Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor shared his ideas about Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ and Megadeth’s ‘Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?’ by comparing them with each other during his interview with Knotfest’s Ryan J. Downey.
As you probably know, Metallica released their third studio album entitled ‘Master of Puppets’ on March 3, 1986. It was the last album including their bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident. The album gained critical acclaim and was defined as one of the best metal albums of all time.
Megadeth released their second studio album, ‘Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?’ on September 19, 1986. The album was also characterized as a metal classic which shaped the genre by the critics. In his interview, Corey Taylor revealed that he discovered Megadeth thanks to Metallica.
Furthermore, he compared the two albums, saying that Metallica’s songs were complete while Megadeth’s were more deep and complex. Also, he highlighted that people learned thrash metal with Megadeth’s unique riffs by defining their album as a ‘riff clinic.’ Taylor added that both of the albums had a great influence on his career as a metal singer.
Taylor said in his interview that:
“I went to their house and they were like ‘you need to listen to this, ‘Master of Puppets.’ They started and I was blown away. Through Metallica, we discovered Megadeth because it was like ‘this was the ex-guitar player from Metallica. We didn’t listen to ‘ Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!’ and we went right to ‘Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?’
I can remember being so blown away by the riffs and just the creativity of the riffs. I never heard of stuff like that before and never had it since like that. Co-mingling of the guitar work and the way they were playing just sounded so rad. I mean it was a clinic, a goddamn riff clinic like you could sit down.
Everything you needed to know about thrash metal was right on that album whereas Metallica’s songs were so complete, Megadeth was so much more almost intricate in a way. So interesting… You were just like ‘Holy shit! Wow!’ The riffs of ‘Wake Up Dead’ and ‘Never Walk Alone’ are like people should study them. They’re just so rad.”
You can watch the interview and listen to the songs below.