Fab Five Factilized

Hekatomb - Fab Five Factilized

   The brave band from Sweden is back, with each member selecting and writing about five loved albums through time and space. Their debut full length, entitled “The Signs”, is a fabulous example of what Metal is all about. Before we engage into any sort of talking, aka interviewing the boys – which is headed your way I might add – we thought we’d intrigue you with the list and then revert with the boys’ thoughts and aspect. And as the mighty Eddie would say… Well, well, well… what do we have here?

Sum 41 - Does This Look Infected?
One of the best new punk albums that has the most in that category.

Accept - Restless And wild
Fast and hard metal from Germany when it is at its best.

W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P.
I saw them live in 1984 and it was one of my best concert memories. Good music and a really good performance.

Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks
The record holds just as well today as it did over 40 years ago.

Magnus Uggla - Va Ska Man Ta Livet Av Sig Om Man Inte Får Höra Snacket Efteråt
(English: Why take one's life when one can't even hear the chat afterwards?) Swedish music that brings to mind one’s youth with very good lyrics.

Iron Maiden - Killers
Because this participant between punk and metal was amazing. And as a drummer, Clive "the machine gun" Burr (RIP) was one of the biggest inspirations for me.

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
Magical. Separate the dark side of rock - it began some years before - via depression. "Sometimes it's good to be depressed” - David Gilmour

Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality 
I love all the albums, from the beginning to the end. Perfectly performed (think... This is 1971, right?), amazing production and really good chemistry between the band members. I could have the first five Sabbath albums as my best but…

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
No comments. The best metal album ever. Over and out.

Deep Purple - Machine Head
Oooooh, what an album! It was my first rock record, which I borrowed from an uncle of mine. I started to cry (and they were happiness tears) when I listened to "Highway Star" for the first time. Excellent work, millions of hours of rehearsals gave this product. 1971.

Sorry. I'm old school....

Time Odyssey - Vinnie Moore
Mainly because of the high level in guitar art. Vinnie has really interesting and progressive ideas on this album and shows proper approach to guitar technique and composition. Plus, I really like the sound quality of the instruments and in total. The album has very beautiful and romantic atmosphere that I have always loved.

Awake - Dream Theater
This album shows very clearly how these guys cooperate in playing, composing and performing. They make very interesting experiments with polyrhythmics and combine different kinds of approaches almost in every song. It is very well produced in the matter of sound and has nice romantic darkish atmosphere, which is also very close to me.

Holy Diver - Dio
Dio is Dio! Awesome and real Heavy Metal album. To my taste, that is how Heavy Metal should be.

Passages - Frank Gambale
Frank is one of the best guitar players I’ve ever seen. Unbelievably high level in guitar playing, both in technique and composition. very good combination of rock and jazz. I have learnt a lot by listening to this one.

Letter From Home - Pat Metheny Group
Pat is also one of the best guitarists. At the same time, on this album you can hear a really high level in musical thinking. He is a real master in guitar.

Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
Because it opened up my mind to metal and needless to say it’s an excellent NWOBHM album, where every song is a classic itself. Dickinson sets the standards for what I consider metal vocals here.

Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
Epic, thematic, thrilling, political, catchy, with a number of classic unforgetable songs. Queensryche stays one of my favorites ever since.

Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell / Mob Rules
Difficult to say which one is the best because both smashed right into the history of metal and will always be considered as important milestones. Dio rules! Sabbath taught me what heaviness and variation means.

Iced Earth – Live In Athens
A good summary of a period in the history of a bit overlooked but very strong band, plus the fact that this one is an extremely powerful live album. Wih all the changes they are going through vocalist-wise, they are one of my favorite bands.

Slayer – Hell Awaits
A bit underrated but their best to me. Their darkest and heaviest album. The first time I listened to it, it scared the shit out of me and really taught me what extreme metal means. This one and “South Of Heaven” are in my view the strongest Slayer has produced, regardless of what people will say about “Reign In Blood”.

Costas Koulis
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