Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Thinks Metal Will Never Truly Be Mainstream

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Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor shared his thoughts about metal music’s popularity during his recent appearance on Doug Bradley’s Down To Hell. The singer also claimed that the genre would never be as popular as the other mainstream genres but highlighted the importance of the fan base.

The heavy metal genre gained popularity with distorted sounds, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and aggressive loudness. It produced countless subgenres such as hair metal, death metal, thrash metal, rap metal, and nu-metal, with many more. Different bands of these genres became popular worldwide in almost every era, such as Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, and many more.

Therefore, heavy metal is a genre that will not disappear from the stage thanks to the bands and their dedicated metalheads. Even though some of them lost their popularity after the rise of grunge, hip-hop, and rap, bands like Mötley Crüe, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Slipknot preserved their success and fame. Still, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has a different idea about the genre’s mainstream popularity.

Taylor stated that metal music would never be truly mainstream during a recent interview, but there will always be some popular songs that will hit the charts and be listened to by millions of people. He knows that their fan base won’t let them disappear and help them become as successful, but not to an extent where metal will be mainstream. The Slipknot singer drew attention to the benefits of the internet that connects the metalheads, which is an excellent contribution to the genre.

The host’s question read:

“It’s becoming more mainstream and accepted now, is it?”

Taylor stated in his interview that:

“No, what I meant was the fans keep us where it is. I don’t think it will ever truly be mainstream. There will be some popular movies that kind of popped in and out. I’m sure there will be popular songs, but metal will never truly go away now. Just for the fact that, because of the internet and whatnot, there’s a way for that fan base to coalesce.”

You can check out the interview below.