Next in our countdown of the top tags of the year comes the runaway and unexpected success story of Stone Sour. Three albums in and what at first many considered to be a side project from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, is now an active force in its own right; achieving fantastic chart success worldwide. When we spoke earlier this year Corey told us:
“Overcoming the stigma of being in a different band previously is hard but I think now people know we are for real and it’s taken a long time to drive that home; but we are a separate entity. We are not a side project, we are the real deal.”
With that in mind, ‘Say You’ll Haunt Me’ is the first single taken from this year’s album ‘Audio Secrecy’ and sees a lot of what you expect from an international rock vocalist like Taylor, he is at times gravelly and brutal then at other times incredibly melodic. The song has both satisfied old school Slipknot fans and drawn a whole new set of fans into the mayhem.
Not content with the success of his latest project, Corey Taylor has released his very own Christmas single! Click here to listen to it. Also, as if that wasn’t enough for one man to be getting on with, Slipknot are set to headline Sonisphere festival in 2011 to commemorate the life and untimely death of bassist Paul Gray who passed away earlier this year. To read the rest of our interview with Corey Taylor click here.
Corey Taylor is the charming and tattooed all American front man of hard rock band Stone Sour. The band have their third studio album ‘Audio Secrecy’ scheduled for release later this year on September the 6th. Shazam caught up with lead singer Corey Taylor at London’s Hard Rock Cafe to chat about the new album, playing live and presenting the Kerrang Awards.
Your new album is called ‘Audio Secrecy’ are you really excited about its upcoming release?
I am really excited, I’m really proud of it so I’m excited for people to hear it. The people I’ve played it to so far have been blown away so I feed off of that – there is a part of you that records for yourself and also there is the entertainer in you that wants people to enjoy what you do.
I always start making records for me and if I’m happy with it then that’s all that matters; but eventually you get to the stage where you are like “does anyone want to be my friend and like my music?”
This is your 3rd studio album. How does this one differ or in what ways is it an extension of your previous work?
Well, I think the really cool thing is it’s a little bit of everything. The first Stone Sour album we made it for us, we didn’t know if anyone would dig it so we just put it out there. We discovered then that we had a really good fan base and so we pushed it further on ‘Come What(ever) May’ and we expanded on the first album – then it kinda blew up and we were like ‘holy s**t!’. So this time round we said screw it, lets just do everything we ever wanted to do; so we put together the best songs we could and really worked on them, hammered them down.
So listening back to the new album I think we have achieved a cohesive and layered sound and yet it has a good live feel to it. The performances are great, the music is great….the singer is s**t but hey, he is good looking so you gonna have to let him off!
Having said that, this feels like our time and it’s really exciting. We have been working a long time on this. Stone Sour is the first real band I was ever in. It was the band I left to join Slipknot and it just made sense to reform when it was time to do something else and we have never been afraid of hard work.