In a recent interview with Spin Magazine, Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor discussed his band's brand new album Audio Secrecy. Find out what went into the making of what has been referred to as the band's most cohesive album to date, and see why Spin cites Taylor as "a funny dude" in the excerpt from the Q&A below.
Audio Secrecy is out now! Get your copy of the stunning disc by going right here, and check out an exclusive look at the band In the Studio recording the album even further below.
Why call your record Audio Secrecy?
I love when a phrase has a few different meanings, and I was trying to find play on words for "idiosyncrasy." Idiosyncrasies are those little things that differentiate us, that make us individuals. But at the same time they tie us together. I hit on "audio secrecy" and immediately realized that it can mean something completely different to people. It can mean something dark or practical, light or funny. After thinking about it for a while, I realized it's a descriptive way of talking about music. Consider classic songs like "Master of Puppets" by Metallica or "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding. They're drastically different songs, yet both epic songs. Why do they sound the way they do? Why do people gravitate towards them? To me it's about the undertones or the overtones, the details—the way it was recorded, the temperature in the room, the instruments they used, the performance, the mixing and the mastering. It all comes down to these little elements. That, to me, is audio secrecy. That's what makes one song killer and one song filler. What makes one song live forever and the other one delegated to a bargain bin.
When did the new songs come together?
Most started back on the Come Whatever May tour. But some songs go way back. We were originally entertaining the idea of releasing back-to-back albums because Come Whatever May sold so well. But at the time it just made more sense to do record another Slipknot album. So there was still a lot of material that was ready to go. Plus we were writing stuff right up until the moment that we went into the studio. So it's a combination of the old and the new, and everything blending together really well.