What Alice in Chains’ ‘Dirt’ taught Slipknot’s Corey Taylor about songwriting

While many love Slip knotyou can argue without that Alice in Chains before them that things might sound a little different. Slipknot front man Corey Taylor recently sang the band’s praises, and the album in particular Dirtfor Alice in Chains’ upcoming 30th anniversary of Dirt deluxe box set.

Taylor offered a quote that will be included in the upcoming hardcover book accompanying the box, giving some credit where it’s due for helping to shape the artist he is. “Alice in Chains changed my whole approach to songwriting,” states Taylor. “They showed me that you could write/marry the heavy with the beautiful and combine the sadistic with the hopeful.”

Later in the quote, he goes on to comment, “It’s just a perfect album. In short, it’s one of the greatest hard rock/heavy metal albums of all time. It transcends genres. It speaks to people of any age or generation. It’s literally a clinic on how to make nihilism and contemplation work together.”

In the commentary, Taylor shares his attachment to the album, saying he was a “massive” fan since day one, and reflected on seeing them open the Clash of the Titans tour, which sold him on the band.

“The first song I heard from Dirt was’Will?‘ because it was on Singles soundtrack. My first thought was, ‘How are they going to top this?’ And hell, they smashed it,” adds Taylor. “The whole album is perfection. The harmonies are perfect, the guitar tones are so thick, the passion is amazing, and the grooves – how the bass sticks to the drums – are hauntingly touching.”

Alice in Chains also has a root in her other band, Sten angry, which Taylor recalled “Will?” and “Angry chair“being some of that band’s earliest jams.

Taylor has been effusive in her praise of Alice in Chains over the years, citing the group as her own favorite “Big 4” grunge band. He has also pointed to playing “Will?” with Jerry Cantrell as part of the all-star cover band Camp Freddy like his favorite collaboration of all time. In 2020, he was joined by Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney and Taylor Hawkins on a cover of “Man in the Box” as part of Seattle’s The Museum of Pop Culture’s Founders Award salutes Alice in Chains.

See Corey’s full comment on Dirt album below, and be sure to pick up the massive 30th anniversary Dirt box set this fall. Pre-orders are currently being taken here.

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