During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Slipknot reflected on the 20th anniversary of their 2001 album “Iowa.” Notably, it appears the aggression on that record was fueled by the band’s hate for each other and the world.
M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan said the following:
“When we did Iowa, we hated each other. We hated the world. The world hated us.”
Corey Taylor continued:
“We were just all at odds with each other. I don’t know if it was jealousy or if it was just insecurity; ‘Am I pulling my weight? Is this person getting more attention than me?’ It was just dark, and it really spit in the face of everything the band tried to accomplish on the first album.”
“It was a backlash for our dream. We spent 18 months on that first cycle doing all these interviews, agents, managers… it was all performance.
By the time we got to the second album, people needed to be curbed and understand their place and that their opinion didn’t matter as much as they thought it did. Just because we were the first platinum band on Roadrunner doesn’t give everyone the ability to start advising. When we were home to take a breath, it was clear that [the second album] was gonna be disturbing and force fed to the world.”