"Our new album is gonna shock the fuck out of people"
"Our new album is gonna shock the fuck out of people,
" Corey Taylor told Kerrang! "I'm so fucking excited about it!
The follow-up to 2004's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
was recorded at Sound Farm Studios in the band's home state of Iowa
with producer Dave Fortman
(Evanescence, Simple Plan, Mudvayne).
"We just wanted to make something fresh and exciting,
" Taylor continues. "And after all the shit that we've been through in the last three years, it was time to take the gloves off again!
frontman Corey Taylor
talks us through his new album and about the songs to come.
Execute came about 10 years ago. i was over at clowns old house and he pulled up this speech (by us former vice president)spiro agnew given in 1970. And when when we started putting this album together, that's what we wanted to use as an intro. So I took it and manipulated it and fucked it up. But then I played it for clown and he was like "that's cool, but wouldn't it be better if you took it and made your own deal about it?" So I did!
2. Gematria (The Killing Name)
"This song is not about my disgust of America, but more about its people. I love my country, I love the people that defend my country. I love the people that still exercise their right to disagree and voice their discontent, but there are a lot of people who are disguising politics as religion and dictating taste and turning it into policy, and that hurts me. Obviously you have to have both sides in a democracy, but it just seems like the scales have tipped so fucking far on the one side its untrue "
Its kind of a reflection of where i am at the moment, i probably feel the best i have in years, not only health-wise, but as a person. The last 3 years have been an awakening for me.Im standing up for my morals,standing up for myself, but the flip side to that coin is that there is always something inside of me that's going to make people feel like they're chewing on tin foil. for most of my life, i tended to base my opinion on myself by what people thought of me. As i got stronger, i learned to be happy in my own skin and accept that there are these fucked up things about me
Man, what a love song to the band! Its got that Rammstien/ministry mechanical edge to it, but my vocals add something very real and very human to it. The Juxtaposition works and i wanted to play in and out of that world. Lyrically its very much about us, and the fact that we can pull it off when were focused.
5. Dead Memories
"without naming names, its the story of my last 10 years. I've been holding onto these things for the last 10 years, I've decided its just time to let them go.... "
Vendetta's basically my way of introducing myself back to the world, and looking around and going "wow". I never really try to take credit for stuff but there are a lot people out there who have been inspired by what we do, so this is my way of going " fair enough, but if you're not going keep up, then don't even try to run with me
7. Butcher's Hook
It wouldn't be a slipknot album if i didn't rag on the recording industry. This time, its all about those little emo boys with their sweet haircuts and their girlfriends pants. people give us shit for wearing outfits, but all of those guys look the same !
It deals with obsession from the person with the obsession's point of view, and wanting to let go of the facade and being true to yourself, as monstrous as it may seem. Vocally, I'm doing some shit that i've never done before and its fucking disturbing, but very beautiful at the same time.
9. This Cold Black
It calls people to the carpet on all types of shit. And I don't think people are doing that anymore, and if they are, its in such a weak way. Its like "yeah we know that you're angry, but give me a fucking reason and you better make it interesting!"
10. Wherein Lies Continue
Its a Dressing down of the world as we know it. Not just about america, it kinda goes up against any civilization that takes themselves too seriously and where the "leaders" are so
pretentious that they think they are deemed to speak for the people, it all comes down to the fact that we have to save ourselves".
This is the slow one. Its another personal one. Again, not naming names its about someone who helped me through a lot and i thought she felt the same way that i did and she really let me down. at the same time, it was good that she did, because it was that final push to me figuring out myself. The lyrics are pretty self explanatory.
12. All Hope Is Gone
"A lot of people look at this in a very negative way, and in a lot of ways, it is if you continue to try and solve your problems the same way over and over again. That said, this track is also a reflection of what slipknot is. Just when you thought you had us all figured out, give up all hope because you're never, ever going to. Besides, we like it that way!!"