From the Guardian
Ahead of the release of their new album, Nightmare Logic, the Texan thrash band’s Riley Gale guides us through his favourite metal releases of all time
Leeway – Desperate Measures (1991)
I would say the first big record that was a huge influence on the band in the early days was the second Leeway record, Desperate Measures. Born to Expire was really cool, but I thought Desperate Measures just had this really cool songwriting going on – it wasn’t as fast, but it was still very, very metal. It was kind of groovy, and Eddie [Sutton] had this really wild vocal style that I never even tried to capture. When we started the band, it was more like crossover by way of New York hardcore, so obviously we liked Cro-Mags and Nuclear Assault and all that stuff, but Leeway – who are from Queens, New York – and the Icemen got a lot of love. At our first show, we actually covered the intro to the [Leeway] song called Kingpin. We did that a few times; I’ve always loved that riff in that song, so we just played around with that at the first couple shows. I still love that record – to this day, I can still put it on and not get tired of it.
Sacrilege – Behind the Realms of Madness (1985)
When we started writing our first album Manifest Decimation, I remember the rest of the band getting into Sacrilege with me and Chris Ulsh. Behind the Realms of Madness was a huge one. I just thought vocally that Lynda “Tam” Simpson was so cool and sounded cooler than any thrash vocalist I had heard. Everything about that record is awesome to me; it’s got those cool, almost rock’n’roll-style riffs, but it’s very punk – you could mosh your ass off to this one.
Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal (2005)
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