In a new interview with Uproxx, Corey Taylor said that “it’s been fascinating” to see the reactions to his new SLIPKNOT mask.
Corey worked on his new mask with special effects legend Tom Savini, whose extensive career in the film industry and especially the horror genre dates back to the late 1970s, including in such films as “Friday The 13th,” “Dawn Of The Dead”, “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn” and many others.
Taylor said: “[Tom and I] sat down together to make something that is disturbing. And it’s been fascinating to watch the reactions from people, especially how divisive it is. Honestly, I love it. To me, the worst thing that could happen is if people were dismissive about it, like ‘whatever.’ People have a very strong opinion either way about how that mask looks and whatnot.
“To me, that was the best thing about it. It’s supposed to cause a discussion. It’s supposed to make you make a decision, and that’s what I described to Tom, like I want[ed] this to look like something that was made for me, not for anybody else. It’s a very personal thing, and it’s to represent a host of different things. And the fact that it pisses so many people off is icing on the cake.”
In a recent interview with Kerrang!, Taylor explained his new mask was made to “f*ck with people.”
“My vision was about trying to create something uncomfortable – not only for me to wear, but for people to look at,” said Corey. “I wanted it to feel like it was something that was created in someone’s basement – something that was made specifically to f*ck with people.
“It’s the representation of public opinion turning on a dime – they want to tear people down for the way they live, even if they don’t really know them. It’s been liberating to embrace that side and be like, ‘F*ck you. I really don’t give a sh*t what you think about me, so here’s this!’”
SLIPKNOT will release their sixth studio album, We Are Not Your Kind, on August 9 via Roadrunner Records. Album was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” and helmed 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter.”
In March, SLIPKNOT announced the departure with the percussionist Chris Fehn after he filed a lawsuit against his band members over unpaid loyalties.
In his lawsuit, Fehn claims to have always been told that the money from merchandise and touring is funneled through one sole company that splits profits and pays the members of the band. However, Fehn claims he recently discovered that his bandmates have set up several other SLIPKNOT-affiliated business entities in different states that appear to be collecting money from the band.
SLIPKNOT have refused to reveal the identity of the new member, who is replacing Fehn, but some fans on Slipknot Reddit had speculated that Zach Hill is the new percussionist, and said they saw him at Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Band has recently unveiled details of their very own craft spirit, No. 9 Iowa Whiskey, which will be available this summer at select retailers in all 50 states and at the band’s headline Knotfest Roadshow North America tour. A collaboration with the Iowa-based Cedar Ridge Distillery, No. 9 Iowa Whiskey (90 proof) and No. 9 Reserve Iowa Whiskey (99 proof) are made with corn from the award-winning distillery’s family farm in Winthrop, Iowa.