Corey Taylor, the frontman for Slipknot and Stone Sour, has been pretty busy whilst he’s been over in the UK for the past week or so. Not only was he touring with Stone Sour as part of their run promoting last year’s full-length ‘Hydrograd’, but he also made an appearance and picked up an award at last night’s Kerrang! Awards in London.
Ahead of his appearance at the ceremony, Taylor sat down with Kerrang! to discuss his career thus far – both inside and outside of music.
At one point during the chat, Taylor is asked about progress on Slipknot‘s sixth full-length album and follow-up to 2014’s ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’, something which has been discussed sporadically recently.
The frontman delivered an official update on its progress, stating that they’ll be hitting the studio at the beginning of 2019, and that what they’ve written will be “‘Iowa’ levels of heavy”. The band’s sophomore album, ‘Iowa’, was released back in 2001, hitting the #1 spot on the UK Album Charts and claiming Platinum status.
You can read the full excerpt from the interview where he discusses the band’s new album below.
“I have fantastic news. I mean, some of you know, but I’ll just make it official. We are working on a new album right now. It’s only in the demo stages right now, however, we have very, very serious, and I will say tentative because the best way to make God laugh is to announce your plans out loud. However, we have very serious tentative plans to go into the studio at the beginning of next year and get this fucker going.
We have sixteen songs written right now, and they are fucking dangerous. I mean I loved ‘.5 [The Gray Chapter]’, but this album, to me, makes ‘.5’ look like nobody’s business. This is ‘Iowa’ levels of heavy, and I have to go out and tour this shit at my age. I can feel those songs in my back!
I am really, really excited about it. I talk to the guys in Slipknot all the time. I talk to Clown like either every day or every other day. I’ve been talking to Jim, V-man, Jay, Mick, Craig, Chris, Sid. We’re all really, really, really excited about this stuff, and it’s coming together really fucking well.
So be prepared for 2019, which weirdly is the 20th anniversary of our first album. Shit’s about to get fucking real again! So, take that as you will.”
You can also watch the full interview with Kerrang! below – skip to the 24:18 mark if you want to hear what he says about the forthcoming Slipknot record.
More details regarding the band’s forthcoming album are expected to be announced in early 2019.