Corey Taylor: 'In The 10 Years I've Been In Slipknot, I've Written Four Riffs'

Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor talks new Sour record, departuring from the identity with Slipknot, fans and more.

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Mandy Feingold of FMQB recently conducted an interview with Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. An excerpt from the chat follows, according to Blabbermouth.net:

FMQB: This new Stone Sour record is even more of a departure from your identity with Slipknot than the first record. Is it important for you to keep those two musical identities separate?

Corey: It is, but it isn't. The reason the album sounds the way it does is because it's actually closer to old-school Stone Sour than it is anything else. I think when we did the first Stone Sour album we were just throwing everything together to see what would happen. With this album, we knew we had an audience, and we knew people had really dug the stuff that we put on the first album. So we were like, 'Let's get back to basics. Let's get back to the thought process of, if we write something and we dig it, no matter how diverse it is, we'll put it out.' That's how the album came together, and that's really what this band is about.

What do you get out of doing Stone Sour that you don't get from Slipknot?

Everything else, let's put it that way. Slipknot is still very grounded in the metal genre. It's very dark. And that's one side of my personality and one side of the things I like to do. Stone Sour kind of allows me to do everything else, and that's what's so great about it. I know it's definitely why we put it back together, and I think it's why we have such a blast doing it.

Do you think the bands have two different fan bases?

I do. I think there are actually three different groups of people. There are people that love Slipknot and don't really care about Stone Sour. There are people in the middle that like both. And then there are people who really dig Stone Sour and really don't care about Slipknot. So I've got the best of everything right now. I'm actually in a really good spot. We've got a lot of fans that have made a decision, and that's the thing you want at the end of the day. You want people to either love it or hate it, but not to dismiss it.

When you write a song, how do you know if it's for Stone Sour or Slipknot?

When I write the music it's pretty much a guaranteed Stone Sour song, because that's more the style that I write in. With Slipknot, everybody in the band is so good technically in that genre that I just kind of sit back and go, 'You know what, I'll handle the lyrics, it's all good.' I think in the 10 years I've been in Slipknot, I've written four riffs. But with Stone Sour, it's much more of a hard rock deal. Even the heavier stuff ? it's more fluid. That's where my musical style fits in. So when I write something with a guitar, I pretty much know it's a Stone Sour song right out of the gate. Lyrically, it's a little different. I tend to let the music dictate where I'm going lyrically, so if a song is not my music, then it can go either way. When Paul [Gray] and Joey [Jordison] bring me stuff, obviously it's going to be a Slipknot song. When Jim [Root] and Josh [Rand] bring me something, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a Stone Sour thing. But when I'm just sitting around writing lyrics that I really don't have anything for, you never know. I may hear something that Paul and Joey have written, and I go, 'You know what, I wrote something about a year ago that could fit with that.' So it's really a crapshoot.

Read more at this location. Also, you can stream stone sour's "Come What(ever)" album in its entirety over at AOL.com. The album is released today (August 1) through Roadrunner Records.

37 comments sorted by best / new / date

    minimanson
    the new album is amazing. i hope corey spends longer on stone sour than slipknot this time round!
    MindDecay
    I've seen both Slipknot and Stone Sour but I have to say Stone Sour is better to a point. It seems as though Corey puts more effort into his vocals then what he does with Slipknot. Just listen to 9.0 Live and you'll see what I mean. Now, If he put that effort into what he does with Stone Sour, Slipknot would be kick ass! Just my opinion, but keep up the good work guys
    m0_rootfreak
    Ok both bands are amazing and it's amazing how he could just let out both his dark and softer side in 2 bands!! Do u guys agree that corey should take at least a year break after starting anything with slipknot?? just for his voice i mean his screams now sound so different and it sux!!
    rustic_metal
    firebridge wrote: i really prefer stone sour to slipknot but thats just my opinion
    seconded
    wes_borland
    rustic_metal wrote: firebridge wrote: i really prefer stone sour to slipknot but thats just my opinion seconded
    thirded lol
    bonoisawanker
    Scotty69 wrote: Green day!!!!!
    haha wtf
    wes_borland wrote: rustic_metal wrote: firebridge wrote: i really prefer stone sour to slipknot but thats just my opinion seconded thirded lol
    fourthed
    Spit it out
    both are good bands, but your forgetting one thing, without slipknot stone sour would probably be nothing so corey owes alot to slipknot and should continue with them (when hes ready of course) but i would dislike it very very very much if he quit slipknot for stone sour, bad mistake
    wadeanes
    I'll second that. The blond hair look extremly gay. He look all ominous & evil before & now surfer dude. He still rocks, though.
    BG_blazin
    Slipknot was the band the got me started listening to metal...4 yrs ago i stood there in wall mart..holding a SLIPKNOT CD and a no doubt cd..so i got slipknot..and continued down the hard rock road..so i love slip way more than stone
    custom16
    like corey said, stonesour is more his style. like other people, slipknot was what i listened to when i first got into metal. but now, i listen to (and play) stonesour more than slipknot. slipknot is a great band because what they brought to the table was amazing. no one had seen it done that way. stonesour began before slipknot so that is where corey feels most at home in his writing, lyrically and instrumentally. its only opinion from there.
    Gibson_SG_uzr55
    I like Slipknot better, personally, but I do like Stone Sour a lot. Stone Sour reminds me of the generation-x era, they became famous b/c of what was before them, which was Slipknot. But both bands are terriific.
    bloodline666
    dude slipknot iz the best band ever but ya stone sour haz it goin with there song through glass but slipknot haz better songz like befor i forget and duality well dude wutz up wit that green day coment greenday doesn't even compare 2 these 2 bandz l8er l8er ricky
    WilDgitAr!st
    i really hope he stays with slipknot long enough for at least another album they both rock but i still think slipknot is the legend of all legends!!! and what's up with green day Scotty69?
    K(no)fate
    Corey, stay away from the guitar. Let Jim and Josh handle it. And whats with the pretty boy look. . . come on. . your from ****ing des moines not hollywood
    punkrockjoe
    Green day?what the hell, what im afraid of is that he will abandon slipknot coz he loves stone sour so much before i get to see em live. oh well stone sour are cool.
    calej1753
    ya i just saw stone sour on family values and they were awesome! i definitely like stone sour more than slipknot
    Cliff_Hetfield
    Stone Sour's WAY Better. He writes and makes sense better with Stone Sour. He should definetly stick with Stone.
    recliner33
    I think there are actually three different groups of people. There are people that love Slipknot and don't really care about Stone Sour. There are people in the middle that like both. And then there are people who really dig Stone Sour and really don't care about Slipknot.
    Actually there are four different groups of people. He forgot the group that hates both slipknot and stone sour.
    vincentgrey
    recliner33 wrote: I think there are actually three different groups of people. There are people that love Slipknot and don't really care about Stone Sour. There are people in the middle that like both. And then there are people who really dig Stone Sour and really don't care about Slipknot. Actually there are four different groups of people. He forgot the group that hates both slipknot and stone sour.
    "Do you think the bands have two different fan bases?" The interviewer asked about the his fanbases, not liking either band is not a fanbase...
    wadeanes
    Gimme a break people, if you hate both the bands, why are you reading the thread? Nobody gives a shit if you like it or not.
    wadeanes
    Gimmie a break people if you don't like the band why did you read the thread?