – and it was like someone turning releasing the valve of a pressure cooker. The sharp, rage filled riffs coupled with the agonising screams of Anselmo just connected with me.
Although Hair of the Dog aren’t metal, I still like to nod to my metal influences as much as I can and never stray away from adding in that raw aggression and pain via the lyrics.