Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor revealed the metal band that greatly inspired all Slipknot members and became a cult band while talking about one of their best songs during his interview with Knotfest.
As it turns out, the band that deeply inspired Slipknot was Metallica, which shouldn’t be very surprising, as they’re often called the trailblazers of metal for bringing the genre to mainstream spaces.
According to Corey Taylor, the song that represents Metallica the most is ‘Master of Puppets,’ which was featured in the band’s third studio album released on March 3, 1986. He revealed that they tried really hard to learn the song’s riffs, and it took forever to play it properly. In addition, Taylor defined the album as ‘the greatest modern heavy metal album ever made’ and praised Metallica members’ unmatchable talents and their longevity.
During his interview, Taylor confirmed it once again, saying that they discovered Metallica before they became one of the most popular bands in the world, and it turned into a cult for them. They worshiped the band, and it was like a treasure that they had discovered and wanted to preserve.
Here’s what Taylor said about ‘Master of Puppets’ during the interview:
“Yeah, it’s got everything. It’s got the riffs that we all tried to learn how to play, and then, when we eventually learned the proper way to play it, it took us forever to adjust.
It’s got the breakdown in the middle, it’s got the amazing melody – it’s a journey, it’s an opus. You’re absolutely right, it represents everything that we loved about Metallica, especially at that moment.
They were the best f’cking band in the entire f’cking world, and we were the only ones who knew it, as fans. They hadn’t blown up yet, they hadn’t been taken, and, obviously, their career has gone in so many different trajectories.”
“For so long, they were our little secret, they were ours, and we worship them, they could do no wrong. I can remember reading certain comics because they read them.
I can remember skating on certain skateboards because they skated on them. I can remember listening to certain bands because they listened to them. It was a cult for a second, that’s how much they meant to us.
It was cool to be a part of that, it was cool to meet other people who got it, and you immediately understood it because it immediately opened up a conversation.
It would take you into a million other different stratospheres, learning about Exodus because that’s where Kirk came from. Just learning about all these different bands just because of that one band.
It was such an amazing amalgam of creativity and expression. That song would – if you play that for anyone, no matter what time, but you could play that for someone today who’s never heard metal or was just listening to pop music, and it will change the way they look at music.
I mean, to this day, that’s how poignant it is.”
You can watch the interview below.