Five Records That Changed My Life, Part 46: Joél Cirera

Joél Cirera is the drummer and co-founder of the Swedish melodic hard rock band Crazy Lixx. Earlier, he has also played drums for death metal band Enshrined and death/thrash band Ominous. Roppongi Rocks’ Stefan Nilsson talked with Joél about what five albums made him want to play the drums.

Guns N’ Roses “Use Your Illusion II” (1991)

“Not so much for the band itself but when I heard ‘You Could Be Mine’ I was floored. My first real introduction to hard rock and I haven’t looked back since.”

Sepultura “Chaos AD” (1993)

“For a 15-year-old, this was my go-to album for many years. Super heavy and since I’m a drummer, it is hard not to love the tribal influence in the drumming on that record.”

Tool “Lateralus” (2001)

“Tool’s ‘Lateralus’ is still to this day a record I listen to on long flights. A masterpiece.”

Dio “The Last in Line” (1984)

“This album has it all. From the opening track ‘We Rock’ to ‘I Speed at Night’… I know a lot of people hold ‘Holy Diver’ higher but I love this album.”

Death “Symbolic” (1995)

“This was the first time I heard drumming that fast and guitars that were both heavy as fuck but also melodic. I still love this album after 24 years of listening.”