Things that “might have been” and things that “became”… Part II

Starting yesterdays blogpost, I decided to list the top 5 songs that really meant something to me over the years since I was a young boy. Songs I even remember where I was and what I did when I heard them the first time. I decided to do this for the sake of my daughter to read when Im dead so maybe (I wish) she can take care of thoose original vinyl recordings and treat them with the respect they deserve and know the reason why she should.

This is for you honey – Dad

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (Spotify link)
I was about 10 years old and up until this moment I had only some experience of Jimi Hendrix. I learned to play the guitar and I knew there was something about hard rock that just stuck a nerve in me. Hendrix was nice, but I knew there had to be more out there, heavier, harder… I just got my first record player (Yes honey, we played Vinyl records and there was no Internet streaming – dad)

I had almost no records of my own so whenever I visited my father I “raided” he’s record collection. He was probably too drunk to ever notice I did… I came home with “Beatles” “Hendrix”, “Cream”, “Robin Trower”, “The Hombres” etc. (All original Vinyl, still out in the garage honey. Ask your older sister and she’ll know where to look – Dad)

One time I came home with a very dark and mysterious record.
I think I picked it because it looked scary and I knew my mother (your grandma – Dad) would absolutely hate it. When I played it all I heard at first was the sound of rain, thunder and a lonely church bell. The ambiance of something really scary – remember I was only 10 years old.

And then the whole band kicks off with this bombastic intro… Oh my god, I had never before heard a guitar sound so dark and heavy. I was totally blown away by it.

I still suspect this was some kind of anxiety attack
Seconds later the mourning sound of Ozzy screaming in agony; “What is this that stands before me?”. The air in my room got nonexistent. I almost fainted. I still suspect this was some kind of anxiety attack because I actually passed out on the floor.

The sound and the darkness of it, so different from anything I had ever experienced before. The whole album is one of the best hard rock albums ever made and it marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new darker time ahead (in many different ways). Released on 13 February 1970 in the United Kingdom, and later on 1 June 1970 in the United States, the album has been categorized as the first major album to be credited with the development of the heavy metal genre. I personally have to disagree, you can find out why in my next post on sunday 🙂

As a 10 year old boy it was the beginning a of a life long journey, and from that day I knew I had sold my soul to Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Bill Steer blows my mind away!

At the age of 40 there’s really not that much that get’s under my skin. But once and again something comes along doing just that.
Right now it’s the extremely talented guitarist Bill Steer,  an English guitar player, and founder of British Metal band Carcass.


Personally i don’t give a shit about Grindcore and Death metal but recently I stumbled on a band called Firebird inspired by 1970s rock music and founded by.. Yes! You guessed it – the extremely talented guitarist Bill Steer.

He was a guitarist for Napalm Death from 1987-1989. He played guitars in Carcass from 1985-1995. He played guitar with Michael Amott, whom he inspired to form his own bands. After the demise of Carcass he started his own band Firebird.

The Blueprint!
Firebird and Bill Steer is the blueprint for the music I write myself and my own playing style on the guitar (which has been under a lot of criticism from my former drummers who have played with me and had a hard time understanding what I’m trying to do).

Anyway, if you want to hear, what I believe to be, one of the most talented and innovative guitarists in the world right now, check out the work of Bill Steer and  Firebird.

This album will sure get on my “This weeks Spotify” later today.