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Corey Taylor Says Solo Album Was “Most Enjoyable” to Make Since Slipknot’s Debut

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One can easily understand why musicians in very famous bands feel the urge to make solo records that sound nothing like those bands. Speaking in terms of, ohhhh, I don’t know…. let’s just say Corey Taylor… I’m sure he loves Slipknot and all, but it must be a bit confining to always have to make music that sounds like Slipknot, ya know? Ditto for Stone Sour, in which he is also not the only creative voice.

So it’s no surprise to see Metal Jesus Himself wax ecstatic about the recording process of his new solo album, CMFT (shorthand for Corey Motha Fuckin Taylor), saying in a new feature with Kerrang! that he had more fun making this record than any he’s been a part of since Slipknot’s debut. Speaking of the process, which was fast-tracked once the pandemic curtailed Slipknot’s plans for the year, he said:

“I love what I’ve done in the past, I love the projects that I’ve been attached to, but this, honestly, was probably the most enjoyable album that I’ve done since the first Slipknot album. There was such a sense of, ‘We’re doing it together.’ I hadn’t felt anything like that for a really long time, man. People grow apart, relationships become fractious… people stop liking each other sometimes, in certain bands, you know? But with this, it was totally different, because we were all friends before that. We just happened to all play together, and then we formed a band around that friendship, and it all really galvanised it. This has definitely made me appreciate making music again, let’s put it that way.”

That attitude shines through in the finished product, which Corey describes as more fun and light-hearted than his other bands:

“I really want people to listen to this album and go, ‘Fuck, that was a good time.’ I want people to listen to this album and go, ‘God dammit, I cannot wait to see these guys live.’ That, to me, is the best sign that an album has really worked: when people will go, ‘God, can you imagine what this is going to sound like when we see it live?’ That’s the best compliment you can really have.”

Listen to the album’s first two singles — “CMFT Must Be Stopped” (featuring Tech N9ne and Kid Bookie) and “Black Eyes Blue” below.

You can read the rest of the interview over at Kerrang!

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