Slipknot’s Corey Taylor recently spoke about Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ album and said that it fuelled him in times of need when he was younger.
Pantera is known to be one of the most industry-changing and navigation heavy metal bands of all time. They sold over 20 million records worldwide and received four Grammy nominations throughout their career that lasted from 1981 to 2003. One of their most successful albums was ‘Vulgar Display of Power,’ which was released in 1992 and became a representation of their talent in heavier music as well.
‘Vulgar Display of Power’ is an album that brought recognition to the band and influenced the industry. It is one of the most inspirational albums of the 1990s, and according to Rolling Stone, it’s one of the greatest metal albums of all time. The first single of the album, ‘Mouth of War,’ has helped the band gain commercial success.
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor recently spoke about the album for its 30th anniversary. The singer talked about how that record helped him before his career started with his band and admitted that it inspired him and encouraged him through one of the most challenging periods of his life.
As he explained during the conversation, the album kept him company while he was earning his living under the burning sun, working in an RV center, as it was one of the few jobs that didn’t require him to cut his hair. ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ gave him power and energy, and the singer thought that that album had incredible hooks and was so heavy. Hence, it became one of his favorite albums of all time.
Here is what he said about the Pantera album:
“I remember where I was when that album came out, man. I was listening to that incessantly. I was working at the RV center that my grandma got me a job at. ‘Cause I didn’t wanna cut my hair, and I couldn’t work anywhere else, man, so I was washing RVs for nine hours a day during the day in the hottest summer I’d ever felt. And it was intense, dude. And all I had was that tape — I had that tape and [a cassette from] Beastie Boys. So I kept trading those tapes back and forth. And when I needed a burst of energy, I’d put on ‘Vulgar Display’, and when I just wanted to chill and just kind of get into the rhythm of it, I would put on, I think it was ‘Check Your Head.’
So it was, like, those two albums really fuelled me that summer to get through it. And I just remember listening to that album and just going, ‘Jesus, this is so heavy and yet so hummable.’ That’s the thing that I think people really lose with Pantera — is that it was so incredibly heavy, but the hooks were incredible, dude. I mean, it was like the next evolution of what Metallica had kind of started to do. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite albums.“
You can watch the interview below.