Corey Taylor: 'Geezer's Playing Is the Key to Black Sabbath's Heaviness'

artist: Slipknot date: 11/13/2013 category: entertainment
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Corey Taylor: 'Geezer's Playing Is the Key to Black Sabbath's Heaviness'
Slipknot singer Corey Taylor was present at last Saturday's (November 10) Bass Player Live event in Los Angeles among musicians paying tribute to Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler. Asked by Artisan News to comment on the bassist's input in Black Sabbath over the years, Taylor dubbed Geezer an underrated member of the band, especially when compared to kudos Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne get from the metal community. "This is a long time coming, as far as I'm concerned," Corey said about Butler's honoring. "Black Sabbath created a template for what heavy metal is and - everyone gives credit to Ozzy, everyone gives credit to Iommi, but Geezer's bass playing was so key to the heaviness of that band, still is, to be honest. Whenever anybody does a Black Sabbath cover, it always sounds wrong because Geezer was the spice in the mix like that." More prominent rockers chipped in their thoughts on Geezer's impact, with Megadeth's David Ellefson saying that he originally thought Butler used a pick to achieve the unique sound. Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame noted that Geezer is a true "bass star," praising the latest Sabbath effort "13" as their "best one ever." Jason Newsted named the fact he is performing at the even before "the man himself" a "pinnacle" of his career, while Zakk Wylde decided to focus on Butler's lyrics, praising them as equally crucial as the playing style. Green Day's Mike Dirnt might have summed it all up in a best way. Asked about what Geezer meant for bass, Mike replied, "He is the bass." Check out the full report below.

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