He thought… “Let’s have a quasi-weekly series – let’s make it a list of some sorts. Lists are so popular out there. Yes, let’s make a somewhat-weekly top-5 series”

Well, we can’t fault that kind of deep thinking now, can we – so here’s the first in a series of Top-5 lists – hopefully not all too mundane and hipster-like…

This week – 5 bands/artists that rocked my world, and changed the way I see/hear music

[thrive_headline_focus title=”5. The Beatles” orientation=”left”]

[thrive_text_block color=”dark” headline=”Experiments and progress can happen”]Beatles were an amazing band.

I mean, you can’t say they didn’t know how to write a catchy tune, and they were extremely gifted at making music.

But what earns them a true place on this list is the simple fact, that they stand as the true proof that you can go from making what could more or less be categorized as pop-music to making stuff that’s a lot more involved and demanding, while still maintaining a high level of popularity. Groovy!

Just… don’t mention Jesus… “I mentioned him once, but I think I got away with it”[/thrive_text_block]

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[thrive_headline_focus title=”4. Celtic Frost / Triptykon / Tom G. Warrior” orientation=”left”]

[thrive_text_block color=”red” headline=”Mindblowing anger and misanthropy”]This is actually a multi-pronged entry – as there are more than one reason for Warrior’s bands to be here

The first thing I noticed, back in 1984 when first encountering Hellhammer, was the anger and complete ugliness emanating from the tracks. It completely drew me in, and nothing was really the same again afterwards. Hellhammer and later on Celtic Frost set new standards for the way I approached music – in much the same way, but with far greater impact, as thrash-metal did.

Many years later, Triptykon‘s first album helped re-ignite my love of extreme metal – it was of course not ugly and menacing like Hellhammer, it was more grandiose and well-crafted – but menacing it still was, and Warrior will probably hold a very special position in my musical heart until the day I leave this mortal coil[/thrive_text_block]

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[thrive_headline_focus title=”3. The Walkabouts / Chris Eckman” orientation=”left”]

[thrive_text_block color=”dark” headline=”Empathic storytelling and desert landscapes”] In 1991, when musically I was drifting back-and-forth between punk, prog, and metal, and at the same time still looking for something new, something not quite defined, but at least something I had a vague notion had to be out there somewhere, Danish public radio broadcast an interview with a band I hadn’t heard about before, but who immediately caught my ear.

The band was The Walkabouts, and their take on Americana and the whole concept of storytelling through music was an immediate and vast expansion of my musical universe. And the empathy and sweet pain and melancholy of Chris Eckman’s lyrics places him among the most treasured lyricists in my opinion.

Since Scavenger in 1991, I’ve had many precious moments with both the music of The Walkabouts and also Eckman’s other various projects.[/thrive_text_block]

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[thrive_headline_focus title=”2. Black Sabbath” orientation=”left”]

[thrive_text_block color=”red” headline=”In The Beginning there was nothing – then Tony struck a chord…”]Of course, Black Sabbath are more or less responsible for the creation of what is now known as metal – and you could very much say that Tony Iommi wrote the basis of every last metal-riff out there. Which is all very well, but of course not quite enough to make it to this list.

But, of course there is more. I got into metal quite late in my youth – I was 18 or 19 when I began listening seriously to this new beast I had been introduced to. And imagine my surprise, when it dawned upon me, that actually I had been listening to metal since about the age of 12!

You see, the public library in the small town I grew up in was not exactly well-equipped with music, but they had a few cassettes which caught my interest – and one of them was in fact Vol 4 by Black Sabbath. It was the absolute favourite of the tapes I brought home from the library – and it spent probably more time at our house than at the library in those years.[/thrive_text_block]

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[thrive_headline_focus title=”1. Neurosis / Steve Von Till” orientation=”left”]

[thrive_text_block color=”dark” headline=”Survival – plain and simple”] I remember being awestruck, listening to Souls At Zero right after bringing it home from the record pusher. It felt like something shifted inside me – it felt like finding the perfect home.

I had heard and bought The Word As Law a couple of years earlier, and it was one of my favorite albums at the time, but nothing on there could prepare me for the majestic experience that was Souls At Zero. Of course, Neurosis have bested that album time and time again since then, one thing still stands: the collective output of Neurosis has been a key point in my keeping my sanity. The music and the whole expression touches something deep inside me, and helps put things back in place whenever they go askew (and they do).

I’ve singled out Steve Von Till here, not because of his contributions to Neurosis per se, but rather because his solo records has grown to occupy the same place in my heart – they too are the records I rush to when the pain gets too outspoken.

Which is of course all why it is so imperative for me to attend Roadburn 2016 – to pay tribute and hommage to this amazing, incredible band during their 30th anniversary shows. And in the end, it’s also more or less why this site is present at this particular point of the space-time continuum[/thrive_text_block]

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