Category: Under The Influence

Under The Influence #47: NADA on “Masstaden” by Vildhjarta!

Progressive DJentlemen Vildhjarta formed in Hudiksvall Sweden in 2005 and are known for employing Meshuggah influenced jarring staccato riffs, harmonic minor chord progressions and when “Masstaden” was written back in 2011, a dual lead vocal attack. Recorded with Jens Bogren (Sepultura, At The Gates, Arch Enemy) handling mastering and guitarist Daniel Bergström handling production, the

Under The Influence #46: Ruina on “Venom” by Bullet For My Valentine!

After the mixed bag of “Temper Temper“, Welsh Metallers Bullet For My Valentine had expressed the desire to return to something heavier with their 2015 fifth studio album “Venom“. The departure of bassist Jay James prior to the recording left guitarist and vocalist Matt Tuck to play the bass parts, despite James replacement Jamie Mathias

Under The Influence #45: Suffer No Fools on “Meliora” by Ghost

These days credited as a solo project of Swedish singer songwriter Tobias Forge, who performs under the names Papa Emeritus and Cardinal Copia, Ghost recorded their third studio album “Meliora” back in 2015 with the title from the Latin for “the pursuit of something better“. It won a pair of Grammy Awards for both it’s lead

Under The Influence #42: Raze on “L’Enfant Sauvage” by Gojira!

Originally formed as Godzilla in 1996 and changing their name five years later to Gojira, brothers Joe Duplantier (lead vocals, guitar) and Mario Duplantier (drums, backing vocals), guitarist Christian Andreu, and bassist Jean-Michel Labadie are well known to most. They hail from the city of Bayonne in France and are known for Environmental themed lyrics while

Under The Influence #40: Manalyth on “Ghost Reveries” by Opeth!

August 2005 saw Swedish Progressive Death Metallers Opeth make their major label debut with Roadrunner Records. They did so with their eighth studio album “Ghost Reveries“, produced by Jens Bogren (Sepultura, God Forbid, At The Gates) and saw just one promotional single in “The Grand Conjuration“. For the music video for the track saw it cut

Under The Influence #39: Sertraline on “The Amanuensis” by Monuments!

Taking the title from “Cloud Atlas“, a novel by David Mitchell and with lyrics that are loosely based on the concept of the Samsara Cycle of Death and rebirth, Progressive Metallers Monuments recorded their sophomore album “The Amanuensis” in 2013 for a 2014 release via Century Media. Splitting the recording between a trio of locations