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Soundtrack Of My Teens: Volume 1

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Burn My Eyes - Machine Head



'Davidian' by Machine Head From Burn My Eyes

Released: August 9, 1994

Genre: Groove metal, thrash metal




Machine's Head's brand of urban brutality themed groove/thrash was immensely appealing to me as a 14 year old lad. I wore the merch, went to the concerts, plastered the posters across my bedroom wall, they were my band. I lost interest when they decided to go Nu-metal in '99 but decades later Burn My Eyes is still their masterpiece (yeah I prefer it to 2007's the Blackening though that was still an impressive release) and 'Davidian' is its trademark classic opening salvo.


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Demanufacture - Fear Factory
'Self Bias Resistor' by Fear Factory From Demanufacture

Released: June 13, 1995

Genre: Industrial metal, groove metal, Cyber Metal




Much like Machine Head I worshipped Fear Factory during my high school years, I had a whole bunch of their merchandise (including that cool FF pendant) and saw that band in concert on two occasions. Demanufacture with its cool Blade Runner/Terminator concept captured my imagination and remains to be one of those pivotal releases that shaped my adolescence. Self Bias Resistor is a personal favourite and for me captures their blend of blunt trauma cyber riffs and almost trance/rave influenced melodic passages perfectly.


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Roots - Sepultura
'Ratamahatta' by Sepultura From Roots

Released: February 20, 1996

Genre: Groove Metal, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal




It's pretty fashionable to knock Roots nowadays, but fact of the matter as is as much retrospective Death/thrash purists will argue about selling out to the man Roots was a hugely important album, specifically for kids like me who were transitioning into heavier music at the time. Yeah listening to Roots nowadays it's clear it would have been a better album if it was leaned down and featured less filler but fact is there's some great material on that disc. Ratamahatta exemplifies the Groove metal meets tribal world music that was Roots main selling point perhaps more than any other.


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Far Beyond Driven - Pantera
'I'm Broken' by Pantera From Far Beyond Driven

Released: March 22, 1994

Genre: Groove Metal,Thrash Metal




Pantera were a big part of my teen years, another one of those bands who were a perfect gateway band into the more heavy aggressive realms of metal. I was lucky enough to see the band in '98 and are still up there with the best bands Iv'e seen. I'm Broken is one of my favourite tracks, with its monstrous groove metal riff it stands out from an otherwise quite disappointing Far Beyond Driven, showcasing the same level of discipline and intensity that made Vulgar Display Of Power a classic but intensifying its heaviness.


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'Thunder Kiss 65' From La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1

Released: March 31, 1992

Genre: Groove Metal, Alternative Metal




I was a card carrying member of the Psychoholics Anonymous White Zombie fan club as a 13 year comic book loving geek. So yeah fair to say I was a big fan, though overall I found Astro Creep 2000 (Songs Of Love,Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head) to be an overall superior album than its predecessor there's no getting away from the groovy greatness that is Thunder Kiss 65 and I happen to hold the opinion that's its WZ's greatest track.


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Dusk... And Her Embrace - Cradle of Filth
'Funeral In Carpathia' From Dusk...And Her Embrace

Released: August 19, 1996

Genre: Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal, Melodic Black Metal




COF's breakout album and still their best, COF were one of the few genuine extreme metal bands that got any kind of attention in the mainstream British Rock press in the late 90's, due in no small part to the controversial masturbating nun t-shirts (personally I had the much more tasteful 'Dead Girls Don't Say No' hoodie) and silly gore drenched photo shoots. I love Dusks Hammer Horror vampiric romance melodramatic vibe and Funeral In Carpathia is my favourite track.


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Animal Rights - Moby
'No I let It Go' by Moby from Animal Rights

Released: September 23, 1996

Genre: Ambient, classical, instrumental




The choice for including this in my playlist is fairly simple; it's beautiful. It's also noticeably different to every other track on here, it's fair to say my tastes in my early teens somewhat lacked different shades, it was basically angry metal music all the way, and while that remains my core preference I have picked up an appetite for a more varied pallet of textures and moods throughout the years. While Moby's foray into aggressive alternative rock Animal Rights is a bit of a flawed album it did provide some diversity in my early collection and 'Now I Let It Go' is a gorgeous instrumental piece.


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Inside the Torn Apart - Napalm Death
'Breed To Breathe' by Napalm Death From Inside The Torn Apart

Released: June 3, 1997

Genre: Death metal, Grindcore




I remember the look of disgust on the face of a girl I fancied when she saw that I'd bought a Napalm Death album. Sure they were one of the unsexiest bands in the world, but Breed To Breathe is still a fucking awesome track, and the closest ND would come to something approaching catchy. Even if it won't win you any kudos from cute girls.



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Clandestine - Entombed
'Stranger Aeons' by Entombed From Clandestine

Released: November 12, 1991

Genre: Death Metal




I was a big fan of the Swedish Death N' Roll legends back in the day, primarily getting into them around the release of To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak The Truth, seeing the band live on a bunch of occasions around that time. However its the first two albums that are the ones that have seemingly had the last appeal, and for good reason, I first heard the awesome Stranger Aeons on an Earache compilation.


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Swansong - Carcass
'Keep on Rotting in the Free World' by Carcass from Swansong

Released: June 10, 1996

Genre: Death 'n' roll, melodic death metal




My initial foray into Carcass was via that same Earache records sampler. 'Keep on Rotting in the Free World' still rocks like a motherfucker, not hardcore enough for the death metal purists, well fuck it, I loved the injection of catchy melodic Rot N' Roll and um cowbell, it's one of my faves. More cowbell.


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Draconian Times - Paradise Lost
'Yearn For Change' by Paradise Lost From Yearn For Change

Released: June 12, 1995

Genre: Gothic Metal




PL were another one of those perfect gateway bands as I expanded in the various sub-genres of 90's metal. Draconian Times is considered one of the greatest Gothic metal albums of all time for a good reason and 'Yearn For Change' is a highly underrated, emotionally resonating piece of catchy heavy metal that is amongst my favourite of theirs.


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Misery Loves Co. - Misery Loves Co.
'My Mind Still Speaks' by Misery Loves Co from Misery Loves Co

Released: April 1995

Genre: Industrial Metal, Groove Metal




Back in the day Swedish Industrial Metal gloomsters MLC were one of my favourite bands, I even corresponded with lead vocalist Patrik Wiren at one point. They provided a sort of solace for this angry troubled teenager and for that I will always be grateful, they also opened my mind to bands like Joy Division and The Cure , who they counted among their chief influences (becoming more apparent on their later work). For me 'My Mind Still Speaks' from their excellent debut will always be their anthem.




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Souls at Zero - Neurosis
'Stipped' by Neurosis From Souls At Zero

Released: May 19, 1992

Genre: Sludge metal, post-metal




Neurosis opened me up to a whole new level of depth and extremity in music. I always correspond it to the films I was watching at the time, aged 15 and 16 and discovering the likes of Taxi Driver and Apocalypse Now, my adolescent mind coming to terms with a higher level of complexity and darkness in the world. Neurosis took a while to get into but once it clicked there was no turning back, Souls At Zero is a personal fave, the experimental sound may not be as concreted as it became on their later works but personally I adore the more nakedly progressive texture of tracks like Stripped


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The Hollowing - Crisis (US)
'Surviving the Siren' by Crisis From The Hollowing

Released: 1997

Genre: Sludge metal, Metalcore




One of the most underrated 90's bands were undoubtedly Crisis. Vastly superior to more hyped female fronted metal bands like Tura Satanta (who were all over the likes of Kerrang at the time) Karyn Crisis displayed genuine extremity with spellbinding melody like few other vocalists, as exemplified on a track like Surviving The Siren.


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Point Blank - Nailbomb
'Cockroaches' by Nailbomb From Point Blank

Released: March 8, 1994

Genre: Industrial metal, thrash metal




Rocks like an absolute motherfucker. Nuff' said.


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City - Strapping Young Lad
'Detox' by Strapping Young Lad From City

Released: February 11, 1997

Genre: Extreme Metal, Industrial metal




My introduction to the crazy world of Devin Townsend and still one of his best works. City is a trip into industrial metal chaos and Detox is a classic of the genre.


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'New Noise' by Refused From The Shape Of Punk To Come

Released: October 27, 1998

Genre: Hardcore punk, post-hardcore, alternative rock




I remember hearing New Noise on a Metal Hammer covermount sampler CD and being blown away by how different it sounded at the time. I was vaguely familiar with hardcore and metalcore but this was something altogether more creative and interesting. As a 16 year old I poured over the leftist propaganda presented as jazz notes in the inlay cover of The Shape Of Punk To Come and while my political perspective may have shifted in a different direction nowadays there's no denying how awesome that album still is, a late 90's classic.
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Foreign Film - Will Haven
'Foreign Film' by Will Haven From El Diablo

Released: August 19, 1997

Genre: Metalcore, Sludge Metal




Will Haven were one of those late 90's metalcore bands who were doing there thing before the genre became watered down and commercialised. I saw them live one time and every song sounded exactly the same...but it was still awesome. Foreign Film sounded like something from the mind of John Doe in Se7en, I mused to myself back in 1997.


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An old school mix-tape play list for a 90 minute cassette tape consisting of music I loved around the ages 13-16

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