Ever since Corey Taylor unveiled his new Slipknot mask last month, fans have been poking fun at him over its appearance. The singer worked on the mask with horror effects legend Tom Savini, who has since responded to the criticism during an interview with Revolver.
Savini said the following when asked how he ended up working with Taylor:
“…I was on a plane with my wife looking at old photographs, and there’s a picture of her with Corey in 2014. I think it was my assistant, Jason Baker, who talked to him backstage at a show and Corey mentioned needing a mask. I guess my assistant said like, “Hey, I work for Tom Savini,” and the next thing you know Corey Taylor is in my house playing with my cats, then we made a cast of him.
Then we did the mask, and the mask has gone crazy! There was a lot of negative response, initially. I just got a copy of Kerrang! with Corey talking about the man behind the mask — about me — in that magazine, but the fans were like, ‘Savini? Oh shit, my sister could have done better than that.’ Someone even fastened a milk carton to their face and posted a side-by-side and said, ‘Nailed it!’ Regardless, the mask looks excellent.”
“You know, he puts the makeup on underneath it, the hood, everything. It’s a nice mask, but he sells it. He’s the one who makes it look the way it looks.”
He also added the following when asked if he was a Slipknot fan before working with Taylor:
“It wasn’t really the kind of music I listen to, but my wife was. She’s a music fanatic … hum three bars of anything and she can tell you what it is. So she knows everybody and my assistant, as well, but I’ve come to know folks like this from when they come through horror conventions.”
This news comes after Taylor previously said he wanted to “create something uncomfortable” and that he “wanted it to feel like it was something that was created in someone’s basement.” The frontman has since responded to the criticism even further by saying he will “never change it, because it bothers SOOOOOO many people.”
As previously reported, Slipknot’s new album “We Are Not Your Kind” will be released on August 9.