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Five Albums That Changed My Life: Jesse Ciappa of Dr. Acula

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Formed back in 2005, the seven-piece outfit known as Dr. Acula released ‘Slander,’ their Victory Records debut, earlier this year. Combining elements of hardcore, synth-pop and pop-punk, the group’s eclectic sound has helped them share stages with everyone from The Devil Wear Prada to A Day to Remember. According to the band, they’ll be making some big announcements soon. Until then, Dr. Acula drummer Jesse Ciappa took part in Noisecreep’s ‘Five Albums That Changed My Life’ series.

‘Vulgar Display of Power’
Pantera (1992)

“This was the first Pantera album I bought. This album marked a time in my life where I started to listen to more metal and thrash. The riffs were heavy and the songs were filled with such energy; Phil’s vocals and lyrics brought a level of intensity to the music I’ve never heard before. I just wish I could’ve seen them live.”


‘Vision of Disorder’
Vision of Disorder (1996)

“My cousin turned me onto this band when I was in 4th grade. He was older than me, and actually bought me their self-titled cassette! Yes, a cassette, remember those? Anyway, this was literally the first hardcore band I’ve ever listened to and up to this point never really even listened to any music with screaming. I was blown away when I heard this album. It quickly became the only thing I listened to. This album turned me on to the world of hardcore and metal!”


Korn (1994)

“Believe it or not, my father got me into Korn. I was so young at the time that he would only play ‘Blind’ and ‘Shoots and Ladders’ for me because he didn’t want me to hear some of the other lyrical content, but I would find the CD and listen to the other songs when he wasn’t home. This album sounded unlike anything I ever heard and Korn became my favorite band. I could honestly list their first 5 Albums as life-changing, but I’m picking their first because it’s the first album I heard from them and I wouldn’t be playing the music I play today if it wasn’t for Korn.”


‘Around the Fur’
Deftones (1997)

“Here is one of my favorite albums of all time and easily in my top 5 list. This is the second Deftones album I bought, and I lived and breathed this CD for a long time. I couldn’t get enough of the raw energy captured on this recording, it truly is special. I still play this CD as if it came out last week. It’s just so damn good!”


‘L.D. 50′
Mudvayne (2000)

“Mudvayne is one of my favorite bands, and ironically I didn’t like them at first. Their sound was so different at the time. But I loved their video for ‘Dig’ and before I knew it I was buying their album. I would come home from school every day and learn the songs on drums. This album did change my life because it helped me develop my double bass playing, as well as metal drumming in general!”


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