Brad Wilk on Black Sabbath: 'You Really Want to Absorb and Be a Sponge'

"I realized they poop and pee just like me," the stickman says on joining the ranks of metal legends.

Brad Wilk on Black Sabbath: 'You Really Want to Absorb and Be a Sponge'
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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.

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    Diamond Dave
    "After about a week and a half of settling in, I realized they poop and pee just like me" ... "you really want to absorb and be a sponge." hmm
    Zaqq
    I can't decide which comment is more hilarious - yours or Khorne666's.
    Khorne666
    WHO PLAYS WITH SABBATH IN THEIR NEW ALBUM? SPONGEBOB BRAD WILK ABSORBANT AND EAGER AND WANTING TO LEARN SPONGEBOB BRAD WILK IF BLACK SABBATH NONSENSE BE SOMETHING YOU WISH SPONGEBOB BRAD WILK THEN DROP ON THE STUDIO AND JAM WITH SOME RIFFS SPONGEBOB BRAD WILK READY! SPONGEBOB BRAD WILK SPONGEBOB BRAD WILK SPONGEBOB BRAD WILK SPONGEBOOOOOB BRAD WIIIIILK AHAHAHAHAHAHAH Tu-tu-pah tu tutu pah tsss!
    SOAD_SoG
    Zach de la Rocha as Squidward, Tom Morello as patrick and Timmy C as Gary.
    vikkyvik
    After about a week and a half of settling in, I realized they poop and pee just like me. Just a lot more frequently.
    logicbdj
    Less frequently... a person gets more constipated and less regular with age.
    Bunkerman
    I'm surprised he didn't mention that the urinal cakes at the studio are shaped like The Alamo.
    Vicryl 2.0
    The moment you realize your in BLACK SABBATH, you'll suddenly have a Moustache..