For Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, anger and personal struggles serve as powerful drives for his songwriting. Along with battling “physical depression” and “urges of addiction,” the vocalist also still emotionally wrestles with a past marriage of his he says was “very toxic.”
During a recent chat on the Zach Sang Show, while promoting his upcoming record CMF2, Taylor is asked about his songwriting and what drives his work. When asked about this, the frontman starts off by expressing some of his frustrations with society, as well as mentioning some of the personal struggles he deals with. Per Taylor, he shares (as transcribed by Metal Hammer):
“I’m still very angry, there’s still a lot of shit that pisses me off. I hate the fact that we live in a world where there are no facts, there are just fucking crazy people with websites and social media trying to make themselves sound smart by encouraging conspiracy theories because they’re tired of elitist pricks making them feel like shit because they don’t know enough. So with that alone I could write 12 concept albums.
“There’s always going to be things that inspire me. Real life is always going to throw shit at you. I’m also somebody who deals with depression – have since I was a kid. I deal with physical depression which is a whole other fucking level. I deal with the PTSD from the abuse that I dealt with when I was a kid. I deal with the urges of addiction, I deal with just normal shit.”
Going into more detail about some of his trauma, the Slipknot frontman brings up a past marriage of his that he says “ate a part of him” that he doesn’t know if he can get back. Regarding this past marriage, Corey Taylor says:
“I deal with the fact that for fucking eight years, I was married to the wrong woman and it sucked. It was a very toxic relationship and it ate a part of me that I don’t know if I’ll ever get back.”
When asked if he regrets that relationship, the Slipknot frontman replies by saying:
“I can’t regret it because we have a daughter together and I think at this point we both realised that it was a big mistake. It ended very ugly, but we both love our daughter and because of that we’re able to communicate and we try to keep a lot of that away from her. It’s changed the way I look at life, because one wrong decision and then you wake up one day and you’re like, I don’t know who the fuck I am. And it’s bad man, it will twist you out to the point where when you get away from it you are now this psychotic ball of emotion that is just trying to figure out what gives you joy.”