Corey Taylor: Slipknot Could Go Without Masks, ‘But I Don’t Think We’d Want To’
Slipknot are known just as much for their unique masks as they are for their chart-topping music. In a recent interview with Canada's 97.7 HTZ-FM radio station (listen below), frontman Corey Taylor talked about Slipknot's masks.
When asked whether Slipknot could be Slipknot without their trademark masks, Taylor responded, "I think in a way we could, but I don't think we'd want to. I mean, I always think back to when KISS took the makeup off back in the '80s, and I know why they did it, because they kind of hit a wall and it was time to evolve for them."
Taylor continues, "But for us, the masks always evolve, for the most part, and our look always evolves, and I think because we're constantly changing, we don't feel that pressure to take them off, because we allow ourselves to roll with the times and to change with the albums. So even though I think we could, I don't think we will. Because it's not just about the masks, it's about everything."
Back when he joined the band, Taylor says he wasn't really sure what the masks represented. "The great thing is that nobody really told me and I kind of had to figure it out on my own," he says. "And that was one of the reasons why I wanted to be in that band is because I was a fan -- even on a local level, I was a huge fan of this band. So without really talking to anybody, I kind of figured out that maybe the mask means something different to everyone and that's why it works. It doesn't have to be that all-encompassing value."
Taylor elaborates: "For me, and just from my point of view, the mask for me represents the person inside who may or may not have a voice, or you may or may not have the courage to give that person a voice, because it may be controversial. It may be a little too dark, it may be a little too harsh, but if you don't give that person a voice, it almost becomes like your inner disenfranchise, that the person who gets looked over, who doesn't get to speak their mind and speak their heart, and it gets held back and then all of a sudden it overcompensates and takes over for the rest of you. So that's what it became to me and that's what it still means to me to this day."
Slipknot's latest album '.5: The Gray Chapter' was released in October and topped the Billboard 200 album chart its opening week. Slipknot are currently on tour with Korn through Dec. 7. They will also be appearing at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio next May. For all their tour dates, go here.
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