Six Blasphemies – Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen’s Current Playlist

For the November edition of Staff Infections, Metal Review’s Sasha Horn extended an invitation to Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen (Aura Noir, Ava Inferi, Twilight Of The Gods, ex-Mayhem) to contribute his own playlist. He responded with six selections, but also provided unexpected insight into each. Instead of burying them at the bottom of that page, we’ve decided to shine a light on ’em.

Here are six albums that have been dominating Eriksen’s recent rotation, accompanied by his own commentary. Enjoy.


 

URIAH HEEP – LOOK AT YOURSELF

Man, after jumping off the Heidenfest / Twilight Of The Gods tour, the only thing that really mattered upon arrival home was classic rock albums. Being stuck 24 days in a tour bus alongside a few “hardcore” classic rock/metalheads, my mood got back to where it once was. I re-discovered so many important bands, and Uriah Heep was definitely one of them. Classic as fuck, and one of their best albums. A must have!

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BLACK SABBATH – THE ETERNAL IDOL

Somehow, the majority of the world missed out on the mid-eighties Sabbath. In my opinion, this era of this immortal band is just as amazing as their 70’s catalog. Actually, better! (Let the bashing begin). More gloom, more depth, and with some classic hard rock singers (and riffing) on board, these “forgotten” tales are nothing short of brilliant. A major influence on the recent Ava Inferi sound.

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WHITESNAKE – WHITESNAKE

Hard rock at its finest. Brilliant album from the ‘Snakes here. Not much to say really. It just fucking rocks!

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ULVER – SHADOWS OF THE SUN

A perfect soundtrack to the night. Well, if Uriah Heep doesn’t work. Peace, serenity and subtle crookedness in a pleasant union. Ulver’s best work to date, in my opinion.

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RAINBOW – RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW

Classic to the bone. “Man on the Silver Mountain,” “The Temple Of The King,” “Catch the Rainbow.” No? Well, head out to the closest dealer and nag. It doesn’t get more classic than this. A definite must-have in any rock-oriented record collection.

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KENT – TILLBAKA TILL SAMTIDEN

Great Swedish “alternative rock” band. Huge in Scandinavia, while relatively unknown in other areas of the world (my guess). Probably a soundtrack to many-a teenager’s broken heart. Nevertheless, there is a genuine nerve in it, and it offers a beautiful melancholy. This album might not be their prime, but it “feels good to me.” (Tony Martin, “Tyr”).

 

[RUNE ERIKSEN]

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