Corey Taylor Speaks To Channeling His ‘Old Goth Days’ Into Slipknot’s New Song ‘Adderall’

Robert Smith: The Cure Facebook / Corey Taylor: Slipknot Facebook
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Tomorrow, it will have been one week since the new Slipknot album came out. For the most part, critics have been raving positively about The End, So Far; while it features elements of the Slipknot we have come to know and love throughout the years, the record also features the band taking on thrilling new sonic territory and expanding their craft.

Such growth comes in the form of new and exciting artistic expression that the band demonstrate on the album; and one of the new songs that stands as a testament to that expression is “Adderall.” For a track that opens a Slipknot album, “Adderall” is quite (ironically) jarring; ironically in the sense that it is not a sonic heavy hitter and abrasive in presentation (like what we might expect from the band).

It is a somber sounding track that flows with mood, embracing a very “goth-like” tone. But hey, that is not just our opinion, for Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor purposely aimed to fuel the track with a goth-like direction. During a recent Reddit AMA, Corey was asked about the influences that drove him and the band to create “Adderall.” This is what Corey Taylor had to say:

“Adderall definitely leans into my Cure/ Depeche Mode influences. When the guys sent me the music, I knew we had a chance to throw it back to some Vol. 3 vibes, so I leaned into my old goth days haha.”

Elsewhere in the Reddit AMA thread, Taylor is asked about a “main influence” for “Adderall,” to which he says “David Gahan” (who is the lead singer of Depeche Mode).

As hardcore fans of Depeche Mode and The Cure, we love to hear this from Corey. We have been constantly listening to the new Slipknot album since its release, and while we do enjoy several songs from the record, “Adderall” is honestly one of our favorites. What are your thoughts regarding the track?

In our review of The End, So Far, we said the following about “Adderall”: “[…] Take album opener ‘Adderall,’ within its opening seconds, there is an unsettling air blooming; an abstract discomfort that feels like it is creeping upon the listener. Then, to a jarring shock, Corey Taylor’s singing enters, and there comes a sense of calm. Much of The End, So Far features a similar duality of sorts; while Taylor is screaming his heart out throughout the album, there’s also a lot more singing taking place among eerie and chilling atmospheres.”