Corey Taylor has been speaking with Full Metal Jackie (via Blabbermouth) about the notoriously difficult recording process for Slipknot's second album, "Iowa." As Taylor notes, the recording process taught him that "there are limits to how far you can push yourself."
"You know, when you go that far off the reservation and you see that there is definitely an abyss that you can stare into, it makes you pull back a little bit and go, 'Whoa, hold on a second. I go any further, that's a permanent vacation.' So, for me - and I can't speak for the rest of the guys, but I know for me - it was definitely, probably the darkest time in my life that I was able to transition and turn into some insane and wonderful lyrics. But you can't spend a lot of time on that edge, or it gets to be something that's a little too enticing.
"So, for me, I guess I learned to visit that edge, but don't live on it. Because that's not life. When you're constantly walking that edge, you're just kind of just trying to figure out what side of the fence you're going to fall on. And I didn't want to be that, I wanted to get more out of my life than just seeing how far I could push the envelope. So the thing that I learned the most was be able to kind of tap into that darkness, but don't live in it, don't exist for it. There are better things in life that you have to live for."
Taylor also noted that it's important to take a step back from song writing if you are not "feeling it:"
"For me, the real lesson that I've learned is that if you're not feeling it, get away from it. So I only sit down and write lyrics when I feel that inspiration coming on. It may take a little longer, but it definitely feels better. So I've had to really teach myself that when you're not feeling it, you shouldn't write anything down, because you're going to end up coming back and re-writing it later. Whereas if you write when you're feeling something, when you're really in the streak, then that's when you're going to get your best stuff.
"So I've had to really make myself, give myself timeouts and get away from stuff, keep myself entertained. I either hang out with family or sit down and watch TV and kind of unplug for a little bit and then go back to it. I think that's the best way to be the most creative and to have the most poignant thoughts that you can get down on paper."