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Corey Taylor and Randy Blythe: The Big Debate

Heading up our special look at the state of metal in 2017 through the eyes of its biggest names, we bring together Corey Taylor and Randy Blythe for a conversation

Sometimes, the stars just align. Quite literally, in this case. Today, Hammer is sitting comfortably in a spacious dressing room backstage somewhere in the hallways of the Toyota Park stadium, a near-30,000 capacity outdoor venue 12 miles south of Chicago. Most weekends across the year, it’s home to the Chicago Fire football club (sorry, US chums, we’re not calling it soccer). This particular weekend, however, during a muggy-as-shit summer heatwave, the stadium is hosting the second annual Chicago Open Air – a metalhead’s dream festival that boasts one of the finest heavy line-ups in recent memory. Across these three days, the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Korn, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Meshuggah and many, many more will grace the festival’s two outdoor stages, sending swathes of black-clad metal fans into sweaty delirium (and if you want to know how all that went down, check out our review on page 102).

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