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Corey Taylor: Slipknot Is Using Internet As Tool To Build Excitement For New Album

Corey Taylor (#8 of Slipknot, Stone Sour) believes that the band has been able to successfully use the Internet to build anticipation for its long-awaited fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, calling the process “a lost art” which not enough other artists are taking advantage of.

Asked in a recent interview with Mistress Carrie of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF if promoting Slipknot is more fun now that social networking sites have revolutionized the way people communicate, collaborate, receive information and share news on a mass scale than it was when the band first started in the mid-1990s, Taylor said: “I think it’s the same approach with different tools, really. Because back then the Internet was really just word of mouth. And that’s how this band started, that’s how this band built its foundation — was street level, word of mouth, people talking about us. And that’s really just what the Internet is. And I think because of that, and because we’ve learned how to use these tools over the years, we’ve been able to take an old-school approach with the mystique and the anticipation and releasing little bits and pieces here and there to build that excitement, [which] I think is really a lost art.”

He continued: “People are more prone to just throw up into the Internet, and then, ‘There you go. There it is. And let’s pray to God it’s a hit.’ With us, we love the foreplay of it. We love building that up and just getting it to that fever pitch just before it’s about to explode, and then giving the audience every ounce of payoff that it deserves. And I think, because of that, we’ve really learned how to use the Internet as that tool to do that, by releasing the teaser videos and putting together a very stark, very striking video for ‘The Negative One’, which there is no member of the band in it. And I think that’s one of the wonderful things about being able to use technology to your advantage and not using it to glom over the fact that you have no talent or no idea what the hell you’re doing. When you use it right, you can have that same excitement that you used to feel when your favorite band was putting out an album and you couldn’t wait for it. And I think we’ve been able to do a good job at it.”

Slipknot released half a dozen teaser videos for “.5: The Gray Chapter” earlier in the summer, all of them featuring a series of fast-moving, creepy images accompanied by captions which turned out to be lyrics from “The Negative One”, the first song to be made available from the album.

Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that he’s relieved the long wait for a new Slipknot record is about to end. “You know, we’re really excited about new music,” he said. “We’re excited about the next chapter, you know. Obviously it’s a bit subdued, but at the same time, you know, it’s still very much in the spirit of what we want and it’s time for the next chapter.”

The first official single from “.5: The Gray Chapter”, called “The Devil In I”, has just entered the Top 20 at rock radio.

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Corey Taylor Comments On Gene Simmons’ ‘Rock Is Dead’ Remark

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Corey Taylor (#8 of Slipknot, Stone Sour) has a response to KISS bassist Gene Simmons’ recent comment that “rock is dead” and it’s a simple “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.” The singer posted his reply on Twitter after a fan asked him if “rock music [is] dead like Gene Simmons said.”

Simmons told Esquire magazine last week — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that “rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won’t because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you to do it.”

Simmons went on to elaborate that as a result of file-sharing and other issues, record label support for rock music was not available like it was when KISS was coming up, concluding, “It’s finally dead. Rock is finally dead.”

Source: Blabbermouth

Corey Taylor Talks About Robin Williams

Corey Taylor (#8 of Slipknot, Stone Sour) says that he was “heartbroken” when he found out that Robin Williams had died, calling the Oscar-winning actor and comedian “one of my original comic heroes.” Williams’ body was discovered on August 11 by an assistant in a bedroom at the actor’s California home. The coroner stated that Williams committed suicide by hanging. He was 63 years old.

“When Robin Williams died, I was so… I was so heartbroken,” Taylor told Mistress Carrie of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF. “Because he was one of my original comic heroes. I still have a VHS tape somewhere of one of his first specials that was on in ’82, by the way, on HBO. It was [filmed] in San Francisco, which was his hometown. And it was so frenetic, and so funny, and half of it was made up. He would just run into the audience and just do all this improv stuff, and I’m, like, ‘How is he doing this?’ It looked like a magic act sometimes. But he was so funny. And I’ve talked to people who knew him, who are just devastated by it. Because not only was he just such a great talent, but he was such a great person. And when we lose people like that, it breaks my heart; it really, really does. ‘Cause it just seems like there’s not enough good people in the world anymore.”

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Slipknot’s New Drummer And Bassist Will Wear Same Freshly Designed Mask

Loudwire recently conducted an interview with Corey Taylor .#8 of Slipknot talked about two people who will play with Slipknot on the band’s upcoming tour – apparently they will wear the same mask designed by Clown. Below you can read a couple of excerpts from the interview.

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Loudwire: Which song on the new album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ was most difficult to get to completion and why?

Corey Taylor: As far as from an emotional standpoint, the one for me that really rung my bell was the last song on the official album, a song called ‘If Rain Is What You Want.’ That song is really a reaction to the album that people expected us to make or thought that we were going to make. Anyone who’s dealt with the kind of loss that we’ve dealt with realizes that there’s no one side to this story. There are so many different sides to it that enable you to be able to tell it honestly. You have to come at it from all these different sides and talk about some of the ugliness of losing a loved one. So, ‘If Rain Is What You Want’ is really a response and an opening up. You talk about catharsis, it was a way to let go of a lot of what we were sitting on as far as trying to get to the point where we could, I don’t want to say cry about it, but just make amends with it, really. That song is really special for that. It’s got some of my favorite lyrics in it.

Loudwire: Corey, you’re a KISS fan so you know they brainstormed character ideas before revealing their new drummer Eric Carr as The Fox in 1980. Has there been similar brainstorming in the Slipknot camp about creating the right onstage persona for your new drummer?

Corey Taylor: Kind of, but not really. We wanted to make something that still looked unified but still stayed with the spirit of what the band is all about. Instead of trying to find something that was individualistic, we designed — well, Clown designed a mask that the drummer and the bass player will both wear. On one hand they get a mask but at the same time, it’s not the individual mask that we in the band use. We knew that any attempt to do anything like that might be taken as disrespectful, but at the same time it’s part of the way of moving, getting past the hardest steps, which is just moving on. So, we decided that we would come up with a mask that works for both the bassist and the drummer and that’s what they’ll wear on stage.

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Corey Taylor Talks About Slipknot’s “.5: The Gray Chapter”

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Sid Black of the 94.3 KILO radio station in Colorado Springs, Colorado has just conducted an interview with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by Blabbermouth.net).

On Slipknot‘s touring plans in support of the band’s fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, which will arrive on October 21 via Roadrunner:

Taylor: “We have huge — huge — plans for next year. And we’re definitely gonna tour the world. We’re gonna tour the States at least three times on this tour — at least three times. We’re gonna really try and hit all of the cities that we’ve played before, all of the cities we’ve never played before, and really try and just cover the planet.”

On “.5: The Gray Chapter”:

Taylor: “As excited as the fans are, I am just as excited, if not more excited, to get this album out, so people can hear it. It is a fantastic piece of work. I’m really proud of it. I love the music. I haven’t stopped listening to it since we started recording it — this is going all the way back to the demos, man. And I just love what we’ve been able to do. It’s dark, it’s moody, it’s artistic, it’s heavy as hell. There’s some brutal screams on it, but there’s also huge melodies on it. I can’t tell you how stoked I am that we were able to pull this off, man. Especially, just from a personal point of view, telling the story that we need to tell, which is essentially the last four years, and everything that we’ve gone through since losing Paul [Gray, bass]. This album was too important to rush in and do, and I’m glad we took our time and really made sure that it was time to make it when we did. And the proof’s in the pudding, man. I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

On whether the new album is a full-on lyrical tribute to Paul Gray or a record that was just made in legacy and in honor of Gray:

Taylor: “Oh, it’s both. It’s definitely both. There’s a handful of songs on the album that are about Paul. There’s a bunch of songs just about the band and everything that we’ve been through in the last four years, all the emotions that we’ve had to deal with, the reaction from the world. I mean, it really kind of covers the bases, as far as what this band has been through. A lot of people have no idea what it’s been like. You don’t understand it. So for us, for me, especially, as a lyricist, being able to tell the story and tell it as honestly and as darkly as I’ve been able to, I’m stoked for people to hear it.”

On Slipknot‘s ups and downs leading up to the release of the new album:

Taylor: “We’ve been doing this now… The first album came out in 1999; that’s 15 years ago. I joined in ’97, so that’s 17 years ago, and the band was started in ’95, so next year’s gonna be the 20-year anniversary. So to be able to really kind of keep this going and to keep at the level of exceptionalism and creativity and intensity and musicianship — everything, everything firing as hard as it can — I’m really proud to be in this band, man. I’m proud of everyone in this band. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to create. Yeah, it just feels really good. It feels like everything’s going really well for us right now, which is good, because the last four years have been really hard. It’s about time for us to have some light at the end of the tunnel, so we’re really looking forward to everybody hearing the new stuff.”

On Slipknot’s new masks:

Taylor: “People are gonna get their first real look at the new masks coming up in the ‘The Devil In I’ video. Some of them have changed in subtle ways, and others, like myself, my mask changes drastically from album to album, because for me, the mask is a representation of what’s going on for me spiritually, emotionally, artistically… just everything in my life. Just changing… Everything evolves. It’s about an evolution of what’s coming next. So, yeah, people are gonna get a lot when they see this video, and it’s gonna blow their minds.”

Listen to the interview at Blabbermouth.net

Source: Blabbermouth