Corey Taylor sang the praises of Alice in Chains during a recent in-person question and answer session with fans, calling the Grunge Goliaths “one of the greatest rock bands” of all time.
The Slipknot frontman was asked to name his favorite group from the Seattle grunge “Big Four” – Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam – and was quick to choose AIC, praising the group and his late singer Layne Staley.
“Alice in Chains, to me, is one of the greatest rock bands that ever existed,” Taylor said during the question-and-answer portion of a theater appearance in Columbus, Ohio last Monday (Dec. 13 ). “And I’m not just talking about a grunge or a metal point of view or something like that. They revolutionized so much musically and inspired me to change the way I write music.
Taylor then called Staley “still one of the greatest f-king singers who ever lived” and selected touching tracks like “Nutshell” and “Would?” among his favorites.
“Now it’s not a reflection of the demons he’s had to fight, obviously, and it’s all to do with his talent,” Taylor said. “He just made it sound like so easy, and he could sing anything, he could write anything, and the shit he was writing about was killing him, and yet we loved it.” . For me, it was the biggest soul stripping I have ever heard.
He continued, “But the good thing is that we can listen to their music and it can help us overcome our own pain. And there probably isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t listen to Alice in Chains. It’s always so good. And the fact that I know these guys now is just the icing on the cake. It’s great to be able to hang out with your favorite band.
After Staley’s tragic death in 2002, Alice in Chains reunited with singer William DuVall and released the triumphant comeback album Black gives way to blue. The group has released two more LPs since. Singer-guitarist Jerry Cantrell remains the group’s guiding force as songwriter, with DuVall admirably sharing the duties of lead vocalist.
Cantrell released their third solo album, Enlighten, earlier this year. The LP recently landed in our list of the top 30 metal and hard rock albums of 2021, and Cantrell will be supporting the new solo effort on tour in 2022. You can get tickets here.
Slipknot, meanwhile, recently released the new song “The Chapeltown Rag” ahead of their next untitled studio album due in 2022.
Watch Corey Taylor discuss Alice in Chains in the clip below (from 6:20 am).