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Art of Dying Frontman Jonny Hetherington Shares His Favorite Albums

Jonny Hetherington of Art of Dying
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Art of Dying frontman Jonny Hetherington tore up the stage as part for the lineup for this year’s Uproar tour. With the band’s latest album ‘Vices and Virtues,’ fans can hear various influences that have inspired Art of Dying. Loudwire was lucky enough to pick this talented singer’s brain on some of his favorite albums. His eclectic variety of musical inspirations is as unique as Hetherington himself:

Pearl Jam, ‘Ten’ / Alice in Chains, ‘Dirt’ / Nirvana, ‘Nevermind’

“These three albums have probably made the biggest impact on my life, as a music listener, music lover and have definitely affected me deeply as a music writer. Amazingly these 3 albums are so different, but so tied together in my early years of discovering the music of my generation. The melodies and musicianship are amazing, and there’s a weight to the lyrics and subject matter that have drawn me deeply into the expression of these artists. There is also a raw undeniable energy that to me defines “real” and is beyond infectious! By far my favorite 3 albums of all time.”

Faith No More, ‘Album of the Year’

“This album fused heaviness, electronic sounds and melody perfectly for me. Anything Mike Patton does is worth listening to, but anything he did with FNM is even better IMO. This album was practically burned out in my CD player. Some of the guitar tones and drum tones are still the best I’ve ever heard. Mike sings like a bird and destroys musical boundaries with every step he takes.”

Led Zeppelin (all)

Note: Hetherington, like many fans, says that he “can’t pick one album” when it comes to Zeppelin.

“I’m a late Zeppelin bloomer, only discovering them in the last few years. I’ve done that through throwing multiple albums on random and listening to collections like ‘The Early Years,’ and ‘The Late Years.’ I have so much respect for the musicianship and passion possessed by each member separately and as a whole. John Bonham you are are a drumming god. I used to skip over “Stairway to Heaven” thinking I knew it, now I treasure it and discover something new on every listen. Robert Plant is the epitome of singing IMO and I long to lose myself in concert and on recordings the way he has done. He is a vocal painter and truly an artist that I respect with all my heart.”

Aerosmith, ‘Permanent Vacation’

“I can throw every Aerosmith album on random at the same time and never skip a song. In fact we usually do that as a band during epic poker battles that see the sun come up. I have to pick ‘Permanent Vacation’ as my favorite, simply because it always sneaks up on me as such a complete group of songs from ballads to heavy tunes to radio hits. Have a listen to ‘Hang Man Jury’ again and tell me it’s not amazing … and I’m pretty sure it’s a B-side. Easy to argue that Aerosmith is the best band in history.”

Guns N’ Roses, ‘Appetite for Destruction’

“This album makes me want to drink. And I like to drink. So raw, so good, feels like you’re in the room with them. Some of the best rock songs of all time are on this record.”

Incubus, ‘Morning View’

“This album is the one where Incubus became everything I needed from them. Beautiful songs, amazing lyrics, musical trips down eastern paths. I still put this album on and listen to it in it’s entirety… there’s something so calming about it. I once listened to it while walking a few miles to my parents’ house after not seeing them for quite some time and that journey holds a special place in my heart now and forever. ‘I Wish You Were Here’ is one of the simplest and most complete lyrical choruses I can think of.”

Damien Rice, ‘0’

“0′ is a masterpiece. This record is audio passion. It’s intimate, haunting and aggressive all at the same time. The lyrics paint extremely heartfelt portraits… it’s hard not to feel something real when this album is playing. I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Damien perform live in my home town and I will never forget that night. You could literally hear the sound of 1200 jaws hitting the floor as Damien stole his way into everyone’s hearts and souls.”

 

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