Stranger Things’ Joe Quinn Talks About Getting Into Slayer, Black Sabbath, and Metallica

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Via an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer, actor Joe Quinn spoke to what metal bands he got into while preparing for his Stranger Things role. Back in May, Joe had shared that he listened to “a lot of heavy” metal to prepare for this role; per this new interview, Quinn shares more specifics regarding that preparation.

Per Quinn, a lot of his metal exploration has involved some thrash bands. He mentions a couple classic metal albums (one which should be super obvious), but also goes on to mention other bands that helped him shape his character. Per Joe Quinn:

“I listened to Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath over and over. Master Of Puppets as well, Slayer…all that kind of stuff. That was my way into that whole world, really. Black Sabbath were my guys, and Led Zeppelin too, but I guess they’re less metal.”

Those are some pretty awesome bands Joe! The actor also spoke to what guitarists he looks up to – mentioning two legends.

Jimi Hendrix is an obvious one. I was always very enamoured with him. Nirvana were my first proper band obsession – I was obsessed with Kurt Cobain and had all of his posters in my wall. It’s kind of cliché, but it’s true.”

Two incredibly talented guitarists without a doubt Joe! To learn more about Quinn’s experience with metal and Stranger Things, be on the look out for the new issue of Metal Hammer.

On a similar note, Quinn’s co-star Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays the evil Vecna in Stranger Things season four, also took on his own metal exploration to shape his character. However, compared to that of Joe, Bower entered the depths of black metal in order to provide a more sinister edge to Vecna.

Have you checked out the new season of Stranger Things? How excited are you for season five?

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