SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor recently told The Grand Rapids Press that the band had a series of "unusual" experiences while living at the Harry Houdini Mansion in Laurel Canyon, Calif., with producer Rick Rubin to lay down tracks for the upcoming "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)".
"Oh, it's haunted," Taylor said. "You can put the rumors to rest, because I've seen it and dealt with it for six months. I've got some stories that would raise the hair on the back of your neck — and that's no (expletive), that's not just for press. It's so weird, I don't even like talking about it.
"Me and (percussionist Shawn Crahan) shared two adjacent rooms, and written on the phone jack box was 'in case of paranormal activity, dial' and it had a phone number, 'or 911.' That's the level of insanity we dealt with."
According to Taylor, the band members — DJ Sid Wilson, drummer Joey Jordison, bassist Paul Gray, percussionist Chris Fehn, guitarist Jim Root, sampler Craig Jones, guitarist Mick Thomson, Crahan and Taylor — would convene in the studio every morning and bond over the previous evening's strange events. Taylor even claimed to have seen apparitions in his room on more than one occasion.
"We love that vibe," Taylor told The Grand Rapids Press. "You can really feel it on the album. There were ghosts in the machine, in the equipment. Things would freeze, things would loop for no reason at all. It was strange, dude."
As previously reported, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" (view cover here) is scheduled for release on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. SLIPKNOT shot a video for the album's first single, "Duality", on March 27 in West Des Moines. The band will perform the track live on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Monday, May 17 at 11:35 p.m. EST. The "Duality" video can be seen starting Friday, April 30 at Launch.com.