Corey Taylor: “I Can’t Say Too Much” About “Conceptual” New Slipknot Project
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor said in February that “massive” news regarding the band would be announced “in the next month or so.” We’re still well within that one month period, let alone the “or so” part, and Taylor has already begun to let some information slip about what the band has in the works, although he still keeping the bulk of it tight.
Initial speculation held that Taylor may have been referencing Look Outside Your Window, the album Taylor, Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Jim Root, and Sid Wilson recorded during sessions for 2008’s All Hope is Gone, which Clown said in January of 2020 would be released “this album cycle.” Taylor has previously said that the eleven-track record has “a Radiohead vibe.”
He could also be referencing entirely new music: this past November, Clown revealed that the band were working on new songs. Shortly thereafter, Taylor said that “we’re thinking about kind of putting another album out maybe next year.” Then, in December, drummer Jay Weinberg told an interviewer that he “can’t talk about” new music, which at least kinda suggests there’s new music about which to talk.
Which brings us up to today: in a new chat with Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS, when asked what Slipknot are working on at the moment, Taylor was quick to begin with “I can’t say too much about it” before providing a glimpse into what’s going on anyway, albeit while beating around the bush a bit.
Describing the project as “conceptual” and a continuance on what the band did with We Are Not Your Kind in 2019, the language Corey uses — mostly future tense — makes it sound as if it is very much still in the works, at this point largely in the idea phase. His language is also general enough that it’s possible whatever Slipknot are working on is not only musical, but multimedia, such as a film, a video game, or what have you.
“I can’t say too much about it, and I can tell you that currently, we’ve compiled a lot of material, me and Clown have talked about something really, really cool if we could pull it off.
“There’s a chance that it could be conceptual if we can really do it right. The music is brilliant, it expands on what we did with ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ and kind of blossoms from there.
“But the great thing is – it’s got not only that, but it’s got everything that you would want from a Slipknot project – there’s the heavy stuff, there’s the dark stuff, there’s the melodic stuff, there’s the weird stuff.
“We have so many different flavors that we can play with that now, at this point, it’s just us mixing and matching and seeing what excites us.
“So that’s all I can say for right now but I can tell you that it’s really, really good. We’re entering a realm that we’ve never been and that to us is exciting.
“Especially after all of these years, we pride ourselves on always being able to try and top ourselves, and if we can pull this off, this may be the ultimate top ourselves.”
Like I said, vague yet enlightening. Lots to chew on there! It’s almost as if Corey has been doing this for over two decades and knows exactly how to manipulate us.
Meanwhile, Taylor released an acoustic video for his solo track “Samantha’s Gone” earlier today.
We’ll keep you posted.
[via Ultimate Guitar]