The Mansion is a 10-bedroom mansion owned by music producer Rick Rubin in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles, originally built in 1918. The Mansion is famous for many bands who recorded their best titles. Although many say that Harry Houdini lived at the mansion, no one has ever lived in the Mansion under the name "Houdini", a fact that Corey Taylor, has said in his book A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven.
The nine-piece band holed up in the Harry Houdini Mansion in Laurel Canyon, Calif, with producer Rick Rubin to lay down tracks for the 3rd studio album "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)", and had a series of, shall we say, unusual experiences while living there.
SLIPKNOT had inadvertently found a unique venue to record their new album in - a haunted house. The group have reconvened after spending the last year pursuing solo projects and while they insist their music is better than ever, they can't say the same for their surroundings. SLIPKNOT have been recording their new album in a haunted house in Los Angeles. The band also lived in the spooky property and drummer JOEY JORDISON admits to being shocked by ghostly goings-on there. He says,
Corey Taylor also acknowledged that the new record could be make or break for the band post-nu-metal.
That weirdness included a ghost sighting.
At the time, she blindfolded all four contest winners, and along with John (gent who has been filming many-a-moment from the recording of Slipknot's new album in the mansion), stated making their way to the Houdini Mansion.
"It was cool...yet kinda weird," tells Matt, one of the contest winners about the beginning of the journey. After driving around for a about 15 minutes, Maria hung up her cell, turned back, and snarled, "Slipknot ain't ready for ya, yet."
At said point, Matt relays his thoughts turned to "thinking what are they gonna do??? Line us up in a corner and throw shit at us?" Ahh, the initiation into the world of Slipknot?
Actually, strike that last line. At said point, the four were taken into the mansion, behind the mixing board, where all the magic has been happening. There, these four guys were the first people outside of camp Slipknot to hear the new music the band has been writing and recording. They heard 4-5 new tracks.
"The new stuff, dude, sounds phenomenal," tells Matt. "Not only is the music better, but the sound is better," he continued. "(The first song played) was an intro, I think, very ominous...but maybe it was a full song, it was like 3 minutes long. Then they went into some fast stuff. Then Mick said, 'wait till you hear the heavy stuff.'" At which point, apparently all in the mixing room laughed..."because this WAS heavy," explained Matt. "But he (Mick) was being serious." Matt's last words on the new music, "it's way more intricate, heavy, sounds way better than anything they have done before."
Another winner, Edgar, remembers the day a bit differently: "Saturday was quite an exquisite afternoon. We were blindfolded...raped by Maria...it was filmed by this short white-dude named John...and we were forced to listen to country music inside the Houdini Mansion...oh...and did I mention that in order to get inside they had to perform and enema on all four of us?"
In all seriousness (though Edgar did indeed write the above words), Edgar - who happens to play guitar himself - finally tells, "it was a great feeling to see that I am not the only 6'4" jolly-green-giant that is playing music professionally. Mick Thompson and Jim Root have now become my muse. Everything I do musically now will be because of their musical influences. Thank you all for the opportunity of a lifetime..."
This is just the beginning.