Corey Taylor Says He Considered “Walking Away” From Slipknot In The Past

Slipknot have had their fair share of issues over the years, but they managed to overcome the odds and become one of the biggest acts in the metal world. However, during a recent interview with Kerrang! Radio, Corey Taylor revealed that there were times when he considered leaving the band.

Taylor said the following:

“There have definitely been more tense moments than good ones. We’re all frenetic; we all come from different backgrounds musically, environmentally, culturally. It’s been tough sometimes. But the thing that I have noticed as we’ve gone on and we’re still doing this, we have allowed ourselves to recognize how good we really are. We’ve allowed ourselves to step away from the stoicism that comes from being from the Midwest and we’ve embraced each other.”

He continued:

“We recognize that it takes work to be in this band and when we’re all going for it there’s an appreciation that maybe before we felt we couldn’t show, and the more that we all show that the better it feels as a brotherhood.

There have been moments where I’ve come so close to walking away from this and I’m really glad that I didn’t to be honest. The payoff has been fantastic, especially now that we’re in this really great place and we are performing at a level that is still top notch.

And writing music that is still really good and connecting with a whole new generation, which is insane. I don’t think we could have done it with anybody else to be honest.”

Taylor also revealed that Slipknot almost disbanded after releasing their 1999 self-titled album:

“When we really exploded, we had serious talks about breaking up and pulling a Sex Pistols and be like put a massive album out and then say, ‘screw you, we’re outta here!’ Those were real conversations! I feel like we’ve failed everyone by making ‘Iowa’ (laughs). It was such a great thing to think about. None of this (massive success) was expected, man. Just on paper we shouldn’t have made it and yet here we are! It’s a weird feeling still.”

Video Of Five-Year-Old Slipknot Fan Air Drumming During The Band’s Recent UK Show Goes Viral

A five-year-old Slipknot fan named Caleb H recently went viral after a video of him air drumming during a Slipknot show in the UK surfaced online. Corey Taylor retweeted the clip and Jay Weinberg even commented on it:

As a bonus, you can also watch footage of Caleb H. covering “Before I Forget” while dressed as former drummer Joey Jordison below:

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor: “I Haven’t Got A Problem With Streaming. I Have Got A Problem With How These Streaming Services Rip Off The Artist”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has been very outspoken about the ridiculously low payouts that artists receive from streaming services and he recently discussed the topic again during an interview with The Irish Times. The frontman says he doesn’t necessarily have a problem with streaming itself, but he does take issue with the fact that these services “rip off the artist.”

Taylor said the following when asked if bands like Slipknot could survive on streaming alone:

“You could if the streaming system wasn’t set up the way it is. You are being paid less than pennies. In the United States they have passed the legislation [the Music Modernisation Act 2018] but it is being appealed. I am hoping that it will be struck down. If the streaming systems paid more online with how publishing in radio pays – people could make a living.

I have had friends of mine who have had to retire and they are popular bands because they can’t make a living. Mid-card bands and lower, it is hard for them. It almost pays better to play the local pub and do the door deal. You make more money doing that than making an album. Labels don’t take the same chances but they are taking the lion’s share of the money because of the way it is set up.

Until the artist is paid fairly, it is going to be a constant fucking battle. I saw this coming years ago. I haven’t got a problem with streaming. I have got a problem with how these streaming services rip off the artist and I’ll say that until the day I die.”

He also added the following when asked about the going rate for a million streams:

“The lowest rate is YouTube. A million streams on YouTube is 0.04 per cent of a penny. On a million streams you get $400 and that’s just me doing shitty math in my head. People can’t live on that and there’s not a lot of people who get these numbers. The majority of this goes to the record label anyway.

The streaming services are not willing to pay the talents who write the songs and makes the music and yet they are sitting on billions of dollars. They are buying whole blocks of buildings and then taking over floors in there and yet they don’t want to pay the people who made the money for them. It’s insane. It’s tough all over in a lot of ways. Something has to change. I don’t know what that will be.”

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Recruits Tom Savini For His Upcoming Horror Film

According to Daily Dead, Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has recruited special effects legend Tom Savini and Jason Baker to work on his new horror movie. This news comes after Savini previously worked with Taylor on his new Slipknot mask. Baker commented:

“I am thrilled that we are able to finally start slowly talking about the fact that Tom and I are going to be involved with Corey Taylor‘s new horror movie, and that we will be handling the special makeup effects for it. We’re not allowed to talk about plot details or titles or anything like that right now, but I will say that the script is totally fucked up, Corey‘s got some really sick things planned for this, and I’m super excited to be a part of it.”

Slipknot, Mastodon, Trivium, Etc. Members To Guest On New Me And That Man (Behemoth) Album “New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 1”

Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski has revealed the details for his new Me And That Man album “New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 1.” The effort, which will be released on March 27, features a number of guests including Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, Trivium’s Matt Heafy, and more.

“New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 1” Track Listing:

01. “Run With The Devil” (feat. Jørgen Munkeby of Shining)
02. “Coming Home” (feat. Siver Høyem of Madrugada)
03. “Burning Churches” (feat. Mat McNerney of Grave Pleasures)
04. “By The River” (feat. Ihsahn of Emperor)
05. “Męstwo”
06. “Surrender” (feat. Anders Landelius of Dead Soul / Rob Caggiano of Volbeat)
07. “Deep Down South” (feat. Nicke Anderson of Entombed / Johanna Sadonis of Lucifer)
08. “Man Of The Cross” (feat. Jerome Reuter of Rome)
09. “You Will Be Mine” (feat. Matt Heafy of Trivium)
10. “How Come?” (feat. Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour / Brent Hinds of Mastodon)
11. “Confession” (feat. Niklas Kvarforth of Shining)

Nergal commented:

“With the utmost pride and… kind of relief;,I present to you, the second ME AND THAT MAN album — ‘New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 1′. This time ’round, I wanted to take on a different challenge and curated an album of 11 songs — each with their own character and vibe, alongside the most talented and important individuals across the whole scene. Together, we take trips to the lands of blues, folk, country and even spaghetti western. Only time will tell if we hit the mark, but I deeply believe so. I’m very proud of this piece of work and it has been a monumental task to achieve.

I would like to thank EACH one of our guests for being part of this project: Mat and Matt, Niklas and Jørgen, Corey, Alan, Addi, Brent, Vegard, Sivert, Anders, Rob, Jerome, Johanna and Nicke. I LOVE you all from here to the moon and back! Without the passion and heart you granted us, this wouldn’t have been possible!”

Two songs from the album, Run With The Devil” (feat. Jørgen Munkeby) and “Burning Churches” (feat. Mat McNerney), have already been released and a video for the third single, “Surrender” (feat. Anders Landelius and Rob Caggiano), can be found below:

Judge Indicates Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot Will Proceed

It looks like Chris Fehn’s lawsuit against Slipknot will be continuing. According to MetalSucks, Melissa Anne Crane, a judge in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, indicated that the suit will be allowed to proceed following today’s (January 3) hearing.

As previously reported, Fehn was originally kicked out of Slipknot after filing a lawsuit against M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan and Corey Taylor for allegedly operating and making money on Slipknot affiliated businesses behind his back with assistance from their business manager Robert Shore. The claim against Shore was previously dismissed, but the claim against his company, Rob Shore & Associates, was allowed to proceed.

Further motions for dismissal filed by Crahan, Taylor, and various Slipknot business-related entities were heard today (January 3). For their part, Taylor and Crahan argued that Fehn filed the lawsuit in the wrong court since they have no business ties to New York and that he failed to state a cause of action.

However, Crane seemed to agree with Fehn’s decision to file in New York since Rob Shore & Associates is based there. She also indicated that the business entities fall under their general partnership. More info on all that can be found at MetalSucks.

It’s worth noting that there are no dates set for further hearings, but a compliance conference is set to take place on June 18.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Working On New Horror Film

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) has revealed that he has finished a script for a new horror film. With this news, the frontman also confirmed that he has started working on his fifth book.

Taylor told Rolling Stone the following about the movie:

“Man, I’ve got a lot of shit I want to do. I’m actually working on a movie right now. I finished a script and I’m aggressively looking for investors and producers. I’ve got all this stuff that I still want to get out of my system.”

He also added the following in a separate interview with Kerrang!:

“I wrote a script for a horror movie that I’m really stoked about. And I just broke the skin on book five, so I’m working on that as well. I’ve got a lot of things going on, but I’m also making sure there’s plenty of time for my family, my marriage and home. God knows, you never know how much time you’re gonna get there.”