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Entry Level is a new series where musicians re-examine the records that piqued their interests in heavy and loud music as children and young adults.

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My music listening and inspiration has been a constant evolution since childhood -- this makes it difficult to pick one specific album or even song as "pivotal," as there were many. I was always fascinated by the sound of distorted guitars. I mean really, since childhood. So it was very natural that I ended up listening to metal as soon as I was able to get hold of any album, especially to more and more extreme metal music

So I made a "listography" without really going into the details exactly why they were pivotal for me:

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Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence

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Sepultura - Arise

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Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss

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Demigod - Slumber of Sullen Eyes

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Brutality - Screams of Anguish

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Gorefest - False

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Morgoth - Odium

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Morbid Angel - Covenant

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Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What?

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Sanctuary - All 3 albums

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My Dying Bride

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diSEMBOWELMENT

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Funeral

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Raison d'être

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Bad Sector

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Mathias Grassow

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Apoptose

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Arcana

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Arvo Pärt

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After this journey, I discovered black metal, which definitely was an epiphany for me. This was exactly the music I was looking for. So this was rather multiple albums than just one.
I was also there at the exact right time for it: 1992/1993.

Still one particular artist stood out:
Burzum (Det Som Engang Var, Hvis Lyset tar Oss, and Filosofem): this was probably the most intense musical experience for me. At the time, this was something totally different, something from another world, and it absolutely lacked the "rock 'n roll" or "punk" elements which really brought metal in general to something much more artistic (in my opinion at the time).

Also Enslaved's Hordanes Land, Vikingligr Veldi, and Frost were very important albums for me and mostly the reason why I just had to dive into black metal fully.

So many were the most important influencers. What really made me start writing music myself was the fact that all the creators of all those albums I embraced so intensely were not living up to my expectations with the following albums (or their personalities, opinions, or politics). I had to realize that I can't leave it to others to fulfill my own visions.

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Wintherr is the visionary artist behind Paysage d'Hiver and Darkspace. Im Wald will be released later this year. Read our lengthy interview with him here.

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