Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor sat down with Larry King to discuss the band’s new album, moving on with new bandmates, comparisons to Stone Sour and more. Taylor also answered fan questions via social media and showed off his new Slipknot mask.
Taylor opened up on Larry King Now about the emotional roller coaster of recording Slipknot’s first new album in six years following the death of bassist Paul Gray and the ousting of drummer Joey Jordison. He unveiled his new mask, which King called “considerably scary” and put it on, giving fans a unique opportunity to see him strap it on his face and show off its multiple layers.
Later, King directly asked Taylor about the death of Paul Gray. Taylor called the time “very dark and very, very heavy.” He said when they found out there was a “dense numbness that kinda descended on us.”
He also asked what Gray would think of the new album. “I think he would’ve loved it,” Taylor said. “I mean, it’s essentially the story of the last four years, dealing with the aftermath of his death and all of us trying to kind of get back to a place where we wanted to make music again.”
Taylor also shared his goal for Slipknot’s new album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ saying, “I want it to show that our genre is still very much alive. Obviously, Gene Simmons is very famously quoted as saying, ‘Rock ‘n’ roll is dead.’” He continued, “I think he’s got a point but at the same time you have to use the new technology to your advantage and I think we are going to show people that you can still use the technology and still have something in rock and roll.”
The singer fielded questions from fans via social media. One asked which song is the most personal on the new album. Corey said, it is a toss up between ‘Skeptic,’ which is “pretty much about Paul ,” and ‘Goodbye,’ which is about the day he died.
Another asked how hard it was moving forward with a new bass player and drummer. Taylor said, “When you’re writing and recording you kind of have to develop a so you can communicate and get to the point be able to create the music.”
Posted on: 30 Oct 2014
Corey Taylor caught up with Revolver where the topic expectedly turned to the bands as-yet unannounced new bassist and drummer—reportedly Alessandro “Vman” Venturella and Jay Weinberg respectively. On the ‘leak’ of Venturella‘s identity, Taylor stated:
“It wasn’t something we’d even thought of and it didn’t even occur to us until it hit. I was like, “Aw, man. C’mon.” But the funny thing is, I was doing a radio interview and I was laughing about it. And then the story got picked up by all these media outlets that implied I was incensed, angry, and outraged. No, not really. If you listen to the interview, I’m laughing my ass off. It just goes to show you, in this TMZ world, people are gonna pick up something just so they can make a story out of it. It would be nothing for me to make an argument out of it, but at that point it was like, “Man, who gives a shit?””
On keeping their identities a secret:
“To me, it’s more about the collective. It’s more about the group than it is those individuals. And people don’t know for sure all the details, which is part of the fun of it, too–keeping people on the edge of their seats.”
Meanwhile, on the topic of rock allegedly being dead, as stated by Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons:
“”Skeptic” beat Taylor Swift on the songs charts on iTunes. That’s a pretty big fuck you to the pop world. So if rock’s dead than this corpse is walking around smacking people.”
Posted on: 25 Oct 2014
We spoke with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor about the band’s return, who he’s looking forward to seeing at Knotfest, and the proposed “Scent of Slipknot” permeating the air at the festival.
How hard was it to go back into the studio without Paul and Joey?
For me, there was some hesitation. But we all knew that for us to truly move on, we all had to come together. Part of that involved actually sitting down and talking about what we were dealing with. We hadn’t really done that before returning to the studio. It alleviated a lot of the pressure that we might have been putting ourselves through.
How much catharsis was attained by moving forward with the new album?
For me, it was definitely a very cathartic experience. Lyrically, I went to a lot of brutally honest places. It felt good to put that much ferocity and focus back into this. I’m proud that I was able to take the grieving process and show the world what we’ve been going through…peeling back the curtain and saying, "This is what being human means sometimes, and it’s not always good."
Would you consider the new album the most personal you have released?
It’s definitely the most personal lyrically since Iowa. I’m dealing with everything in a more mature way now. Iowa was about a lot of issues that were clinging from when I was younger. But this album is about an adult dealing with one of the biggest losses of his life, and how that relates to himself, his family, his band, and everything around him, and how those repercussions infiltrate everything in your life.
Are there any bands playing Knotfest that you are hoping to see yourself?
Amen is one of my all-time favorite bands. I’ve known Casey Chaos for 16 years. They were recording their first album with Ross Robinson when we were coming in to record the first Slipknot album. I love that they’re coming back. And even though Dave Lombardo is not playing this show, Roy Mayorga from Stone Sour is playing drums with them. Not only will I get to see Amen, but I’ll get to see my Stone Sour brother play with them.
Seriously, what’s up with the Scent of Slipknot?
The only way I can answer that is that Clown is a very extraordinary individual. When he described what he was thinking, I stared at him for a very long time. But I trust his instinct when it comes to creativity and art. He is so creatively committed to this band. If he says the smell of Slipknot is burning camel poop, I have to back him on that!
(NOTE: at press time, local fire officials have banned the proposed burning of camel dung. There are reports that the band is looking for alternate methods of pulling off “The Scent of Slipknot.”)
Knotfest takes place at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Campground Friday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26. For complete lineup and tickets, visit www.knotfest.com.
Credit for story: http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/10/24/corey-taylor-is-ready-for-knotfest-and-the-scent-of-slipknot
Posted on: 24 Oct 2014
Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor teamed with the The You Rock Foundation to post the following video talking about his experiences with depression, homelessness and his suicide attempt and how he overcame them.
In less sobering news, Taylor also appeared on Chris Jericho‘s ‘Talk Is Jericho‘ podcast. You can also find that here. Meanwhile, Slipknot of course released their new album “.5: The Gray Chapter” earlier this week.
Posted on: 22 Oct 2014
Corey Taylor says Slipknot fans are blaming him for the band's dismissal of drummer Joey Jordison.
Corey Taylor tells to XFM: "That's the burden of being the frontman. But I'm not the boss. Trust me. It's very much a committee. I help make decisions, but I don't make. But that's the perception. I'm a big boy. I can take it. I have a Hello Kitty pillow that I cry into every night. But that's not the point. It keeps me humble. It keeps me where I need to be. You just kind of have to take it and roll with it. People dog me now, but they'll love me later, and it's just the way it's always been."
"It'll definitely make you sleep on your side of the bed, man. It's pretty ridiculous. You stay as far away from the windows as possible. It gets weird with our fans, man. I mean, it's got to the point where there's almost, like, a Twin Peaks vibe to it. At one point there was a whole message board dedicated to measuring the forehead of one of the models in The Negative One video. I promise, this is true. And I'm reading this, going, 'Wow!'
"I love it, though. I love it. I think it's great. Because, again, I've always said I'd rather have people talking about me, whether it's negative or positive, than not talking at all. Because as long as your name's in that conversation, it's carrying on the legacy. And trust me, I'm one of the most hated dudes right now. You have no idea. The stuff that's coming out of some of these people's mouths. If I took any of it seriously, I wouldn't be on the mic with you right now, I'd be curled up in a foetal position on my bed, sucking on my own thumb, because it's ridiculous."
Posted on: 21 Oct 2014
Corey Taylor was recently interviewed by teen radio host Corey Taylor of Coreytaylortalks.com. During their chat Coreymore or less the confirmed the rumors that the bands new bassist is Alessandro ‘Vman’ Venturella of Krokodil.
“They’re not official band members yet, but they are people who play with the band. Time will tell whether or not they’re, like, full members. With this band, you earn everything. You’re not just given that shot; you have to earn it. And so far, they’re doing really well. And we’re really enjoying jamming with them.
But we’re keeping it kind of on the DL, but not really, ’cause somebody already pointed out the tattoos. I was, like, ‘Why didn’t we make him wear gloves?’ I was so upset. I was, like, we thought of all this stuff. We put the hood on him and then the mask, and it was, like, ‘It’s really hot, guys,’ And then there is his tattoos for everybody. I was, like, ‘Well, we missed the mark on that one.’”
Corey Taylor also spoke of the ‘Scent Of Knotfest‘, which he attributed to percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan:
“He’s a very, very weird character—and I’m saying that out of love Clown—I don’t want him to hit me with a stick if I say this. But he had this idea for the smell of Slipknot and ‘I’m like OK, alright, you have my attention.’ Now i’m thinking its some type of aromatherapy weirdness, some kind of incense stick. But he’s like ‘no, no, no.
We’re going to dry camel dung and burn it in barrels around the fairgrounds’ I’m just staring at him, just like ‘really? that’s what we smell like is burning camel poo?’ To each is own, I’m not going to light up a nice little stick of camel poo at my house to just chill, ya know. But the fans love it for some reason, cause we did it at the first ‘Knotfest‘ and you could kind of smell it in the air, but it was very kind of weird.”
Corey Taylor also opened up on his transforming new mask, saying:
“With every album my mask has evolved and evolved and eolved. So this one specifically is supposed to represent the person behind the mask, but then the person behind that person. Which is one of the reasons why it’s two pieces. You can peel the one off and it’s still a representation… It’s almost like having two faces, but it’s the same person.”
Posted on: 08 Oct 2014
REVOLVER The first time Slipknot was featured on the cover of Revolver was back in 2001, when Iowa was released. Is it weird to think about how your young fans from those days are in their 30s now?
Yeah, it’s weird. We’re looking at another generation of fans. And the crazy thing is, with everything that’s happened between ‘All Hope Is Gone’ and now, it’s been six years since we’ve released any new music. So there’s almost like a whole new group of people who have come of age without any new Slipknot music–all they’ve heard is the legend, all they know is the old stuff. It’s almost like we’re going back to basics and starting from street-level up. And it’s cool! One of the reasons we’re so excited about the album is because, to us, it feels like starting over in a lot of ways, for better or worse. And I think we’re doing it the right way.
Well, making a record without Paul and Joey is kind of like starting over, isn’t it? Those guys made a major contribution to Slipknot’s music.
Yeah. We knew it was going to be hard, and that’s one of the reasons why we took our time coming back to it. Obviously without Paul, and with us splitting ways with Joey, it made it a little harder. But with this band, it’s never been an issue of, “We can’t do it”—it’s always been an issue of “How can we do it? How do we do this?” So when something like that happened, we just kind of filled in the blanks for ourselves. We made sure that everything we did made sense, and that we were doing it for the right reasons. And we went for the music just from the standpoint of, if you want to do it, you’ve got to find a way to do it. The thing that we realized right away was, “It’s not going to be the same—so let’s not try and make it the same. Let’s just go for what our heart feels.” And once we figured that out, man, the music came really quickly; within two months, we had the basic template of what the album would be, and all that was left was to hammer out the details, which is always the best part, anyway. So yeah, it was a really good experience, man.
My initial impression of the album was that it mixes the attack of Iowa with the creepy atmospherics of All Hope Is Gone. Were you intentionally heading in that direction from the get-go?
It was one of those things where we didn’t want to make the decision [regarding musical direction] until we heard what the music was going to feel like. And once we heard what it felt like, I thought it had the ferocity of Iowa, but to me, it’s got the esoteric, melodic side of Vol. 3, which was a lot more artistic—the bite was still there, but we were starting to spread out artistically a little more. So I think with this, we took that darkness and creativity, and we made something that was just a great amalgam of those two albums. We had a lot of emotion, we had a lot to say, and we knew we didn’t want to just go in and make a completely angry album.
Jim and Stone Sour parted ways on less than friendly terms right before work began on this album. Did that situation impact your ability to work together in Slipknot?
It was difficult, at first. It put a strain between he and I for a little bit. It was one of those things where the timing just sucked. But at the same time, we knew that, on both sides, we’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do. But at the same time, we had this amazing project that we were working on [with Slipknot], so we were able to kind of channel that and put it into what we were making, which I think in a lot of ways helped the overall aggression and emotion really get there. Because this album bites. The riffs on this album really dig and really bite, and I think a lot of that [Stone Sour situation] fueled Jim’s writing. Not to get too much into that side of things, but obviously it wasn’t the way that we wanted the news to get out… Out of respect to Jim, I have to say that we talked about that, and we buried the hatchet there. But in a lot of ways, it is what it is. When you plan for stuff, there’s always a chance that your plans will get ruined. I’ve been saying from Day One that the best way to get God to laugh is to announce your plans out loud. Because it’s true, and that didn’t even come from a religious standpoint—if you think it’s going to go one way, it’s totally going to go another. We dealt with it, and we just did the best we could with the situation.
Well, this certainly isn’t the first time a Slipknot record has been forged amid personal tensions and issues.
Yeah! But you know what? I can say this with absolute honesty: I had so much more fun making this album than I did making All Hope Is Gone. It was just easier. There was so much tension during All Hope Is Gone, for whatever reason. It was just a fight to make it. This one felt much more like a concerted effort. I think we all realized how important it was. We knew that we wanted to make something special. We knew that we had huge shoes to fill. We all realized that we’d taken a lot of shit for granted; and when you realize that, you start to look at people differently, you start to treat people differently. And I think because of that, we were able to come together as a band and as a team again, and really do something cool—not just for ourselves, but for our fans, because the fans have been gagging for this for a long time. And even though I’m happy that we waited this long, I think it was exactly what we needed to do.
Did that sense of perspective come from Paul’s passing?
Well, yeah. That hit us like a ton of bricks, you know? That was probably one of the hardest days that I ever had, if not the hardest day. A lot changed that day for us, you know? Some people went one way, others went another, as far as their lives, their approach towards life, and everything. We kind of looked at each other and went, “None of us is getting younger. We’re the only people that know our history, that know what we did together.” And in a lot of ways, it seemed like we were kind of taking each other for granted. So one of the positive things that came out of that, if you can find a positive thing, is that it made us realize that we’re all we’ve got, and we needed to get a little closer. And I think we did on this.
Can you comment at all on why the band parted ways with Joey?
Not really. The only thing I can really say is that, in life, you’re gonna have instances where the path that you’re on leads to a T-section, and you’re either gonna go one way or another. Sometimes one person’s going one way and you’re going the other way, and as much as you can try to go in the same direction, it doesn’t always work that way. It was hard, but we did what we felt we had to do. And that’s all I can say.
Because of legal issues surrounding the split?
Because of everything—from legal issues to just being respectful towards him, and everyone else.
After Paul passed, was there ever a point where you thought, “That’s it, Slipknot’s done, we’re never going to make another record”?
Um, it was definitely on my mind. There was definitely a point where I was like, “What do we do now? What does it mean?” And there were some dark days at that point, just trying to figure out what the hell was going on. But I don’t think there was ever a point where we all felt like, “This is it”—if anything, it made us feel like, “What do we do now?” And I think going out on those Sonisphere shows helped. Those first Sonisphere shows showed us that it’s just as important for us to continue as it is for the fans, for whatever reason. Everybody’s got a different reason for being here, for being in this band and for continuing it. I think once we did that, we realized, “We still have our legs underneath us, we still love doing it, and we still want to do it.” After that, it was like, “Let’s give it a little time, and let the time for us to come back and make a record come to us naturally.”
How do you think Slipknot fans will receive your new drummer and bassist?
I don’t know, to be honest. All we can do is what we do. You start going down that path, and it’s just another way to drive yourself crazy—trying to anticipate what a million people are going to say, especially in this day and age where everyone’s got an opinion, and you don’t really need to know what that opinion is. [Laughs] It’s the curse and the blessing of the freakin’ Internet. It is what it is. All we can do is take the same approach we’ve always taken, where we just do what we feel is right—and either the fans are with us, or they’re not. This is us moving on, you know? You spend too much time in the shadows, and you forget what warmth feels like. You forget what real sunlight and joy feels like. This is us stepping out of the shadows and getting back on the path.
Posted on: 25 Sep 2014
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor believes the band have delivered a perfect act of “foreplay” in the online campaign leading up to the release of 5. The Gray Chapter.
They blacked out their website and social media channels earlier this year before returning with a run of teaser clips over the summer. Lead track The Negative One was accompanied by a video featuring none of the band, then fans were alerted that the promo for lead single The Devil In I would reveal the members’ new masks.
Taylor tells WAAF: “How this band built its foundation was street level, word of mouth, people talking about us, That’s really just what the internet is. We’ve learned how to use these tools - we’ve been able to take an old-school approach with mystique, anticipation and excitement, which I think is a lost art. People are more prone to just throw up onto the internet: ‘There you go, there is is, and let’s pray to God it’s a hit.’ We love the foreplay of it. We love building that up and just getting it to that fever pitch just before it's about to explode, and then giving the audience every ounce of payoff it deserves.”
Posted on: 15 Sep 2014
Slipknot will launch an official music video for their current single “The Devil In I” tomorrow (September 12th) morning. The clip will launch at 9am EDT/6am PDT and the following teaser for it has been put out in advance. You can find an audio stream of that track for now at this location. The bands new album “.5: The Gray Chapter” is due October 21st through Roadrunner Records.
Posted on: 11 Sep 2014
A fifth Slipknot teaser video is up for your perusal over at the bands official website, Slipknot1.com. Release details for the bands new studio album have yet to be unveiled.
Slipknot Teaser #5: “Succumb To/The Selfish/Creation”
Posted on: 08 Aug 2014
SLIPKNOT's official web site, Slipknot1.com, and Facebook page have been updated with creepy images and sounds in preparation for the release of the band's long-awaited new album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Roadrunner Records.
Posted on: 16 Jul 2014