As Slipknot continue to bask in the glory of their new record ‘We Are Not Your Kind’, as well as fans, Corey Taylor has been partacting in an impressive amount of interviews leading up to its release, and post. Considering they are in the middle of a heavy touring schedule, it’s great to see Corey taking the time to give fans tons of insights into the new album, and the bands history.

when there are so many forces trying to take people apart, I felt it was necessary to give people a reason to feel good about having things in common with each other
- Corey Taylor

In a new interview with, Taylor reveals Slipknot were never meant to come this far in the first place. Taylor said they wanted to “Sex Pistols it and say fuck it.”. Release one album “Ruin the world” and then vanish. Luckily, that is far from the story we know of Slipknot today.

“We talked about breaking the band up before the first album even came out.” says Taylor, “We were like, ‘We’re gonna do one and done. We’re gonna Sex Pistols it and say fuck it.’ Ruin the world. And then we gave in to selfishness and decided to keep going.”

“The crazy thing is that years ago I didn’t think this band could sustain itself because of how fucking gnarly it is, how dark it is, how much physicality goes into this music and this band and this live shit and the creativity, just how exhausting it is to max yourself out every time by trying to attain perfection”

Looking back on the last 20 years of Slipknot’s history, Corey Taylor is clearly surprised the band even made it this far, especially as Corey hints they never really intended to make a career out of this in the first place.

“On June 29, 1999, if you’d have told me that we’d be 20 years in, dropping a new album and bigger than we’ve ever been, I’d have fucking laughed at you.”

Corey also reinforced the how equality was important within the group - “We split merch equally. We split live equally. We do everything equally”.

“Even though we’re older now, our reasons for making music and continuing to do this are still the same. It’s one of those things that, if our reasoning for doing this had changed, the band probably wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did.”

Speaking about a fan favourite from WANYK, Nero Forte, Taylor says “I know the chorus from “Nero Forte” was something that I was stuck on. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it, and it was because of Clown’s melody that he had written on a keyboard that I actually found what eventually became the chorus there. Everything else was written and exactly what I wanted it to be, lyrically and attack-wise and energy-wise.”

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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