7. Krisiun, 'Southern Storm' (2008)
It's just a good album. They've got some great percussion. "Slaying Steel," the way that that opens up with the [sings riff], it's just got all of these great orchestral overtures played on guitar. It draws you in immediately. It's just great. One of my favorite underground metal bands. All the tracks are really, really good. They're a great example of heavy metal, or what I consider to be heavy metal.
I don't know about all this "speed metal" and everything. ... It's all metal to me. Maybe it's 'cause I'm just getting old. I can't keep up with all the [categories]. I'm really not bothered. If it punches me in the soul and I get it, then it's like, "OK," and I just call it heavy metal. That's how I see Krisiun.
Oddly enough, one of the bands that I was following was Celtic Frost. Celtic Frost played a song called "Totengott," [from 2006] and I listened to that and I thought, "Oh, my God, we've arrived." "Totengott," to me, was one of the premiere heavy-metal songs that I've ever heard in my life, period. It was about the same time as Celtic Frost that I came across Krisiun. I put it on and loved it instantly. ... I was listening to different bands around that time, like Napalm Death, bands that were a little over-exaggeratedly heavy, a lot of people putting in blast beats and things like that. It's just cool; it's whatever they wanted to play. It's their music, for God's sake. I wandered down that road for a while and checked out bands. Some of them I liked; some of them I didn't really listen to anymore. Krisiun has been a favorite of mine for a long time.