Anyone who has seen Disposable live will agree; these guys are the epitome of modern thrash. Bringing together high energy live shows, fast paced performances, and memorable riffs with heavy hooks to boot. 

Hailing from Edinburgh, Disposable formed in 2009 with the desire to inject some good fun into the rich Scottish metal scene. 2014 saw the band release their debut album At The Foot Of The World and in 2016 they released follow up EP Life Misguided. To date they have played hundreds of shows across the UK, as well as making numerous festival appearances including a storming set at the prestigious Wildfire Festival and performing alongside Arch Enemy at the inaugural Heavy Scotland festival.

Now, with their second album almost complete, a UK tour and a fresh line up, Disposable are about to grab UK thrash by the balls with the release of new single, ‘Ravenous’, on the 10th of November. We took the opportunity to ask William Robertson about the 3 albums that have influenced him the most.

Metallica – Ride The Lightning

This was the first thrash metal album I ever heard. I got a copy for my birthday when I turned (I think) 12 years old. My mum took me to HMV in Edinburgh so I could choose some things for my birthday. I had been recommended this album by one of the people that worked at the holiday club I was going to through the summer because my parents worked a lot. I already knew bands like Motorhead, Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses at the time, so I thought I knew what to expect. I was on holiday at the time of my 12th birthday in England somewhere. I remember sitting in the back of my parents car and putting the album on my portable CD player. The intro to ‘Fight Fire With Fire’ is this classical sounding acoustic thing, and I was thinking to myself “What is this? I thought this was meant to be the heaviest record of all time?”, so I turned the volume up to 10. Then the riff kicked in and I jumped about 3 feet in the air. I literally had to take the headphones out of my ears and pause the CD to get my composure back. When I plucked up the courage to put it back on I was mind blown.

‘Fight Fire With Fire’ is still the best thrash metal song of all time in my opinion. The way the riff kicks in at the start is incredible. The rhythmic delivery of the vocals and the guitar melodies throughout are perfect. I love that whole album, it has great riffs, great lyrics, great bass guitar work, great drumming. It’s everything a thrash metal record should be. This album single handedly kick started my obsession with this genre of music. I’m only just passing out the other side of the thrash metal obsession these past few years, so it influenced about a decade of music for me.

Mastodon – Blood Mountain

Blood Mountain wasn’t the first Mastodon album I heard, but its definitely the one that I listened to obsessively for the longest. I kind of still do, actually. I’ve gone through long spells of listening to all of Mastodon’s albums, but I always go back to Blood Mountain. It’s Mastodon at their crushingly heaviest while also injecting a large amount of melody and creativity. I’ve always loved the way Mastodon utilise multiple singing voices in their music, but I think they hadn’t quite perfected that on this album, so everything has this muddy, imperfect, experimental sound to it, which I really love. This album is like a more melodic version of Leviathan, but still has, for the most part, grungy backing vocals. It’s just totally up my street for a lot of reasons. Pretty much everything remotely progressive or weird that I have written has came from my love of Mastodon. I love the song ‘Hand of Stone’ in particular, but every song on this album speaks volumes and has something different about it. This album is a masterpiece and definitely opened my mind to new things.

Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth

At the time when my thrash metal obsession was perhaps at its peak when I was 18 years old, Evile released Five Serpent’s Teeth. I probably listened to this album exclusively for about 6 months after the release. I had loved the previous two Evile albums, but for me this one topped them both by a long way. I really love the vocals on this album, especially the lyrics. Apart from perhaps ‘Enter The Grave’, Evile have always had what I would call ‘clever’ lyrics. They are ambiguous to the point where the subject matter isn’t always obvious, but the lyrics are creative enough that they still draw you in. At the time this album came out I really was really into this kind of lyrical style – I’m not so much anymore but when I was writing lyrics for our album At the Foot of the World in 2013 and 2014, I had this album in the back of my head as the sort of ‘ideal’. It is probably lyrically my favourite metal album ever. The vocal performance and creativity in general is amazing, and its rare for me to say that the vocals are the best part of a thrash metal album, but for me they are on this one. This is just a really cool album and it came at a time where I was on the brink of writing our first album. It helped push me to try to achieve it, for sure.

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