Mixtape : Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise Lost)

By on 16 July 2013

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To a hardened veteran of extreme metal like Paradise Lost’s Gregor Mackintosh, tapes aren’t just a tender token or a novelty, they’re the plasma bags for the transfusion of brutality from the healthy to the needy right back at the moment of birth. (Originally published in Terrorizer 190, November 2009)

CARNIVORE ‘Angry Neurotic Catholics’ FROM ‘RETALIATION’ (ROADRUNNER 1987)

Carnivore’s ‘Retaliation’ is probably one of my top three most played albums. ‘Angry Neurotic Catholics’ is one of the many stand out tracks. Not only is it fantastically ferocious hardcore, but the lyrics are brilliant. Pete Steele’s ultra-dry sarcasm is bound to upset a lot of people. This blistering attack on religion is as relevant now as it was when it was released 22 years ago. I was really pissed off when I couldn’t attend any of their reunion shows last year.

CELTIC FROST ‘Procreation (Of The Wicked)’ FROM ‘MORBID TALES’ (NOISE 1984)

Celtic Frost’s ‘Morbid Tales’ EP was a real turning point for me. I had never heard anything like it. Hard to describe too, maybe it’s seminal apocalyptic doom, who cares what it’s called though when you have something of this quality. ‘Procreation (Of The Wicked)’ was my personal favourite from this as I am more of a fan of their slow stuff. It’s so bleak yet so heavy. The main riff is genius. You wouldn’t be able to tell this is a quarter of a century old.

SISTERS OF MERCY ‘Alice’ FROM ‘DISGUISED IN BLACK’ (ANTILLES 1985)

So many Sisters tracks to choose from. The last word in goth music. I love everything The Sisters did, from ‘The Reptile House’ stuff through to ‘Vision Thing’. We covered the track ‘Walk Away’ in 1996 and then were fortunate enough to tour with them a few years later. This is still one of the highlights of my career. For a band that hasn’t released an album since ’91, they can certainly still draw the crowds. The reason I chose ‘Alice’ is because to me it sums up everything The Sisters are about in a song. It’s dark, spooky and catchy.

ANTISECT ‘Out From The Void’ FROM ‘OUT FROM THE VOID’ (ENDANGERED MUSIK 1985)

Right before I heard Celtic Frost, I was listening to Antisect. They kind of bridged the gap between punk and underground metal. They were part of the crust punk movement. I feel very nostalgic when I hear this. It reminds me of buying veggie burgers in dirty little clubs. I like the fact that this one track is split into two sides, the doomy side and the upbeat side. The guitar sound is great too.

CONFLICT ‘Might And Superior’ FROM ‘EMPLOYING ALL MEANS NECESSARY’ (CLEOPATRA 1993)

Classic anarchopunk. In my early teens I was obsessed with hardcore punk. Discharge, English Dogs, Ultra Violent and Conflict. I had the big mohican, the knackered studded jacket and the surly attitude. I was very young at the time and wasn’t allowed into most gigs. I still managed to get into one or two and Conflict was one of them. I’m still scarred by it, but in a good way. ‘Mighty And Superior’ is probably my favourite track of theirs because even though it’s balls to the wall punk, it has some great little hooks.”

DEAD CAN DANCE ‘Dawn Of The Iconoclast’ FROM ‘WITHIN THE REALM OF A DYING SUN’ (4AD 1994)

Amazing atmosphere. This track is from my favourite Dead Can Dance. Hard to pick a favourite from this album so I picked one at random, it’s also a great song title. If I could work with anyone in the music business to create a song, it would be Lisa Gerrard. I never figured out the lyrics to this track though. We used to think she said ‘have a sarnie with Barney from Napalm Death’.

AUTOPSY ‘Embalmed’ FROM ‘DEMO’ (SELF-RELEASED 1987)

In the late ’80s I was big into tape trading. Our singer Nick and I used to write hundreds of people all over the world trading demo tapes by obscure underground death, doom and noise bands. One of my favourite demos was Autopsy’s ’87 rehearsal demo which included this track. A year or two later we ended up doing our first European tour with these guys, as both our debut albums had just come out on Peaceville. Nobody does death metal this good anymore.

GGFH ‘Dead Men Don’t Rape’ FROM ‘DISEASE’ (DREAMTIME 1993)

GGFH were light years ahead of their time and one of the creepiest bands ever. It was a very odd concept at the time, electro industrial music with serial killer type creepy vocals done by a guy called Ghost. I don’t think a lot of people got it at the time. Fortunately Hammy from Peaceville spotted their potential and they released an album. This track is my favourite from that album.

 

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