They left us so long in the maelstrom. As you can see, we’re all plenty alive. Hey there and thanks for checking back in. You can probably tell the slight format change off the bat. I just thought the date looked a little weird, so I ditched it. Hope you don’t mind.
As far what’s being covered, I see a pattern of patterns developing here. Not so much on purpose, really. Whatever stands out to me in a given week is what I’m going to run with. And there are things I may miss as well.
Case in point: the Decemberists hitting #1 on Billboard a couple weeks ago. With no radio airplay, no video, no big corporate label push…and with records that wildly vary from one to the next…they not only went to #1, but damn-near doubled what Taylor Swift had sold two weeks prior to do so. I haven’t heard the new record, but my hat’s off to them for pulling that feat off. There’s hope for – and, it seems, from – actual music fans yet.
But neither of those are why we’re here. What got my attention this week was seeing the fate of two of the biggest hard rock bands in the world decided in one interview. Man, somebody at RoadRunner Records is having fits right now…
Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour did an interview recently where he finally gave some hard answers about the future of both bands. At this point, one sounds like it’s going on strong, and one sounds like it may be on life support.
Quick, guess which one is set to go on? Give yourself a cookie if you said Stone Sour. Taylor’s comments on that band:
“We were talking about doing [another Stone Sour album] even before Paul passed away. It’s something we’re just kind of throwing around now. It’s in its infancy, but we’ve definitely been talking about making another Stone Sour album.”
Quite a few fans of good, hard rock should have no problem with this. And there’s no indication otherwise from what I’ve seen. Stone Sour started off as what looked like a vanity project on the surface, but it was clear that this was another outlet to do something different for not only Taylor, but for dual-bandmate Jim Rot as well. The outlet took on a life of its own and the band has gotten better and better with each record, stretching the boundaries of hard rock while still firmly entrenched in that realm.
It was certainly a break from the constant barrage of rage that was Slipknot. Slipknot broke ground in metal by shying away from the intricate breakdowns and technical wizardry and employing nine guys (~!) to simply create a violent wall of noise. The sound they produced tapped in to many of the baser instincts of those who became fans, providing a way to lash out at the world and take all their aggressions out without having to harm anyone in the process.
However, it looks now like those older records may have to suffice as far as letting frustrations. As it stands now, Slipknot is a long way from coming back, if it does at all. Taylor, at first, sounds undecided now about whether or not the band will return:
“I go back and forth. There are moments when I’m like, “Let’s keep going for [Paul Gray],” and there are moments when I’m like, “It’s not the same without him.” Right now my main concern is baby steps. We lost a huge piece of our band. We lost a huge member of our family – in my opinion, the biggest – and it’s a different vibe now. So right now I’m just taking it step by step, and I can only hope that the other guys in the band are as well.”
It sounds like Taylor is still on the same “let’s give it some time before we make a decision” path. Right up until the last sentence, where it sounds like he’s hinting at wanting no one else in the group to make a move without him. Judging by the next quote I have to point out, it may be because Taylor’s heart or mind may no longer be in Slipknot at all – and despite nothing official being discussed or announced, the decision may already be made:
“There’s a lot of things I have to figure out about myself before I can even contemplate that. There’s a bigger part of me that wonders if I’m the guy for that band anymore. I’m in such a different place in my life…musically, spiritually. I’m not that angry kid anymore. A lot of things don’t mean the same to me anymore, and there’s a lot of things I don’t feel like saying anymore. Does it make sense anymore? We’ll just have to see.”
That pretty well sounds like Slipknot’s days are numbered. And if they are – based on that, it would make perfect sense.
I’m not afraid to admit, even at my age (please don’t ask), that I’m a Slipknot fan. I like what they brought to the table as far as energy and sound, both on record and in person. (Seen three of their shows, all of them amazing.) I like that they turned metal in to what so many others merely talk about it being – an outlet of pure, unfiltered anger.
That emotion can only last so long, though. Not only for a multi-platinum band whose members are all richer beyond their humble dreams when they were still stuck in Iowa, but for anyone. Anger eventually burns itself out and it does so much quicker than most emotions. That they’ve sustained it this long is a minor miracle – although judging from the last two albums, Slipknot has certainly been leaning away from that. With the nature of the beast, if they stray too far away from it, they become something else. Something that sounds a lot like Stone Sour.
So, again, nothing official has been announced. No concrete decision has been made yet. This is all conjecture and speculation, of course. But it seems that Taylor’s words betray his mindset going in to this. It stands out to me as a glaring indication that Slipknot may have seen its last days and that his future may be exclusively with Stone Sour.
Unless, of course, you take in to account the rumor that he’s the new singer for Velvet Revolver. Going back to the emotion of anger, it rears its head for one last burst…
Really? Velvet Revolver? Why? Nothing against Velvet Revolver; they’re good for what they are. But Stone Sour runs circles around them, and is the world clamoring for a Velvet Revolver reunion? Especially when one of the main reasons people tuned in – Scott Weiland – won’t be a part of it?
Please, Corey. If Slipknot has to die, I understand. So be it. Long live Stone Sour. But Velvet Revolver does not have to be part of the equation.
Although I hope you’re part of the equation when next we meet. Hopefully, I’ll see you here again in seven days. Thanks for reading.