Well, this one is going to be just a little bit special. The Basick Spotify X-Mix Series returns for round four and taking the wheel this time is our very own Auré Pereira; guitarist in UNEVEN STRUCTURE! Selecting 16 incredible tracks which range from brutally heavy to cinematic and beautiful, Auré well and truly puts his stamp on this playlist.
Kicking things off with Uneven Structure's single 'Funambule', Auré treats us to some of the finest tracks from the likes of Strapping Young Lad, Meshuggah, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Jakob and more!
Here's what he had to say about some of those selections:
Strapping Young Lad - 'Zen' - "Man, this guy. Where to begin? I probably don’t even have to mention his name since his influence on everything I do is so obvious. This might sound cheesy but I remember my life changing when a friend of mine gave me a USB key with the entire Strapping Young Lad discography and a few of his solo albums on it. I couldn’t believe what I was listening to, it was everything I had always been looking for in metal but couldn’t find so far. Heaviness? Check. Wall of guitars? Check. Ambience and atmosphere for days, major harmonies, incredible vocals and insane guitar riffs? Check, check, check, and check. I spent a long time listening to Devin Townsend’s music on repeat and absorbing everything I could, and it definitely helped shape my sound, my writing and my production in a way that makes him the biggest influence for me. There are very few songs that I don’t like and a ton that I love, but for some reason ‘Zen’ tends to resonate more with me than the others."
Meshuggah - 'Personae Non Gratae' - "WHAT. This is what I thought the entire time the first time I listened to this song, which happens to also be the first Meshuggah song I’ve ever heard, which ALSO happens to be my first contact with polyrhythms and polymeters ever. That’s a lot of firsts for a single song. I mean, HOW do you write a song like that? Everything sounded new and outlandish to me the first time I listened to it, almost like I was listening to something impossible. How do you tune a guitar so low? Do they even use guitars at all? Also, why can’t I understand what’s happening? Why is it so heavy? Why can’t I even? This most likely happens to everyone the first time they listen to Meshuggah, but I still wanted to include this band here because it was a defining moment for me."
Slipknot - 'People = Shit' - "I have chosen this song but honestly, I could have chosen any other one from the first two albums. These guys basically taught me how to play guitar, a lot of what I know comes from there. I used to play along to the album ‘Iowa’ all the time back in the day when I was practicing; and they made me discover techniques such as drop tunings, hammer ons or pull offs. They aren’t the most technical band around but most of what they do rhythmically has a very special sort of feeling and groove to it, if that makes sense. They are also what I call my “gateway” to metal, they are the first metal band I ever listened to and they’re the ones that got me hooked to this genre. I remember being so blown away by the sheer aggression of ‘Iowa’, I had never heard anything so relentless and I still think not a lot of bands come close to them in terms of brutality."
The Prodigy - 'Smack My Bitch Up' - "Not metal, but still pretty aggressive. I wanted to include this song because even though this playlist is mostly metal, I actually grew up listening to electronic music. I remember when I was little, my parents always used to play ‘The Fat Of The Land’ in the car when we went on vacation. I loved this album as a child, I have so many memories associated with it and I love it even more now that I’m a grown up because of that, it will always remind me of my parents when I listen to it."
Merci beaucoup to Auré for putting together this insanely good playlist. Listen and subscribe right now!
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