CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, we incorrectly implied that Corey Taylor has been sober for two years; he has in fact been sober for nine years. It has been corrected and we apologize sincerely for the error.
ORIGINAL STORY: In a new interview with the Des Moines Register, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor reveals the forthcoming Slipknot recorded expected sometime in the coming months will be "evil" and "ridiculous," and that lead single "All Out Life" falls on the lighter side of the tracks.
The song isn't "nearly as dark and vicious as the rest of the stuff that we have that we're working on," he says of the group's first new music in four years. The singer also declares once again that the track has a deeper cultural message in its lyrics, claiming his goal was to set "the tone for getting people to stand up and go, 'We're not gonna allow this. We're not gonna allow people to run us down for religious beliefs, for the color we are, for what we stand for. For who we chose to love. All of these things."
Taylor feels out-numbered in his quest to improve the world apparently, telling the Iowa newspaper, "There's nobody doing it, man. Everybody's too worried about their pockets. Everybody's too worried about their paychecks."
Taylor also addresses his struggles with addiction and depression — the singer has been sober for nine years, and managed to maintain his sobriety through a particularly dark two-year period that led to a divorce and deeply informs the new record. " ... The journey I'm going to take people on this album … show them what happens to depression when you have no chemicals to fall back on," he promises. "It's a pretty dark ride."
The publication also questions the band's decision to play the Iowa State Fair this summer when Slipknot can easily take over a place the size of Madison Square Garden. His earnest response exhibits his true love for his home state, telling the interviewer "We're still an Iowa band. We take that very seriously. We've never forgotten the things that we learned. And that's kept us hungry." Tickets for the event are still available but selling fast over at iowastatefair.org.