Corey Taylor has explained to Kerrang! magazine why SLIPKNOT's "All Out Life" song, which was released last October, isn't included on the band's upcoming album, "We Are Not Your Kind".
He said: "['All Out Life' isn’t on the album] from a standpoint of it was kind of its own thing that really just let people know that we weren't gone, and that we were still looking forward and working on music. It was just such a catchy song that it made sense to release it. But now, in context with the story that we're telling [on 'We Are Not Your Kind'], we weren't sure if we were going to put it on there."
As for how the single's "we are not your kind" chant eventually became SLIPKNOT's new album title, Corey said: "I didn't think it would be anything more than a great chant at a concert. It was one of the things in my head that I could hear 50,000 people screaming at the top of their lungs, pumping fists. It wasn't so much that I thought it was benign or anything — it was definitely something that I thought, 'This could be something really cool' — but it took on a life of its own, and that's when I really started thinking about the phrase; about how it could be perceived."
Taylor told the Des Moines Register that he wrote "All Out Life" in part because he didn't see others using music as a force to "take a hard look at what you believe."
He explained: "People are way too pissed about the wrong things and not pissed enough about the right things. "[The song sets] 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. There's nobody doing it, man. Everybody's too worried about their pockets. Everybody's too worried about their paychecks.
"That was me, basically, drawing a line in the sand and going, 'Guess what? You don't get to do this anymore,'" he added.
Due on August 9, SLIPKNOT's sixth album 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".