For some time now, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has been hinting at the appearance of his new mask. Now, the singer has finally revealed his latest face — and true to his claims, it’s pretty fucking horrific!
As reported by MetalSucks, Taylor began teasing his latest facial deformity in an April interview, saying, “Sometimes we have a vision in our head – 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,’ 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! 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!’”
The new mask is truly unsettling. The obvious inspiration for it, in our minds, is David Cronenberg’s mask as the character of Dr. Decker in the 1990 Clive Barker film Nightbreed. The mask has a similar giant-doll kind of vibe, with the eye rings added a certain Frankensteinian quality. It’s certainly a noted departure from his weird Phantom of the Paradise mask used during the We Are Not Your Kind cycle, and a return to form for the horror-obsessed singer.
Check out the pictures of Corey’s mask below, courtesy of MetalSucks:
There you have it, folks. A terrifying new era of Slipknot has begun, and we’re front and center to watch it unfold. Make popcorn.
Words by Chris Krovatin