This has never been a popularity contest. The people we care for and work with know who they are and how we feel about them. Slipknot has never been into name dropping. So we dedicate this album [Iowa] to the ones that matter most, our crazy fans and maggots all over the world. Stay (sic), fuckers! - Slipknot
Will Corey ever do GAP commercials???
"Fuck no! Negative. You will not and if you ever do see us, dude, shoot us in the face 'cause we don't know what the hell we're doing'. We're not in this for the fuckin' modelling. We're not in this for any of that shit, dude. The music mainly and fucking foremost. We don't give a fuck about all that crap."
Corey Taylor, NME, about the use of the goat on their albums
"The goat, for us, is an image that's stuck in our heads since we were kids, coming from Iowa people are like 'Beware the horned goat of satan!' and all that. It's bullshit. It's just an animal."
Shawn Crahan, NME
"I have one commandment. Be aware of your own mortality. Because as you live and achieve, the clicker is going down".
Corey Taylor, Metal Hammer, on Slipknot producing "Iowa"
"It was mainly Joey, he has a great ear for that sort of stuff and I think he'll probably continue to do that in his future.
Corey Taylor, NME, on why he crashed with the road crew rather than stay in the hotel
"All this money Robertson makes through CBN (the Christian Broadcasting Network, Robertson's religious channel) is tax free. So, what paid for that hotel? And exactly what happens to the profits of CBN, Pat? Why don't you tell me that before you get in my fucking face, you lover of the dollar sign? Pat Robertson doesn't worship the cross. He worships the fucking dollar sign."
Corey Taylor, NME, on why the tour was called "Kill The Industry" tour
"There's a song on the new record called 'Heretic Anthem' and the lyrics go if your 555, then I'm 666/ what's it like to be a heretic? Now, 555 is the sign of man, and 666 is the sign of the devil. It's basically comparing ourselves not just to other bands, but also to the whole fucking industry that surrounds us. We are above everything you fucking want us to do. We're not gonna do it, and you can't make us. It's beautiful that it works out that way. And what's it like to be a heretic? is basically us accusing the record industry of destroying an industry that should be about emotion."
Joey Jordison, Kerrang!, on what his favorite joke is
"Oasis. Those guys suck dick and we want to fight them."
Joey Jordison, Kerrang!, on his most embarassing moment
"Once in grade school, we were watching a movie with the lights out and I puked all over my desk. I was so freaked out that I tried to scoop it all up in my arms. It ruled, though, because it caused a 'vomitory'-three or four other people puked."
Joey Jordison, Kerrang!, on his modelling career
"If I ever modelled for Calvin Klein I'd give myself to a flock of fans to beat me silly with a baseball bat."
Shawn Crahan, Kerrang!
"They hurt, they love, they hate - everything that Slipknot does. We try not to talk about politics or religion, we talk about being human and dealing with life. When I get onstage, these people know me through the music and I look out and see them hitting themselves in the head and they won't stop. Their knuckles are bloody, their eyes are black, but when they talk to me I see that they're smart kids. There's the connection."
Shawn Crahan, Melody Maker
"We make sure everything we do is perfect. We spent too many years worshipping bands who fuck up."
Shawn Crahan, Melody Maker, about Slipknot's image
"If anything, it was a totally anti-image thing, no cool hairstyles, no cool clothes, no rock star bullshit. If our anti-image has turned into and image then cool - after five minutes of seeing the band I don't think anyone pays attention to it. They pay attention to the music. And that's why we're here, image really doesn't last long enough to take you round the world and it certainly doesn't give you fans as hardcore as ours are."
Corey Taylor; Metal Hammer
"I never knew my father, he bailed out before I was born. I don't even know his name, which is why I have these tatoos. This one means 'Father' (points to right side of neck) and this one means 'Death' (left side of neck). It used to bother me a lot and then I was like 'Fuck it, I'm not going to dwell on it'. We probably lived in 25 states when I was between the ages of four and eleven. When you spend a lot of time alone, you start to develop a kind of personal imagination. My mom wasn't strict at all, but the boyfriends she had would be complete fucking pricks to my sister and me, so I became stand of fish to people like that."
Corey Taylor; Metal Edge (March 2000)
"PETA. I would make everyone eat raw meat. [why] because I could."
Mick Thomson on the seven-string guitar
"Seven-string guitars are gay - they're nothing more than a trend. How many guitarists use all seven strings anyway? Steve Vai can, John Petrucci can. But what about Max Cavalera from Soulfly? He only uses four strings and noone's heavier than him."
Joey reacting to the ban slapped on them at Wolverhampton
"I'm going to shit in a box and send it to Wolverhampton council! We'll see how acceptable they find that! Anyway, I'm sure I can bribe some of these councilors with poker money I've won in our dressing room."
Slipknot on Korn and Limp Bizkit
"Some people may think that we hate Korn and Limp Bizkit, but that's not entirely true, we just hate Korn's 3rd album and Limp Bizkit's 2nd album. Their 1st albums, however, did greatly influence us. We do like Korn's album Issues, some of it does sound like the 1st one, but they still could have perfected it. We've never met either of them, but we'd like to."
Corey, sending a message to Fred Durst
"You might have a lot of money and be famous, but the next time you talk shit about Slipknot and it's fans ....we will kill you."
Shawn, on the purpose of the masks
"What we want to show kids is that you can come to a Slipknot show and not worry about what you look like or what group you're in."
Joey, foreseeing the future of Slipknot
"No, I don't think in that way. Being of the anonymous factor is to keep all the rock star cliche and the ego bullshit gone, so the bigger the band gets we can remain grounded. We can keep the music focused and not rob the kids of any music. You see a lot of bands, as soon as they start getting big, closing endorsements, getting involved with money, producing videos, going out with fucking porn stars and that's not where it started. What got them big is when they were grounded. It got to a certain point and then they moved away from it and we don't ever want to move away from it. That's why he anonymity comes in."
Shawn on Ross Robinson
"When we were trying to get signed, there was kind of a bidding war, and we were having a hard time because of the way we are live. Ross has an imprint now with Roadrunner, I AM Records. Ross was going to take us, fund our album himself, and make sure it got where it was supposed to go. That's how much he believed in us. He didn't have to do that because of the Roadrunner thing, but that's how much he dug us. He's such a friend now; he's an incredible human being. The really cool thing about Ross is that he lets the band have the final say. All you have to do is say, 'Man, you added this effect on guitar and we're not really digging it.' Ross just said, 'Done.' No arguing. We didn't lose sleep over anything. He's behind you as an artist, which is an incredible feeling, being able to create what you're born with. We'll definitely be working with Ross again."
"We're a fucking army and we're fighting a war. When you're fighting a war there's gonna be casualties...how far can I go? I'll rip off my arm..."
Sid Wilson, Voliminal DVD
"Life is just what is is dude there is no person on this planet that can change or alter it, its going to keep evolving, keep recycling, keep moving, everyone is made up the same. We are all one in the same. It's one world, one planet, one love"
Corey Taylor, Metal Hammer 2008
"It Can't all be nice and happy-go lucky, especially in this band!"
Shawn Crahan, Metal Hammer 2008
"I'm an only child, but i've got these brothers, and we found each other and we made something happen"
Joey Jordison, Metal Hammer 2008
"We wanted to create the kind of band of whom i'd be jealous if we went and saw them. We dug deep inside and pulled every ounce of creativity."
Joey Jordison, Metal Hammer 2008
"For us, there's nothing like playing all out pissed, agressive music!"
Joey Jordison, Metal Hammer 2008
"Ross had me pounding that kit so hard that my hands were bleeding. They were covered in these bloody bandages!"
Sid Wilson, Metal Hammer 2008
"One time, i ate 72 hits of Acid... i saw peoples hearts exploding through their chests and blood poruing down my face and the walls... I didn't mind though!"
Mick Thomson, Metal Hammer 2008
"This girl laid her arms open with a fucking razor and wrote SLIPKNOT all over herself with her blood"
Corey Taylor, Metal Hammer 2008
"There are times when we get off stage and we can barely move!"
Corey Taylor, Metal Hammer 2008
"Slipknot is not just music, It's a force!"
Shawn Crahan on Paul Grays death, 2010
"He was kind of the person in the band that really wanted everybody in the band to always get along and just concentrate on the band. He was a really great friend and just a great person. He's going to be sadly missed, and the world is going to be a different place without him."
Corey Taylor on Paul Grays death, 2010
"I will miss him with every fiber of my heart, as will everybody at this table and everyone who knew him. He was the best of us. We miss you Paul."
Slipknot Announcing Joey Departure, December 2013
To our Maggots and fans around the world,
It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.
Joey Jordison on Slipknot exit, Jan 2014
To my fans, friends, and associates…
I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.
Corey Taylor on Joey Jordison exit, Jan 2014
“I can’t really talk about it right now,” Taylor begins. “It’s still so fresh and there’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes that people don’t know about, so legally and respectfully, I can’t say a lot about it. I can confirm that we have parted ways with Joey and as soon as we can say something, we will, but we’re trying to protect him, trying to protect us, just making sure that we do everything right because that’s what we would expect from ourselves and what we would expect from the fans. I know the fans are chomping at the bit, it’s just we can’t really say anything right now. It sucks for them and it sucks for us because we have always really prided ourselves in being able come out and be honest with everybody, but there’s really nothing we can say right now.”
Corey Taylor on “The Negative One” and the new album, August 2014
“People don’t know what to expect from us and that’s kinda the way we like it. the great thing is that - I was telling this to somebody the other day - ”The Negative One” isn’t our single. That was just a gift for the fans, like we wanted them to hear a piece of the album. The single comes out in a few weeks and it’s completely different. It’s more melodic, but it’s dark, it’s powerful man, its something different, people are going to lose their minds when they hear that.”
Corey Taylor on new album, August 2014
“It’s got the spirit. The thing I love is that everyone’s reactions are very, very similar. They love the fact that there’s new Slipknot out. They also love the fact that it feels like old school meets new school. Like you can feel the original craziness of the early stuff but you can tell that the evolution has happened. And that’s kind of what we were shooting for, ya know? Remember I said I wanted the album to feel like a cross between “Iowa” and “Vol. 3” and I think we did that. Wait till you hear the whole album, because this story is so deep and so honest and so crazy that people are going to lose their minds when they hear it.”