You know those lists that always begin with “the best” something of some kind? Way too definitive and so, while these will be lists just like those, instead of the best of whatever topic we have each time, we’ll just give you six examples of awesomeness within that theme.
For this first installment, we picked samples in extreme music, which as Mories recently argued when talking to us “can give a lift to music, add instant atmosphere”. We completely agree with him and with that in mind, here are our six choices.
Neurosis – “Lost”
Let’s tackle the elephant in the room right away. The iconic opening combining Dave Edwardson‘s amazing bass line with the ending of “The Sheltering Sky”, the 1990’s adaptation of Paul Bowles‘ book with the same title (no, not Brandon Lee‘s last interview), would be more than enough to justify its place here, but there’s also a couple of lines from “In The Year Of The Pig” when the guitars kick in and from “Presumed Innocent” just before Scott Kelly screams “running scared from their thought”. The song itself would probably have its status regardless of the samples, but it’s hard to argue against their effectiveness here, specially the first one.
Noothgrush – “Dianoga”
“Here’s some loud music that just sounds like it’s saying «I’m angry, I’m very very angry»”
Okay, it’s kind of another obvious choice, but the fact that not only did Noothgrush find a way to seamlessly transition from a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood sample to their filthy sludge but that the words said on said sample actually fit their music so fucking well is exactly the type of stuff we are looking for. They’re including the song in their recent live concerts and the intro works as well live as you can imagine.
Dystopia – “Sanctity”
From Dino Sommese‘s current band to his former, time to move towards something a bit less comfortable. Dystopia‘s 1994 EP “Human=Garbage” is one of the greatest sludge records of all time (can we start force-feeding this to anyone describing Cult Of Luna or some other post metal band as sludge?) and “Sanctity” is a great example of how to create a fucked up atmosphere with a sample, in this case a bunch of suicide descriptions, and then actually have the riffs, screams and lyrics to back it up in what follows.
Gnaw Their Tongues – “Teeth That Leer Like Open Graves”
Didn’t really think I was gonna do this without putting GTT in, did you? The hardest part would be choosing a song, but after mentioning samples being used to create a fucked up atmosphere, there doesn’t really get more fucked up than a transcript from the trail of a man serving 10 consecutive life sentences but that’s exactly what opens and closes “Teeth That Leer Like Open Graves”.
Insult – “Devour”
At some point we had to pick something like powerviolence or fastcore, so instead of going the traditional way and get a Spazz song out let’s try something different like the short-lived dutch band Insult. Their 2000 record “The Moshpit Is Our Sabbath” is the usual sample feast including a couple of great ones from “Clerks”. Still, we’re rabid South Park fans, so picking the one song sampling Parker and Stone‘s ’96 movie Orgazmo ends up being a natural choice. Besides, the scene is awesome, even if by now we always expect so furious drumming to follow that “you soul soliciting pigfuckers” line.
Terzij De Horde – “A Chosen Hollow”
Sticking with The Netherlands, we wrap up this first installment with Terzij De Horde‘s side in their split with Starve called “A Chosen Hollow”. Arguably the most beautiful of the six samples, this one consists of a musing by Stephen Fry over an interview he did with Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a jewish cellist that survived Auschwitz precisely because of her musical talents and was consequently forced to play for the German officials during that time. Whether or not this association between music and her oppressors had somehow diminished her love for it was discussed during that interview (which can be seen on BBC‘s documentary “Wagner And Me”) and is precisely about that topic that Fry talks and says:
They could slice off our every part of our body, they could beat us to pieces, they could take everything from us, they could pull out our teeth one by one. But do you think they could make Träumerei not beautiful? You think they could take away music from us? No! That light is always brighter than their dark.
P.s.: because the original version of “Aces High” doesn’t include Winston Churchill‘s famous “We shall fight on the beaches” 1940 speech to the House of Commons, we didn’t include it on this list. However, the live combination of the two is arguably the most legendary case of sample use in heavy metal that we can think of.