In a brand new interview with Australia's Tone Deaf, guitarist Corey Beaulieu of Florida metallers TRIVIUM was asked what first lured him into making heavy music.
"You know, the first band that really got me into music, like… Obviously, growing up, I heard music, but, like, my sister listened to Mariah Carey or some shit like that and I ain't no pop singer, but…" he said.
"GUNS N' ROSES was the first time I was, like, 'Holy shit! What is this?' So [after hearing] GUNS N' ROSES and METALLICA, [I] was, like, 'Whoa, what's going on here?' And I wanted to play guitar.
"Obviously, I'd find out about more music, but definitely the stuff that got me into music was GUNS N' ROSES. I got all the GUNS N' ROSES records first, because that was the only band I had heard of, so that was all I listened to for a while. Then a friend of mine let me borrow 'Master Of Puppets' [by METALLICA], which absolutely blew my mind. And then hearing, like, SLAYER and MEGADETH for the first time, you know, hearing 'Rust In Peace' [by MEGADETH] is pretty much a mindfuck as far as guitar playing goes.
"One of my favorite things about music and writing music and listening to music… To me, nothing is cooler than hearing harmonized guitar melodies like IRON MAIDEN; hearing that stuff is, like, so badass.
"I definitely like heavy stuff, but nothing… To me, I'm just so into music that has goosebump melodies; vocals, guitars and stuff like that. Anything that has that I'm wanting to check out."
Asked in a 2011 interview with The Great Southern Brainfart which guitarist he would like to spend 10 minutes in a room with and why, Corey said: "I'd probably have to say Marty Friedman. The first MEGADETH album I ever got when I was 14 was 'Rust In Peace'. He does a lot of exotic scales and I knew I wanted to play like that. I still learn licks and parts of his solos. He's definitely inspiring and a unique guitar player in the realm of metal. When I'm a rut with my guitar playing and I want to learn something a little out of the box, something to challenge my playing, it's him. I'd love to sit down and jam with him and pick his brain to see what he's thinking when he's playing. He has such a unique feel about the way he goes about playing."