Corey Taylor previously said he was working on new Slipknot material, and now he has shared a photo of himself writing lyrics. You can check that out via the below Instagram post:
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) was recently interviewed by musikuniverse.mu and talked a bit about the new Slipknot lyrics he has been writing. He confirmed that he has been working on three tracks, and that they are “probably the most autobiographical [he’s] been in years.”
Taylor said the following about Slipknot’s new music:
“It’s awesome. That’s all I’m gonna say about it. It’s everything I wanted it to be. And they’ve been sending me stuff, kind of here and there… And it’s so funny too, because they’re like ‘We don’t want to send you anything until it’s ready’ and I’m like ‘Alright, alright.’ I’m being very patient and then I’ve gotten about six, gotten about six songs now. And they’re… they’re really, really good. And just in that demo form. And by demo I mean really just that fact that’s little longer than it will end up.
Because what you want to do is take that idea and extrapolate it to the point where you’ve exhausted every kind of idea. And then you kind of take it, you shorten it and you break it down and form it to get it a little more solid, a little more fluid.
And that’s where it’s at right now and I’m actually writing lyrics for three of them as we speak. And it’s dark. It’s really dark. It’s actually probably the most autobiographical I’ve been in years. Just for the fact that I’ve been through a lot in the last few years.
And I’ve been sitting on a lot, so I’m writing from the standpoint of where I am now instead of where I was. Which is so easy to tap into sometimes. It’s so easy to just kind of go there, almost like on impulse. Now, I’m writing it from the standpoint of a man who’s been through a lot—not just a young man, but an older man, and trying to figure things out.”
He went on to say the band should be back on the road in 2019.
In other news, Taylor also revealed that Stone Sour have filmed a new video “St. Marie.“ That will surface when their current single “Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)” runs its course.
Furthermore, Taylor also expressed a desire to make a jazz album:
“I want to make a jazz album. I want to put together a quintet or a sextet and record it old school—all of us in a room, playing together. Do it very organic, very live; The way that those great albums we’re recorded, ya know? Make it a hint of jazz, a hint of big band. Just really make it about the song and about the individuals playing together.
I’ve written about… I’ve got about six or seven songs that translate really, really well in that kind of style and I’m hoping to do that sometime. It’s something that there’s no rush on, cause I can do that regardless of health and stamina and all that crap.”
[via The PRP]
According to The Des Moines Register, the family of Slipknot’s Paul Gray has obtained a settlement from the health care providers that they say were to blame for the late bassist’s drug-overdose. Gray died in May 2010 at an Urbandale hotel, where he overdosed on multiple drugs, including fentanyl and morphine. His family filed a wrongful death suit against Dr. Daniel Baldi, a pain-relief specialist who had been treating Gray, and his former employers UnityPoint-Des Moines. Baldi denied the claims that said he was responsible for Gray’s death, and his lawyer noted that the drugs Gray overdosed on were not prescribed by Baldi. Polk County prosecutors had “charged Baldi with 10 criminal counts of involuntary manslaughter,” due to him allegedly “prescribing large amounts of addictive pills to patients who showed clear signs of drug abuse.” Despite this, he was acquitted in 2014. Gray‘s widow Brenna’s original case was dismissed by the courts due to the length of time she took to file it. However, a charge filed on behalf of Gray‘s daughter October was allowed to proceed last year, and was set to go to trial this week, until it was settled this past weekend. Baldi has sinced gotten his medical license back, and is now working as an anesthesiologis in the Des Moines, Iowa area.
During an interview with NME, Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan talked a bit about the band’s upcoming album, and said that he may “make it the last one.” This echoes similar comments he made on a recent episode of “The Jasta Show.”
Clown said the following when asked what was next for the band:
“We’re about a year away from being in the studio. It’s not my fault the maggots don’t pay attention. We make an album, we tour for three years, we take two years off. It got a little screwed up after ‘All Hope [Is Gone’, the band’s fourth album] because Paul passed away, so we took time off, took time with our kids, and toured for a couple of years until it felt right. Then when it felt right, Joey took off. I’ll be in the studio in November 2018. There’s a plethora of shit written. I don’t wanna be told by a label when to write, like some fucking Cheerio. I wanna write because I write. I’ve made people so much fucking money – pay for the studio. Give me this engineer, give me this producer. It’s just jamming, but I’ve never heard music like this, that we’re doing right now. I’ll be 50 by the time it comes out. I’ll be touring when I’m 50, they’ll throw me a birthday party! So where I’m at these days, I’m like, ‘Maybe make it the last one.’”
He also added the following when asked if this would be the end of Slipknot:
“Who knows? I don’t have to explain myself to anyone. I’m not gonna be like, ‘Farewell tour!’ then come back. Never say those words to fans – you have to come back if you say that. For me it’s like, I’m going to go fishing indefinitely.”
Slipknot’s M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan was recently interviewed on Jamey Jasta’s (Hatebreed) “The Jasta Show.” During the chat, he talked a bit about the band’s next album, and mentioned that he “feel[s] like this could be it for [him].”
Clown said the following:
“I just spent four months thinking about my life and where I’m at now because I’m at a real honest place of admitting of what I don’t want to be.
“A lot of it is bringing all this emotion to art and music. And honestly, this music that we’re writing writing right now is just like the proof of looking inward and being able to put the first foot down and say, ‘We’re gonna do something for ourselves and write.’
“So we’ve been writing and this music is coming out… I feel weird things are coming but it’s always like that for the guys like us, we get involved in our records and sky all of the sudden changes.
“And we got some stuff man. I feel like this could be it for me. We’re all getting older. I never like telling anyone like, ‘Hey this is it!’ Because I don’t have to, fuck everyone.
“But like I’ve said, I’ve been reflecting and there’s a lot of hard things that I could say about friends, brothers… We’re good, but it’s a big world. I’ve done enough work, I’ve produced and done remixes and art and performed, I’ve done enough where while I was in it none of it was registered.”
Clown previously said Slipknot have “over 27 ideas ready to go – seven or eight of them are full songs.” However, new material is not expected anytime soon, due to Corey Taylor’s commitments to Stone Sour.
[via Metal Injection]
Slipknot’s Sid Wilson recently talked with Brass Knuckles and revealed how he came to join the band back in the day. According the him, M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan officially recruited him after he headbutted the percussionist six times during a live show.
Wilson said the following:
““Clown was trying to tell me, ‘We’re crazy, we wear masks!’ I’m like, ‘Okay, I got it.’ He kept saying over and over, ‘I don’t think you get it.’ I’m like, ‘Nah, I don’t think you get it. I’m crazy, fool. I got it,’ I go and watch my first Slipknot show … There’s a song called ‘Tattered and Torn’ and Clown comes off the stage on that song. He gets physical with fans — go down to the pit and they’d wrestle with them and he’d wrap a microphone cord around them and drag them across the floor.”
“He decides he’s going to come down off the stage after me. So I just start coming over shoulders of people. He’s right at the front by the monitors and I’m right there and I pull up and I grab his head and just start head-butting him as hard as I can. I head-butt him six times. Oddly enough, that’s his number —six. I was trying to knock him out. [Clown] went back to Joey [Jordison, drums] and he goes, ‘I don’t care what anybody says, that dude is in the band.’”
[via Metal Injection]
Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison (Vimic, etc.) recently used a fan’s guitar to perform an impromptu acoustic version of “(sic)” for fans outside his hotel in Argentina. Jordison shared some footage of that on Instagram: