Nils Nordling might not be a familiar name to you, unless, perhaps, you’ve listened to a lot of Dreamtale over a decade ago. Norling sang vocals for Dreamtale from 2005-2007, but these days he’s known for a different band: Silver Bullet. We’ve already heard from Silver Bullet’s lead guitarist, Hannes Horma, so today we have the playlist of Nils’ life for you!
1. The first song you remember hearing as a child
That must be either Boney M’s “River of Babylon” or Abba’s “Waterloo.” I remember that my father used to play these songs on road trips to our grandparents’ home in Porvoo when I was just a kid.
2. The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving
This is a hard one. There are so many songs that mattered and made a huge impact on me. I remember when I was 10 or something and I got in to punk rock for awhile. There were a lot of tunes that I’ve liked but what was the first song that I’ve truly loved? Hmm.. Maybe it was a Finnish punk artist called Pelle Miljoona and a song called “Moottoritie on kuuma.”
3. A song that you loved as a teenager/reminds you of high school
In 1984 when W.A.S.P. released their self-titled first album, it hit me like a ton of lead. The album opener, “I Wanna Be Somebody” is of course a classic nowadays, but back then to a teenager, it was a whole new way to travel, and I’ve traveled that same road ever since.
4. The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in)
This is easy. Without any question I must say that Thin Lizzy’s Chinatown album entirely and especially a song called “We Will Be Strong.” I was in a summer camp back in the days and lying in my bed, when my roommate put this album on a cassette player. It struck me immediately. I begged him to record a copy for me as well. Afterwards we became friends and he introduced me to the world of heavy rock and metal. Bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, etc.
5. The most recent song to get stuck in your head
Again this is a hard one. I listen hard rock, classic heavy rock, progressive- and heavy metal music daily and pretty much all the time. It’s not once or twice per a day, when I caught myself singing some song while listening to my Spotify list on headphones, when I’m out to walking my dog. I have to say yet, in reference to your question, Pride of Lion’s “Silent Music.” That’s one catchy motherfucker.
6. Your guilty pleasure song/band
I don’t know which is more shameful to admit, that I’m a huge fan of AOR and hard rock music or that I’ve actually liked some of the nu-metal bands in 1990s.
7. The first album you bought with your own money/the first album you were really excited to own
Virgin Steele – Self titled (1982)
8. A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage
There is not such a song. What is the matter with you?;-)
9. A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road
Dream Evil – “The Book of Heavy Metal” is a very good choice indeed. Yet again, it depends on what mood I’m in. Anything from Ronnie James Dio and Jorn Lande works as well.
10. The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral
I’m pretty sure that my funeral song hasn’t been composed yet. It could be one of my own written pieces or then again, maybe not. If I had to pick one song that someone else has written, I think in that case it would be Kamelot’s “House on the Hill.”
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