“My Metal T-Shirt Collection:” Septicflesh Members Share Their Ten Most Prized Shirts
A metalhead’s t-shirt collections contains some of their most prized possessions. Sweaty, stained and torn, our shirts are chronicles of our lives, physical markers of a past time and place that we pridefully put on our bodies every day. They have a clear pecking order: there are those shirts you wear only when all the best ones are in the laundry, there are the absolute favorites you wear once every couple of weeks, and there are all the shirts in between, each with their own clear rank. To a metalhead, T-shirts are EVERYTHING.
In our new column My Metal T-Shirt Collection, metal musicians will tell us about their ten absolute favorite threads: when they acquired them, why they love each one and what the band means to them. First up: Septicflesh! Drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner, rhythm guitarist Sotiris Vayenas and lead guitarist Christos Antoniou have teamed up to tell us about the ten most prized items between them.
Septicflesh’s new album Codex Omega comes out on September 1 via Prosthetic Records. Pre-order it here.
1. Led Zeppelin (Krimh)
This was probably the first hard rock band I heard after I was born. My dad is a huge fan of Led Zeppelin so it was no surprise that he played it to me when I was just a couple of months old. They are legends, and as a drummer you have to know Bonzo, the groove machine!
2. Architects (Krimh)
Lost Forever // Lost Together is one of my favorite albums, and in my opinion Architects’ best. The songwriting and sound are amazing on this one, but I have been a fan since their early album Ruin. I had the privilege of watching them a couple of times and seeing them grow from a small band to a face-crushing live act. Their show back in 2015 in Vienna was insane. Rest in peace, Tom!
3. Agent Fresco (Krimh)
Agent Fresco are my secret tip to all of you who need some fresh and different music. I discovered them a couple of years ago and have loved them since. Amazing musicians from Iceland who put so much love and emotion into what they do. Go check them out, they are more than worth it!
4. Gojira (Krimh)
I don’t have to say much about Gojira because everyone knows them, everyone loves them and everyone talks about them. This band is for sure a life-changer for me, as Slipknot were in the past. Probably the best band out there right now — Gojira are special. Their music, art and live shows aren’t comparable to anyone else. If you haven’t seen them or heard of them you know nothing about metal music today!
5. Morbid Angel (Sotiris)
Masters of sick riffs and extreme blast beats. We are diehard fans of Altars of Madness.
6. Coroner (Sotiris)
Progressive and avant garde band. We’re eager to listen to their new material this year.
7. Bathory (Sotiris)
Best black-epic band ever. Quorthon still lives in our “hammerheart.”
8. Moonspell (Christos)
Great people, great band. They pioneered the gothic sound with masterpieces like Irreligious and Wolfheart.
9. Necromantia (Christos)
Countrymates and pioneers in black metal. No electric guitars, just the use of an eight-string bass and another bass guitar back in ’90s. On their second album, Scarlet Evil Witching Black, they even use a saxophone as a solo instrument. Their experimentation for new sounds still leads us.
10. Darkthrone (Christos)
The most influential Norwegian black metal band of all time. Their classic, A Blaze in the Northern Sky, has had a huge influence on us, especially on the way we write our guitar parts.