There’s not too much that comes and goes in metal circles that doesn’t get Corey Taylor’s judgment call. Outside of being one of the most vicious singers in the history of metal, Corey has not minced words when it comes to musical celebrities, calling out everything from Kanye West’s rants back in the day to defending himself when Machine Gun Kelly came after him last year.
Corey is more than willing to go to bat for some of his favorite bands, but he also has no problem with tearing new people through the mud.
Then again, Corey has said that the new worst band in town is actually a lot more high profile than what you’d expect. Speaking to former Sex Pistol Steve Jones, Corey had mentioned how the next phase of terrible rock music is being passed over to Imagine Dragons, saying “they’re awful, so that’s cool… And they’re from Vegas, so I’m gonna go home to protests.
Can’t show my face in this town now. Yeah, people are slowly coming back to appreciate Nickelback and then just turning their irksome ire toward Imagine Dragons.”
Granted, this is far from the first time that Corey has torn Nickelback’s name through the mud, coming years after he and Chad Kroeger got into a spat in the media after Chad called Stone Sour “Nickelback lite.”
If you were to ask Corey though, what he’s calling out seems to be more about musical integrity in his eyes than anything personal against these bands, telling Consequence that:
“I look at some of these bands that sound like this or sound like that or sound like the other guy, and it’s just, like, well, they obviously listened to two albums that have been out for a minute.
But, the ones that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that’s been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new — even though it’s completely derivative.
You know the band they’re ripping off — they’re not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they’re ripping off one band.
But the younger generation picks them up and says, ‘This is our blah blah blah,’ because they’re tired of old people telling them that the music that came before them was better.
And I don’t know who’s right, but I know both are wrong, because we should be encouraging everything.”
In that respect, Corey isn’t concerned with what the bands are playing…he’s more concerned about where the future of rock and roll is going. Poor ‘ol Imagine Dragons.