When did you first hear this album, and what were your first impressions?
The Blackening was the first album that I pre-ordered. I became a fan of Machine Head when a friend introduced me to Through the Ashes of Empires and I fell in love with the band from that moment. My first impression was the same impression that I have had for the past 8 years: bone shattering, brutally divine and an emotional haven.
Why did you choose this album?
The Blackening to me has such a strong friendship and community connection. I am now best friends with the guy who introduced me to Machine Head and this album really defines what we both used to stand for.
If you had to suggest one track from it, which would it be (and why?)
The most well known song of The Blackening is Halo. Though that one song is a flower of genius in itself, Beautiful Mourning really blows out the cobwebs! It feels hard to feel down and mellow after the song opens with Robbie Flynn roaring at you. If I ever needed a battle song, Beautiful Mourning would make me feel like I could take on Attila the Hun!
What is your favourite album cover(s)?
I would have to say The Blackening is a strong contender. However, the album cover that sticks vividly in my memory currently is the cover of ‘Doedskvad‘ by Taake. It doesn’t look much but the blurred appearance and raw simplicity reflect the feeling that I get from the songs.
What is your own personal theme song?
My personal theme song is very different from my usual taste in music. It is Keaton Henson’s Sarah Minor. I have been a fan of Henson’s artwork and songs for many years. I think it is because he puts so many raw emotions in his work and I feel a connection with it. Sarah Minor in particular is very special to me and reminds me of lost loves. Something has to be pretty
important for it to be tattooed on you though, I guess!
If the album you chose was to soundtrack a comic, what would it be?
That’s a question that I had never thought about! But I’d imagine The Blackening would fit a Hellboy or B.P.R.D. series. I could definitely picture Karl Ruprecht Kroenen entering to the tune of Now I Lay Thee Down!