Sidney-based Afro-funk crew the Liberators dig into some influences on vinyl
The Liberators run through a few records that help pave their band’s way, including the Brooklyn Afrobeat collective Antibalas, Desco’s mysterious Daktaris, and heavy-metal icons Metallica.
Drummer Andy Samuel:
Metallica Master of Puppets (Elektra) 1986
The heaviest thrash metal album ever! All songs written from the band, including the late Cliff Burton. Each song puts you in an emotional state, either angry, massive adrenaline rush, or giving you strength—whatever it is, it’s damaging! This album has it all: James Hetfiled’s guitar riffs are the heaviest in metal music and his voice is just tough and raw. The intros and breakdowns just pick you up and bring you alive! Kirk and James play strong melodic guitar solos. Ulrich’s massive drumbeats and Burton’s bass playing and sound are like no other. This is Metallica at their very best.
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra Liberation Afro Beat Vol. 1 (Afrosound) 2001
This is a raw and heavy Afrobeat album from Brooklyn-based band Antibalas. From the first track to the last, the rhythms and melodies will keep you bopping. The bass lines are mean and deep, and the drums have such a great feel, which allows space for the horns to deliver wall-shaking riffs. The vocals are amazing, and the song structures switching back and forth in sections with solos take you into intense journeys. Some intros are so massive, it’s like the horns are angry elephants charging at you! This rhythm section is the best I have ever heard. Get this album—it’s a killer!
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