Corey Taylor Calls Alice In Chains’ ‘Dirt’ One Of The Greatest Heavy Metal Records Ever Made

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The 30th anniversary of Alice In ChainsDirt is almost upon us, and for some folks, this record is considered the GOAT (in the world of metal and rock that is). Someone who really adores the record is that of Slipknot singer Corey Taylor; in an act of paying his respects to this album, Taylor has decided to contribute to a special book celebrating the record.

A special 30th anniversary release of Dirt is on the way, and as a part of that special release, folks will find a book. This book appears to include thoughts and reflections on the album; among those reflections, Taylor wrote what the record means to him. You can find what he wrote about the Alice In Chains album below.

“Alice in Chains changed my entire approach to songwriting. They showed me that you could write/marry the heavy to the beautiful and combine the sadistic with the hopeful. I’ve been a massive Alice in Chains fan since day one. I saw them open the ‘Clash of the Titans’ tour and was addicted from that moment. The first song I heard from Dirt was ‘Would?’ because it was on the Singles soundtrack. My initial thought was, ‘How are they going to top this?’ And holy hell, they smashed it.

“The whole album is perfection. The harmonies are perfect, the guitar tones are so thick, the passion is gorgeous, and the grooves — how the bass glues to the drums — are unfuckingtouchable. Whenever I am stuck musically, I go on a ‘Chains binge, and I always start with Dirt. It’s just a perfect album. Simply put, it’s one of the greatest hard rock/heavy metal albums of all time. It transcends genres. it speaks to people regardless of age or generation. It’s literally a clinic on how to make nihilism and contemplation work together.

“‘Would?’ and ‘Angry Chair’ were two of the first songs Stone Sour played as a band. Joel Ekman and I would just jam the whole album together in my basement. Dirt is one of my favorite albums ever made.”

What are your thoughts on Alice In Chains’ Dirt? Do you consider it a GOAT in the world of metal and rock? Below you will find an Instagram post that features Corey Taylor’s writing in the Alice In Chains book.

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