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Corey Taylor to release lockdown-recorded debut solo album, CMFT

By | Published on Thursday 30 July 2020

Corey Taylor

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has announced that he will release his debut solo album, ‘CMFT’, this autumn. Not one but two singles from it – ‘Black Eyes Blue’ and ‘CMFT Must Be Stopped’ – are out now.

Actually, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Taylor had made an album of his own before. But you would be wrong. I checked. Twice. And I’ve lost confidence in this paragraph now, so I’m going to check again. No, he definitely hasn’t, he’s just talked about it before. Problem is, he’s a busy guy and he hasn’t previously had the time. But recently there’s been this whole pandemic thing, and that nicely cleared up his schedule, meaning he got it all locked down during lockdown.

“I put the word out, probably about a month before we actually ended up going in [to the studio], because it just started as a conversation with my manager”, Taylor tells Kerrang! “I said, ‘Well, maybe I should just do the album now’. And he knew how good the songs were, and he was like, ‘You know what? There’s nothing else going on. Let’s just see if we can even do it'”.

Having put together a band, he then navigated the tricky situation of trying to record an album and make some music videos while still on lockdown.

“It was tricky, because everything was closed, and we had to be smart”, he says. “But I just told everybody to social distance and quarantine for two weeks, and make sure that they were all good and safe, healthy, everything. We avoided any of the trappings of COVID, and really tried to keep ourselves from being exposed to anything like that”.

And so, along with producer Jay Ruston, he and guitarists Christian Martucci and Zach Throne, bassist Jason Christopher, and drummer Dustin Robert, set up in Las Vegas’s Hideout Studio and got this thing down. Together they recorded a collection of newly written tracks and some other songs that date back as far as Taylor’s teens (because, let’s not forget, he hasn’t recorded a solo album before).

Staying on the subject of the pandemic, Taylor is also one of a number of frequently masked performers offering advice to mask-wearing shoppers in this inspired piece of journalism from Spin.

“The main thing is to find a mask that fits”, he says. “I know a lot of people complain about it, like, [it’s] hurting their ears and shit, but that’s because your mask is too small. Or your head’s too big. Whichever is the case, I’m not too sure. But think about it this way: you’re talking about a few moments of discomfort against the possibility of being dead. It sells itself”.

Anyway, ‘CMFT’ is set for release through Roadrunner on 2 Oct. Right now, you can watch the videos for ‘CMFT Must Be Stopped’, featuring Tech N9ne and Kid Bookie, and ‘Black Eyes Blue’.