Corey Taylor Says Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ Taught Him ‘A Very Valuable Lesson’

During an apparition last Tuesday (August 30th) on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”And the Slipknot And the stone acid front man Corey Taylor Asked for his opinion MetallicaA great self-titled album when he first heard it over three decades ago. said the Iowa-born musician, who was 17 years old at the time of the LP’s release (as written by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was weird, because it was actually in two phases. I remember studying [the album’s first single] ‘Song for Metallica’ as it was Zapruder Movie [referring to Abraham Zapruder, who recorded a tragic moment in history when he captured the U.S. president John F. Kennedy‘s assassination in full color in November 1963]. genuinely. Me and my friends, we were amazed by the production – just how good it sounded yet so dense. We were just, like, ‘How did they do this?’ What is this?’ And I can only remember… We recorded it on the radio so we could hear it – before the full album was released. I can remember we were trying to record it MTV From the video, just carry the ghetto blaster up [the TV]. We were, like, ‘It sounds like garbage. We have to remove it from the radio. So we’d just sit there with “record” and then “pause,” and as soon as they picked it up, we were, like, “Oh, go ahead.” We’ve been waiting all day, because that’s what I did at the time.”

He continued, “We were losing our minds about this song. People have to realize that this was before our generation became “Stairway to Heaven”. We’ve never heard anything like that. We just exploded. And then the album came out, and I said, ‘Okay. They look great. But where’s the heavy stuff? There were songs that definitely came close, like ‘Holier than’And that’s one of the reasons I covered it when they asked me to visit part of ‘The [Metallica] Black list [a 2021 collection featuring covers of every track off of METALLICA‘s self-titled album]. … but I was looking for things like that [from the rest of the ‘Metallica’ album]And I didn’t understand that ‘Perfects [Of Puppets]” vibe or that “[…And] justice [For All]” vibration. I was like, “Where is she?” And it took me a long time to really appreciate this album. And I think a lot of people would agree that it probably took ‘Pregnancy’ albums [‘Load’ and ‘Reload’] They take us out to come back and go, God. What were you thinking? How good is this album now? And that’s not knocking these two albums because at that time who – which This was a departure.”

Taylor He added, “I remember the first time I heard ‘nothing else matters’. The look on my face – my friend went, “Jesus, you really don’t like this song, do you?” ‘Cause I had a ‘saucy’ face. I was just, like, “What the hell is this?” But, of course, over time, man, a good song is a good song, and you can’t deny that. And it taught me a very valuable lesson, that you have to force change on people. I mean, no one likes different things right away. You have to drag them kicking and screaming to where you want to go, because that’s the only way you’re going to get anyone there. Assuming that people will change with you is a lesson in madness, because there is no way to. You have to make the change and drag people with you.”

Taylor Previously discussed his cover of “Holier than” And the lasting effect of MetallicaLP’s self-titled last September in an interview with‘s Ryan J. Downey.

“For me, I was very shocked by the ‘black album’ at first,” Korean He said. “I was one of those kids that I expected something like ‘…and justice for all’. I can remember listening to “Sandman” Because it was silly Everywhere.

He continued, “Looking back, we were stunned by the single, but we were expecting more from the album.” “And it has grown to me over the years that I can listen to it now and I appreciate this album as much as I appreciate the first four albums. You can see the evolution. And maybe that maturity.” Because we were young and we were fucking bars at the time. ‘It doesn’t look like this’ ‘Death is approaching’‘Or anything like that. It was one of those things that was different, and we didn’t know how to feel “different” at the time, especially for a band like this. And then, the more attention they get, the less they feel like “ours” — they’re drawn From we. I think that’s why there is such hostility-Metallica For a while between us as fans of metal. I never turned my back on them but I definitely looked for other things. Because it doesn’t seem as special as ours. But that was just my childhood. They were one of my favorite bands, so I was going to judge them that way. But I didn’t go back to this album until I got a little older and started listening to this album again. And I was, like, ‘Damn, man. This thing is really good. Not even the singles, because those singles were played sickly; they were ridiculous. Everywhere. ‘Holier than’ It is my favorite song on this album. ‘Struggle within’ It gets hung…and I think once you put that into perspective with where they’re headed, it all makes sense; That was the missing piece. And they’ve earned every drop of their success.”

Korean said earlier Downey who – which “Song for Metallica” It was one of the first songs he learned to play the guitar. “Because this was a kind of our generation “Stairway to Heaven” or ‘smoke on water’, “He said.” It’s one of those weeds that… I’d love to call her if it’s Guitar Center virus. anyone come [at a Guitar Center location] either play “Sandman”And the “Crazy train”And the ‘smoke on water’ or “Ladder” or ‘All the love’…you have that belt gate where you go, “Oh, I figured it out.”

“I sat down one day, getting better at the guitar, and went back and listened to the top four Metallica albums and just started to separate the woods and learn all these tracks. And it became a kind of language that you could talk to other musicians when you first jammed. If you kick in “Blitzkrieg” Or something like that, or if you entered ‘Lightning ride’ I just started [playing the opening riffs of the song]And they kicked with you, you knew you went out to the races, because you not only learn this country; You learn the whole melody and go for it. So it was like an initiative in a strange way; You know how to do it. So I played Metallica In almost every band I’ve been in; It was always there. I mean, from my first real group criminal mischief All the way up to my solo band.”

TaylorCover version of “Holier than” It is included in the above Metallica Black Lista four-hour, 53-song collection of “Black Album” covers covering an incredibly wide range of genres, generations, cultures, continents and more, with each artist contributing a unique interpretation of their favorites. Metallica cut LP.

in 2020, Taylor Tell Apple Music‘s Zane Lowe who – which MetallicaProvide longevity and career success a “blueprint” for it Slipknot It will continue to follow in the coming years.

“If there is any group we totally respect… there are quite a few bands, but Metallica They were definitely a high watermark, man, they were the band to achieve,” he said. This we had [SLIPKNOT‘s] Basically planned. But we took so many different bands too that it would be unfair to say it’s fair Metallica that really directed us. They are clearly [METALLICA] They were…still finding ways to challenge themselves. This is the key. This is the place MetallicaI really feel like that’s the blueprint, because they keep finding ways to break new ground, playing every continent. They will be the first band to play on Mars, I am convinced of that.”

stone acidA copy of Metallica‘s “Death is approaching” Appeared on the previous band “Meanwhile in Burbank…”which is a five song covering EP which was released in 2015.

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