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RISE to Remain have just issued their debut album, City of Vultures to appreciative response.

The Brit Metallers, who already have onwnership of a Kerrang! Award, are now on the road in support of the disc, and tonight the tour bus pulls into Northampton Roadmender.

City Nights asked frontman Austin Dickinson to spill the beans on his musical loves for us...

Tell us about the first record you bought/downloaded

The Best of Black Sabbath when I was about 10 years old. I couldn’t decide which album to get, so many of my favourite Sabbath tunes were across several albums, so I went with the one that had the best of both.

An album you can’t live without, and why

Killswitch Engage – End of Heartache. Probably because it is my favourite album, and because it was a pioneering record in metal production. It still sounds ridiculously dense, but has amazing clarity.

The lyrics are great and Howard has insane pipes, and they compliment the awesomely constructed songs, each of which, are absolutely fantastic.

I could probably talk for a lot longer about it, but I’ll stop it here.

Most embarrassing record in your collection

The Dawn of the Dead soundtrack. Definitely.

An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t

I wish I’d been born early enough to get a first pressing of Thriller on vinyl. That ain’t gonna happen without breaking the bank.

What about your favourite artist of all time? What’s the attraction?

Killswitch Engage. I like their sound, it has got that tempered edge, that shimmery cleanness, and then that dramatic dive into heaviness.

Their structure is amazing, the vocal arrangement, performance and melodies are great, and on top of that, I LOVE the fact that all the members have some sort of unique ‘everyman’ persona.

They’re not larger than life rockstars, but normal guys playing the music they love.

A fantastic band.

And Adam D’s stage show, although it is sometimes cloying and repetitive, is mostly hilarious.

If we could grant you a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be, and why? What question would you ask?

I’d meet Michael Jackson, and I’d ask him for some aerobic singing exercises. His movement and note holding is fantastic. What a dude.

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

Mercury Summer – Fightstar.

Always reminds me of summer, and of Treehouse Studios. Both us and Fightstar recorded there.

And one that chills you out

Deftones – Sextape. Nice and chilled.

What was the first gig you attended

Iron Maiden

Tell us about your favourite record shop or online store

Probably HMV. One of the last chains around, and they’ll order stuff in for you.

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours.

Who do you choose and what would you do?

I would be Mike Patton, because he is amazing, and I would sing all day at ear piercing levels.

That’s literally it.

Is there a new or undiscovered artist that you think we need to hear? Spill the beans...

I would say The Safety Fire. They are getting big and rightly so.

They opened for us on tour, and you can check them out at facebook.com/thesafetyfire

You can banish one artist to the bargain bin, Who do you choose?

Kate Nash hogtied to Jamie T.

Mockney accents make my hair fall out.

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