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Discs Of Doom: Trevor Strnad, The Black Dahlia Murder

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

Trevor Strnad chooses his favourites.

The first record I bought was…

MEGADETH, COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION [CAPITOL, 1992]

“I actually had a couple of albums before that, Pearl Jam and some other shit that was semi-rocking. But this was my first metal record. It blew my head off, to say the least.”

The album with the best artwork is…

DISMEMBER, LIKE AN EVER FLOWING STREAM [NUCLEAR BLAST, 1991]

“It looks pretty mystical. I’m all about the death metal covers that have some kind of fantastic place on it: the fantasy place of evil, the forbidden zone, the treacherous realm. I keep doing that with TBDM.”

The album I wish I'd made is...

SUFFOCATION, PIERCED FROM WITHIN [ROADRUNNER, 1995]

“My all-time favourite death metal record. It’s so twisted and convoluted and alien-sounding. It’s like an endless labyrinth of awesome riffs. It’s aged really well. It still sounds modern. It laid the groundwork for most of brutal death metal to come afterwards.”

A kid asks me what metal is, I hand them a copy of…

IRON MAIDEN, POWERSLAVE [EMI, 1984]

“It would be good for somebody who’s not prepared for the most brutal shit out there. It would get the adrenaline pumping and is melodic. It was my first [Maiden record] and it worked for me. It’s got some of the singles that they still play, but it has a lot of cool deep cuts: Back In The Village and The Duellists. There’s a few swordplay songs on that one, which is pretty metal stuff.”

The album that makes me want to fight is…

RAZOR, VIOLENT RESTITUTION [SPV, 1988]

“It’s a brazen thrash record, and their lyrics are kind of corny – people are being double-crossed and there’s lots of hand-to-hand combat. The guitar sound on it was ahead of its time. Don’t worry about the corny-assed cover art with the chainsaw – it looks like it was drawn on somebody’s folder in high school – because it’s seriously good.”

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