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COREY TAYLOR: ‘There Are Limits To How Far You Can Push Yourself’

Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) was interviewed on the February 7-9 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. An excerpt from the chat follows. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to Full Metal Jackie: Corey, some great songwriters say the creative process is an excruciating and difficult task. Others say they're just fortunate to be channeling some divine inspiration. Which is it for you? Corey: Well, it's nothing that cool [laughs], you know? I don't know. I think it comes down to what you wanna say. Because I'm kind of lucky in the fact that I can take something that's in my head and write it down, or I can listen to a piece of music that somebody else has written and try to tap into what the music's saying, and just kind of follow that, you know. I mean nine times out of 10, I'm just kind of following where the music takes me. So, I don't know… I think it comes down to what you want to say. I think it takes practice to really nail down the essence of what you're trying to say. I mean, I've been writing songs since I was 12 years old, so I've had a long time to really kind of cut my teeth and get to the point where, when I hear something, I instantly know what I want to say with it, or how I want to say it with it, and also try to make it different and make it fresh. So, I don't know if it's channeling the inner muse, or trying to be artistic just because it's art. As a writer, as a lyricist, you're just trying to make sure that you're not repeating yourself. And that's a danger for a lot of people. So, for me, I just try to keep taking corners and trying to find new paths. Full Metal Jackie: Corey, it's pretty well documented recording the second SLIPKNOT album, "Iowa", was tumultuous. The last several years have been transitional for the band. What did you learn while making that album that will make doing this next one a good process? Corey: Well, I definitely learned that there are limits to how far you can push yourself. You know, when you go that far off the reservation and you see that there is definitely an abyss that you can stare into, it makes you pull back a little bit and go, "Whoa, hold on a second. I go any further, that's a permanent vacation." So, for me — and I can't speak for the rest of the guys, but I know for me — it was definitely, probably the darkest time in my life that I was able to transition and turn into some insane and wonderful lyrics. But you can't spend a lot of time on that edge, or it gets to be something that's a little too enticing. So, for me, I guess I learned to visit that edge, but don't live on it. Because that's not life. When you're constantly walking that edge, you're just kind of just trying to figure out what side of the fence you're going to fall on. And I didn't want to be that, I wanted to get more out of my life than just seeing how far I could push the envelope. So the thing that I learned the most was be able to kind of tap into that darkness, but don't live in it, don't exist for it. There are better things in life that you have to live for. Full Metal Jackie: Corey, between SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR, performing with other artists, writing books, it seems like you're always busy. What do you do to decompress or is relaxation actually the process of working itself? Corey: The thing that I've learned is that you kind of have to strike when you're feeling it. A lot of people say "strike when the iron is hot," but you kind of have to wait for that to happen. For me, the real lesson that I've learned is that if you're not feeling it, get away from it. So I only sit down and write lyrics when I feel that inspiration coming on. It may take a little longer, but it definitely feels better. So I've had to really teach myself that when you're not feeling it, you shouldn't write anything down, because you're going to end up coming back and re-writing it later. Whereas if you write when you're feeling something, when you're really in the streak, then that's when you're going to get your best stuff. So I've had to really make myself, give myself timeouts and get away from stuff, keep myself entertained. I either hang out with famil

COREY TAYLOR Shoots Down ‘Myth’ That JOEY JORDISON Wrote All Music For SLIPKNOT

During a recent interview with Rock Revolt Magazine, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor was asked about the band's recent split with drummer Joey Jordison and how Joey's exit will change the group's sound on its next album. "Honestly, it depends on who we get [as Joey's replacement]," Taylor said (see video below). He continued: "It all comes to someone who can play the old stuff, but also brings a certain creativity to it. "In lieu of what we've done, we need to, kind of, focus on that, and make that the focus right now, instead of worrying about what's gonna happen later." Regarding whether SLIPKNOT has any candidates in mind as a possible replacement for Jordison, Taylor said: "A few people." He added: "As soon as we know [who is going to be the new SLIPKNOT drummer], the fans will know. And that's how we're keeping it. We're keeping everything really close to the chest right now. I mean, it's out of respect for Joe, and for us. And there's just a host of legal things that we still need to sort out. "It's hard — it's really hard — but the only other [option] was shutting the band down, and none of us wanted to do that. So we're gonna push on." Taylor also elaborated on how he thinks SLIPKNOT's musical approach might be affected by the absence of Jordison, who has been one of SLIPKNOT's primary songwriters since the group's inception. "I mean, obviously, it will [change] a little bit, but we all write," Taylor said. "I know there's this myth out there that Joey wrote everything, but that's not at all true. We all write, and we all bring something to the table. And between me and Jim [Root, guitar] and Mick [Thomson, guitar] and Clown [Shawn Crahan, percussion] and everybody [else], I think we're gonna be able to put something really, really cool together. The dynamic will change a little bit, but as far as our approach to the music and our intensity and how much we love doing what we do, that will remain unchanged, and we're gonna go for it just 110 percent." The new SLIPKNOT album will be its first since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" and the first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray . Root told The Pulse Of Radio late last year — before the news about Jordison broke — that he was feeling the urgency to make a new SLIPKNOT album. "You know, we haven't done a record since Paul's been gone and it's been pushing six years. And there's a lot of people in SLIPKNOT and a lot of fans and me myself kind of feel like it's time for that hurdle to be overcome. And for me, that's really like my number one priority and the most important thing for me right now." SLIPKNOT has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison's exit, although the drummer issued a statement recently saying that he did not quit the band. Taylor and Crahan have both indicated that 2014 will be a comeback year for the band.

SLIPKNOT’s COREY TAYLOR On Next Album: ‘There’s An Excitement We Haven’t Felt In A While’

As STONE SOUR brings its "House Of Gold And Bones" touring cycle to a close next month, singer Corey Taylor is turning his full attention to his other band, SLIPKNOT. With Jim Root, guitarist for both groups, back in Los Angeles writing and demoing material, Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio where things stand for the long-awaited record. "Me and Jim have been writing a lot of stuff, and it's really starting to kind of shape up really… I mean, we've got a nice chunk, and now we just kind of need to, you know, shape everything to that SLIPKNOT point of view, that SLIPKNOT way, that SLIPKNOT sound." He added: "There's an excitement that we haven't felt in a while." The new SLIPKNOT album will be its first since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" and the first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray and the recent dismissal of drummer Joey Jordison. Root told The Pulse Of Radio late last year — before the news about Jordison broke — that he was feeling the urgency to make a new SLIPKNOT album. "You know, we haven't done a record since Paul's been gone and it's been pushing six years. And there's a lot of people in SLIPKNOT and a lot of fans and me myself kind of feel like it's time for that hurdle to be overcome. And for me, that's really like my number one priority and the most important thing for me right now." SLIPKNOT has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison's exit, although the drummer issued a statement recently saying that he did not quit the band. A replacement has yet to be named. Taylor and SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan have both indicated that 2014 will be a comeback year for the band.

SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR Frontman COREY TAYLOR To Star In ‘Fear Clinic’ Film

Corey Taylor, vocalist and frontman for rock bands SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR, has joined the cast of the feature film "Fear Clinic" from Dry County Entertainment, founded by director Robert Green Hall (MTV's "Teen Wolf", "Laid To Rest", "Lightning Bug"), and Fear Chamber LLC. "Fear Clinic" began as a 2009 horror series for FearNet that consisted of five episodes starring up-and-coming talent like Lucas Till ("X-Men: First Class") and Kate Nauta ("Transporter 2") as well as horror icons Danielle Harris ("Halloween 4"), Lisa Wilcox ("A Nightmare On Elm Street 4") and Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees). The series and upcoming film stars Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare On Elm Street" franchise) as Dr. Andover, a fear doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside his exposure therapy invention; The Fear Chamber. The series, which focused on a different phobia every episode, received critical acclaim including two 2010 Streamy Awards ("Best Sound Design" and "Best Visual FX" for Hall's company Almost Human) and reached over five million hits on It has since been added to On Demand and mainstream channels YouTube and Hulu, making it the most-watched horror web series in history. The project has been in active development for a feature film, written by Robert Hall and Aaron Drane. The story has seen a shift from the series, however; instead of the episodic nature of the original show, the film will focus on a variety of phobias that all stem from one traumatic event. "Fear Clinic" will see Taylor in the role of Bauer, one of the employees of the clinic who struggles to keep things under control when all Hell breaks loose. Felisha Terrell ("Days of Our Lives"), who wowed viewers with her recurring role as Kali on MTV's "Teen Wolf", will reunite with director Robert Hall as she joins "Fear Clinic" to take on the role of Osborn, a therapist at the clinic and second-in-command to Dr. Andover (Robert Englund). Also attached to the project is Brandon Beemer ("Days of Our Lives", "The Bold And The Beautiful") as Dylan, a famous moto-cross rider who will stop at nothing to protect his girlfriend from the darkness plaguing their lives. These talents join previously announced "Fear Clinic" cast Robert Englund, Fiona Dourif, Thomas Dekker, Kevin Gage, Cleopatra Coleman and Angelina Armani. The film may be a more mature realization of the concept from the series, but at the heart of the story it focuses on the cerebral nature of fear itself and the manifestations it can take for different people. The film opens with a tragedy that launches five people into the public eye and enlists Dr. Andover to lend his expertise to help them overcome trauma-induced phobias. A year later, terrifying "aftershocks" rattle the survivors, leading to them finding their way back to the fear clinic seeking answers. As they line up for another turn in the chamber, Dr. Andover believes that something more sinister may be at work. "Fear Clinic" is currently filming for a Halloween 2014 release.

SLIPKNOT Is Working On ‘Very Heavy’ New Music, Says COREY TAYLOR

Eric Blair of "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" conducted an interview with SLIPKNOTand STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor at the Bass Player LIVE! Concert & Awards Show, which was held this past Saturday night (November 9) at the historic Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The concert honored heavy metal legend, BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler, and featured an all-star band of rock luminaries performing BLACK SABBATH songs as a tribute to Butler. The performance culminated with Geezer joining the band for the finale. Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for SLIPKNOT's next album, Corey said: "We're just getting demos together right now, and [we're] hoping to get into the studio in the summer next year. So very soon we're gonna start having stuff to get out to the people." Regarding how the new SLIPKNOT material is shaping up so far, Corey said: "It's very heavy. I mean, just based on the stuff that I've been demoing and the stuff that I've been working with [drummer] Joey [Jordison] on, it is, like… Honestly, it's like [2004's] 'Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)' meets [2001's] 'Iowa'. It's really dark, but there's some really good esoteric stuff to it, a lot of good melody without taking away from the heaviness. It's gonna be pretty rad." Taylor told ARTISTdirect in a recent interview about SLIPKNOT's forthcoming fifth studio album: "The stuff I'm writing right now is really dark. The stuff Clown [Shawn Crahan, percussionist] is coming with is beyond. It's going to be cool to get the alchemists in the same room and see what happens." Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that the band is not setting any deadlines on itself for making the new disc. "Right now the only plan is go into the studio and see what happens," he said. "After that, it's up to us. But I mean, hopefully that tides everybody over, you know, just the fact that we are going to go into the studio and start seeing what we can see. 'Cause I know I've got some music that I've been working on, Joey's got a bunch of stuff, Jim's [Root, guitarist] got some stuff, Clown's always got a lot of really interesting musical ideas, so it'll be really cool to kind of see what happens." The new SLIPKNOT album will be the band's first without bassist Paul Gray, another key member of the songwriting team who died of a drug overdose in May 2010. Joey Jordison's side band, SCAR THE MARTYR, recently released its self-titled debut CD. Taylor and Root have spent the last three years with STONE SOUR recording and touring behind three full studio records, 2010's "Audio Secrecy" and the double concept album"House Of Gold And Bones", which was released in two parts in 2012 and 2013. SLIPKNOT toured earlier this year and last summer.

COREY TAYLOR: ‘I’ll Never Lose The Anger, I’ll Never Lose That Fighting Hate’

Envision Radio Networks' "Hangar 19" recently welcomed another heavy metal legend into the Hangar, SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR lead vocalist Corey Taylor. In his two-part interview with host Cutter, Taylorspoke about his recent robbery, how he handles his anger and his new book. While in Europe on tour, Taylor had $36,000 worth of music gear stolen from him by a friend he left in charge while he was away. Taylor toldCutter that, although he and his wife have gotten about 98% of the stolen items back, he is still dealing with the situation. "There are a handful of things that are still missing," he said. "We are slowly but surely trying to get the stuff back. It sucks. You know, you think you trust somebody and then you turn around and they're sliding the knife out of your back." Faced with a betrayal of this proportion, Taylor said he has learned to channel his anger and become a more positive person. "15 years ago I was really much closer to the guy in SLIPKNOT than I am [to] the guy today, obviously," he explained. "I mean, I had a lot of anger issues, had a lot of deep-seated, like, crazy issues that, luckily, because of the things that I have been able to do with SLIPKNOT and some of the stuff I have been able to do with STONE SOUR and whatnot, I've been able to kind of let go of and channel into to more positive aspects of my life. Today I am a lot closer to just kind of being a family man."

COREY TAYLOR Says 98% Of His Stolen Musical Equipment Has Been Recovered

STONE SOUR and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor says that "98 percent" of the $36,000 worth of musical equipment that was stolen was his home has been recovered. According to The Pulse Of Radio, a police report filed with the West Des Moines, Iowa police department on Sunday (July 7) stated that the heist was committed by an apparent "friend" of Taylor and his wife while the couple was out of town. The Taylors discovered the theft after returning home from a monthlong European tour. Among the equipment that was stolen were two bass guitars from late SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray's signature line from Ibanez. Taylor and his wife told police that they believed the friend had stolen gear from their house and storage units.

COREY TAYLOR On SLIPKNOT: ‘It’s Starting To Feel Like It’s Time’

For a long time, SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor seemed the most hesitant to get back into the studio and make a new album following the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray. But with three years having passed since Gray's death, and with Taylor making three albums with STONE SOUR since then, the singer told The Pulse Of Radio that he thinks 2014 will finally be the year of the KNOT. "I know everybody is pretty keen on getting together and seeing what happens next year, so I mean, if it takes us a year to write an album, so be it," he said. "The main goal is to just get us in the room and just see what happens, you know. If we can get past that first day, I think it'll come together. Now that we're all kind of in better places in our lives and whatnot, it's making it a little easier to be excited about it again. It's just starting to feel like it's time." SLIPKNOT has performed live over the past two years but has not recorded a new album since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone".