For decades, metalheads have been asking each other some variation of the same difficult question: what albums would you take to a desert island? The prompt is bound to make any true music fan start sweating while trying to imagine a situation where they only have access to a small tidbit of their personal library, and during a recent AMA on Reddit, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor revealed which records he'd take if he was only allowed to bring three albums to a remote location.
The singer ended up choosing Master of Puppets by Metallica, Trouble by Ray Lamontagne and Midnite Vultures by Beck. The first album makes a ton of sense for people who know Taylor's work in Slipknot; he's always been a transparent Metallica fan, and earlier this year he named "Disposable Heroes" his favorite song by the thrash pioneers.
The other two albums are a bit out of left-field, but people who know Taylor's taste well shouldn't be too surprised. In 2013, he included both the folky Trouble and the funky Midnite Vultures in a list of his top five not-so-guilty pleasures, and in 2016 he even named Trouble one of 10 albums that changed his life.
"So. Fucking. Beautiful. I worship that dude," Taylor told Metal Hammer while speaking on the 2004 LP. "There's not one bad song on here. Writing acoustic is what I love to do and that album is loaded with incredible songs that I'm pissed off that I didn't write."
Clearly, Taylor took the reasonable route while making his desert island selections — he understands that variety would be necessary for survial. And you can't get much more variety than those three records.