Saturday, March 14, 2015

Slipknot's Jim Root: "My first taste of real metal it was Metallica's Ride The Lightning"

Slipknot's Jim Root was interviewed by You can read an excerpt below:

Jim talked about his first real metal album that has listened: "I would have to say my first taste of 'real' metal that made me really start to look outside of what... When you come from Des Moines, Iowa, it's hard to find stuff there, and at that time, there was no Internet, there wasn't. You had to really fucking search for stuff. So unless you knew somebody at a record shop that was very into it and could suggest things to you, it was word of mouth and friends. And, for me, it was probably 'Ride The Lightning' by Metallica. 'Cause up to that point, the only thing I listened to was, like, Motley Crue's 'Shout At The Devil'. You've got this very straightforward, simple kind of beat going. One guitar player... I was very into guitar, so anything that was guitar-oriented... unless it was my parents' music. You know, like listening to Yes or Led Zeppelin or The Who or whatever. I heard 'Ride The Lightning', a friend of mine played it for me, and as soon as I heard Lars Ulrich playing like that and what the guitars were doing over it, with James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, I was, like, 'What the fuck is this?' You know what I mean?! And then that opens your mind to all this other stuff. And then those bands... you learn more about those bands and you see where they got their sound from... like Diamond Head and Budgie and all that shit. It's reciprocal and I think more of that needs to happen today. People need to go back and figure out why it is that Slipknot plays the way it is. That way, maybe, you know, maybe every band doesn't start sounding the same anymore."

You can watch the video below: