Joining the ranks of metal legends such as Black Sabbath can be an overwhelming experience, even if you already have an established name in the music industry. So it's no wonder that Rage Against the Machine stickman Brad Wilk also got his share of jitters prior to entering the studio with the iconic Sabbath.
Recent clip posted on the group's official YouTube channel shows Wilk giving his side of the story. As the drummer described it, it was a bit of an overwhelming experience at first, but then he realized that even the metal gods are made of the same flesh and blood as everyone else.
"I just couldn't help but feel like the 14-year-old kid that was sitting with the record player listening to the Black Sabbath records," the drummer said. "After about a week and a half of settling in, I realized they poop and pee just like me. Whether it's old stories or listening to a new riff, you really want to absorb and be a sponge."
"I've worked with Brad before and he's great to work with," said producer Rick Rubin. "It's a tough job drumming in Black Sabbath, because there are a lot of drummers who can play the metal, but there are not a lot of drummers who can play the blues and jazz and bring heaviness to these more jam-oriented pieces that are part of what Black Sabbath does."
The new Sabbath record, "13," dropped on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Records, earning the group's first UK chart topper in 43 years. According to Billboard, the album is also expected to top the US Billboard 200 chart by selling over 120,000 copies within the first week.