Corey Taylor has called the next Slipknot album "one of the darkest chapters in Slipknot's history — it's that good." And, while we know the band is in the recording studio right now, maybe we didn't realize just how intense these sessions would get?
Drummer Jay Weinberg shared a photo from the studio of a bloodied-up snare drum with the caption "In case you’re wondering what kind of album we’re making."
It should be noted that drum tracking is typically the first step in the recording process, although with Slipknot already releasing a fully-completed song, they might be recording in chunks as opposed to the traditional method of laying down all the drums, then the guitar and bass and then vocals for the entire album.
Last week, Corey Taylor spoke with Music Week about the lyrical inspirations for the new album.
"I can't go into it too much because it deals with a lot of my personal life, but the last few years have been really tough for me," he said. "With the exception of my kids and my bands, it's been a dark time for me. I didn't relapse or anything, but it was just the depression that I was dealing with and the anger that I was dealing with that was consuming me. I had to get myself out of that situation, and now the lyrics I'm writing for the SLIPKNOT album are all about that period of time, basically the last five years of my life just trying to get my head around everything, and moving towards the happiness I remember.”
A pissed off Taylor usually leads to the best type of Slipknot lyrics. Asked if he had any set ways of writing his lyrics, Taylor responded:
"My mind is so fucking all over the place, it's not even funny half the time. For me, the quest has always been the perfect lyric, that perfect turn of phrase, that perfect set of stanzas to sit there and read over and over and be so delighted and tickled that you wrote them and so proud. You know, I've come close a handful of times, but I don't think I've written the perfect thing yet, but that's why I keep going for it, I keep chasing that. That's one of the reasons why I also try to write in so many different genres. I never pigeonhole myself into just rock and metal. I've branched out, I've done stuff here and there with other bands and genres, to put my ego in the backseat and sing other people's lyrics and try to find meaning for myself in those lyrics."
There's a reason the new Slipknot album is among our most anticipated for 2019.