Corey Taylor of Slipknot/ Stone Sour has mostly been in the news for attracting controversies apart from his music. Little did anyone know about some of the tragic incidences that he faced as a child. Corey, while in a conversation with Dr. Siri Sat Sam Singh at Viceland‘s The Therapist, spoke about some of the problems he faced as a child; that included sexual assault, drug abuse, domestic violence and even a near-death suicide attempt. Taylor has spoken frankly and did not hesitate to open up these topics that seemed rather too personal.
[Video transcribed by Rock Feed] “I took a bunch of pills at my grandmother’s house and just basically laid on the floor. My ex-girlfriend’s mom stopped and my grandmother’s house outta nowhere to check on me, to see how I was and found me. An hour later I was drinking ipecac and throwing up into a bucket. The girlfriend whose mother found me had just broken up with me. There was just something about her that I really connected with but when that went away, a lot of me went with it. I felt so empty that I had a hard time feeling anything other than grave depression. It was the one time I really was just like I can’t handle this.“
The Slipknot vocalist was moved with emotion as he recounted the look on his grandmother’s face as she arrived to pick him up from the hospital. He says it was almost enough to lead him to attempt to take his own life again. “So my grandmother came and picked me up. My grandmother, who has been the one person in my life. She came and picked me up and she was so disappointed.” Taylor said, fighting back tears. “I could see it on her. You know, it was almost like a race of emotion. Just disappointed, she was glad I was okay, but she was so mad. That killed me and it hurt so much that I didn’t like, it almost put me over again that I immediately just said ok, it’s not something’ you come back from.“
Speaking on past issues with drugs, Corey talked about waking up in a dumpster because he believed his friends thought he had died following an overdose. “The last thing I remember was I was taking cocaine and all of the sudden I was waking up in a dumpster. All my friends were gone.” Taylor said. He adds, “What I think happened was they thought I was dead. You can’t call them friends really. That was like the defining moment for me and that’s when I moved. This was in Waterloo, Iowa where my mom and my sister live. Then I moved to Des Moines, to live with my grandmother to break that cycle.“
Taylor even mentioned about a sexual assault on him that occurred when he was just 10 years old. “Where we were living at the time — we moved around a lot so obviously I had to make friends quickly. There was really only one person to hang out with, to play with and he was this sixteen-year-old kid. He would invite me over to his house to play music and one day it became something else and I didn’t tell anybody for a long time because he threatened to hurt me, threatened to hurt my mom. He ended up burning his house down and they fled in the night. It was kind of crazy.” Corey said in reflection.
For Corey Taylor, it feels like this was more about showing his fans that even those highest up go through pain and suffering. This was an incredibly brave move on his part and he has repeatedly demonstrated why we are lucky to have his leadership in the metal community. You can watch the full episode at Viceland (with a valid cable subscription) here.
DECAPITATED has been one of Europe’s (Poland) biggest Death Metal exports. Since their teenage years, the band has been through a lot to be where they are today. They are ready with their seventh full length ‘Anticult‘ that is all set to be out via Nuclear Blast this July 7th, 2017. I am speaking with the band’s founder/ guitarist/ composer/ song writer Waclaw “Vogg”Kieltyka in this special interview we did. Excerpts:
MJM. You guys have been in the scene for about 2 decades. Still sounding fresh and raw just like the old times. What is it that keeps you motivated so much?
Vogg: Well it’s all about enjoying the music you know. We are inspired by many great legends and I personally love the guitars. I cannot imagine what I would have done without the guitars. Plus, it’s all about getting together with a bunch of other band mates and creating something.
MJM. You formed Decapitated with your late brother Vitek back in the mid 90’s when you were in your teenage. What was your aim and idea back then with the band? Did you anticipate the band to gain such a huge fan base in a good span of time?
Vogg: We never anticipated at all. We just wanted to play for fun and in due time, we took it up seriously and full time. We didn’t expect people to respond so much to our music. It feels great. Back then, we were still learning instruments. We had a demo tape released by a small label who seemed interested. There was no looking back since then.
MJM. Unlike most traditional Death Metal bands, Decapitated has a lot of complex song structures, tonnes of blast beats and grooves. What inspired you to play this form of Death Metal?
Vogg: We are heavily inspired by the Floridian Death Metal scene, with bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide and also bands like Vader from our home, Poland. As a band, our idea was to stay true to our music. We write stuff that is original and truly unique and staying true to our sound. As a composer, this was the most important part to me to. We wanted to make something different.
MJM. With the seventh album ‘Anticult’ all set for a wide release, how are things shaping up?
Vogg: We are super excited about it. Everything is in place. We are getting ready for our European/ Baltic countries tour.
MJM. Tell us about the concept behind this album. What is the reference to the ‘Anticult’ here?
Vogg: Oh, yes. The new album, Anticult is a deep mixture of all the Decapitated albums. Everything from the sound, approach, musicality, production and just about everything. It’s going to be a lot different. It’s not just going to be Death Metal or Technical Death Metal stuff with chunky riffs and blast beats but we have explored all the metal genres with this album. We have touched every aspect of it.
We have all evolved from what we were.
MJM. This is also your 3rd release under Nuclear Blast records. How is it working with them?
Vogg: They are very cool and extremely easy to work with. Besides, our band now has a new management- 5B Artist Management. So our management does a lot of work. In terms of booking, promoting etc., On the other hand, our label is involved a lot with the licensing, printing, selling, merchandises and economy. In that way, our label has a different set of functions at the same time, they are very hardworking. They treat their bands well. They push their bands well and far ahead.
MJM. How does this album symbolize the evolution that you guys are going through? How has this change been in terms of evolution and writing approach?
Vogg: We have all evolved from what we were. We follow mostly traditional methods to record. It’s the same with this album. This one is a mixture of all, like I mentioned. I first make the demo tracks and check with the guys. Then we jam the track out to see if we can get everything going with the coordination to keep it more fluid. Then we record the album. We follow the usual systematic way to record the drums, guitars, vocals and bass.
MJM. How do you guys ease of the tense and focus on getting it right? Might help the new bands who are experiencing recording their studio album for the first time.
Vogg: Get together more. More time spent in the studio. So we jam a lot.
DECAPITATED- Never (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
MJM. Apart from writing music, what are the other things that you do in your leisure time?
Vogg- I have 2 kids. Each of them is 2 and 4 years old respectively. When I am at home, I am usually taking care of them. I have my own home studio. I love cooking. I love spending time with my family. I also make sure to spend time in between to record the guitars. It’s pretty much this while I am at it. Being a family man is great.
MJM. Any favorite movies? Or Filmmakers?
Vogg: I love Quinten Tarantino and Gangster flicks, thrillers, crime movies. I do enjoy other stuffs as well. I love the movie Whiplash. I am not sure if you watched it, but it’s very inspirational. My wife enjoys watching this movie as well. I watch dramas, all genres basically.
We are close friends with Behemoth; I was even speaking to Seth three days ago.
MJM. Poland is also an export of bands like Behemoth, Vader, and Hate as such. Are you guys friends by chance?
Vogg: Yes, very much. We are close friends with Behemoth; I was even speaking to Seth three days ago. I keep following Nergal on social media, we speak a lot. He is someone who keeps posting things about everything in life on social media; his instagram, facebook and stuff. And about Vader, I grew up listening to them. Feels amazing to tour with them now. Great guys. Just about everyone.
MJM. What are some of the other non-metal bands that you enjoy listening to?
Vogg: There’s too many to name. Not remembering anything now hahaha! But let me tell you that I love metal, we guys love metal. We listen to metal a lot while touring as well. But listening to metal does not necessarily mean that you have to play a show and come back and listen to metal in the backstage or hotel room. I personally listen to a wide range of musical styles, as long as it pleases me musically.
MJM. You guys will be on tour very soon with some amazing bands. How excited are you to put up the new songs on tour?
Vogg: We are very excited! We are going to be touring Europe and Baltic countries with Vader and another couple of Polish bands and a Swedish band as well. It’s going to be a Polish invasion. A good combination of Extreme Metal.
MJM. And is there is a possibility you guys might just drop by in India again?
Vogg: We would certainly love to. We have a tight schedule this year; we have Europe, North America, some major Festival appearances. So we are free early next year, with our tour schedule availability. If promoters in India want to see us, they just have to reach out. We will be there. We would love to.
MJM. Thank you so much for speaking with us, and all the best with the new release! Take care.
Vogg: It was amazing speaking with you my friend. We hope to come there soon again and also meet our fans. We had an amazing time there before. Thanks for your support and interest in us.
True story: I was sitting in my dentist’s chair this past Monday morning and we got to talking about metal (I recently turned him onto Gojira). He asked me how it was possible that all these metal vocalists are able to scream their guts out for extended periods of time and not constantly a) blow out their voices and b) develop nodules on their vocal cords? Fair questions, and I was somewhat embarrassed to admit that I didn’t have any good answers.
Luckily, science does! According to this new video from Inside Science, San Francisco’s Dr. Krzysztof Izdebski of the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation, who specializes in working with patients that have damaged their vocal cords, believes that metal singers have basically figured out a way to do what comes naturally to human babies. And no, he’s not talking about Lead Singer’s Disease/throwing tantrums:
“A little baby has all the sounds — it has the sounds of scream and growl, and inhalation and high pitch and whistle and low pitch, and so I thought, wow, you know, all of this we have, we learn from the beginning. We have it and then we somehow lose it, and the patients who suffer can’t learn how to do this.”
Dr. Izdebski goes on to explain that by using a very, very high-speed camera (16,000 frames per second — by way of contrast, note that a movie is traditionally only 24 frames per second) placed inside a singer’s throat, he was able to determine that the vocal cords of your average metal frontman or woman never collide, which is how damage to those cords is normally created:
“The images that we recorded clearly show that it’s produced predominately, predominately by structures above the glottis. So, the vocal folds do open and vibrate but actually don’t collide, and the entire sick area above — aryepiglottic folds, arachnoids, epiglottis — everything claps and dances, basically, and creates vibrations and creates acoustic orchestration… It’s that the area above [that’s] very loose and the air turbulence that comes through. The air that comes through produces turbulence, and the turbulence produces the sound.”
Dr. Izdebski also believes this knowledge could be helpful to his patients:
“When you crush the larynx it cannot be repaired, and these people suffer — they cannot talk. So, you know, we can use this, this technology — this artistic technology — perhaps to try to restore some phonation in these individuals.”
Fascinating stuff, right?
Heavy Metal Singers are Just Big Babies (watch video here):
Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest are now back, and have announced a new album.
Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest are now back, and have announced a new album. As stated on Ultimate-Guitar, they are currently taping demos, doing rehearsals some new live performances, and this new album, titled “Likskue”, will be out in 2018, with recording sessions starting this summer or fall. Additional info will be revealed, so stay tuned. The band previously went on hiatus in July 2014, after members Tchort and Blood Pervertor announced they had parted ways with Carpathian Forest, and would form a new band called The 3rd Attempt. The Carpathian Forest’s 2017 line-up include all new band members, except vocalist Nattefrost.
Someone managed to film Finnish black metal outfit Azazel‘s set at the ‘Steelfest Open Air‘ this past weekend in Hyvinkää, Finland, because there’s a good chance they don’t remember much of it. Below you can watch the clearly intoxicated band stumble through their performance, complete with a few breathers, tumbles and more.
In March 2017, extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY completed the “War Eternal” album cycle with the highly successful “As The Stages Burn!” live release, which was filmed and recorded at the band’s massive headlining show at Wacken Open Air 2016:
Now, it is time for the next chapter in the band’s history as ARCH ENEMY hereby announce the title and release date of their forthcoming tenth studio album, “Will To Power”, with a worldwide release on September 8th, 2017 through Century Media Records and via Trooper Entertainment in Japan.
Shortly after the album’s release, the “Will To Power” touring cycle will kick off with shows in Eastern Europe, Austria, Finland and Russia, to be followed by an extensive North America tour in October / November. A full European tour can be expected in early 2018. Dates will be announced soon!
Michael Amott comments: “After many months of writing and recording in the studio we are delighted to have finally completed work on our 10th studio album, “Will To Power”. We are looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. We are equally excited to announce the first leg of our “Will To Power” world tour… Can’t wait to play new and old songs for our fans, see you all soon!”
“Will To Power” will be a bold sonic statement that ARCH ENEMY in this day and age is virtually unstoppable.
ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017
06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary
15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Sweden
04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia
05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrave, Czech Republic
07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay
08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK
“Will To Power Tour 2017”
w/ special guest Jinjer
15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria
16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria
17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Rumania
21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece
23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania
29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia
30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia
01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus *
04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia *
06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia *
08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia *
10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia *
11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia*
The Cavalera brothers are back! Max and Iggor Cavalera, who created some of the most influential metal records in music history with SEPULTURA and inspiring the heavy and extreme music scene over decades, are currently hard at work in the studio in Phoenix, Arizona, to record the fourth album of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY!
Set to be released in the Fall of 2017 on Napalm Records, Max and Iggor have now left a message to their fans and the worldwide metal community with a first teaser and greetings from the studio. Produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, the recordings of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s upcoming album will be documented by Horns Up Rocks, titled ‘The Conspiracy Diaries‘. These exciting studio episodes will be released over the next months and will share an in-depth view behind the scene’s of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s work in the studio. The brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera formed the legendarily trailblazing heavy metal band SEPULTURA as teenagers together in 1984. Across six studio albums the Brazilian punishers perfected the art of darkness and extreme music with thrash classics such as Beneath the Remains, Arise and Chaos AD, while exploring the underbelly of third world political issues and broadening the genre’s horizons with an exploration of indigenous culture, culminating with the landmark Roots album in 1996. A decade after Max left SEPULTURA and meanwhile released seven successful records with SOULFLY, the two brothers got back together in 2006 to form CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: A bold testament to the talent and power these two possess together. An invigorating mixture of speed and aggression, finest thrash power and the fiercest riffage
Get ready for one of the most heaviest and hotly anticipated metal records of 2017, as the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY will strike back this Fall!
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY – The Conspiracy Diaries #1 | Napalm Records
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY are:
Max Cavalera – Vocals, Guitar
Iggor Cavalera – Drums, Percussion
Marc Rizzo – Lead Guitar
Johny Chow – Bass