Be sure to pick up Slipknot‘s new album “.5: The Gray Chapter” – available everywhere tomorrow – October 21, 2014. You can also order some great .5: The Gray Chapter bundles at the band’s official store.
HMV recently conducted an interview with Corey Taylor. #8 of Slipknot talked about the making of the album, the band’s plans for the new live show and how the new members will have to “earn their spots.” Below you can read an excerpt from the interview.
HMV: Tell us about the writing process for the album, because it’s been a while since you last wrote together?
Corey Taylor: “The writing process for this album was very much like every other Slipknot album, we all throw a bunch of stuff into the bucket and see what comes out. We wanted it to be organic, to have that same urgency we always bring.”
HMV: What inspired the songs? And how did you find it writing without Joey and Paul?
Corey Taylor: “We’re dealing with some heavy subject matter. We lost one of our most important members four years ago and we’re still dealing with that, we’ve parted ways with Joey, we wanted to tell the story of the last four years of this band and what it’s been through.”
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XFM’s Ian Camfield interviewed Corey Taylor on last week’s XFM Rock Show. Below you can read a few excerpts from the interview. You can also listen to the conversation in the player below.
Corey Taylor: “It’s pretty ridiculous, you stay as far away from the windows as possible. It gets weird with our fans, it’s great… but there’s almost a Twin Peaks vibe to it…
“At one point there was a message board dedicated to measuring the forehead of one of the models in The Negative One video – I promise, this is true. I’m reading this, going… wow.
“At one point they had us killing JFK. I wasn’t even ALIVE then! But apparently the technology exists that Slipknot as a whole could travel back to ’63, pull the trigger, get right back out and back into the studio…”
As Slipknot prepares to release the new album .5: The Gray Chapter next week (21 October), Corey admitted that the interest helped the band.
“I think it’s great. I’ve always said: I’d rather have people talking about me, whether it’s negative or positive, than not talking at all. As long as your name is in the conversation, it’s carrying on the legacy.
“Trust me: I’m one of the most hated dudes right now. You have no idea. The stuff that’s coming out of some of these people’s mouths… If I took any of it seriously, I’d be curled up in a foetal position on the bed, sucking my own thumb.”
But Corey had a warning for anyone who bad-mouthed him. “For all you trolls out there, I’m taking down names and addresses!” he said. “I’m coming to find all of you. I have a giant computer print out and you’re gonna get sucked up as soon as I see you!”