Musician - Corey Taylor
Band(s) - Slipknot, Stone Sour
Notable Equipment - Gibson Les Paul (Stone Sour), mask, boiler suit and pent up aggression (Slipknot)
Fan Since - 2003
Seen Live - Download 2009
Influence on me - Corey fuckin’ Taylor. The Great Big Mouth. This man is extremely important to metal music. Not only is he part of one of the most influential bands in the genre but he is without doubt one of the best frontmen. When I saw Slipknot at Download in ‘09 I did not believe for one second that every word of praise for the crowd from Corey were false. He really did want to be there. He really did want to headline this festival, at this time, in front of this crowd. All his stage antics and screaming aside Corey Taylor holds one of the most powerful voices in music. Later Slipknot and Stone Sour albums have showcased his range from grunting and screaming to booming out clearly audible chorus lines at the top of his lungs. And he’s done all this but working his damn ass off. I take my hat off to you sir.
Musician - Brian ‘Head’ Welch & James ‘Munky’ Schaffer
Band(s) - Korn
Notable Equipment - Ibanez Universe, Ibanez K7/Apex
Fan Since - 2003
Seen Live - Download 2009 without Head
Influence on me - Korn was the first look I got at 7 strings guitars. I ‘borrowed’ my brothers copy of Untouchables, listened to Here to Stay and it blew my little mind how heavy the guitars sounded. Head and Munky introduced me into a whole new way of playing riffs. Drop it low. I even tried tuning one of my 6 strings down to A, big mistake btw. A few years ago I actually bought a 7 string Ibanez RG. Unfortunately I rarely play it. But the idea implanted by bands like Korn and Deftones is always there for when I do pick it up.
Musician - Keith Buckley
Band(s) - Every Time I Die
Notable Equipment - screaming at the top of his lungs
Fan Since - 2009
Seen Live - 0
Influence on me - I’ve not been a fan of ETiD for very long but they are easily one of my favourite bands. The crux of most of their songs are Keith Buckley’s amazing vocals. He’s got a great set of lungs on him but what I like most are his lyrics. Some of the imagery in their songs are fantastic. Just take a few listens through New Junk Aesthetic or The Big Dirty. There are very few lyricists who write good lyrics. Keith Buckley is one of them. You just need to look at the title and layout of my blog to see Every Time I Die’s influence on me.
Musician - Trent Reznor
Band(s) - Nine Inch Nails, How To Destroy Angels
Notable Equipment - all sorts of different synths, technical goodies and guitars
Fan Since - 2006
Seen Live - once at the o2
Influence on me - I previously mentioned about Ben Weinman being a genius. If he’s a genius then surely Trent Reznor is a god. This man changed the sound of metal and introduced a whole wave of people into the industrial sound. The fusion of processed beats, synths, heavy guitars and screaming vocals really created something new in music. Without NIN many bands wouldn’t have thought to cross the genre boundaries that seem to split metal and dance music. Hell if it wasn’t for Trent Reznor I doubt The Algorithm would’ve existed. We should be thankful for this remarkably talented and ridiculously ripped man.
Musician - Ben Weinman
Band(s) - The Dillinger Escape Plan
Notable Equipment - ESP H, ESP MH, ESP BW-1 signature
Fan Since - 2007
Seen Live - 0
Influence on me - There aren’t many metal musicians who can be described as geniuses, but Ben Weinman is. Some consider most of what The Dillinger Escape Plan put out to be unrestrained noise with someone screaming over the top of it, and in some ways I can see that. But if you break down and analyse what makes up their songs and consider the fact that Weinman writes most of it himself you start to realise it’s more like organised chaos. The fact that Weinman has made DEP one of the heaviest, most brutal bands on the planet without having to tune his guitar lower than drop D speaks volumes. Some bands force their music to be heavy by drop tuning or using 7/8 string guitars. The turning point for me was hearing Ire Works. The album ebbs and flows from the raucous noise of Lurch to the driving chorus of Milk Lizard all the way down to the mellow Mouth of Ghosts. All from the brain of a very inspirational man.