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Corey Taylor says fans “don’t have to like [him]” to love new Slipknot

He’s going really dark with this one.

May 20, 2019
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Corey Taylor of Slipknot just discussed his new persona on the band’s upcoming album, and it turns out it’s based heavily in what people think of him.

The conversation went down for Heavy Metal Hill, where Taylor discussed public perception and the way the band’s music plays off the aesthetics.

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He first discussed the sound of the forthcoming album WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND.

“It is really dark, the music falls between Iowa and Vol. 3. It is experimental, but heavy as hell. It’s aggressive, but has tons of melodies. I think people are really going to dig it.,” he said.

He then went into the way people have been perceiving him in recent years.

“The crazy thing I have noticed over the last couple years, I have seen a shift in the way people look at me,” he said. “I thought having an opinion was something that was cool, and now I’m becoming a meme.”

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“I feel everyone is starting to turn on me, so I am using that to my advantage. I am like, ‘Alright you want a villain, I will give you a fucking villain,’” he continued. “That is kind of where I am in my life, not giving a shit. I am basically saying, ‘You don’t have to like me, but you are going to love me anyway.”

He also discussed the shift in the way the band prepares to tour the new record.

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“We are trying to find new territory we have never done before, not just set-wise but visually from a live standpoint,” he continues. “We are constantly trying to see what can be explored artistically. This is where Clown is the best in the business, his mind is like a beehive of art. He is constantly trying to find ways to out-do everyone, it is pretty inspiring.”

Recently, Slipknot gave  their first live performance in nearly three years. You can see a video of that below. 

Taylor also took to Twitter to give fans a little bit more information about the band’s forthcoming record WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND.

After thanking fans for their recent support, Taylor says the new record has influence from their previous works, such as Iowa. However, he also clarifies that WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND is an original piece in the band’s discography.

The record slated to be released Aug. 9 via Roadrunner Records. It’s available for preorder here.

Check out the album’s full track list below.

Track List:
  1. Insert Coin
  2. Unsainted
  3. Birth Of The Cruel
  4. Death Because Of Death
  5. Nero Forte
  6. Critical Darling
  7. Liar’s Funeral
  8. Red Flag
  9. What’s Next
  10. Spiders
  11. Orphan
  12. My Pain
  13. Not Long For This World
  14. Solway Firth

Additionally, you can listen to “Unsainted,” the first single, below.

Slipknot recently announced The Knotfest Roadshow North America tour, hitting the road this July with Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth. You can grab tickets here and check out dates below.


07/26 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/27 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
08/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
08/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
08/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
08/06 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
08/08 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
08/10 – Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fairgrounds*
08/11 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/12 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/14 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

08/16 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
08/17 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
08/18 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/20 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
08/21 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/23 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
08/24 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
08/25 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
08/27 – Mansfield, MA @ The Xfinity Center
08/28 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08/30 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/31 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

09/01 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
09/03 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
09/04 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/06 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
09/07 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
09/08 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
*Iowa State Fair – Slipknot and Gojira only

What do you think about Corey Taylor being a villain? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Alex Darus