Top 7 Influences: Neorhythm’s Evgeniy Rassadkin (aka Mag) on what made him become a musician

Russian metal sensations, Neorhythm, have had a momentous 2020 with the release of their ground-breaking Terrastory album. Progressive metal has not sounded as urgent or as heavy since Gojira exploded onto the scene in 2005 with From Mars to Sirius. With an exploration of key stages in the evolution of human civilisation from hunter-gatherers to the carnage of twentieth century warfare and the new anxieties of the post-industrial age, Neorhythm aim for the musical equivalent of Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of History in only eleven songs. Ambitious is an understatement. The intellectual scope even more admirable. (See our original review here.)

We’d need a couple of weeks to discuss the future of human civilisation with main songwriter, Evgeniy Rassadkin (aka Mag), so we decided to ask him, instead, about the band’s that influenced him to become a musician. 

He did not disappoint with his excellent choices below.

7. Meshuggah – Obzen (2008)

For one riff from the song ‘Bleed’, you can put a monument to these Swedish guys. But seriously, this album is much more than just music. It is almost a religion, in a good way.

6. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage (2012)

This release has everything I love. Murderous rhythm section, soulful and – in some places – brutal vocals, and excellent guitar work. A mixture of progressive metal with death metal and groove. Perfecto!

5. King Crimson – Red (1974)

Listening to this album is hard to imagine that these songs were recorded 45 years ago. This is a great job. Nothing more to say.

4. Dark Tranquillity – Damage Done (2002)

It’s hard to imagine a more solid metal album. Great songwriting, production, and performance. Goosebumps.

3. In Flames – Clayman (2000)

The combination of melody and cool riffs could not leave me indifferent. It is also worth noting a very high level of production.

2. Nirvana – Bleach (1989)

The first rock music I heard was Nirvana. I was very impressed. After all, I was only 10 years old and I had never heard anything like it. Children’s impressions are the strongest.

1. Pantera – The Great Southern Trendkill (1996)

I heard this album 23 years ago. Since then I have not heard anything darker and more aggressive. This is rage, anger and despair in its purest form. 10/10 for all times.

*** Neorhythm self-released Terrastory on 20 March 2020. You can stream it and buy the 12-page digipak CD from Bandcamp here***

*** They also release a new single, Wrath, on 10 July. You can stream it here from the day of release***