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Corey Taylor Says His New Solo Album “CMF2” Is “Going To Be The Best Rock Album Of This Year, And The Next”


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Slipknot, etc. frontman Corey Taylor recently spoke with NME about his recently completed sophomore solo album “CMF2“. That follow-up to 2020’s “CMFT” is expected to arrive later this year and was once again recorded with producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Avatar). Some 26 songs were laid down during those sessions, but only 13 will appear on the album itself. The others will be held over for a potential b-sides release follow-up down the line.

Should all go according to plan, “CMF2” will be out this September with an accompanying tour. Taylor is quite stoked on what he and his bandmates have come up with for the outing however, telling NME that the record is “going to be the best rock album of this year, and the next.”

He elaborated on it:

“I can’t wait for people to hear this album. It chews up that first record and spits it out. It’s more dialed-in with everything people expect from me, so it’s got hints of ‘CMFT’ but there are also hints of Slipknot, Stone Sour and all the stuff I’ve done in my acoustic shows. It’s got everything for everybody. People are going to fucking lose it.”

While 80s rock remains a chief influence, listeners should expect a diverse listen to an extent:

“There’s also ‘90s grunge, ‘70s punk and the hard-hitting shit that I helped create in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. It’s a bit of everything, but it was important for us to make it feel fresh. There’s a dark, solemn acoustic song called ‘Sorry Me‘ that’s got a very old school vibe to it, ‘Talk-Sick‘ still has an ‘80s feel to it, but it’s more of a Guns N’ Roses vibe which was always the stuff that made you want to run through walls and the first single ‘Beyond’ is going to blow people the fuck away. This album is definitely more of a punch in the face.”

Taylor was also asked during the conversation about the long-shelved Slipknot side project album, “Look Outside Your Window“. The record saw Taylor, percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, guitarist Jim Root and turntablist Sid Wilson splinter off together for the project during the recording sessions for the band’s platinum-certified 2008 release, “All Hope Is Gone“.

Speaking to NME of its status, he offered:

“‘Look Outside Your Window‘ is Clown’s baby. Slipknot is Clown’s baby. I punch a clock and then I punch out. It’s so funny, every year or two I get an email about ‘Look Outside Your Window’ and how it’s coming out. I’m just as stoked as everybody else because dude, I don’t even have a copy. I have a version from 10 years ago that I don’t even think is the same mix that they’re dealing with. I don’t even fucking know the songs are going on this album, that’s how out of the loop I am.

I was a guest star on that album anyway, so your guess is as good as mine. It’s so fascinating that something that started as a demo has become the Holy Grail. If you only knew how that album came about and the pain it caused… I hope people dig it but

I honestly hope it never gets released because there are so many expectations about it now. It’s like that Wu Tang Clan album that only whatisfuck (Martin Shkreli) has a copy of. It’s almost better to just wonder.”

Taylor currently has the following headlining run with Cherry Bombs booked for May:

04/28 Portland, ME – Aura
05/02 Reading, PA – The Theatre at Santander Arena
05/03 Johnstown, PA – 1st Summit Arena
05/05 Moline, IL – The Rust Belt
05/07 Green Bay, WI – Epic Center

You can find out a whole lot more about “CMF2” over at NME.

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