Slipknot in May 2019, photographed exclusively for Kerrang! by Paul Harries
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Corey Taylor On The New Slipknot Album: It’s Some Of The Darkest Writing I’ve Done In Years…”

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor takes us inside his lyrics on new album We Are Not Your Kind.

It’s been just under a week since Slipknot returned with their explosive new single Unsainted, if you’ve been listening to it just as much as we have, you’ll have noticed the lyrics are extremely dark.

This is a theme that carries throughout the entirety of upcoming new album We Are Not Your Kind, frontman Corey Taylor tells Kerrang! in our brand-new cover feature with the band. 

It’s very dark,” he nods. It’s some of the darkest writing I’ve done in years. In the Slipknot index, this album would sit somewhere between [2001 second album] Iowa and [2004 third album] Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). Lyrically, it has the force of Iowa, but musically it has the heaviness but the experimentation as well. It was very important for us to go somewhere crazy and make something insane.”

It doesn’t mean that the vocalist will have to revisit these painful thoughts when it comes to play these songs live this year, though. 

I was able to let that pain go,” Corey explains. It means that I can kind of enjoy everything for what it is now. It’s night and day from where I was two and a half years ago, so now I can listen to the music and go, Jesus Christ!’ But, at the same time, it helps to know where I was. It’s one thing to record something heavy; it’s another to forget what inspired it. And, for me, that will never go away. My memory is long. I can tap into that, but that’s it.”

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Slipknot’s new album We Are Not Your Kind will be released on August 9 through Roadrunner Records – pre-order your copy now.

The band will headline this year’s Download Festival in the UK on June 15get your tickets now. They then take the Knotfest Roadshow tour (with Behemoth, Volbeat and Gojira) across North America throughout the summer, before hitting Australia with the mighty Metallica.

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Posted on May 22nd 2019, 11:03a.m.
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