Slipknot's Corey Taylor

Corey Taylor Likens New Slipknot Album “The End, So Far” To A “Darker Version” Of “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)”, Explains New Single “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)”


Slipknot, etc. vocalist Corey Taylor has given a new interview to Kerrang! regarding the band’s newly announced album, “The End, So Far“. That seventh studio effort from the group was officially revealed yesterday (July 20th), and is expected to close out the band’s Roadrunner Records era when it arrives on September 30th.

Speaking of it in the interview mentioned above, Taylor likened it to being a “darker version” of the band’s 2004 effort, “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)“. He elaborated on that:

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“To me, ‘Vol. 3‘ was really the most expansive album that we had done, up to that point. It was the thing that kind of pushed the boundaries for everybody, you know? We were able to experiment with different styles of music, and really show people that there was so much more depth to what we do.

And I kind of feel like that’s what this album is doing. In a way it is [also] an extension of ‘We Are Not Your Kind‘, but to me, the songs are better, the structuring is better. We’re able to kind of take it even further, and after 23 years professionally, being able to say that there’s ground that we haven’t covered yet, and there’s ground that we’re excited to cover, is cool.”

Yesterday’s album announcement also brought the debut of the album’s second single, “The Dying Song (Time To Sing)“. You can check out the music video for that here. Taylor told Kerrang! of the inspiration behind that song:

“To me, it just seems like it’s all the outrage and none of the punishment. For the last few years it’s been very trendy to be offended and outraged by everything, and yet nothing happens – especially in my country, which is just fucking ridiculous. It’s almost like the tables have turned, and the more angry people get, the more the people who they’re mad at just double-down on the shit.

Instead of there being cause and effect, or crime and punishment, now it’s just like, ‘Fuck you, we don’t care.’ I can’t tell if that’s a reaction because of the almost nihilistic isolation of the cultures themselves, where neither side is acknowledging any of the good parts of each other – they’re just really honed in on the shit that they consider inflammatory.

And it’s almost like people are ringing the doomsday bell. You’re sitting there going, ‘Well, it’s been fun! Everybody, pick up your trash when you’re leaving, and I’ll see you in Hell!’ That’s kind of what that song is. It’s just like, ‘If we don’t figure it out, I’ll see you when the meteor hits, basically.’”

He continued:

“I think if I was younger then I would believe in something like hope. I would have that kind of optimism (laughs), but I’ve seen waves of this shit for 30 years, and I’m just unimpressed. The sad thing is, it takes real tragedy to make anything change, because we’re not a proactive species. We would rather close the door after the house is already on fire. I’m just kind of used to it at this point.

I still obviously support and believe in all the causes that I’m very passionate about, but at the same time, I just realized that people aren’t going to change – and I’m done trying to change people. It’s wasted effort, and it takes time away from the people that I actually care about. Until I see real shit, I’m just not going to care anymore.

It’s like, ‘If you motherfuckers want to kill each other, go ahead. I’m just gonna stand back and will not be in the line of fire,’ because I’m tired of the idiocy. I can only watch stupid shit for fucking so long. So yeah, it’s me basically going, ‘Go ahead, just fucking beat the living shit out of each other and see what happens.’”

In addition to a lengthy discussion with Taylor, Kerrang! have also shared some more shots of the band’s new masks (and in Sid Wilson‘s case, new robotic hands), you can check that out at

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