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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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Source: Blabbermout

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

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.”

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Source: Blabbermouth

Slipknot – Prepare For Hell Tour

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Global rock juggernauts Slipknot have announced the next phase of their uncompromising history – the release of .5: The Gray Chapter – the fifth studio album from the GRAMMY AWARD®-winning group – arrives on October 21, while their North American Prepare For Hell tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, is set to kick off immediately following the band’s previously announced Knotfest (October 24 – 26).


.5: The Gray Chapter is available now for pre-order on the iTunes Store (, with all pre-orders receiving instant downloads of the album’s powerful new song “The Devil In I” as well as “The Negative One.” .5: The Gray Chapter is also available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs (2 bonus tracks and expanded packaging) as well as limited edition, colored vinyl double LP set.

Slipknot unleashed “The Negative One” earlier this month, marking the groundbreaking band’s first new music in more than six years. The song immediately hit #1 on Billboard’s Trending 140 chart, with the band and track both quickly becoming trending topics on Twitter globally and in the US. The track is currently sitting atop the metal singles chart for its third straight week and counting. Meanwhile its nightmarish companion video – directed by the band’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown) – has quickly drawn more than 2 million individual views at Slipknot‘s official YouTube channel:

Slipknot has also announced the Prepare For Hell Tour – a major North American headline tour with very special guests Korn and openers King 810 – kicking off October 29 in El Paso, TX and traversing North America through December 7.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” stated Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor . “Not only do we get to tour with friends who we respect, we’ve also chosen a band that represents the fury of the future. Slipknot is coming to your town. And hell’s coming with us.”

The nationwide run will see Slipknot coming hot off the heels of their US live return at their own KNOTFEST, with two unique sets at their very own three-day metal and heavy music destination festival slated for October 24 through 26 at San Bernardino, California’s San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds. Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink and curated by Slipknot themselves, KNOTFEST will see Slipknot headline the Main Stage on both Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, offering fans a taste of the upcoming album with a unique concert experience each night. KNOTFEST will feature over 60 bands – including Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass, and many others – performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday Night VIP Pre-Party Bash (featuring Slipknot’s DJ Sid), band performances and other activities for those that purchase VIP or Camping Packages. A truly immersive experience, KNOTFEST attendees will descend into an apocalyptic underworld featuring over 20 attractions including a Slipknot Museum, carnival rides, a zip line across the festival grounds, drum circles, pillars of fire, freaks, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, and much more. For details, including complete ticketing information, please see Additional news and updates can be also be found at both and (@KNOTFEST).

“KNOTFEST is a chance for Slipknot to bring the sensory overload of a wild European festival and now we’re coming for you, California,” says Slipknot‘s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). “Playing two different sets over two nights at one location is a new experience in the history of this band. This year’s KNOTFEST is going to be on another level.”

KNOTFEST tickets are available now at, while tickets for the Prepare For Hell tour go on sale September 5 at and through the Live Nation mobile app. All fans who purchase their tickets through October 5 will receive a digital download of .5: The Gray Chapter upon its official release.

Slipknot emerged at the tail end of the Twentieth Century and quickly established itself as the most enigmatic, provocative and aggressive collective of the modern era. 1999’s SLIPKNOT stands as a true milestone, named by Metal Hammer as the “Best Debut of the Last 25 Years.” The album fast earned 2x RIAA platinum certification, with each of Slipknot’s following releases – including 4 video albums – all receiving additional platinum in the US and around the world. All told, the band have 11 Platinum and 38 Gold record certifications around the world. Slipknot’s fanbase is unwavering and they are global – the band’s most recent studio effort, 2008’s platinum certified ALL HOPE IS GONE, debuted at #1 in seven countries including the U.S.

Surely as iconic as any band in the annals of rock, Slipknot has starred on the cover of innumerable national and international publications, from Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Alternative Press to Guitar World, Revolver and Billboard. What’s more, Slipknot has received myriad honors, awards and nominations, including a GRAMMY AWARD® for “Best Metal Performance” as well as six further GRAMMY nods, multiple Kerrang! Awards, Revolver Golden Gods Awards, NME Awards and Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards as well as nods for both MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards.

Slipknot has ruled live stages across the planet since their beginning, and currently headline tours and international festivals including Mayhem in the US, the UK’s Download Festival, Brazil’s Monsters of Rock and Rock In Rio, Australia’s Soundwave Festival, and the bands own Ozzfest and Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. 2012 saw the inaugural KNOTFEST draw over 45,000 fans to a pair of daylong festival events headlined and curated by the band.

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Slipknot To Release ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ In October

Slipknot‘s fifth album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, will have its premiere on October 21 via Roadrunner Records. The album will include 14 songs, with additional 2 tracks featured on the deluxe edition.

“.5: The Gray Chapter” track listing:

01. XIX
02. Sarcastrophe
03. AOV
04. The Devil In I
05. Killpop
06. Skeptic
07. Lech
08. Goodbye
09. Nomadic
10. The One That Kills The Least
11. Custer
12. Be Prepared For Hell
13. The Negative One
14. If Rain Is What You Want
15. Override (bonus track)
16. The Burden (bonus track)

Pre-order “.5: The Gray Chapter”

The cover artwork can be seen below.

Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter