Three Albums that Changed My Life – Colin Parks

Ghosts of Atlantis produced one of the finest debut albums of the year so far with the majestic LP. Led by guitarist, Colin Parks, the band’s thrilling fusion of symphonic, melodeath and black metal is as strident as it is infectious, thanks in no small part to the colossal metal riffing and song arrangements of Colin Parks. As we said in our original review last month: ‘Ghosts of Atlantis are more than happy to provoke the inner narcissist in you with their imperious metallic stride from the first minute to the last symphonic note.’

Most of you will know Parks as the guitarist in English goth-metal heavyweights, Devilment, who are due to release their next album on Nuclear Blast in the near future. His new band intrigued us to find out more about the artists that first inspired Colin to pick up a guitar. Here are the three albums that changed his life…

3. Chimaira – Resurrection (2007)

This album inspired me to want to write music that had an impact. It taught me a lot about good song structure and made me think of how to write songs from a production point of view.

It also, still to this day, is a heavy influence on me.

2. In Flames – Clayman (2000)

Just a masterpiece. I listened to this album every day for about six months!

I love the way the guitars carry the hooks and the melody. In Flames have changed a fair bit over the years, and I still like them, however, this album was simply incredible.

1. Metallica – Metallica (1991)

This record was the album that pulled me to the dark side. It had everything: the production, the songwriting, the general vibe was infectious.

It is still, to this day, elite in terms of its production.

Colin’s honourable mentions…

Dimmu Borgir – Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (2001)

Soilwork – Natural Born Chaos (2002)

At The Gates – Slaughter of the Soul (1995)

*** Ghosts of Atlantis released on 26/03/2021 via Black Lion Records. You can read the original SBR review here. ***