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Slash Talks About Corey Taylor

When asked during a question-and-answer session with Australia’s Rolling Stone magazine why Corey Taylor (#8 of Slipknot, Stone Sour) and former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach weren’t the right singers for VELVET REVOLVER, and which vocalist came closest to replacing Weiland, Slash said: “Well, Sebastian [auditioned for the VELVET REVOLVER singer spot] before Scott [became a member of the band]. And I love Sebastian, but, if you can imagine, it sounded sort of like ‘SKID N’ ROSES.’ It was cool, but you knew that everybody who heard it was gonna be, like, ‘Oh, yeah, that makes sense.’ It was a little bit too predictable. But as far as [vocalists that we have auditioned] since Scott [was dismissed from the band], probably [the one that came] the closest [to landing the gig] would have to be Corey, ’cause everybody was rallying for him. And I love Corey to death, but something about it was just a little bit too… What’s the word for it? You know how Corey sings. It’s a very macho kind of thing. But it didn’t have certain elements I thought it needed. So we just didn’t go down that path. And that was the closest so far.”

Corey Taylor - Slipknot

Source: Blabbermouth

Jim Root and Mick Thomson In Guitar World Magazine – Excerpt Available

Mick Thomson and Jim Root talk to Guitar World about Slipknot‘s upcoming album .5: The Gray Chapter.

Below you can read an excerpt from the December 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this Slipknot story, plus features on Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Lenny Kravitz, Paul Gilbert, Motionless In White, Electric Wizard and more, including lessons, tabs and reviews of new gear from D’Angelico, Washburn, Boss, Morley, Lace Music and Carr Amps, check out the December 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.

Jim Root and Mick Thomson - Slipknot - Guitar World 2014

Shades of Gray: Between the death and departure of various band members, Slipknot have had a rough few years. With .5: The Gray Chapter, they channel the energy of deceased bassist Paul Gray and return with a brutal but multifaceted album.

“The future of Slipknot is always in doubt,” guitarist Jim Root says. “I always prepare for each album as if it’s gonna be the last.”

It’s a minor miracle that Slipknot have lasted as long as they have. They have nine members in their lineup, each of whom lives up to the band’s aggro metal image in one way or another, and thereby contributes to the potential for volatility.

Yet, they have endured since the group formed in Des Moines, Iowa, 19 years ago, becoming one of the heaviest and scariest bands in a genre crowded with heavy, scary acts. Some 15 years have elapsed since the band’s self-titled 1999 debut album placed them at the forefront of the then-burgeoning nu-metal scene.

“With all the different guys in the band and all the different ideas of what’s what, it’s hard to get everybody on the same page sometimes,” Root says. “We are a very tight brotherhood, but we never know what we’re going to do.”

However, nothing in Slipknot’s turbulent history has been as daunting as the death of their longtime bass player, Paul Gray, from a morphine overdose in 2010. The tragedy was compounded by the recent departure—somewhat acrimonious, apparently—of longtime drummer Joey Jordison. Because both Gray and Jordison were key songwriters for the band, Slipknot’s future has hung in the balance these past few years.

But Mick Thomson, Gray’s coguitarist, says he never really considered packing it in.

Read more at Guitar World.