Tom Morello Says Metallica Is The First Band New Metalheads Should Listen To
In a conversation with Collider Interviews, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello recently spoke about metal and the bands related to the genre. He stated that when someone is just starting to listen to metal, they should listen to Metallica.
With Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Tom Morello proved his musical talents to his fans with an extensive career of more than forty years. Also, having experience working with such bands as the E Street Band, the musician formed his own opinions regarding the musical genres, especially metal.
Listening to metal music can happen naturally with most people, but some might need guidance to begin loving the genre and being a part of its raging sound. Hence, Morello recently talked about how someone can start listening to metal music and gave advice to those in need when asked during an interview.
Songs that one can sing along to are likable, especially those with a catchy melody, hooks, and lyrics. People who like pop music look for parts in a song they can hold onto and memorize and sing along to, which is an essential aspect of popularity. For Morello, a person just starting to get to know and listen to metal should start with Metallica because of its catchy tunes and sing-along quality.
When asked what should people hear when they first listen to metal, Morello said:
“Off the top of my head, I’m just going to riff here. I think that one of them might be Metallica because Metallica is like there are entry points of accessibility and hooks and things that people who like other genres of music go like, ‘Oh, I can sing along with that.’ Then it is uncompromisingly metal in a lot of ways, so that would be one choice for me.”
Metallica is probably the biggest band in the metal world and is known worldwide even by those who don’t necessarily love rock or metal. In addition to naming them, Morello continued with another band, Judas Priest, which is also another act new metalheads should try listening to when starting with a new genre.
You can watch the full interview below.