Slipknot wants to bring a taste of 'evil' new music to upcoming album
“This place is my life,” Slipknot co-founder and percussionist Shawn Crahan, or Clown as he is known on stage, said as he announced that the band will be playing at the fair for the first time next summer. The Des Moines Register
What’s the one word Corey Taylor uses to describe new Slipknot music?
“(It’s) gonna be evil,” he said.
That’s coming from the 45-year-old front man who helped mold modern metal by shouting to the masses that “I push my fingers into my eyes” and “If you’re 5-5-5 then I’m 6-6-6.”
“It’s going to be ridiculous,” said Taylor, a Des Moines, Iowa, native. “Let’s put it that way.”
Escaping a stormy Iowa winter, the destructive Des Moines nonet started 2019 in a Southern California recording studio – enlisting ".5: The Gray Chapter" producer Greg Fidelman to track an unnamed sixth studio album that could be released as early as this summer.
Slipknot offered a taste of its impending brutality on “All Out Life,” a single released last Halloween. Nearly six minutes in length, the track melds thrash guitar with hot-blooded percussion and a melodic intensity synonymous with Slipknot.
Still, Taylor said "All Out Life" isn't “nearly as dark and vicious as the rest of the stuff that we have that we’re working on.”
In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Taylor discussed the new single and album. Read highlights from the conversation below.
The first taste of new Slipknot music released in four years, “All Out Life” features a rare on-the-nose proclamation from Taylor to listeners: “Old does not mean dead/New does not mean best … We are not your kind/I challenge you to all out life.”
It’s a socio-political message, Taylor said. The song challenges listeners – often drowned by an in-the-moment media cycle – not to forget the the past when chasing what’s in the present.
“We are not your kind” offers a rallying cry; Taylor penned it in-part because he didn’t see others using music as a force to “take a hard look at what you believe.” The track's been streamed 27 million times on YouTube and 17 million times on Spotify.
“… people are way too pissed about the wrong things and not pissed enough about the right things,” Taylor said. “(The song sets) the tone for getting people to stand up and go, 'We’re not gonna allow this. We’re not gonna allow people to run us down for religious beliefs, for the color we are, for what we stand for. For who we chose to love.’ All of these things. There’s nobody doing it, man. Everybody’s too worried about their pockets. Everybody's too worried about their paychecks.
“That was me, basically, drawing a line in the sand and going ‘Guess what? You don’t get to do this anymore.’”
Don’t expect the whole of Slipknot’s sixth album to be a political outcry, though. Taylor plans to take listeners on a mostly introspective pilgrimage, outlining a battle with depression that led to a divorce and forced him to “figure out who I was.”
A recovering drug and alcohol addict, Taylor said he stayed sober during his two-year downturn. The journey influenced a cathartic writing process.
“All I was doing was giving and I found myself absolutely, completely tapped,” he said. “You could see it in my skin. You could see it in my eyes. That’s basically the journey I’m going to take people on this album … show them what happens to depression when you have no chemicals to fall back on.
“It’s a pretty dark ride.”