COREY TAYLOR: ‘I’m Tired Of The Idiocy’ In This World

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In a new interview with Kerrang! magazine, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor discussed the band’s new song “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)” and lyrical inspiration for the track.

“To me, it just seems like it’s all the outrage and none of the punishment,” Corey said. “For the last few years it’s been very trendy to be offended and outraged by everything, and yet nothing happens — especially in my country, which is just f**king ridiculous. It’s almost like the tables have turned, and the more angry people get, the more the people who they’re mad at just double down on the sh*t. Instead of there being cause and effect, or crime and punishment, now it’s just like, ‘F*ck you. We don’t care.'”

“I can’t tell if that’s a reaction because of the almost nihilistic isolation of the cultures themselves, where neither side is acknowledging any of the good parts of each other — they’re just really honed in on the sh*t that they consider inflammatory,” he continued. “And it’s almost like people are ringing the doomsday bell. You’re sitting there going, ‘Well, it’s been fun. Everybody, pick up your trash when you’re leaving, and I’ll see you in Hell!’ That’s kind of what that song is. It’s just like, ‘If we don’t figure it out, I’ll see you when the meteor hits, basically.'”

When asked if he thinks it’s all very hopeless, Corey responded: “I think if I was younger, then I would believe in something like hope. I would have that kind of optimism [laughs], but I’ve seen waves of this sh*t for 30 years, and I’m just unimpressed. The sad thing is, it takes real tragedy to make anything change, because we’re not a proactive species. We would rather close the door after the house is already on fire. I’m just kind of used to it at this point.

“I still obviously support and believe in all the causes that I’m very passionate about, but at the same time, I just realized that people aren’t going to change — and I’m done trying to change people. It’s wasted effort, and it takes time away from the people that I actually care about. Until I see real sh*t, I’m just not going to care anymore. It’s like, ‘If you motherf**kers want to kill each other, go ahead. I’m just gonna stand back and will not be in the line of fire,’ because I’m tired of the idiocy. I can only watch stupid sh*t for f**king so long. So yeah, it’s me basically going, ‘Go ahead, just f**king beat the living sh*t out of each other and see what happens.'”

SLIPKNOT will release their new album, The End, So Far, on September 30 via Roadrunner Records.

The album is available to pre-order from Amazon at this location.