Corey Taylor on Slipknot’s New Record: “It’s Feeling Pretty Rad, Man”

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Last week saw masked midwestern metallers Slipknot reveal that they’re officially in the studio recording a follow-up to 2019’s We Are Not Your Kind, and will be hosting their infamous festival Knotfest in their home state of Iowa later this year. Now, frontman Corey Taylor has spoken about the band’s new music — and if he’s to be believed, the new record will be a challenge even for them.

“It was something that we just kind of started kicking around, obviously, in quarantine,” Taylor told Andy Hall of Des Moines, Iowa’s Lazer 103.3, via Blabbermouth. “Clown hit me up: he was, like, ‘Hey, we’re gonna start working on some music. Are you down?’ I was, like, ‘Absolutely. Start sending me some stuff, and we’ll start figuring it out’.

“So they started putting together some rad music, man, really cool stuff that made me start thinking outside my own box and challenging myself,” Taylor continued. “And it was cool, ’cause I got excited again about exploring some different stuff and not just being so driven in my own thing but thinking outside, trying to tell other people’s stories again. And that’s kind of where I’m going with this new Slipknot album – trying to tell other people’s stories and not just my own. And it’s feeling pretty rad, man. I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Check out the full interview here:

Knofest Iowa 2021 will take place at the National Balloon Classic Field in Indianola, IA, on Saturday, September 25th. Slipknot themselves will obviously be headlining the show, while the line-up will be rounded out by Faith No More, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, $uicide Boy$, Gojira, Trivium, Tech N9ne, FEVER 333, Knocked Loose, Turnstile, Gatecreeper and Vended. Tickets will be available at 10am Central on June 4th, over at the festival’s site. Check out the poster for the festival below:

Meanwhile, if you can’t make it to Knotfest Iowa 2021 but can make it to Bulgaria, catch Slipknot live at one of their upcoming European 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