This week's slice of "Albums That Changed My Life" goodness comes from Senses Fail frontman Buddy Nielsen!
The band are currently out on this year's Warped Tour, in support of their new release "Follow Your Bliss: The Best Of Senses Fail", which is out today through Vagrant Records.
Metallica - Master Of Puppets
This was the first CD I ever got. When I look back to it, there is no better first CD to get. Fucking Metallica - "Master Of Puppets". It was the first time I had ever heard anything heavy. I believe I was about 10 years old and in 4th grade and the year was 1994. Rancid, Green Day and the first big punk rock wave were starting to take shape but before I had even heard of those bands I was introduced to the best record Metallica has ever written. I have to thank one of my childhood friends for this because I received it as a birthday gift. Or actually, I should probably thank his mother because we were ten years old and I am sure she drive him to the store and bought. Either way, it's a pretty badass record to start your collection off with.
The essence of everything I have ever tried to emulate I found on this record. The lyrical content blew my mind hearing this as a 17 year old kid. It was one of those records that hit me at the right time in my life, I was ready to listen. This is probably my favorite record of all time, I say that because I have purchased it over 15 times. If I didn't have it on my iPod or in my car or on vinyl, I had to go out and get it. I have never done that for any other record and probably never will. I actually got the CD from and ex-girlfriend. Her boyfriend before me had given her the record and circled the song "Sweet Avenue" for her to listen to. In my opinion it is one of the best songs ever written and number one on my all time list.
Various Artists - Punk-O-Rama Vol. 2
Before the internet the only way to find out about bands was going to shows, friend recommendations and compilations. The latter was my gateway into the world of punk-rock and everything that was Epitaph Records, Fat Records and also my door into hardcore and the deeper levels of underground music. When I first heard this comp I was familiar with the 3 big punk bands of the time - Rancid, Green Day and The Offspring but this opened my eyes to my two favorite bands of all time - Bad Religion and NOFX. The track listing reads like a history book for punk music - Descendents, Pennywise, Rancid, Millencolin, NOFX, T.S.O.L and Bad Religion, without this I might not be where I am today.