SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylorhas reiterated that he is still “on the fence” about recording a new album with the band.
The Iowa-based act has just completed a three-week European tour — its first since the death last year of bassist Paul Gray.
During a July 13 reading and acoustic performance at HMV Institute in Birmingham, England to promote his new book, “Seven Deadly Sins – Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good”, Taylor was asked how he felt about the future of SLIPKNOT. “I will say that I am completely open to doing some more touring, but there’s a lot of healing [that needs to happen first],” he said.
He added, “First of all, thank you very much for this last tour. That tour was one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do, and the amount of respect that you guys showed us, I will never fucking forget it, so thank you so much for it.
“As for the immediate future, we’ve already talked about maybe doing some touring and what-not. I’m still kind of on the fence about how I feel about making a new album right away. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be open to it maybe in a couple of years. I mean, it’s still fresh for me. And I know I’ve caught some shit in the press or from some people because I may come off as negative. I’m not being negative — I’m being real. I lost my brother and it doesn’t fucking compute to me yet making an album without him, and until I can kind of fucking wrap my head around that, then it will make sense and then we will make another album. So I’m feeling better about the future of SLIPKNOT. We’ll just have to wait and fucking see. I will do my very best.”
Video footage of Taylor‘s July 13 reading and acoustic performance at HMV Institute can be seen below.
Released in the U.S. on July 12 via De Capo Press, “Seven Deadly Sins – Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good” sees Taylor speaking directly to his fans and sharing his worldview about life as a sinner. While the 256-page hardcover book is Taylor‘s personal story, it’s also described as “a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either a ‘good’ person or a ‘bad’ one.”
Taylor told ExploreMusic in July 2010 that the book was about “how my interpretation of the seven deadly sins is basically they’re not sins at all. They are human characteristics that we all share . . . And it’s me making that point of you can live with these urges, you can live with these hungers and still be a good person.”
Renowned for his flamboyant and disturbing stage presence, Corey has lived it all. Starting in the early ’90s, Corey threw himself into the hard-drinking, hard-loving, live-for-the-moment life of a small-town Iowa hero — Corey “Fucking” Taylor! As his career went stratospheric, and he found himself rich, wanted and on the road, his behavior got more and more extreme. Everything you can think of, Corey‘s done it… girls, drugs, excess of every kind.
“Seven Deadly Sins” is Corey‘s story, told through the prism of the seven deadly sins. His years of excess eventually made him sit down and start to think about what it was to “sin” and whether “sinning” could — or should — be recast as a good rather than bad thing. Yes, Corey‘s hurt people, and done bad things, but if sin is what makes the man, then can it ever be wrong? This isn’t a straightforward memoir, this is Corey‘s no-holds-barred story told through his own unique philosophy, honed through years of the craziest and most hedonistic excess in rock.