How Corey Taylor Came to Love Metallica’s ‘Black Album’

Metallica‘s Black album was one of the most polarizing moments of their career as it saw the legends shift from thrash brutality to polished stadium anthems. Slip knot‘s Corey Taylor is among the many Metallica fans who had to sit with it for a while before they really admired it.

Taylor, who was 17 years old, then The Black Album came out, recalled his first exposure to the record during an interview with Eddie Trunk he SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation [via Blabbermouth].

“Me and my friends, we were blown away by the production, how good it sounded and yet so thick. We just thought, ‘How did they do this?’ What’s this?’ And I just remember us… We taped it off the radio just so we could hear it before the full album came out,” the vocalist recalled, adding that he and his friends sat in front of the radio all day and waited for it to arrive so they could record it.

“We were losing our minds on this song. People have to realize this was before it became our generation’s ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ We had never heard anything like it. We were just blown away. And then the album came out and I said : “Okay. It sounds good. But where are the heavy things?”

Taylor cited “Holier Than Thou” as one of the album’s heavier moments, which is why he chose to cover it for their 2021 Blacklist cover album. However, he had hoped for more than one Master of Puppets or …And justice for all level of face melting with The Black Album.

“It took me a long time to really appreciate that album,” he continued. “And I think a lot of people would agree that it probably took it load album that comes out for us to go back and go, ‘God. What was I thinking? How good does this album sound now?’ And that doesn’t knock the two albums out, because then to was such a departure.”

“Nothing Else Matters” in particular was a song that made Taylor question the quality of the record. But over time he realized that he really enjoyed the song and admitted that it showed him that change must be forced on people.

“I mean, nobody likes things that are different right away. You’ve got to drag them kicking and screaming into where you’re going because that’s the only way you’re going to get anybody there,” he elaborated. “Assuming people are going to change with you is a lesson in insanity, because there’s no way that’s going to happen. You’ve got to make the change and just pull people along.”

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