Corey Taylor told Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio program in a new interview that the lyrics he's writing for the next SLIPKNOT LP are perhaps his most personal yet. The singer, who separated from his wife more than a year ago and has since gone public with a new relationship, said (hear audio below): "It's been a heavy couple of years for me personally. So I'm working out some things, personally for myself, which has been great. I've been able to kind of grab hold of some of the depression that I've been fighting and kind of formulate the way that I want to describe it. So some of these lyrics are, to me, some of the best I've ever written. It's probably the most I've shared in years."
Taylor added that the reaction from the other members of SLIPKNOT to the lyrics has been "fantastic," saying, "I know Clown was, like, just blown away by how open and raw it all felt. It felt like the old days."
Even though he's been on the road with STONE SOUR, Taylor said that "it's been great watching the process and getting involved with the process" of writing new SLIPKNOT songs, continuing, "Hearing the music that... everybody else in the band has been really working on, and being able to listen to it with fresh ears and come at it from different standpoints has been really fulfilling."
The new SLIPKNOT album is tentatively due out in 2019 and will follow up 2014's ".5: The Gray Chapter".
Taylor previously said that that the lyrics for SLIPKNOT's next album would see him at his "most autobiographical" that he has "been in years." He said: "I'm writing from the standpoint of where I am now instead of where I was. Which is so easy to tap into sometimes and it's so easy to just kind of go there almost on impulse. But now, I'm writing it from the standpoint of a man who's been through a lot — not just a young man, but an older man — and trying to figure things out."
Taylor recently started speaking openly about his relationship with Alicia Dove, a professional dancer and a member of the all-girl dance group CHERRY BOMBS. Taylor revealed last December that he had been separated from his second wife for almost a year and had recently started a new relationship, but was at first hesitant to say whom he was dating.
Corey and his now-estranged wife Stephanie Luby were married in November 2009 in Las Vegas inside the Palms hotel's Pearl concert theater.
Taylor and STONE SOUR will spend most of June and July in Europe before joining Ozzy Osbourne in late August on the North American leg of what he says will be his last major tour.
".5: The Gray Chapter" was released following a six-year hiatus during which founding SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died and drummer Joey Jordison was dismissed.
".5: The Gray Chapter" sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores in October 2014 via Roadrunner.
Gray died in 2010 from a drug overdose, while Jordison was let go in December 2013, just before SLIPKNOT began recording the last album.