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Corey Taylor Calls Slipknot’s ‘Iowa’ Album ‘Darkest Period of My F–ing Life’

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Slipknot fans will get a late Halloween present this year when the masked marauders unleash a three-disc, 10th anniversary edition of ‘Iowa’ on Nov. 1. Singer Corey Taylor recently spoke at length about the platinum-certified disc, which originally dropped on Aug. 28, 2001, and transformed Slipknot from up-and-coming heroes in their home state of Iowa to international stars.

“‘Iowa’ is an example of how we succeeded and failed on so many f—ing levels,” he says. “It’s the darkest f—ing album I’ve ever heard. It’s gross, it’s thick, it’s brutal, it’s heavy as s–t. It’s the f—ing only album I’ve ever heard where you can wear it like it a skin, you can wear it like clothes, you can put it on like hunting boots. It’s disgustingly f—ing heavy and dark.”

F—ing yeah, Taylor. Tell us more about it.

“Everything that we were feeling and everything we were doing went into that album,” he continues. “Every chemical” — and we’re guessing there were lots of chemicals involved — “every f—ing drop of every insane thing that we were feeling or hurting about went into that album. It’s to this day the darkest period of my f—ing life. If I hadn’t been able to go there, it wouldn’t sound nearly as real.”

That’s some heavy f—king s–t, for real.

The 10th anniversary edition of ‘Iowa’ will include the album as originally released, plus a remix of ‘My Plague’; a CD of the full audio from a 2002 performance at the London Arena (which was featured on their ‘Disasterpieces’ DVD); and a DVD containing ‘Goat,’ a new film directed by Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan that features never-before-seen interviews and live footage from the ‘Iowa’ world tour. The DVD also will also contain four Slipknot videos: the ‘My Plague’ and ‘Left Behind’ videos, plus live versions of  ‘The Heretic Anthem’ and ‘People = S—.’

Happy f—ing Halloween, Maggots.


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