Slipknot are Already Thinking About Their Next Album
Slipknot released We Are Not Your Kind in 2019 only to have their touring cycle cut short due to the pandemic, but the band members, who typically take several years in between releases, are already beginning to think about the band’s next album.
Speaking to That Jamieson Show, singer Corey Taylor said:
“I was just talking to Clown the other day about what we should… ‘Cause we’re obviously thinking about what the next album could be like. And he’s in this trippy place, dude, which is rad. I love it when he’s in this crazy mindset, because I know I’m gonna hear stuff that I’ve never heard before. He’s so goddamn creative, and that inspires Jim [Root]. And all the tumblers really start to fall. So it’s pretty rad. I can’t wait.”
Corey is currently promoting his first solo album, CMFT, which came out on Friday, October 2 (listen here). In a recent interview with Kaaos TV, when describing his fruitful creative relationship with his solo band members, he described his Slipknot bandmates as “fucking miserable” people, saying:
“We had so much fun recording this album [‘CMFT’], and that’s one of the reasons I chose the people I did to be in the band because some of these guys I’ve known almost 20 years. We’ve all been friends, I knew how good they were, but I also knew that they would be as excited about the recording process as I would be.
“So every day was just another chance to laugh; every day was just another chance to hang out with your bros and just have a good time making music. We didn’t hold anything back, we were just so stoked and so excited about making a big rock album that we just got into it. So in a way, it was a complete 180 from an experience that I really haven’t had since the first Slipknot album [1999’s self-titled].
“It was so enjoyable and so positive that it really kind of set the tone for me as like, ‘You know what? This is the only way I want to make music from now on. I don’t want to waste my time with people who are fucking miserable anymore. I want to make music with people who are as stoked as I am about what we get to do for our lives, and yeah, that really pulled great energy out of it.’”
“Yeah, I mean, you would think that that would lend itself sometimes, but some people just can’t get out of their own way when it comes to just being unhappy. It’s like, ‘Fuck man, what do you have to be unhappy about? We’re living our dream, it’s been over 20 years now, and we still get to do this,’ you know?
“I don’t get it. In a lot of ways, it shows me that certain people’s choices in life can really dictate how they become in life, whereas I still make music for the same reason that I wanted to make music when I was a kid – because I fucking love it.
“And you know, it’s just one of those cases where sometimes you just grow apart, people just change, and you wake up one day and somebody you’ve known for 20 years you have very little in common with. It’s not to say that you don’t still make good music together, but it’s different.”
In another recent interview, this one with Forbes, Taylor seemed to throw a bit more shade at his bandmates in Slipknot and Stone Sour, suggesting they were no longer in it for artistic reasons:
“I can sum it up like this. It was the first time in years that I was surrounded by people, every one of those people were just as hungry as I was again. Does that make sense?
“That’s me being very diplomatic, that’s me not trying to throw any of my brothers under the bus, but it’s the first time in a long time that I was surrounded by people who wanted to make music for the same reason that I did, and that was just to make incredible music, being excited about the opportunity to make something massive.
“Being so fucking energized and stoked that you can feel it in a recording, you can hear it in the music, you can see it when we’re playing it.
“It’s been a long, long, long time since I was surrounded by people who were just as geeked to make music, fuck selling it, fuck playing it, fuck any of that, making music because it gives us so much joy. I haven’t felt that in a very, very long time.
“So that’s what I meant. I don’t give a shit about any of that stuff man, I make music for me first, then I share it with people. If I’m not into it, I don’t put it out there. I never will.
“That’s the only reason to do it righteously; if I happen to make money, that’s awesome too. I can pay my bills, take care of my people, but I don’t have a Lamborghini, I don’t have a solid-gold toilet, I don’t give a shit about any of that stuff.
“The only thing that matters to me is making music that I want to fucking hear back. I can’t say that about a lot of the people that I’m in a band with. Either band. But I can say that about this band. There it is.”
You can watch Taylor’s most recent interview, with That Jamieson Show, below.