From the streets of Norwich, England, comes the riff-wielding die-hard thrash metal band Shrapnel. which are one of the finest new bands to proclaim their devotion to keeping the thrash flame blazing. On September 29th they will release their new album Raised On Decay through Spinefarm Records / Candlelight Records. Raised On Decay is a delight for every thrash metal fan, full of blistering riffs, shreds and tempos.
We asked lead guitarist Nathan Sadd to pick three releases which have influenced him as an extreme metal guitarist. Check out Nathan’s awesome picks below…
Slayer – God Hates Us All
Picking only three records that have been influential to me is pretty much impossible, so I thought I’d go back to when I was first starting to write music for bands I was in. We all know God Hates Us All isn’t Slayer’s finest hour, but at the time it was absolutely world changing for me. I don’t think I’d ever heard anything so extreme at that point. I was sold. I remember seeing the music video for Bloodline and being absolutely convinced that this was the greatest music that existed. It just seemed so aggressive and correct to me. The way Hanneman attacks his guitar, his whole playing style, has been the most influential thing in metal for me. Bollocks to your 8-string technical nonsense, batter the hell out of it.
I still really enjoy God Hates Us All. I love the super heavy, thick guitar tones. I still think the proper album cover is super cool. And I love Araya’s delivery. In terms of influencing myself and our band today, the older stuff is certainly the go-to material. But ‘God Send Death’ is still in my list of favourite Slayer songs, and I have so many great memories of the years surround this album. It just got myself and a few friends into so much great stuff. It really spurred me to delve into a lot of the bands I’m into today from thrash to death metal and whatever else.
Chimaira – The Impossibility of Reason
I’d enjoyed Chimaira’s Pass Out Of Existence, so was really looking forward to the release of the follow up. It blew my mind. Although I perhaps listen to this only a few times per year now, ‘Cleansation’ and ‘The Dehumanizing Process’ still blow my face off. I still think Rob Arnold is a brilliant song writer, and I loved his riffing. I’d love to see them reform properly. Alongside the release of Exodus’ Tempo Of The Damned the year after, this really acted as a gateway to more extreme stuff, and certainly nudged me towards thrash (not that I’m suggesting this is in anyway a thrash record!). Arnold and Hanneman are probably the main reasons I’m still using ESP M-1000s to this day.
Their live shows off the back of this record were incredible as well. Massively inspiring for me. I couldn’t stand the metalcore bands that shoehorned sugary sweet singing choruses into every single song. So stuff like this, Hatebreed’s first few records, Slayer and early Lamb Of God and Stampin’ Ground were really instrumental in directing me towards all the more extreme metal I love today. I think you can still hear the influence in our own stuff today.
Megadeth – Rust In Peace
This is still the benchmark for shredding and riffing in my book. There isn’t a single second wasted on Rust In Peace. It is perfect. Thinking about it, it surprises me how much I still listen to this album. Mustaine, alongside Iommi, is for me the greatest riff writer of all time. Every riff on Rust In Peace is just vital. It’s fast, intelligent, incredibly well written, and is still a challenge to play along to.
And then there’s Friedman. I’m quite happy that we’ve started pinching Friedman-esque lead parts in the Shrapnel stuff. The new album has a bunch of it. His style and touch in his lead work (as well as Chris Poland’s) is still incredibly influential for me today. ‘Tornado Of Souls’ has perhaps one of the greatest shreds of all time. It is just unreal. I can’t say enough about how much I love this album. Perfect. Two thumbs up.