Lightworker’s Joe Calderon: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Last month, San Fran melodic metal outfit Lightworker released their debut full-length record, Fury By Failure, the follow-up to their Resilience EP. Comprised of scene veterans Joe Calderon, Grayson Hurd, Ryan Johnson, and Brad Green, the group aim to bring “a quiet sense of hope in a blisteringly broken world, proving heavy music can carry a lightness all its own.” Considering this lofty goal, it’s probably not surprising that Calderon loves all kinds of music across a wide spectrum of sounds, metallic and otherwise. We recently caught up with him to find out what five albums have most shaped him — see his picks below.

Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind

This is the album that made me fall in love with guitar and rock music in general. I still spin it frequently.

Killswitch Engage – Alive or Just Breathing

This album not only changed my life, but the course and history of metal. A classic.

Jimmy Eat World – Futures

One of the darker albums by the band, this LP proved that the Arizona act was much more than just a pop-punk radio hit. Check out the deep cut called “Polaris” — it’s so good.

Caspian – Dust & Disquiet

As my music tastes progress, I find myself being moved by instrumental music, and this album is one of the most emotional pieces of art I’ve ever heard. There are vocals in some of the songs, but the band in many ways still remains elusive and mysterious, even when there are words to their music.

Bleed From Within – Era

These Glasgow dudes are the U.K.’s August Burns Red, but with a sound that’s wholly their own. Easily one of the best modern metalcore bands to date.