Thu. Sep 21st, 2023

Corey Taylor has opened up about how Metallica frontman James Hetfield helped him to really feel much less alone as he tried to get sober.

The Slipknot and Stone Bitter frontman has been sober since 2010, following years spent coping with alcohol and drug points.

“[I was] coping with my very own numerous addictions and combating the despair that I needed to take care of for years — the trauma that form of got here from after I was rising up,” Taylor informed Consequence Of Sound in a brand new interview.

He went on so as to add that these traumas included being sexually abused and rising up with out a father determine.

Taylor then pointed in direction of Hetfield as one of many individuals who “helped me form of determine it out” when it got here to sobriety.

Corey Taylor CREDIT: Dan Virchow

“When he first began his journey, getting sober and getting wholesome and whatnot, I checked out that, and I used to be, like, ‘Nicely, shit, if he’s robust sufficient to do it, possibly I can attempt it’,” he stated. “[Sobriety] had a large enough impact on me that, through the years, I’ve actually tried to keep it up. In figuring that out, I additionally realized that there have been so many individuals who had been taking place that path, as nicely. Jerry Cantrell had simply gotten sober round that point, and he was beginning to form of put his steps collectively.”

Taylor additionally acknowledged that it isn’t simple for addicts to surrender one thing that has been a powerful a part of their lives for an prolonged time period.

“It takes time; it takes effort, takes work,” he stated. “I actually have to present [Hetfield] numerous credit score for the inspiration for that… It undoubtedly helped to know that I wasn’t alone in it. And it definitely helped me clear my head and focus extra. And actually get all the way down to writing once more — actually, actually writing.”

Taylor had beforehand stated on a podcast that the primary few years of sobriety are “bizarre” as a result of “you realise shortly how a lot part of your persona booze has develop into, and also you form of should type out who you’re, what you’re snug with and largely simply the behavior of it.”

Taylor launched his second solo album, ‘CMF2’, right this moment (September 15). In a three-star evaluate of the album, NME wrote: “There’s sufficient good things on right here to justify the album’s existence. And if nothing else, it’s an enchanting perception into the dichotomy that drives one of many biggest bands of the twenty first century.”

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