In our ongoing series of guest columns, we’ve asked a bunch of metal’s heaviest hitters to provide us with a list of five crucial albums they think will change you — either for the better or the worse. Today, we hear from Luis Quiroga from the almighty Haemorrhage.
Iron Maiden — The Number of the Beast
It was the first metal album I got on tape. It was really a bootleg tape, not an original tape! I’m not a big fan of this record now, but I think it changed my life in some aspects.
Slayer — Reign in Blood
I knew Slayer before and it was one of my favorite bands back then but it blew my brain away from the first riff of “Angel of Death” to the final noise orgy of “Raining Blood.” This is a perfect album.
Death — Scream Bloody Gore
Some friend inroduced me to this band as a Possesed rip-off but there is something on this album that caught my soul forever. The start of “Evil Dead” still chills me after a million listens.
Carcass — Reek of Putrefaction
It was 1988 and my ears were already attacked by bands like Napalm Death but this surpased all the brutality I could ever imagine. Starting from the cover artwork to the fucking low and filthy guitar tuning, the crazy mix of vocals…everything was amazing. It was the reason why I’m still playing grind now.
Impetigo — Horror of the Zombies
Impetigo’s second album surpassed all of my expectations and riffs songs like “Boneyard” and riffs like those found in “Staph Terrorist” remain in my mind forever.