PLAYLIST OF MY LIFE – Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius, Status Minor), 2017

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In the realms of drumming excellence, there are a few names that come to mind more or less immediately, and one of these should be Rolf Pilve, the newest addition to Stratovarius’ line-up as of 2012. He has been or remains in several other projects as well, such as Status Minor, Dreamtale, Amoth, and so on. Since this guy has been around the block more than a few times, we thought we should share the playlist of his life with you!


1. The first song you remember hearing as a child
Can’t really remember any particular song, but I’m quite sure it must have been either some Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath as my dad used to listen to them a lot when I was a child.

2. The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving
Iron Maiden – “Moonchild.” Seventh Son of a Seventh Son was probably the first album I really got into, and I still love it!

3. A song that you loved as a teenager/reminds you of high school
Emperor – “Ye Entrancemperium.” Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk was a game changer album for me in many ways and I still listen to it a lot.

4. The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in)
Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath definitely.

5. The most recent song to get stuck in your head
“I am the Enemy” by Sepultura.

6. Your guilty pleasure song/band
I don’t really feel any guilt as I enjoy listening to all kinds of music.

7. The first album you bought with your own money/the first album you were really excited to own
Dio – Holy Diver.

8. A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage
“My Romance” – live at the Village Vanguard by the Bill Evans Trio.

9. A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road
“Go to Hell” by Vader.

10. The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral
The “Imperial March” ?