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Joey Jordison On The Next Slipknot Album: “Now that Paul’s gone, this will be the darkest record I’ve ever made”

Joey Jordison was on the cover of the July issue of Terrorizer magazine, in which you can find a great interview with #1 of Slipknot. Below you can read a few excerpts from the interview.

Terrorizer: Coming from Iowa, Scandinavian black metal must have seemed exotic.

Joey Jordison: “Yeah, it also spoke to me because Scandinavia is all nature, the same as where I’m from: very isolated and desolate. Slipknot has that evil spirit to it, which is the same as a lot of black metal bands.”

Terrorizer: For the next Slipknot album, you said you have “fucking piss and venom in my fucking veins”. What’s fuelling that?

Joey Jordison: “It’s not just about music any more. It’s about putting my heart on tape and showing people what I mean. Now that Paul’s gone, this will be the darkest record I’ve ever made. It’s not going to be pretty. And if it’s not coming out the way I want it, then I will kill this band.”

You can find out more about Joey Jordison‘s thoughts on the next Slipknot album, Slipknot lyrics, his mask, Paul Gray and much more interesting stuff in the July issue of Terrorizer magazine.

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Corey Taylor Interviewed by The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet recenltly recently conducted an interview with Corey Taylor. #8 of Slipknot talked about Paul Gray, the next Slipknot album, and “IOWA”. Below you can read an excerpt from the interview.

The Gauntlet: What about those difficult questions to answer? I imagine talking about Paul Gray changes the mood in the room a lot and you don’t want to bring people down.

Corey Taylor: It is a little…it is one thing to not answer it and another to maybe spin it in a more positive direction. You leave the audience feeling like you tried to do your best. You are right, this is a positive occasion and I want people to enjoy themselves and not be bummed. Maybe even let the audience see that I think about things like Paul in a positive way. Nobody wants to lose a best friend, a band member, a writing partner. Nobody wants to lose someone they shared the last fifteen years with. At the same time, people need to know he was my brother and band mate and not just a name on a website or a picture under an important period of time. He was amazing. I have to take moments like that and elevate past the emotion that the question was asked in.

Read the whole interview at The Gauntlet.

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Sid Wilson Recalls Hanging with Paul Gray, Talks About “IOWA”, and More!

Sid Wilson - SlipknotRick Florino from ArtistDirect recently conducted an interview with Sid Wilson (Slipknot, DJ Starscream, SID). #0 of Slipknot talks about the “IOWA” album, his favorite Paul Gray memory and more! Below you can read a few excerpts from the interview.

ArtistDirect: Do you have a favorite memory of hanging with Paul during the Iowa days?

Sid Wilson: It’s hard for me to pinpoint an exact time. It was always really cool hanging out with Paul. I knew him before I knew the other guys in the band. I’d hang out at different bars he worked the door at. He’d mention he had a band, and I’d be like, “Oh, that’s cool.” His buddy Frank really pulled me aside one day and said, “You’ve really got to check out Paul‘s band. These guys are good, and they’re looking for a DJ.” They were asking Frank if he wanted to do it and learn how to DJ. Anybody they talked to responded saying, “This guy Sid is right up the alley of what you’re looking for”. I just miss being able hang out with Paul outside of the machine that is Slipknot. That’s the part I remember the most, I guess—when we were kicking it. It was just the friendship.

Read the whole interview at ArtistDirect.

Sid Wilson Discusses the Past, Present and Future of Slipknot

Sid Wilson - SlipknotLoudWire recently conducted an interview with Sid Wilson (Slipknot, DJ Starscream, SID). #0 of Slipknot talks about Slipknot‘s “IOWA” album, Paul Gray and more! Below you can read a few excerpts from the interview.

LoudWire: Many bands celebrate their debut album, but Slipknot has chosen to honor their second release ‘Iowa’– that must say a lot about what the album means to you and how it’s impacted fans?

Sid Wilson: I think it’s just because it such a brutal album in terms of metal. Nowadays, a lot of hardcore metal fans listen to Slayer and Metallica, and nothing else. Iowa was a proving point for us. We weren’t just some new genre that you might want to tag us as, we are a metal band.

The song ‘Spit It Out’ on our first album was kind of a middle finger to the industry; ‘Iowa’ was kind of like a whole album of middle fingers. For the follow up album, the label and other people involved were pressuring us to do things more melodically but we were like “Don’t we get a say in this? You’re just going to tell us what you want us to do? Last time I checked we’re the artists, we’re the ones creating it, it’s coming out of our minds, not yours.” A lot of these people weren’t even in bands so where do they get off telling us how to create our art. It was kind of just like they were hoping we’d write something more mainstream and more radio friendly, but we were like ‘no.’

It also says a lot about the mentality of the people from Iowa. Iowa has a hard work ethic and people really go out of their way to do things themselves and build it from the ground up. The minute that you try to tell someone in Iowa how to do something that have pretty much already been doing their whole life, and are professional at, and someone outside of that specific thing, that wasn’t around for any of it, tries to tell you how to do it, you’re just kind of like “You don’t know what you’re talking about, when we do this, we do it right.” It says a lot about the Iowa work force.

LoudWire: Thinking back to the time when you guys were making that album, it’s often referred to as a dark time for the band.

Sid Wilson: I wouldn’t say that it was the darkest period, we’ve definitely had darker periods since then but I think it was the beginning of the darkness for the band. For the first album, we were all together 24 hours a day and on the second album we were very spread apart. We were all staying in separate apartments, we wouldn’t see each other until we got to the studio, and after the studio time everyone would go to different places and go out on the town and hang out with different groups of people…

Read the whole interview at LoudWire.

Sid Wilson Talks About Paul Gray, “Sid” And More!

Sid Wilson - SlipknotRick Florino from ArtistDirect recently conducted an interview with Sid Wilson (Slipknot, DJ Starscream, SID). #0 of Slipknot talks about his solo album, Paul Gray and more! Below you can read a few excerpts from the interview.

ArtistDirect: What’s the story behind “Flat Lace”?

Sid Wilson: I wrote that song for Paul about five years before he died. I recovered from a lot of bad usage when I was younger. I was able to leave all of that behind. I came from the perspectives of being a friend of his and someone in the band who knows what it’s like to go through those kinds of pains. To see someone in my family who was going through the same things I’d been through was a really difficult situation for all of us. There had been so many times that the problem had been addressed and we’d all come together as a family to try and help Paul. I felt like I was running out of options on how to bring it to light. I knew that the only thing I could do was let him know that I knew how difficult it was, what he was going through, and what the outcome was going to be. I was actually able to share that song with him and play it for him. I did everything I could as a friend to try and help him out.

ArtistDirect: As a race, humanity can be most honest while creating. The veil is gone. Any inhibitions are gone. You’re able to go into the vocal booth and let it out.

Sid Wilson: On Iowa, there’s the “515” intro. My grandfather had gotten really sick at the end of the recording cycle, and I had to lay my finishing parts down. There were two or three days left. I figured I’d hang out, get that stuff done, and then fly out to see my grandfather in the hospital. He passed away before I could do that. So, I went into the vocal booth and let it rip. I was like, “Turn it on”. There was no music or anything, just pure release of how I truthfully felt at that time. That’s how I’ve always done everything.

Read the whole interview at ArtistDirect.

Corey Taylor: ‘Slipknot’s Next Album Will Be About Paul Gray’

Billboard recently conducted an interview with Corey Taylor and Clown. #8 and #6 of Slipknot talked about the next Slipknot album. Below you can read an excerpts from the interview.

Frontman Corey Taylor concurs with Crahan‘s expectations, saying that “we know that everything we do on that album is going to be about Paul [Gray]. It’s going to be very melancholy. It’s going to be a more saddened form of rage when it does happen, and it’ll be a whole path that we’ve never gone down before.” For that reason, Taylor adds, he personally is “not as anxious to make a new album as maybe certain people in the band are, and I know a lot of the guys in the band feel the same way I do, whether they want to admit it or not. It just makes more sense to try and figure things out before we try to get into a studio… I don’t want to risk losing what we’ve built because somebody’s trying to prove a point.”

Read the rest of the interview at Billboard.

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Clown Talks About “IOWA”, Favorite Paul Gray Memory And More!

Clown, Shawn Crahan - SlipknotRick Florino from ArtistDirect recently conducted an interview with Clown (#6 of Slipknot) “I tried to make the new package feel as dangerous as it did back then,” Slipknot mastermind M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan says of the Iowa “10th Anniversary Edition“, due out November 1, 2011 via Roadrunner Records.

Clown certainly accomplished that mission, but he emphasizes an even deeper significance to the record’s special edition. He goes on,” Now, there’s a different spin so people know Iowa is still alive and Paul Gray is still very alive. ”

After one listen to the reissue, it’s clear that Slipknot is as alive as ever. The band’s uncontainable and unstoppable life force pulsates invigoratingly throughout every note on Iowa and every minute of the riveting Clown-directed documentary, Goat. Gray’s spirit shines on the technical mastery and immortal groove of tracks like “Gently”, “Metabolic”, and “Disasterpiece”, matching the intensity of his eight brothers and strengthening the collective exorcism. That’s one of many reasons Iowa is a classic. Slipknot went against everything and won…

Paul Gray - SlipknotHowever, it wasn’t, and you can see it in Goat and hear it on the audio from Disasterpieces included in the package. “I know how fucking deep that record is,” reveals Clown. “I know how painful it is and how painful it was to make. I know when people listen to it and they love it, it’s because they need it and it helps them. That’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to help ourselves and in return help everyone else.”

This is the album that solidified the band’s army of maggots and their status as the ultimate 21st century metal band. That’s why it deserves celebration and repeated listens for years to come.

In this exclusive interview, Clown of Slipknot spoke to ArtistDirect.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino about Iowa, the story behind “Gently”, a favorite Paul Gray memory, Apocalypse Now, and so much more…

“Gently” feels like a centerpiece on Iowa. Can you delve into that song? Does it possess a special significance for you? In many ways, it shows the essence and every side of Slipknot?

I would say “Gently” is a weird anomaly. In the old days, before we were signed, we would always play “(sic)” into “Gently”. Back in those days, “(sic)” was called “Slipknot”. As we got further along and we were making our first album with Ross Robinson, we decided to change “Slipknot” into “(sic)”. When we were in pre-production for the the first album at Cole Rehearsal in Los Angeles with Ross, we went through all of the songs we had. I don’t really remember whose idea it was, but it was a good idea. We agreed that there were only going to be 15 songs on the record, but we actually had way more songs in pre-production. We had to stay focused though. So we each wrote down our top 15 songs on a piece of paper. “Gently” didn’t make the cut. Back then, I was pretty upset for a couple of reasons. Number one , I’m responsible for the beat of “(sic)” and the beat of “Gently”. I played the beat for “(sic)” on drums standing up for Paul. Then, he took it from there. Later when Joey got in the band, they took it even further, but I came up with the beat, the core, the root of the song. I came up with the beat for “Gently” too. That was another thing that Paul and I were doing many years before we got the whole train going. I was upset that “Gently” got cut. The other thing that’s special about “Gently” for me is I wrote all of the words to it. It’s the only song out of all four records that I’ve written all of the words. Corey might’ve added a word or two to help the flow into something, but I wrote the song lyrically. I wrote “Tattered and Torn” as well, but not all of it. “Gently” is a mindset, and it was offered early on because I felt it was sort of the essence what we were as a band and what we were going to become. Myself, being one of the co-founders with Paul, I felt it described us. Paul was always my direct opposite brother.

Read the whole interview at ArtistDirect.

Slipknot Talk Life Without Paul Gray and New Album

Corey Taylor - SlipknotIn an interview with FasterLouder Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor has spoken candidly about the death of the band’s bassist Paul Gray, his excitement at headlining Soundwave Festival in 2012 and revealed that, while writing is well under way for Stone Sour’s new record, he is “not even thinking about writing another [Slipknot] album right now.”

Below you can read an excerpt from the interview. You can read the whole thing at FasterLouder.

The death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray

“It’s been over a year now, and I’ve been slowly but surely talking a little bit more about it. Obviously it’s still with me, and it’s still hard to talk about it. But I’ve found the more I talk about it, the easier it is to deal with it.

The biggest thing it has taught me, is to not take anything for granted, you know. Paul was one of those guys who really lived it. He lived it right to the hill. He fought his demons, but he didn’t let his demons control his personality. If you had just met him, you wouldn’t have thought that he was fighting those demons. He was such a sweet-heart, and there were times that I forgot that he had issues that he was fighting against, and it really kind of made him almost indestructible in my eyes. So when he passed, it fucked me up to be honest. It was hard, and it is still hard, but it taught me that you have got to cherish every day and cherish every moment.”