Corey Taylor says that he doesn't know why Glen Benton is upset with him, claiming that he hasn't talked to the DEICIDE frontman for more than a decade.
Benton recently gave an interview with the "Talk Toomey" podcast in which he slammed SLIPKNOT for not ever touring with DEICIDE despite apparently crediting the Florida-based death metal act as an early musical influence.
Speaking to the Tucson, Arizona radio station Rock 102.1 KFMA, the SLIPKNOT singer addressed Benton's remarks, saying (hear audio below): "I haven't seen Glen Benton in ten years, you know, and I haven't talked to him in even longer. So I don't know why he's upset with me, I don't know why he's upset with us."
He continued: "We take out the bands who submit for us, man. It's just that simple. I mean, out of respect to him and what DEICIDE has done over the years, it's, like… If you talked to somebody, it wasn't me, and they sure as hell didn't tlak to me, 'cause I would have tried to do something."
Asked if he ever thought that he would one day become such a constant focus of news stories in the rock world, Taylor said: "Honestly, no, to be honest, because we were always such a collective that I figured the band would be a target, not me personally. But then, over the years, as I became a little more of the spokesperson for the band and became more of the… you know, kind of stepping out and making sure that somebody was representing us in the media and whatnot, and keeping things straight, I think that's where the target kind of started to get tattoed on my back. So it is what it is."
He added: "There are pros and cons with it, and you deal with it the best you can. At the end of the day, not everyone's gonna like you, and you have to learn that. If you think everyone's gonna like you, you need to get a helmet, 'cause your life's gonna be really sad."
In the "Talk Toomey" interview, Benton seemed to imply that SLIPKNOT was afraid of taking out a band like DEICIDE on the road with them for fear of being upstaged.
"Fucking blow me, Corey Taylor and all you f*gs," Glen said. "'Oh, we're gonna take DEICIDE out on tour with us and blah blah,' blowing air up our asses, back in the day. And it's just, like, you know what?! You never did a fucking thing for us. You introduced us at a show once. Great, thanks. How about a fucking tour? How about fucking helping us out a little bit? I mean, we've only been doing this for so many years. These bands [are like], 'Dude, these guys are what got me started.' Well, you know what? Return the fucking favor. You know what I mean? And I see a lot of this, 'We don't want that kind of competition.' At least they know it.
"But you know how they get away with… This is how a lot of the bigger bands… this is how they get away with getting out of having you on a tour, 'cause they offer you a shitty amount of money, where it's virtually impossible to do it, so you end up declining or canceling or whatever the fuck, and then you look like the idiot. 'We offered you the tour. You can make t-shirt money.' Yeah, right. We've gotta at least make it so we can afford our transportation. You wanna stick us on a fucking city bus to the gigs?
"But I appreciate the fact that bands like that fucking mention us, and shit like that, and it's great. It's really awesome. Here's an idea: talk to one of these big-time promoters [into offering] DEICIDE a better position on a festival or putting us on one of these tours this year.
"I don't mind opening for these bands; I really don't. But I'm gonna fucking bring my 'A' game, and if I blow you away in the fucking process… whatever."