Corey Taylor Promises His New Slipknot Mask “Is Gonna F*cking Scare Kids…It’s So Gnarly, Dude!”

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When Slipknot revealed their new masks in the lead-up to 2019’s smash hit We Are Not Your Kind, many fans expressed some distaste for frontman Corey Taylor‘s new face covering. Given that it was designed by horror make-up legend Tom Savini, diehards expected something a little more horrific than the semi-translucent Phantom of the Paradise mask Corey ended up with. But now, Taylor has revealed that he has a new mask in the works — and it’s going to be super creepy.

“Sometimes we have a vision in our head,” says Taylor on Steve-O’s Wild Ride! podcast, as transcribed by Kerrang! “Clown is really good at it, because he’s an artist, so he’ll go somewhere gnarly and be like, ​Okay, I’ve got this image… and then we’ll have outside people create it.

“But then there’s some times where you’re just like, ​I don’t have a real vision, but I have an idea,” he continues, “and you talk through it with a visual arts guy or a visual effects guy, and they will create it for you. And then you’ll look at it and go, ​I like this, change this, blah blah blah. And you whittle it down until you get to something that’s really rad.

“My new mask is gonna fucking scare kids!” says Corey with no small amount of glee. “It’s so gnarly, dude. It’s really uncomfortable; it freaked my wife out. She won’t look at it – and she loves crazy shit like that. She’s just like, ​‘That’s really bothering me, you need to put that picture away!’”

Check out the full interview here:

Catch Corey, hopefully in his new mask, at one of Slipknot’s upcoming European tour dates:

July 16 – Moscow Park Live Festival, Russia
July 18 – Kiev Upark Festival, Ukraine
July 21 – Bucharest Romexpo, Romania
July 22 – Plovdiv Hills Of Rock, Bulgaria
Jul y24 – Athens Release Festival, Greece
July 28 – Graz Stadthalle, Austria
July 29 – Prague O2 Arena, Czech Republic
July 31 – Wacken Open Air, Germany
August 01 – Malmö Rock Slap Festival, Sweden
August 07 – Port Of Turku, Finland
August 13 – Gdansk Ergo Arena, Poland
August 15 – Geneva Arena, Switzerland
August 19 – Charleville-Mézières Cabaret Vert Festival, France


Words by Chris Krovatin