In a brand new interview with The Ringer, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor was asked about the negative pushback he has received from some of his fans for the anti-Donald Trump comments he has made on Twitter and through various media outlets. Asked if that tension is still a problem at all, Taylor said: “I don’t know, to be honest. There’s a whole lot of Trump supporters who are very vocal when they’re, like, ‘Keep your fucking politics to yourself.’ But they don’t say that to people who agree with them. They don’t say that to artists who are conservative and may or may not support Trump, but they definitely support what conservatives believe in. So it’s, like, ‘Oh, you just don’t want to hear me because you don’t agree with me.’ Okay, fuck you. That’s not the way this works. The way a dialogue works is sometimes you’re going to hear shit that you don’t fucking like. Sometimes you’re going to hear shit that you don’t agree with. That’s why this over-censorship bullshit that’s going on is fucking terrifying. Because that’s not how freedom of speech works… Or some people go, ‘Well, that’s the last album I buy.’ Well, the last time I checked, people are still buying Nikes, people are still fucking going to football games, people are still doing 100 fucking things that other people find offensive. And it’s, like, ‘Well, guess what. The world keeps turning, and I’m going to keep fucking talking.”
Asked how the political climate affected the making of SLIPKNOT‘s latest album, “We Are Not Your Kind”, Taylor said: “It really didn’t, because I was coming from such a personal place that, to me, I didn’t want to clog it down too much. I don’t want to say ‘rhetoric,’ because it was — to me, it was more about trying to let go of the things that I’ve been kind of holding on to. So I’m hoping that people can listen to this from a personal standpoint, and hopefully, it helps them with situations in their personal life, helps them to stand up for themselves quicker, stronger, helps them get away from situations like that, helps them talk to someone about depression, about something that we’re all seeing really, really kind of come to a head right now. And I’ve always been a very, very vocal proponent for mental health and seeking therapy and talking to someone. And that’s kind of what this album is about. It’s more from a personal standpoint than anything politically.”
Corey, who also fronts STONE SOUR, told Rolling Stone back in 2017 that he hadn’t gotten much flak from fans of his bands over his political views.
“I am a socially liberal and yet fiscally conservative guy,” he said. “So I can hang with almost everybody. I think if you ask people that, they will absolutely be right on that center line, whether it’s the socially liberal or the fiscally conservative. People agree with all of that. But it’s only when the politicians themselves start whipping frenzies up and trying to get the base all knocked up on fervor that people stop listening to their inner dialogue, or listening to their common sense, and they immediately lock into that battle. It’s such bullshit. If we all were talking to each other instead of listening to that bullshit in the first place, we would be able to take the power away from them and put it back where it belongs.”
“We Are Not Your Kind” arrived on August 9 via Roadrunner Records. The disc was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)” and helmed 2014’s “.5: The Gray Chapter”.
SLIPKNOT‘s “Knotfest Roadshow” North American headline tour kicked off late last month. VOLBEAT, GOJIRA and BEHEMOTH are providing support on all dates.