MIDNITE MIXTAPE MASSACRE – Paul Barrow (Death Blooms) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:00

Death Blooms 2017Another once popular Über Rock feature which sees itself getting a new breath of life this new year is the Midnite Mixtape Massacre, in which musos pick a selection of songs which have shaped the person they are today, and to which they still listen with the same enthusiasm as when they first heard the tunes in question…


First to present us with his listening choice is Paul Barrow, vocalist with Death Blooms – a band in the midst of an exciting time. Having just supported 36 Crazyfists at their sold-out Manchester Academy show, the north-west alt-metal four-piece head out on tour with King 810 and the Courtesans next month. So, what earworms will the singer be enjoying as they traverse the highways and byways of this here Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll? Well, let the man tell us…


Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’


Let’s face is, it’s probably the best song ever written and that guitar intro signals a party is about to happen. It was the song that got me into rock music; says it all really.



Korn – ‘Here To Stay’


Still my favourite Korn song. I remember hearing it for the first time when I was 14 and thinking it was the heaviest thing ever to exist. Every time I hear it, it takes me right back to that time.



Part Chimp – ‘Trad’


What a band. What a song. What an introduction to a record. One of the best and loudest bands on the planet. The fact that the vocals hang back and the instruments do most of the talking was something I hadn’t really fully appreciated until I heard this band. Total game changer.



Yourcodenameis:milo – ‘Rapt. Dept.’


Another one that takes me back to another place in my life. I remember being 18/19 and doing nothing but listening to this band in my car. I was genuinely baffled by the fact that something could sound so raw, heavy and yet so polished and amazing. It really made me seek out even more bands like this.



Linkin Park – ‘In The End’


A lot of the time, you just go “yep, great song”, but when was the last time you actually listened to it properly!? You should go and do that right now, I can guarantee you’ll feel things.



The 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster – ‘Psychosis Safari’ 


I remember first hearing thing song and thinking “fucking hell, this is amazing!” It was everything I wanted and still is.



Reuben – ‘Let’s Stop Hanging Out’


I’ll always talk a bit about Reuben if I can. Honestly one of my favourite bands ever. I particularly connected with this song because I first heard it when I was a teenager and everything is so heightened. It just resonated with me so much. Plus, the end of this song, when it drops to drums and vocals is one of my favourite parts in any song ever.



Slipknot – ‘Everything Ends’


When I first heard ‘Iowa’, it was genuinely terrifying. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks and this was the song that was swirling round my head the most.



The Bronx – ‘Shitty Future’


This song made me believe punk was still alive.



Alkaline Trio – ‘Stupid Kid’


“I was just a stupid kid back then, I take back every word that I said” - just becomes more of a reality every single day.



Alice in Chains – ‘Man In The Box’


Layne Stayley’s vocals in this song are unrivalled. I honestly still get chills listening to this song, even though I’ve completely lost count of how many times I’ve played it. It’s just an unbelievable piece of music, all of it.



Limp Bizkit – ‘Hold On’


Limp Bizkit sounding like The Beatles. It just kinda proved to me that you don’t have to stick to one thing if you’re in a band, you can do whatever you want. It’s just full of melody and feeling and i can’t get enough of it.





As mentioned, Death Blooms head out on tour with King 810 and Courtesans next month:


King 810 tour poster


Tune in again next weekend, when Ally Dickaty from The Virginmarys will share his mixtape with us…


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