Jeff Tuttle is finishing off 2011 in grand style. The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist just left on a tour with Mastodon and Red Fang where he and the band will hit cities through North America throughout the rest of the month. Tuttle has also been keeping busy with a newer band he's singing for called Old Gods. "Getting the chance to sing was my primary interest in joining Old Gods. I've been playing guitar and singing for over 20-years now, but I've never just been a frontman. It's definitely been something I've always wanted to do," he told Noisecreep in a chat last month discussing Old Gods' new self-titled EP. Before he left for tour, Tuttle sent in his contribution to Noisecreep's 'Five Albums That Changed My Life' series.

'Grace,' Jeff Buckley (1994)

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"It would be difficult to find someone who has more raw talent and ability than Jeff Buckley. He has a voice that must be heard to be believed. The first time I heard the title track from this album I literally had tears in my eyes. If this record does not move you, check your pulse. You may be made of stone."

'The Real Thing,' Faith No More (1989)

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"This is the record that started everything for me. I was 9 years old when I first heard 'Epic' and 'The Real Thing' was subsequently the first album I ever bought. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a musician."

'Clutch,' Clutch (1995)


"Some records are great because they remind you of a time and place. Other records are great because they transcend genres with a sonic stamp like nothing ever heard. This record does both and does them very well. This album defied the boundaries of metal by introducing massive grooves and makes me nostalgic for driving around in high school with a Jesus on my dashboard."

'The Wall,' Pink Floyd (1979)


"I love albums that tell a story and 'The Wall' may be the pinnacle of the often arduous "concept records." To this day, each time I listen to it I peel back another layer genius that I was previously unaware of. It's the musical gift that keeps on giving."

'Fun House,' The Stooges (1970)


"This album defined punk well before it even existed. These are some of the grittiest and sleaziest riffs you will ever hear and they were made in 1970. Put this record on, turn it up to eleven and watch your speaker bead up with the sweat that these songs drip."

Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang tour dates:

Nov. 02 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades

Nov. 03 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield

Nov. 05 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre

Nov. 06 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO

Nov. 07 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory

Nov. 08 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot

Nov. 09 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

Nov. 11 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre

Nov. 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave Ballroom

Nov. 13 - Sauget, IL - Pop's

Nov. 14 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont

Nov. 16 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit

Nov. 17 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room

Nov. 19 - New York City, NY - Terminal 5

Nov. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero

Nov. 21 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

Nov. 23 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis

Nov. 25 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus

Nov. 26 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom

Nov. 27 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Nov. 28 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

Nov. 29 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel

Dec. 01 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues