Slipknot vocalist and solo artist Corey Taylor is simply not a fan of young, modern rock bands that lack an identity. Taylor said in an interview with Cutter's Rockcast that he's really annoyed by young bands that straight up jack their sound from older bands. Which in a way I totally get, but at the same time maybe that's just their way of finding their sound?
"I look at some of these bands that sound like this or sound like that or sound like the other guy, and it's just, like, well, they obviously listened to two albums that have been out for a minute. But the ones that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that's been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new — even though it's completely derivative.
"You know the band they're ripping off — they're not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they're ripping off one band. But the younger generation picks them up and says, 'This is our blah blah blah,' because they're tired of old people telling them that the music that came before them was better. And I don't know who's right, but I know both are wrong, because we should be encouraging everything."
Taylor went on to acknowledge he's just a big ol' grumpy grandpa, and added "I hate all new rock for the most part. I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock — and I think he knows who he is," most likely referring to Machine Gun Kelly, who started his career doing pop-rap and has recently released a pop-punk type album.
"I'm just as bad. I'm the worst old fogey dude shaking his cane ever. And I hate everything. I hate all new rock for the most part. I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock — and I think he knows who he is. But that's another story.
"I'm the worst. And I hate everything. And people are used to that with me, though. But I have also encouraged the younger generation to think past the boundaries of what we listen to. Do something that feels fresh; it may not have to sound fresh, but it's gotta feel fresh. If it's dead, then people are gonna treat it as dead, man."
Given this information, I guess the coming Slipknot record probably won't be too inspired by classic rock?