Corey Taylor on Slipknot’s ‘Antennas to Hell,’ Stone Sour’s Upcoming Album + More
While Slipknot are on the road headlining the Mayhem Festival, frontman Corey Taylor took some time out to talk to Loudwire Radio host Mike ‘Sandman’ Sanders. Taylor discussed Slipknot’s upcoming ‘Antennas to Hell’ compilation, Stone Sour‘s forthcoming two-part album and more. The show will air this weekend, but here’s a preview of Taylor’s appearance on the program:
It’s hard to peg you to any one single job description. You do so many things, such a renaissance man. You’re an author, obviously a frontman for two different bands. Have you thought about acting or anything like that yet?
You know what? I’ve been threatening to do that for a long time. I’ve done some auditioning and what-not and I actually was very close to getting a bit part on Californication a long time ago. Circumstances didn’t work. My schedule didn’t really lock up. It’s one of those things where, until I get a good chunk of time off somewhere, I’m not really going to be able to do anything like that. But the cool thing is me and Clown have our film production company, so even if I’m not acting in movies I’m going to try and start making them very soon.
Oh, I can’t wait to hear more about that. Any particular genre or just whatever seems like good art?
Whatever the project takes, basically. I mean, that’s what it comes down to is good art, you know. I’m a huge fan of movies, and Clown is too, and we come at it from such a different vibe. I’m very much the story guy and he’s, like, the art direction and the film making kind of side of things. So, between us we really cover all the bases and what-not and that’s what’s going to be interesting. I’m sure everyone is going to expect us to just be very, very horror based. But even then it’ll be more in the vein of a psychological thriller or anything like that, which we’re huge fans of but we’re not going to limit ourselves to one genre. We’re going to really try and make the films that we want to see and hopefully everyone else does, too.
I know everybody’s anxious to hear ‘Antennas to Hell,’ which is just a huge collection of Slipknot material. It’s 2 CDs and one DVD that’s kind of a ‘best-of,’ right?
Well, I mean, we’re the kind of band that, you know, we cringe every time we hear ‘best of’ or ‘greatest hits’ or anything like that. To us, it’s really, it’s a compilation of the fan favorites basically, and in a way, I mean, for us it’s kind of our tribute, or celebration, of what we call ‘The Paul Years.’ That was one of the biggest reasons why we wanted to put it out, so people could have that. Especially people coming in new, it’s like “here you go” this is what [late Slipknot bassist] Paul [Gray] and the rest of us helped to build. And it was something that … once we figured out the right reason to do it it made all the sense in the world.
A lot of casual fans may not know that Stone Sour was actually your first band, then Slipknot. And Stone Sour is working on a double album right now …
We actually finished it about a week before I came out to start doing rehearsals [for the Mayhem] tour. It was insane. I mean, the good thing was we did it in Iowa; we did it in a really good studio in Iowa. Yeah, we wrapped principal recording for ‘House of Gold and Bones’ parts one and two right about the middle of June. Now it’s just in the final stages. It’s on the verge of being mixed and mastered and we’re getting all the artwork together. I wrote a story for it that will be in two halves that will be featured in the discs themselves. Part One will drop in October. Part Two will probably drop in May of next year. We’re really excited about it. It’s probably one of the biggest, best things I’ve ever been a part of.
Well, I can’t wait to get a chance to play some of it on the air, man.
The first single is looking like it’s going to come out mid-August. Maybe end of August? Basically we’re going to release the first two songs from the album and the cool thing is that they connect. So, if you put them together you really get a sense of how the album is going to begin and it’s going to be really cool.
Slipknot are currently rocking the Mayhem Festival tour, while ‘Antennas to Hell’ drops July 24. As noted by Corey Taylor, Stone Sour’s new album will be delivered in two parts, with the first disc dropping this fall. Tune in to Loudwire Radio this weekend to hear more from Taylor’s conversation with Sandman.