While Slipknot has been still affecting everyone with their music and masks, the iconic band’s singer Corey Taylor recently appeared in an interview, revealing his favorite grunge bands, the band’s plans for a new album, and the greatest misconception was made in Slipknot, along with many more thing.
During his appearance, the iconic vocalist of Slipknot talked about his favorite bands, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana, along with honoring late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley. Corey Taylor started reflecting on his thoughts after being asked to name his favorite of the “big four” Seattle grunge bands before he jumped onto telling the recording sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2019’s “We Are Not Your Kind” album, describing it the greatest misconception of Slipknot.
“It has to be Alice in Chains,” started naming his favorite bands Corey Taylor. “Because Alice in Chains, to me, is one of the greatest rock bands that ever was. I don’t just mean that from a grunge standpoint, or metal, or anything like that. They revolutionized so much musically, and they inspired me to change the way I write music. Full stop, period, the end of the sentence.”
Formed in 1987, Alice in Chains current lineup consists of Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, Mike Inez, and William DuVall. The famous rock band came to prominence, along with other famous bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, as a part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. Although the famous rock band seems to be involved with grunge music, it also incorporates heavy metal music’s elements, as it is also known for its special vocal style, which is often harmonized between Staley and Cantrell.
Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor also continued his speech honoring late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley, saying:
“Layne Staley is still one of the greatest fucking singers that ever lived. Now that is not a reflection on the demons that he had to fight obviously. But it has everything to do with his talent. He just made it look so fucking easy. He could sing anything, he could write anything. And the shit that he was writing about was killing him, and yet we loved it. To me, that’s the greatest baring of the soul I’ve ever listened to. And if you need any more proof of that, all you need to do is listen to ‘Nutshell.’ It’s one of the greatest songs ever written. And that’s not even my favorite.
My favorite Alice in Chains song is ‘Would?‘ Full stop. That song is fucking incredible. But ‘Nutshell‘ is such an outpouring of trying to share with you the darkness that’s in his heart. And even though you’re hearing it, it’s so light, you’re just, like, ‘Fuck. Where is he?’ And we never knew. And that’s the great tragedy of people like Layne. It’s not just Layne, obviously; there are so many people that came from that generation of artists. The pain they dealt with — some of them won, some of them didn’t. But the great thing is that we can listen to their music and it can help us get past our own pain. And there’s probably not a day that goes by that I don’t listen to Alice in Chains. It’s still just that good. And the fact that I know those guys now is just icing on the cake. It’s rad to be able to hang out with your favorite band.”
After naming his favorites, Corey Taylor also talked about the recording sessions’ progress for the Slipknot follow-up to 2019’s ‘We Are Not Your Kind‘ album.
“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.’ So he would come into town so I could do the vocals. He would fly out and get the guys together to do the guitars and stuff, get them together with Jay Weinberg while the drums were going on. We were able to really kind of pull off something crazy. And now we’re about… I’d say we’re about 90 percent away from the album being finished. And it’s really good; I’m really, really stoked on it. I actually like this one more than I like ‘We Are Not Your Kind’, and I loved ‘We Are Not Your Kind’,” said the iconic vocalist of Slipknot.
Corey Taylor also explained their plans for the upcoming album of Slipknot, as he also tried not to babble out so much.
“The goal right now — and I don’t wanna talk out of turn — the goal is to get it ready for mix in January so we can get it out two or three months after. I have four songs that I have to sing, ’cause I’m redoing one that I wasn’t happy with; I listened to it, and I was, like, ‘I can do that better.’ And honestly, very rarely have I ever had the opportunity to do that. So it’s actually kind of rad that I’m getting a chance to go in and go, ‘You know what? I can beat what I did.’ But that’s gonna take me five days to get that done. ‘Cause I’m gonna do those four songs and then go back through and do punch-up on anything that I’m just not feeling. But it’s gonna be very, very little ’cause I’m pretty down with everything that I’ve got. So once that’s done, man, it’s just a matter of having Joe mix it. And I know Clown’s been working on the artwork. We’re working on a video for… obviously for ‘The Chapeltown Rag‘, but also probably for whatever the first single’s gonna be. Yeah, it’s just a matter of time before we start getting it together.”
And ultimately, the regarded singer Corey Taylor also mentioned how the songwriting process in Slipknot has been going after the regarded band’s two main songwriters, bassist Paul Gray and drummer Joey Jordison had left the band.
“I think that’s the greatest misconception. People think that Joey and Paul 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 Jim, we’ve still got writers like Mick, 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.”
So, as the famous nu-metal band has recently released its new song, titled The Chapeltown Rag, the fans got even more impatient to see their performance in Knotfest, for sure. Considering the band’s energetic and attention-grabbing style, it’s no shocker that the fans desire to unite with them, as Slipknot blows the stage up along with its brand new song. The beloved band hasn’t released a new song since We Are Not Your Kind released in 2019. And after all, Knotfest will actually be a whole different journey and excitement for both the band and the fans, as its dates also have started being revealed, as well.
And before we finish, here is also a snipped of the regarded singer of Slipknot, Corey Taylor, down below.