It's been no secret that Corey Taylor has wanted to do a solo album for a while. He's talked several times over the years about when he's going to do it and what it would sound like. Now it seems like we finally have somewhat of an answer to both those questions, as the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman actually went and recorded it in secret during quarantine! The 46-year old singer broke the news during an interview with Halestorm's Lzzy Hale on her show "Raise Your Horns With Lzzy Hale" that was broadcast through the We Are Hear project.
When Lzzy Hale asked Corey Taylor about what he'd been doing during the coronavirus crisis, Taylor replied with "I secretly recorded my first solo album. I did with the band I've been using for my solo shows for years, and just a bunch of people that I've been working with forever." He then went on to mention that the people in question were Jason Christopher on bass, Dustin Schoenhofer (Walls of Jericho) on drums, Zach Throne (a member of the live band Taylor uses for his "Corey Taylor & Friends" shows) on guitar and Christian Martiucci (Stone Sour) also on guitar. Taylor also added that the record was tracked completely live over the course of two and a half weeks. As to why he picked these particular musicians, Taylor stated that "picking those guys was the perfect combo, 'cause we all just love the same kinds of music — the same kinds of rock, the same kinds of punk, the same kinds of metal, the same kinds of everything — and we all were able to incorporate those influences into everything."
In a further interview with Sirius XM's Trunk Nation, he said that there will be guest appearances in addition to the core people that he's already named. "I'm gonna have a core band that goes in, but I'm definitely gonna have a bunch of my friends come in and do some stuff." Considering some of the friends that Corey Taylor has, we could be seeing some very interesting collaborations. Maybe rap group Ho99o9 (who have performed as part of the Corey Taylor & Friends shows in the past) or British rap prodigy Kid Bookie (who collaborated with Taylor on a remix of Stuck In My Ways) will make an appearance? Maybe Steel Panther's lead singer will do something awesome? Who knows? Corey Taylor is a man of many tastes. We can only speculate.
So, what kind of songs are going to be on Corey Taylor's new solo album? Well, as per the man himself, "All the songs are things that I've written over the years but they didn't really fit with either band. So it's stuff that I've just kind of been sitting on." He also told WhatCulture Music that "it's definitely going to be rock-based, but it's going to be rock meets so many different things. There will be harder-edged stuff, but there also will be big, expansive, huge, world-changing guitar songs that you're going to want to sing along to. That's just who I am, and I'm not going to fight who I am."
There hasn't been a set release date for Corey Taylor's debut solo album yet, but he has previously stated that it wouldn't arrive until 2021. Maybe that's all changed due to the current situation the world's in? With all of us trying our hardest to stay positive in quarantine, maybe some new music from one of the world's most beloved and celebrated rock singers in the form of his first ever solo album could help stem the quarantine blues. If that's not the case, 2021 is still less than a year away...