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Discs Of Doom: Brent Smith, Shinedown

Every month we ask metal heavyweights about the records that changed their life.

Brent Smith chooses his favourites...

The first album I bought was...

MÖTLEY CRÜE, GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS [Elektra, 1987]

“No BS! Back when there was such a thing as cassettes, there was a store called Record Bar in the mall back home. It was the first time I got something with my own money because I worked a summer job at a really young age. It was also the first time I felt I was doing something naughty, something really bad.”

The album with the best artwork is...

TOOL, UNDERTOW [Zoo, 1993]

“Tool always capture what you’re going to hear; they really paint a picture of the variation of each different song. Undertow’s got that black cover with the red thing in the middle that you don’t even know what it is... that cover fits what’s going on when you listen to it. They take a lot of interest in their artwork, from their first EP, Opiate, to 10,000 Days, which opened up with 3D glasses.”

The album I wish I’d made is...

FLEETWOOD MAC, RUMOURS [Warner Bros, 1977]

“There’s a beautiful amount of tension that spilled into a record – you had Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, who were together, then you had Christine McVie and John McVie, then Mick Fleetwood on drums and the array of relationships he was going through at the time. It’s not very metal but it’s brilliant.”

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