Corey Taylor says that "it's been fascinating" to see the reactions to his new SLIPKNOT mask.
SLIPKNOT's new costumes were unveiled in May to coincide with the band's appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Corey worked on his new mask with special effects legend Tom Savini, whose extensive career in the film industry and especially the horror genre dates back to the late 1970s, including in such films as "Friday The 13th", "Dawn Of The Dead", "From Dusk 'Til Dawn" and many others.
Speaking to Uproxx, Taylor stated about his new mask: "[Tom and I] sat down together to make something that is disturbing. And it's been fascinating to watch the reactions from people, especially how divisive it is. Honestly, I love it. To me, the worst thing that could happen is if people were dismissive about it, like 'whatever.' People have a very strong opinion either way about how that mask looks and whatnot. To me, that was the best thing about it. It's supposed to cause a discussion. It's supposed to make you make a decision, and that's what I described to Tom, like I want[ed] this to look like something that was made for me, not for anybody else. It's a very personal thing, and it's to represent a host of different things. And the fact that it pisses so many people off is icing on the cake."
Taylor spoke in more detail about the inspiration for his new mask during a recent interview with Kerrang! He said: "I'm reminded that even though you want the best for people, sometimes you'll get the worst. I've been kind of made to feel like a villain, in a weird way. Which is fine. It was inevitable, and it doesn't really bother me much. But, for a little bit, it did. I've always tried to be a good father, be a good man, be a good person. I went through some shit a few years ago, and in that time a lot of people had a reversal of opinion on who I was. Maybe it was because they were tired of hearing my name [laughs], which is so fucking true — even I get to the point where I'm tired of hearing my own fucking name."
He continued: "I said, 'Okay, if you want a villain, you'll get a fucking villain.' My vision was about trying to create something uncomfortable — not only for me to wear, but for people to look at. I wanted it to feel like it was something that was created in someone's basement — something that was made specifically to fuck with people. It's the representation of public opinion turning on a dime — they want to tear people down for the way they live, even if they don't really know them. It's been liberating to embrace that side and be, like, 'Fuck you. I really don't give a shit what you think about me, so here's this!'"
The members of SLIPKNOT performed with their new masks for the first time on May 17 when they appeared as the musical guests on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The band played two songs on the show's outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
SLIPKNOT's new album, "We Are Not Your Kind", is due on August 9. It 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".
SLIPKNOT's "Knotfest Roadshow" U.S. headline tour kicked off late last month. VOLBEAT, GOJIRA and BEHEMOTH are providing support on all dates.