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Slipknot To Be Begin ‘Major’ Work On New Album In March

Corey Taylor - SlipknotCorey Taylor (#8 of Slipknot, Stone Sour) has told Kerrang! magazine that the band will begin “major, major work” on Slipknot’s fifth album in March. 17 demos are ready for Slipknot‘s first CD since 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” and the first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray and December 2013 departure of drummer Joey Jordison, one of the band’s founding members and key songwriters.

Regarding the direction of Slipknot‘s new material, Taylor said: “I can say that, to me — and this is only my opinion — it’s a cross between ‘Iowa’ and ‘Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)’, but that’s honestly just scratching the surface. I think fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff.”

He added: “I’ve written lyrics for everything that we have right now and it’s feeling pretty good. It feels like the story of the band so far, which is a totally different take on what I’ve been used to writing with Slipknot, but I think, because of everything we’ve been through, it’s time to tell that story. Not just from our point of view, but from everything around us. So, yeah… it’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be everything you want in a Slipknot album, and everything you wouldn’t expect.”

#8 of Slipknot was unwilling to comment on anything “controversial” during his interview with Kerrang! and wouldn’t discuss Joey Jordison‘s exit from the band, but he did hint at deeper family problems that needed to be resolved, as he reflected how his life was during the band’s break in activity.

“Last year, it felt like we put enough miles between the bad stuff and the good stuff — that we could start enjoying life again,” he said. “Personally, my family took a couple of hits in the last year and a half, and it felt good to be able to let go of that deep breath we’d been holding. Professionally, I got to do a lot of stuff I wasn’t expecting, which was cool, and now I’m feeling like it’s time to revisit The ‘Knot and see where we’re at right there. My hopes for this year are to be creative — getting that creative itch. And with the new Slipknot album, I’m starting to feel that side of things.”

Source: Blabbermouth

Corey Taylor Talks About The Songwriting Process

Corey Taylor - SlipknotCorey Taylor talked about the songwriting process and more. Below you can read a few excerpts from the chat (transcribed by

Full Metal Jackie: Corey, some great songwriters say the creative process is an excruciating and difficult task. Others say they’re just fortunate to be channeling some divine inspiration. Which is it for you?

Corey Taylor: Well, it’s nothing that cool [laughs], you know? I don’t know. I think it comes down to what you wanna say. Because I’m kind of lucky in the fact that I can take something that’s in my head and write it down, or I can listen to a piece of music that somebody else has written and try to tap into what the music’s saying, and just kind of follow that, you know. I mean nine times out of 10, I’m just kind of following where the music takes me. So, I don’t know… I think it comes down to what you want to say. I think it takes practice to really nail down the essence of what you’re trying to say. I mean, I’ve been writing songs since I was 12 years old, so I’ve had a long time to really kind of cut my teeth and get to the point where, when I hear something, I instantly know what I want to say with it, or how I want to say it with it, and also try to make it different and make it fresh. So, I don’t know if it’s channeling the inner muse, or trying to be artistic just because it’s art. As a writer, as a lyricist, you’re just trying to make sure that you’re not repeating yourself. And that’s a danger for a lot of people. So, for me, I just try to keep taking corners and trying to find new paths.

Full Metal Jackie: Corey, it’s pretty well documented recording the second Slipknot album, “Iowa”, was tumultuous. The last several years have been transitional for the band. What did you learn while making that album that will make doing this next one a good process?

Corey Taylor: Well, I definitely learned that there are limits to how far you can push yourself. You know, when you go that far off the reservation and you see that there is definitely an abyss that you can stare into, it makes you pull back a little bit and go, “Whoa, hold on a second. I go any further, that’s a permanent vacation.” So, for me — and I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, but I know for me — it was definitely, probably the darkest time in my life that I was able to transition and turn into some insane and wonderful lyrics. But you can’t spend a lot of time on that edge, or it gets to be something that’s a little too enticing. So, for me, I guess I learned to visit that edge, but don’t live on it. Because that’s not life. When you’re constantly walking that edge, you’re just kind of just trying to figure out what side of the fence you’re going to fall on. And I didn’t want to be that, I wanted to get more out of my life than just seeing how far I could push the envelope. So the thing that I learned the most was be able to kind of tap into that darkness, but don’t live in it, don’t exist for it. There are better things in life that you have to live for.

Full Metal Jackie: Corey, between Slipknot and Stone Sour, performing with other artists, writing books, it seems like you’re always busy. What do you do to decompress or is relaxation actually the process of working itself?

Corey Taylor: The thing that I’ve learned is that you kind of have to strike when you’re feeling it. A lot of people say “strike when the iron is hot,” but you kind of have to wait for that to happen. For me, the real lesson that I’ve learned is that if you’re not feeling it, get away from it. So I only sit down and write lyrics when I feel that inspiration coming on. It may take a little longer, but it definitely feels better. So I’ve had to really teach myself that when you’re not feeling it, you shouldn’t write anything down, because you’re going to end up coming back and re-writing it later. Whereas if you write when you’re feeling something, when you’re really in the streak, then that’s when you’re going to get your best stuff. So I’ve had to really make myself, give myself timeouts and get away from stuff, keep myself entertained. I either hang out with family or sit down and watch TV and kind of unplug for a little bit and then go back to it. I think that’s the best way to be the most creative and to have the most poignant thoughts that you can get down on paper.

Source: Blabbermouth

Corey Taylor Talks About Joey Jordison

Corey Taylor - SlipknotRock Revolt Magazine recently conducted an interview with Corey Taylor. #8 of Slipknot talked about Joey Jordison and the new Slipknot album.

Rock Revolt: With him [Joey Jordison] no longer in Slipknot, how do you think it’s going to change the band as a whole.

Corey Taylor: Honestly, it depends on who we get.

So there are plans on replacement?

Corey Taylor: Yes. We’re looking into a few people right now. It all comes to someone who can play the old stuff, but also brings a certain creativity to it. In lieu of what we’ve done, we need to, kind of, focus on that, and make that the focus right now, instead of worrying about what’s gonna happen later.”

Do you have anybody in mind?

Corey Taylor: A few people. As soon as we know, the fans will know. And that’s how we’re keeping it. We’re keeping everything really close to the chest right now. I mean, it’s out of respect for Joe, and for us. And there’s just a host of legal things that we still need to sort out. I mean, it’s hard – it’s really hard – but the only other thing was shutting the band down, and none of us wanted to do that. So we’re gonna push on.

How do you think it’s gonna change the writing or the style?

Corey Taylor: I mean, obviously it will a little bit, but we all write. I know there’s this myth out there that Joey wrote everything, but that’s not at all true. We all write, and we all bring something to the table. And between me and Jim and Mick and Clown and everybody, I think we’re gonna be able to put something really, really cool together. The dynamic will change a little bit, but as far as our approach to the music and our intensity and how much we love doing what we do, that will remain unchanged, and we’re gonna go for it just 110 percent.

Source: Blabbermouth

Corey Taylor Talks About The New Slipknot Album reports that Corey Taylor (#8 of Slipknot) recently talked to The Pulse Of Radio about Slipknot’s Vol. 5.

Corey Taylor: “Me and Jim have been writing a lot of stuff, and it’s really starting to kind of shape up really… I mean, we’ve got a nice chunk, and now we just kind of need to, you know, shape everything to that Slipknot point of view, that Slipknot way, that Slipknot sound. There’s an excitement that we haven’t felt in a while.”


Joey Jordison: ‘I Did Not Quit Slipknot’

Joey Jordison - SlipknotJoey Jordison (#1 of Slipknot) has released the following statement regarding his departure from The ‘Knot.

To my fans, friends, and associates…

I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.