Corey Taylor Talks About The Greatest Misconception Fans Have About Slipknot

Corey Taylor Talks About The Greatest Misconception Fans Have About Slipknot
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Slipknot is working on the follow-up to the 2019 album, “We Are Not Your Kind.” Frontman Corey Taylor spoke recently to HardDrive Radio about how the record is coming together. “I’m really, really stoked on it,” Taylor said. “I actually like this one more than I like ‘We Are Not Your Kind’, and I loved ‘We Are Not Your Kind’.” “When we started first putting the new music together, it was a lot of flying around, people doing it in certain spots and trying to get the best out of it even though we were in the confines of lockdowns and stuff. So it was tricky. But we had a great producer with Joe Barresi, and he knows how to get the best out of pretty much any band that he’s ever worked with. He’s super rad and loves what we do, which sometimes that’s all you need — is just somebody going, ‘We’re gonna do this.’ … I’d say we’re about 90% away from the album being finished.”

“People think that (late former drummer) Joey (Jordinson) and (late former bassist) Paul (Gray) wrote all the music. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Everybody writes.”

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor

Taylor hopes to start mixing the album in January for a release two or three months later. He also revealed that songwriting is a group process in Slipknot. 

“I think that’s the greatest misconception,” Taylor said. “People think that (late former drummer) Joey (Jordinson) and (late former bassist) Paul (Gray) wrote all the music. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Everybody writes. Joe and Paul were the ones that would get stuff going, but it would always change from their demo to the main meat of what the song would actually become. So, from that standpoint, we’ve still got writers like (guitarist) Jim (Root), we’ve still got writers like (guitarist) Mick (Thomson), we’ve still got writers like Clown; Clown has written a lot of stuff over the years. And the people have just never gotten a lot of the credit that they’re due, I guess. I mean, I’ve written stuff for this band from time to time when I get the bug to write something super heavy. Then they take it and make it better — they always make it better. So from that standpoint, it’s not really any different than the way it’s been in the past. Obviously, the music sounds different because Paul’s voice isn’t there, Joey’s voice isn’t there. And yet we still are able to write in a way that sounds very Slipknot, and that’s because it would always go through the Slipknot filter. No matter what demo we wrote, it would always go through the Slipknot filter and become a Slipknot song.”

Slipknot released the single, “The Chapeltown Rag,” on Nov. 5 and performed the song live for the first time on the same day. “It’s classic Slipknot,” Taylor said. Slipknot split with Jordinson in 2013. His family confirmed that he died in his sleep on July 26 but did not specify the cause. Gray was found dead in a hotel room in 2010 after a drug overdose. 

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