ARTISTdirect.com editor-in-chief Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
ARTISTdirect.com: Is “Antennas To Hell” like a photo album for SLIPKNOT?
Taylor: Yeah, I definitely think it’s a snapshot. This is our salute to the Paul [Gray, late SLIPKNOT bassist] years. That’s what I’m going to refer to it as. We made so many great songs with Paul. Even the songs Paul didn’t write he made better naturally. This is our way of showing a testament to Paul and what his legacy was as well as how many great songs came from those years. It’s going to be weird and interesting to see what happens in the future but , if nothing else happens, we had four great albums with Paul. This is our little salute to him.
ARTISTdirect.com: Do you feel like it’s a proper gateway for younger fans?
Taylor: Definitely! It’s not like we just give them our “radio hits,” which I can’t say without laughing. To be honest, it’s so weird we even have songs on the radio. It’s a great blend of the songs that were played on the radio and the songs we played live that people made hits. Without the fans, we wouldn’t have any of this. We certainly wouldn’t have any “hits.” It’s a combination of the live anthems people expect from us when they come to a show and the songs on the radio.
ARTISTdirect.com: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “All Hope Is Gone”?
Taylor: It was really a perfect storm of music coming in. Paul and Joey [Jordison, drums] had put together some really good stuff. Jim [Root] and Joey had actually put some stuff together. I brought a song in. There were actually some songs that came out of jamming together in the studio that made that album what it was. It was cool to come in every day and hear the potential coming out. All of this incredible potential was being realized, and it was cool to hear that. For me, it was a step towards the maturity of the band. We started doing that with “Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses”, but with “All Hope Is Gone” we found we could blend all of that ferocity with that different approach towards music. We could still have the heavy but branch out. If you want to talk about the Paul years, that was a great album to leave the people with in a way.
Read the entire interview from ARTISTdirect.com.