Corey Taylor On Slipknot’s New Album: “It Is Probably The Furthest We’ve Pushed The Boundaries Of Creativity And Experimentation”

During an interview on BBC Radio 1‘s “Rock Show With Daniel P Carter,” Corey Taylor discussed Slipknot’s new album “We Are Not Your Kind” (out August 9). According to the singer, the effort “is probably the furthest [they’ve] pushed the boundaries of creativity and experimentation, while also not losing [their] identity.”

Taylor said the following about the record:

“As a whole—and I can say this honestly—it is probably the furthest we’ve pushed the boundaries of creativity and experimentation, while also not losing our identity. So bands out there who go for all of that experimentation and forget who they are; they forget that there’s an audience that wants to hear a certain type—it doesn’t have to be the exact thing, but there has to be a certain emotion that they are looking for, that they want to hear.

…There has to be that touchstone. And you can go as far out as you want, but you have to be able to pull them back to that feeling that made them fans in the first place. And I really think we did with that album. We not only went places that we’ve hinted at musically over the years, but never really went full bore, but we’re also doing heavier things than we’ve ever done.

We’re still a band that has always just written music for us. If we’re not impressed by it, we’re not putting crap out, you know? Even stuff in retrospect where we may take a listen to it later and go, ‘Ah, I don’t know if that was us.’ But at the time, we’re absolutely backing it, you know, no matter what. So as long as we continue to write music for us first, and the audience second, that’s how you keep that excitement.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Tom Savini Responds To Criticism Over Corey Taylor’s New Slipknot Mask

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.”

He continued:

“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.

Corey Taylor Explains Why “All Out Life” Isn’t Included On Slipknot’s New Album

When Slipknot announced their new album, “We Are Not Your Kind” (out August 9), fans were wondering why the band’s 2018 single, “All Out Life,” was left off the record. Corey Taylor has since discussed that with Kerrang!, saying the group weren’t sure the track would fit “in context with the story that [they are] telling” on the album.

Taylor said the following:

“[All Out Life isn’t on the album] from a standpoint of it was kind of its own thing that really just let people know that we weren’t gone, and that we were still looking forward and working on music. It was just such a catchy song that it made sense to release it. But now, in context with the story that we’re telling [on We Are Not Your Kind], we weren’t sure if we were going to put it on there.”

He also added the following about the single’s “We are not your kind” chant, which went on to become the album title:

“I didn’t think it would be anything more than a great chant at a concert. It was one of the things in my head that I could hear 50,000 people screaming at the top of their lungs, pumping fists. It wasn’t so much that I thought it was benign or anything – it was definitely something that I thought, ‘This could be something really cool’ – but it took on a life of its own, and that’s when I really started thinking about the phrase; about how it could be perceived.”

Corey Taylor On Slipknot’s New Album: “It’s Some Of The Darkest Writing I’ve Done In Years”

During an interview for the new issue of Kerrang!, Corey Taylor discussed Slipknot’s new album “We Are Not Your Kind” (out August 9). According to the singer, the effort will feature “some of the darkest writing [he’s] done in years.”

Taylor said the following about the record:

“It’s very dark. It’s some of the darkest writing I’ve done in years. In the Slipknot index, this album would sit somewhere between ‘Iowa‘ and ‘Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)‘. Lyrically, it has the force of ‘Iowa‘, but musically it has the heaviness but the experimentation as well. It was very important for us to go somewhere crazy and make something insane.”

He also added:

“I was able to let that pain go. It means that I can kind of enjoy everything for what it is now. It’s night and day from where I was two and a half years ago, so now I can listen to the music and go, ‘Jesus Christ!’ But, at the same time, it helps to know where I was. It’s one thing to record something heavy; it’s another to forget what inspired it. And, for me, that will never go away. My memory is long. I can tap into that, but that’s it.”

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.

Corey Taylor Says Slipknot’s New Album “Has ‘Iowa’ Moments” & “‘Vol. 3’ Moments”

Corey Taylor made headlines back in June 2018 after saying Slipknot’s new album, “We Are Not Your Kind” (out August 9), will be “‘Iowa‘ levels of heavy.” However, after the band released their new song “Unsainted“, people started complaining, because they felt it wasn’t heavy enough. Taylor has since addressed that via Twitter:

“Thanks to the millions of #maggots around the world. Spoiler: new album has Iowa moments. Also has Vol. 3 moments. But it overwhelmingly has WANYK moments. Everyone’s a critic, but I hope this clears up any misconceptions. Enjoy the next chapter- see you all soon! -CMFT”

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Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Says He “Will Be Back On Stage In No Time” Following Double Knee Surgery

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has shared a new video update after undergoing surgery on both of his knees yesterday (May 10). The singer said “everything was great” and that he “will be back on stage in no time.” Taylor’s next performances include Slipknot’s May 17 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and his May 19 solo show at the Garden Grove Amphitheatre in Garden Grove, CA.

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UPDATE: Taylor has now shared a post-op photo as well: