It’s been two years since U.K. black-metal warriors Winterfylleth released the acoustic folk album The Hallowing of Heirdom, and now, much to the delight of corpse-paint commandos everywhere, the band is back to sonic destruction with their first full-length of frostbitten heaviness since 2014’s The Divination of Antiquity. Titled The Reckoning Dawn, the new eight-track, nearly 60-minute-long LP was produced by revered boardsmith Chris Fielding (Primordial, Napalm Death, Electric Wizard) at Foel Studios in Wales, and is due out on May 8th via Candlelight/Spinefarm. Ahead of that big date, we caught up with Winterfylleth drummer Simon Lucas to find out what five albums changed his life. We didn’t ask him to stick within the metal realm, but as a tried and true headbanger, he spotlighted an array of extreme-music classics. See below.
Ulver – Bergtatt
My absolute favorite record of all time — it’s the perfect atmosphere. It also has the most perfectly placed thunder crack on any record, on “Capitel III: Graablick Blev Hun Vaer.”
Drudkh – Autumn Aurora
A crucial record in the formation of Winterfylleth and a revelation when I first heard it.
Bolt Thrower – Realm of Chaos
I bought this on vinyl in a second-hand record store as a teenager. What an impact it had. Proper death metal.
Burzum – Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Say what you want about Varg, no matter the criticism, this is a legendary album.
Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Aside from being one of the greatest black-metal records ever recorded, it has the best black-metal drum performance — and sound — ever recorded.