Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Wants To Record A Double Concept Album

During a recent Q&A session at the “Monster-Mania Con” in Oaks, PA, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor expressed a desire to record a new double album with the band. The frontman says he already has “a good idea for a double concept record with a whole story line that goes along with it.”

Taylor said the following when asked about recent comments from his bandmate M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, who said the band may move away from full-length albums:

“It’s kind of difficult to get 9 people in the same place anymore because we’re old and dicks (laughs), but the cool thing is that we all still get excited about good ideas. Jim [Root] & Mick [Thomson] are so good at writing music, me and Clown work really well coming up with stuff together, V-Man is actually really good. So we’ve done so much in our career that at this point we could sit back and just do EP’s or I’ve got a good idea for a double concept record with a whole story line that goes along with it that I would love to do.

But the cool thing is that we’ve kind of established our history, so whatever comes next will naturally be something that we want to do so whether it’s going in and just blast out a couple psycho tunes and just have fun doing that or we go in and do a very elaborate plan like the story line or something, either way it’ll be something we’re totally into and I try to back, I back the group, ya know?

At this point we’ve released so much music and we’re off our label now so the kinda sky’s our limit, we can do whatever we want so whatever we do next will be something we are all on the same page for which is something you can’t always say.”

[via Rock N Roll Experience]

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Opens Up About His Past Fistfight With Sid Wilson

During a recent Q&A session at the “Monster-Mania Con” in Oaks, PA, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor opened up about a past fistfight he had with his bandmate Sid Wilson. Despite the violent nature of the alteration, the two have since settled their differences.

Taylor said the following [via Rock N Roll Experience]

“Me and Sid got into a fistfight, and it’s something that I’m not proud of. It was during a tough, tough time. He and I were at such parallel ends — polarized and parallel ends — of the universe for no reason other than we were just in different spots in our life. But for some reason we were just banging heads hard. And it wasn’t good, to the point where when he would come into the room, I would leave, and if I came into the room, he would leave.

This was about six years ago, so it’s… We’re good now, just so everybody knows. But it came to a head in Sweden. And he and I were both on a tear. Luckily, we kept this away from the fans. We had just had a meet-and-greet at the time. And a fan had given me a comic book that I had been looking for for a long time. So I was looking at it, and really appreciating it, and Sid being Sid, [he] came up and not knowing what was going on, he probably thought he was just joking, but came up and he just smacked it right out of my hand hard. He just nailed it.

And in any other context, it would have been funny, like, ‘Oh, you dick,’ you know. But everything was amplified and all of the things you haven’t said come rushing to the front of your mind and it becomes an issue. And that turned into us turning on each other and going at each other hard to the point where the band had to pull us apart. He was saying he was gonna go home and leave the tour. I wasn’t going to apologize. It was bad, man.”

He also added:

“When I had my spinal surgery, [Sid] was the first one to call me and [pauses] he just said, he was, like, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and I said, ‘I am so sorry.’ And I said ‘I love you.’ He was, like, ‘Are you okay?’ And I was, like, ‘I’m all right. It’s all good.’ And just like that, nothing mattered other than me and my brother.”

“I’m really proud and I’m really glad that he and I could squash all that shit, because he’s one of my favorite people in the world. Just the way he thinks, the way he creates, he’s one of the best secret weapons that we have in Slipknot, because his musical mind is so creative. And plus, he schools us on every mask that he comes up with. I just look at him and go, ‘You fucker! Goddamn it! Why did you think of that?’

But it’s stuff like that that endears you to the people that you’ve been in the trenches with, that you’ve spent half your life with on the road building this thing. I didn’t expect it, and yet to this day, it means the world to me. So that’s how you carry on. It’s not about the fights; it’s about coming back together. And that’s the most important thing that we’re ever gonna know. It’s that shit; that’s the stuff that you do.”

Here’s What Various Rock And Metal Musicians Wore For Halloween This Year

Halloween is officially over and a number of rock/metal artists have taken to social media to share pictures of the costumes they wore this year. You can check out a bunch of those below:

James Hetfield (Metallica):

Corey Taylor (Slipknot) & Alicia Taylor (Cherry Bombs):

Evanescence:

Brann Dailor (Mastodon):

Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Charlie Benante (Anthrax) & Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

Jay Weinberg (Slipknot):

James “Munky” Shaffer (Korn):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Keith Buckley (ex-Every Time I Die):

Jordan Buckley (ex-Every Time I Die):

Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder):

Dave Davidson (Revocation):

Butcher Babies:

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park):

Seether:

Lorna Shore:

Theory Of A Deadman:

Jonny Hawkins (Nothing More):

Kaleido:

Lena Scissorhands (Infected Rain):

James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins):

Mike Wengren (Disturbed):

Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit):

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Says His Upcoming Novel Will Focus On “A Psychic, A Witch, A Serial Killer, And A Demon”

During a Q&A session at this year’s “For The Love Of Horror” convention in Manchester, UK, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor discussed his upcoming novel. According to him, the book will focus on “a psychic, a witch, a serial killer, and a demon.”

Taylor said the following:

“I actually started [work on it] about a year ago… The novel… I won’t give too much away because I don’t wanna get too much in ’cause I’m still trying to map it out; I’ve only written the first three chapters. But it has to do with a psychic, a witch, a serial killer and a demon. And yeah, it’s as cool as you think.

And it’s weird — the psychic develops this kind of psychic bond with the serial killer who doesn’t realize he’s psychic. So it’s an interesting twist. And if I do it right, I have a plan to use the central characters in several other books. So if the first one doesn’t suck, we’ll see what happens… But it very well could suck ass.

However, I’ll at least go, ‘All right. Well, we’re not doing novels anymore.’ But that’s the thing — you try it. If you have a taste for it and you develop a talent for it and if it’s good and if people dig it, then you can carry on and see how far you can take it. But if people go, ‘Yeah, you shouldn’t do that anymore,’ I’ll listen — I promise I’ll listen. It’s only because you guys go and see my movies that I actually act as well. So there you go.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor: “We Refuse To Be Limited By Limited Imaginations”

During a recent interview with Kerrang! Radio, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor discussed the band’s latest album “The End, So Far.” The frontman says the effort has diversity because the group “refuse to be limited by limited imaginations.”

Taylor said the following when asked why the new material has resonated with people:

“I think it’s because we refuse to repeat ourselves — ever. I mean, there’s a similarity [to our previous records], obviously, but we never like to, kind of, go back over the same scorched earth, let’s put it that way. We like to challenge ourselves. ‘Cause we know if we challenge ourselves, it’s gonna challenge the listener, and that’s going to help them expand their own horizons when it comes to the music that we’re putting out.”

He also added:

“You can’t just expect the audience to get there; you have to lead them. And we keep pushing the boundaries and keep really redrawing the map as far as what SLIPKNOT music means, because it means so many different things to so many people, and that’s the good thing. If it just means one thing and you try to expand yourself, you’re not gonna get very far. But because we started, from day one, expanding the boundaries and changing the landscape for ourselves and for the listeners, now if you ask a group of people what SLIPKNOT music means, you will get a very varied opinion about that, because it means so many different things to so many people. There’s so many great things about this band that so many different people love — from the heaviness of songs like ‘The Dying Song’ and ‘Hivemind’ to the atmospheric stuff like ‘Adderall’ and ‘Finale’. We refuse to be limited by limited imaginations. Ours is off the charts, so we’re gonna take you with us — kicking and fucking screaming, if need be — and we’re just gonna do it our way.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor On Joey Jordison: “When We Lost Joey, It Took Away The Chance For Us To Make Peace With Him”

During a recent interview with NME, Corey Taylor further opened up about Joey Jordison’s death. The singer says when the band lost the drummer “it took away the chance for [them] to make peace with him.

Taylor said the following:

“We all had such a complicated relationship with Joey at one point or another. He was a man who was tormented by his brilliance and his demons. And it made it hard to live with him sometimes.

I’m not saying that to cut him down because we’ve all gone through it. It’s something that we as addicts, we as artists, we as really mentally fucked up people, have had to deal with.”

He went to say that him and Jordison had reconciled and that they were having “strained but civil” text conversations:

“When we lost Joey, it took away the chance for us to make peace with him. I know some of us had talked to him on the side. We never talked to him as a group, and I think that’s something that we all regret. It’s a hard thing to realise that you missed an opportunity.”

Slipknot Fontman Corey Taylor On “Iowa”: “One Of The Problems About Writing One Of The Heaviest Fucking Albums Of All Time Is That People Just Expect You To Do That Over And Over”

During a recent interview with NME, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor reflected on the band’s 2001 album “Iowa” and the expectations that have been placed on them since its release. He said the following:

“One of the problems about writing one of the heaviest fucking albums of all time is that people just expect you to do that over and over. Well, fuck, that’s so boring. If we had done that, we wouldn’t be where we are today, 100 per cent.”

He also added:

“You also have to remember a large part of the population are also people who have created petitions against every Batman that has ever been fucking cast in a movie, and they’ve always been wrong. Who’s really right here? You fucking idiots, sometimes you just need to shut the fuck up and listen to what we give you.”

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Select Copies Of Slipknot’s “The End, So Far” Were Printed With The Wrong Album Title

Select copies of Slipknot’s “The End, So Far” were printed with the wrong album title. The issue was discovered on vinyl and cassette variants, which were labeled as “The End For Now…“ On top of that, a number of copies also had “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)” listed as “Dying Song“ and “Hive Mind” listed as “Hivemind.“ The incorrect album title was ultimately covered up with a sticker, but in some cases it was still visible on the actual album. Singer Corey Taylor addressed the situation during an AMA session on Reddit:

“The End, So Far was the correct name. Somebody fucked up and didn’t double check with us”

[via The PRP]

Corey Taylor Says Slipknot “Were Hoping To Mend Fences” With Joey Jordison Before His Death

During an interview with The Fader, Corey Taylor opened up about the death of his former bandmate Joey Jordison. Notably, the singer revealed that the band “were hoping to mend fences” with drummer prior to his untimely passing.

Taylor said the following when asked if Jordison’s death influenced the group’s latest album “The End, So Far”:

“It definitely crept in because it happened while we were working on some of this music. We dedicated the album to him. We hoped it wouldn’t happen, and when it did it was a sad resolve that… For somebody that creative and explosive… I just wish we hadn’t lost him this soon. We were hoping to mend fences with him, and it’s one of those things that tells you: whatever you need to do, do it now, because you never know when you’re gonna lose somebody.”

He also added the following about losing bassist Paul Gray in 2010:

“[Those experiences] definitely woke us up a little bit, made us realize we’re on the other side of youth. There’s gonna come a time when we start losing each other again, and we should take advantage of the time we have right now with each other. I’ve tried to let these guys know how I feel about them and the music we’ve made together. We’re all such different people, and the fact that after all these years we’re still doing it together — and still doing it at this pace — you have to embrace each other after that.”

Corey Taylor On Slipknot’s Upcoming Departure From Roadrunner Records: “We Can Just Do Whatever We Want And Not Be Beholden To Anybody”

As previously reported, Slipknot will be completing their contract with Roadrunner Records following the release of their new album “The End, So Far“ (out September 30). Corey Taylor recently discussed that with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe, saying that the band will now be able to “do whatever [they] want and not be beholden to anybody.”

Taylor said the following:

“I mean, it’s cool because at this point, we could do whatever. If we wanted to, we could do a throwback album where we just get in a room and write it live and figure it out. We could turn around and create something really complex and dark. I mean, we could do a double concept album with a movie wrapped around it and make it something that … So for me, it’s really about what do we want to do? What keeps us? At this point, we don’t need to come back to this until we really want to. Contractually, we can just say, we can do one offs for the rest of our career.

Obviously, some of us in the band have, outside of Slipknot, that allow us time to have the audience go, ‘you know what? It’s about time for a Slipknot album.’ So we have ways that naturally alleviate the weight and alleviate the pressure of having to go back to back, to back to back, if we don’t want to.

Let’s face it, Roadrunner is not what it used to be. It’s not even a shadow of what it used to be. So there’s no real urgency for us to stick with them to do anything. And because all of the people that we started with are gone, and they were fired in a very unceremonious way to the point where the last couple years.

So at this point, I mean we can just do whatever we want and not be beholden to anybody. I mean, what that means, we don’t know. Does that mean that more doors open or does that mean that doors close because we’re not a part of that system anymore?

And not that we really gave a shit about being a part of that system, but at the same time, access helps. So I mean, it just comes down to who wants to be a part of the next Slipknot thing. It’s just that way.”

[via MetalSucks]