Par­adise Lost’s rhythm gui­tarist takes one sec­ond to re­count his love for Voivod.

Prog - - Limelight -

“I was quite up­set when Piggy died. He was an in­spi­ra­tion for me.”

“The very first rock al­bum I ever got was Rush’s A Farewell To Kings in 1982 and it’s still one of my top five records of all time. I’m a mas­sive Rush fan, but Voivod were the def­i­ni­tion of pro­gres­sive metal for me in the late 80s.

I was 17 and into thrash when Killing Tech­nol­ogy came out and they were do­ing some­thing new. Ev­ery sin­gle song is great and the flow of the al­bum is re­ally good. I heard their mu­sic through go­ing to rock night­clubs and they stood out be­cause they were very unique in their ap­proach to riffs and song struc­ture. Their gui­tarist Piggy was quite un­like any­body else and more like a prog player with his bizarre use of chords and time changes. I was quite up­set when he died in 2005 be­cause he was an in­spi­ra­tion for me.

By the time of Di­men­sion Ha­tröss, I was quite pre­cious about Voivod. In your head you build up this idea of what the new al­bum’s go­ing to be and this wasn’t quite there but I still re­ally like it, es­pe­cially side one. After that, they com­pletely changed. Par­adise Lost started in ’89, which is when they did Noth­ing­face, which was quite light, whereas we were do­ing a lot of heavy stuff. So, we parted ways un­til about 2011. It was Greg [Mack­in­tosh, Par­adise Lost’s lead gui­tarist] who told me about their live al­bum War­riors Of Ice. I bought it and I was like, ‘God, that sounds ace!’ Then they re­leased Tar­get Earth in 2013 and I fell back in love with them.

I’ve seen them live a few times now. The first time was in 1993. We’d just fin­ished record­ing Icon and we got taken out to see Voivod at the Mar­quee in Lon­don. It was ace and they played loads of songs I loved, but I haven’t ac­tu­ally met any of the band yet.

I’m ac­tu­ally find­ing a lot of new mu­sic at the mo­ment, which is very ex­cit­ing. God Is An As­tro­naut have been one of my favourite bands for years and my wife is slowly get­ting me into more and more old prog stuff like Camel. It wasn’t un­til long after we were mar­ried that I re­alised she was into prog!”

The re­mas­tered edi­tion of Be­lieve In Noth­ing is out now via Nu­clear Blast. Par­adise Lost are now on tour, for the dates, visit www.par­adis­elost.co.uk.


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