Mary McCool conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor backstage at the band’s January 18 concert at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked what he hopes SLIPKNOT fans will take away from listening to the band’s latest album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, which came out in October 2014, Taylor said: “The one thing that I hope that the fans take away from this is hearing the honesty in not only the lyrics, but the music and just the overall message. Because this really is the diary of a band who’s kind of still amongst the grieving process. But it’s us not holding anything back, ‘cause people tend to romanticize grieving. But there’s so many human emotions to go through — you’re angry, you’re selfish, you’re pessimistic, depressed… I mean, it’s just everything. And that’s what this is — basically, it’s a raw nerve exposed to the world. I think it’s probably one of our most honest albums. And I hope that people can listen to this and realize that if they’re in a situation like this, it’s okay to feel these human emotions.”
“.5: The Gray Chapter” was released following a six-year hiatus during which SLIPKNOT’s original bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed. Since the CD’s release, several of the SLIPKNOT band members, including guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomson, have expressed hope that the group could record the follow-up effort sooner than expected, with Root claiming in interviews to have already begun compiling ideas for SLIPKNOT’s next release.
The latest single released from “The Gray Chapter” is called “Killpop”.
SLIPKNOT’s “Summer’s Last Stand” tour kicked off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and wrapped on September 5 in Dallas.