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Five Albums That Changed My Life: Black Tide Drummer Steven Spence

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On August 23rd, Black Tide will be releasing ‘Post Mortem,’ their second album. This time out the Florida metallers worked with producers Josh Wilbur and GGGarth and if new single ‘That Fire’ is any indication of what we can expect from the rest of the record, we’re all in for a sonic beating. Black Tide will be part of this year’s UPROAR tour along with Avenged Sevenfold and host of other heavy-hitters. Noisecreep caught up with drummer Steven Spence and asked him for a list of the five albums that changed his life.

‘Slip it On’

Jettblack is a rock band from the UK that I met on the Kerrang! tour early 2009. They handed me their album and when I finally listened to it, even after several rotations, I had a hard time turning it off. It quickly became one of my favorite records of all time. With their sense of humor, these guys are just as funny as they are talented on stage.


Tool (1996)

‘Ænima’ was the first Tool album I ever bought. It takes you on a journey. It’s raw, real, progressive, and jamming. Danny Carey was a heavy influence on my playing growing up as a drummer. He’s one of the reasons why I play Paiste cymbals.


‘Tenacious D’
Tenacious D (2001)

If you know this album, it should speak for itself. My brother got me this CD before I was in high school and my friends and I fell in love with it. Jack Black and Kyle Gass are musical geniuses! On our recent touring cycle we got a chance to work with Gass and in 2008 we performed in England at the Reading and Leeds festival with the tenacious duo. Those two are even funnier in person!


‘De-Loused in the Comatorium’
The Mars Volta (2003)

I think it’s easy to see by now that drums really influence my taste in album preference. This Volta album completely blew my mind. Up to that point I hadn’t heard anything even remotely like it. This band runs through drummers like it’s their job, but it seems like they keep getting better and better. I’m curious to see if they’ll be able to find anyone better fit for them than [former drummer] Dave Elitch was.


‘Avenged Sevenfold’
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)

We were actually on tour with these guys when they released this thing. The production quality really surprised me. It’s meticulously polished, but that’s effortless when you’re dealing with musicians of their caliber. Not to mention this one is self-produced. This is the last released work of drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan. His style and creativity behind the kit is unmistakable.


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