During a recent conversation with Eddie Trunk of Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor discussed the meaning behind the album title, THE END, SO FAR. In talking about this album title, Taylor shares that “Nothing sells albums like drama,” and mentions how people have been talking about the end of Slipknot for a very long time.
Taylor talks about how the band has changed over the course of their history, and how each following album of theirs reflects those changes. Below, you can find everything that Corey Taylor has to say about the band’s growth, and that of the meaning behind THE END, SO FAR. The following quotes have been transcribed by Blabbermouth.
“People have been talking about the end of Slipknot since 2003, so it doesn’t really matter. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve had to straighten fans out, I’d have a shit-ton of nickels, let’s put it that way.
“Nothing sells albums like drama, let’s put it that way, and even drama that doesn’t even come from us; it just comes from the fans. But at the same time, I kind of started saying onstage… explaining what the title is. It’s the fact that it’s… It’s the end so far, which just means it’s the end of one era and the start of the next.
“If you look at all of our favorite bands — [Iron] Maiden, Metallica, [Black] Sabbath; you can even talk about Judas Priest; all these bands that we grew up on, loving; and our friends in Anthrax as well — every one of those bands has had different eras in their career; it’s never been a straight line. There’s no through line except for the members. And every era comes to a natural end and then it’s the next one. So that’s what the title reflects.”
Eddie Trunk then asks Corey if he feels if each of Slipknot’s eras involves some kind of changing of members. This is what Corey says in response:
“I do, but at the same time, you can still have the end of one era and the beginning of another with the same bandmembers. So, to me, it can be a reflection of the fact that you have different members or you’re just moving in a different direction. For me, it’s more about just letting the fans know that we will be back and to remind them that you just never know what you’re gonna get with us.
“I mean, every album has always felt different; it’s always sounded different. And to me, I feel like this era is more about us dealing with the grief that we’ve had to deal with and now kind of getting to the point where we can now move on comfortably into the future, and it’s not about that. It’s a part of our history now; it’s not our narrative. And now we can kind of move on and kind of see what the future holds for Slipknot, musically where we can go now. Because of the way we’ve done things, we’ve set it up so we can go in any direction we want, and as long as it comes from the heart, it doesn’t matter. So that’s kind of the era, I think, that’s being set up now. The next era will definitely be more of like a ‘gloves off, let’s just see what happens and go for it.'”
We are just a few weeks away from the release of THE END, SO FAR. At the time of this writing, the band have released three singles off the record – what are your feelings regarding these three songs?