Corey Taylor On His New Slipknot Mask: “I Wanted It To Feel Like It Was Something That Was Created In Someone’s Basement”

During an interview for the new issue of Kerrang!, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor talked a bit about his new mask, which he worked on with horror legend Tom Savini. The singer says he wanted to “create something uncomfortable” and that he “wanted it to feel like it was something that was created in someone’s basement.”

Taylor said the following about his inspiration for the mask:

“I’m reminded that even though you want the best for people, sometimes you’ll get the worst. I’ve been kind of made to feel like a villain, in a weird way. Which is fine. It was inevitable, and it doesn’t really bother me much. But, for a little bit, it did. I’ve always tried to be a good father, be a good man, be a good person. I went through some shit a few years ago, and in that time a lot of people had a reversal of opinion on who I was. Maybe it was because they were tired of hearing my name [laughs,] which is so fucking true – even I get to the point where I’m tired of hearing my own fucking name.”

He also added:

“I said, ‘Okay, if you want a villain, you’ll get a fucking villain.’ My vision was about trying to create something uncomfortable – not only for me to wear, but for people to look at. I wanted it to feel like it was something that was created in someone’s basement – something that was made specifically to fuck with people. It’s the representation of public opinion turning on a dime – they want to tear people down for the way they live, even if they don’t really know them. It’s been liberating to embrace that side and be like, ‘Fuck you. I really don’t give a shit what you think about me, so here’s this!’”

As previously reported, Slipknot’s new album “We Are Not Your Kind” will be released on August 9.


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