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Here’s What Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Thinks Is “The Greatest Modern Heavy Metal Album Ever Made”


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Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor sits in on the latest episode of ‘2 Hours With Matt Pinfield‘. The chat touches upon his early days in music, the sessions for the band’s self-titled and “Iowa” albums and more. During the conversation Taylor shared his favorite records from ‘The Big Four’, here’s his take:

On Metallica:

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“The first time I heard ‘Master Of Puppets‘, it honestly changed my life. But I can say that about all four of those bands [The Big 4,] to be honest. With Metallica it was ‘Master Of Puppets‘. To me it’s the greatest modern heavy metal album ever made. Pound for pound, just songwise, musically, sonically, production, it just is fantastic. And I know who dudes who will fight me over that stuff, because we’re so nerdy on it. But to me it’s just that is the template for every great heavy metal album.”

On Slayer:

“With Slayer it was… Obviously it was “Reign In Blood“, but honestly as much as I love “Reign In Blood“, “South Of Heaven” really set the tone for me. Because “Reign In Blood” is such a blast, but “South Of Heaven” shows off everything amazing about Slayer. I just think that album itself is just so tight, from the title track to the… It’s got everything.

On Megadeth:

“With Megadeth it was “Peace Sells…“. Because… People only really know; if you talk about that album as a casual listener, they’ll immediately talk about that song. They don’t realize that that album in itself is such a riff clinic. There are so many amazing riffs on that album that it’s just that you are listening to it going ‘God, how did you write that? Like where did that come from?’ So good. So good”

On Anthrax:

Anthrax, I mean I got into them right when “Among The Living” came out, which was such a perfect album. It was such a great showcase of everything that they’re about. Which is heavy riffs, crazy blasts and then, just that… You could just feel that there was a fun vibe that was kind of missing from the other ones. Anthrax wasn’t afraid to enjoy themselves. And that’s one of the reasons why to this day they’re still one of my favorite bands.”

He also spoke highly of Korn after discussing his upcoming cameo on the band’s next single, “A Different World“, which will appear on Korn‘s new album, “The Serenity Of Suffering“:

“To me the first three Korn albums are so good that I would put those up against anybody. They set the tone and I don’t think they get enough credit to be honest for the fact that they really helped establish a whole different movement.”

Some new details were also shared of the upcoming new Stone Sour album:

“I am so stoked, my god. So we’re working on the new Stone Sour, we’re going to go in in January to record for a couple of months. Hopefully get it out late spring, early summer next year. It’ll be the first album we’re doing with Chow [Johny Chow,] our bass player, and Tucc, our new guitar player Christian Martucci . And it is fantastic, we’ve already got 18 songs written.

And it is some of the best material we’ve ever written. It is so good. It is such a great amalgam of all of all of these different styles that we just absolutely love. It’s got a little bit of the heavy, like we like to do. But it’s also way more hard rock—way more rock n’ roll and hard rock—than heavy. There’s even a little bit of punk in there and it’s got… There’s an energy there that’s going to decimate and blow away a lot of the stuff that comes out next year. That’s how excited I am.

We’re going to record it the old fashioned way. We’re going to get us all in the room. We’re gonna record it together, we’re gonna have that energy bouncing off of each other. It’s gonna be a modern throwback, let’s put it that way, and it’s gonna destroy people.”

“We’re doing it in Burbank actually, we’re doing it at a place called Sphere in Burbank—or Glendale—right in that area. We’re gonna co-produce it ourselves with a good friends of ours named Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther)… We have a great relationship with him and he’s somebody we really trust and we absolutely love to work with. So we’re looking forward to going in with him and really making a kickass rock n’ roll album.”

“We’re really excited man, just the demos alone, it’s like ‘Dude, this is gonna destroy.'”

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