Corey Taylor Credits Alice In Chains For Changing His Songwriting Approach


During a recent conversation with Metal Hammer, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor shared the influence Alice In Chains had on his perception of songwriting. He said the band taught him to convey meaningful messages without changing his desired sound.

This year Alice In Chains’ 1992 album ‘Dirt’ celebrates its 30th anniversary. The band is reissuing the album in a special deluxe box set to celebrate this milestone. The box set will contain a hardback book that features thoughts and reflections from the band as well as quotes from peers and friends about the album’s influence and legacy in the grunge scene.

Corey Taylor happens to be one of the artists included in the book, which isn’t surprising because he has shown his admiration for the band on several occasions. For instance, when Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley passed away from an overdose in 2002, Taylor praised him for being one of the greatest singers of all time.

The Slipknot vocalist recently stated that his approach to writing songs changed when he discovered Alice in Chains’ sound and lyrics. He realized that even if the sound is heavy and agressive, the lyrics could still convey meaningful and hopeful messages. Corey said that he had never realized that the dark and heaviness of metal could be paired with soft lyrics.

Taylor’s words about Alice In Chains’ contribution to his songwriting process:

Alice In Chains changed my entire approach to songwriting. They showed me you could write/marry the heavy to the beautiful and combine the sadistic with the hopeful.”

The extensive box set released for the 1992 album’s 30th anniversary will be limited to 3000 units. Die-hard fans can purchase the box set exclusively from Alice In Chains’ website.