Five Records That Changed My Life, Part 13: Shane Embury

Napalm Death’s Shane Embury on stage in Tokyo in 2019. Photo: Stefan Nilsson, Roppongi Rocks

By Stefan Nilsson, Roppongi Rocks

Shane Embury is best-known as bassist for British grindcore band Napalm Death. But Shane is much more than that. He is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. His past and current projects and bands include Tronos, Lock Up, Bent Sea, Brujeria, Venomous Concept, Unseen Terror, Blood from the Soul, Anaal Nathrakh, Dark Sky Burial and many more. Shane talked with Roppongi Rocks boss Stefan Nilsson and shared the five albums that changed his life.

Venom “Welcome to Hell” (1981)

“I had read about Venom in Sounds magazine and when this record finally came out, I grabbed a copy. My dad was working a night shift at the time so I had to listen on headphones. When ‘Sons of Satan’ came blasting out it just sounded so intense. I had heard nothing like it. I was hooked immediately. It changed my life.”

Ozzy Osbourne “Diary of a Madman (1981)

“I got this for one of my birthdays. The whole album just sounded so evil to me which as a teenager was just what I was looking for. Amazing imagery and guitar work. I couldn’t stop playing it.”

Mercyful Fate “Melissa” (1983)

“I heard ‘Satan’s Fall’ on the Friday rock show – a 10-minute song with loads of tempo changes. Amazing! Crazy high-pitched vocals. I had to get the album when it came out. It sounds a very sad album in places but I totally loved the approach.”

Rush “Moving Pictures” (1981)

“This album for me is one of the best produced Rush albums I feel. It all balances well in sound. Ground-breaking stuff for me that stands the test of time.”

Cardiacs “On Land and in the Sea” (1989)

“These guys are probably one of my favourite bands. Mind-blowing song structures. There’s just no one like them. I feel it was very influential.”

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