Everyone has records that first got them into rock n roll, metal, rap, smooth jazz or whatever. Formative Years is our new feature delving into the brains of various people in the scene to see what made them choose the realm of music as a focus. Jason from IKILLYA did one HERE and I also kicked it off HERE, and we have more cool artists to come in the future. Really this seed was planted by me interviewing Kayla from Witch Mountain awhile ago about her vocal influences, one of the posts that we sadly lost when we were hacked and lost almost a year of content recently. But in memory of that awesomeness we have made a whole ongoing thing out of influences in general, so thanks Kayla!
Anyhow, this round we have the one and only Mr. Cole Jacobsen of Arizona death metallers Lago. They’ve been one of my very favorite up and coming extreme metal bands ever since I first heard them, just nailing all the right components that makes death metal unkillable. Peep their recent split with mighty Calm Hatchery HERE (you will fucking thank me later if you aren’t throttled to a pulp).
Check out Cole’s choices for albums that inspired him as a young rager BELOW and stay tuned for big things from this band in the future.
Rancid – And Out come The Wolves
I was 13 years old and I was super fortunate to have a cool mom that bought me albums as they came out that she was into. Most of it was the Seattle grunge stuff. But when I started finding stuff on my own, me and all my skater/punker friends were super into a lot of the Epitaph Records bands. I admittedly hadn’t heard Rancid just yet, but when I saw the picture of Rancid in the music section of Thrasher magazine, I made sure that I picked up “And Out come The Wolves” the next time I got my allowance. Out of all that Epitaph Records stuff this record resonated with me. “Wars End” became a fucking anthem to me. It still gets regular rotation today 20+ years later.
Metallica – And Justice For All
I actually remember Metallica way before I got into them. I remember my dad watching the “One” video, and having read and seen the movie “Johnny Got His Gun” he knew the story within the video. However, I was 6 at the time and it scared me haha. Fast forward to when I was 13 again, and all of my punker friends start getting into Ska and Reggae. To me that was lame. I wanted something up beat and just layered with guitars. A friend of mine had an older brother who would show us all these bands, and that’s when I discovered …And Justice For All. Years later I hear all the complaints about the bad production but I never really paid attention to it. This album is by far their darkest record. Outside of going to boot camp, there hasn’t been a week that has passed where I haven’t listened to this album at least once since I’ve been 13 years old. Metallica was and still is my favorite band. (Editor’s Note: Justice is indeed the fuckin’ best).
Sepultura – Arise
The same friend’s brother also introduced me to Sepultura. Obviously I ended up a Death Metal guy, and I know Sepultura isn’t a death metal band, but the vocals we’re the harshest thing i had heard at this point. I just wanted more and more after that. This album definitely pushed me into deeper waters of metal.
Morbid Angel – Domination
I was a freshman in high school in 97 and was fully getting into death metal. At this point I don’t even remember which death metal album was my first. I knew Obituary, Decide, Cannibal Corpse, and Suffocation, but Morbid Angel’s “Domination” was the one that stuck more than any other record. I felt there was a groove in Trey’s riffs that other bands lacked. The sound on the record is just fucking huge! In recent years there has been this new school group of hyper critical metal heads that have just shit all over anything that has triggers in the drums. This album has been a part of their criticism. To them I say… shut the fuck up. The album still kills!
Emperor – Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise.
There isn’t an Emperor record that I don’t like. I don’t know if you call this a prog record or what, but it’s definitely that album that showed everyone that you can step outside of the box with your writing in metal. I still listen to this and go “How did they come up with these ideas?” Side note, Emperor played a show in Tucson (2 hours from me) on a weeknight when I was 17, and my mom wouldn’t let me drive down there to see them on a school night. I still haven’t forgiven her.