...and I agree! Read more of Corey's thoughts (and mine) on the current state of the music industry.

Recently Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) has come to the defense of those who illegally download music, he understands that no one wants to pay for "garbage" modern music. Over the past decade the music industry has gone from a gold mine to a ghost town and Taylor believes it has more to do with quality than internet piracy. In an interview with British magazine Kerrang!, Taylor said this on the subject:

“I have a completely different take on this from a lot of other people. A lot of people in the industry want to blame downloading for the state of (the music business), but I think that if most music wasn’t shit to begin with people wouldn’t be downloading this stuff for free. Seriously, who the fuck wants to risk hard-earned money on music that’s maybe 98 percent crap? I’m not going to. And I still buy new albums. People ask what my favorite new album is and nine times out of 10, I don’t fucking have one. Music is garbage.”

Over the past few years I have been called a "music snob" and a "hater" due to my lack of enthusiasm for what people try to pass off as rock these days. While those statements are partially true (I am pretty picky), it sounds like Corey Taylor and I have a lot in common. 2010 was a very mediocre year musically as far as I'm concerned. The industry is exhibiting many of the same symptoms as the film industry, and a lot of the problem is that both mediums have become an "industry" as oppose to just being forms of expression. More often than not the guy who emulates something that has already been successful (whether it be a song or a movie) will get the backing from a label /studio before others. There are very few artists who try to set themselves apart from the rest of the people in their genre. This is why there is a huge problem in both movies and music. Instead of taking a chance on something new and innovative, the powers that be are saying "well that worked for Nickelback" or "3D was awesome in Avatar". The people notice these things whether the industries think we do or not. I'm not saying that there isn't good stuff out there (for examples listen to Banana 101.5), just that those artists are losing the fight. I have been saying for years that music is due for the next big renaissance, let's hope it doesn't take too long.