SLIPKNOT’s COREY TAYLOR: ‘There’s A Reason We’re At The Top, And It’s Because We Hit On All Cylinders’

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SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor was recently interviews by The Ringer‘s Rob Harvilla.

When asked if he thinks that SLIPKNOT is better understood now versus when it started, Corey replied: “Understood? I will say, I feel like we’re more appreciated.”

“Just from the fact that all of these artists are coming out of the woodwork and kind of citing us as influences now. And I’m talking about everybody from f*cking Ed Sheeran to City Morgue. Just f*cking nuts. When you’ve got people like Rihanna saying that we’re their f*cking favorite heavy metal band, and then Brian May saying in interviews that he listens to us because he loves to see where our time changes and the arrangements are gonna go, I mean, that will f*ck with you.

“I love the fact that we are finally being appreciated and seen, and that other artists are able to explain to people what we’ve been trying to do.

“Because for the longest time, people looked at us like, \They’re just a band in masks—the only reason you’re popular is because you’re in masks.\ Well, no. There’s a little more to it than that. There’s a ton of f*cking bands that wear masks.

“There’s a reason we’re at the top. And it’s because we hit on all cylinders. And it’s cool to feel that appreciation coming out now from all types of genres. And it’s not just heavy bands, it’s not just hip-hop. All these different artists are coming out and really kind of showing the world just how different we were.

He continued: And to me, I’m grateful for that, because it took a long time for us. There were times when we doubted our own abilities because of it. It was just like, “Well, what the f*ck? What are we doing?” At the same time, we still had such belief in it, and we still enjoyed it so much, that we knew that the day would come when the tables turned. It feels like that wave is kind of coming our way.

Corey was also asked if he still lives in Iowa, to which he replied: “I still have a house there, yeah. I don’t know for how much longer, though. My grandmother just passed away not too long ago. She was the most important member of my family to me.

“My kids are getting older—my son’s going to be 18 in a couple years and will probably move away. I spend the majority of my time in Las Vegas. I still have a house in Iowa, so I bounce back and forth, and I still have really good friends there. I still have a presence there.

“Probably my heart will always be there. But it’s one of those things where it’s like, I appreciate it for what it is. But once those things that I appreciate are not there anymore, then it’ll be time to find a new home.

SLIPKNOT released 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.