Revolver Magazine is celebrating the release week of Stone Sour's 3rd studio album Audio Secrecy with a look back at a cover story they wrote on frontman Corey Taylor in 2007. And what's more is that Stone Sour is currently the cover story in the November/ December issue of the mag, on newsstands now! (Check it out to the left!) Read an excerpt of the 2007 feature with "a man who was born to perform" below, go right here to get the full story, and while you're out picking up a copy of the mag, if you haven't done so already, make sure you also get your copy of Audio Secrecy NOW!
Audio Secrecy is available in three different formats: You can get the Standard 14-track version, a Special Edition CD/DVD complete with 3 bonus tracks, or a Limited Edition Double LP vinyl version that comes with a signed lithograph and a chance to find a golden ticket to meet Stone Sour!
Following an epic story from Taylor's earlier years involving a ceiling fan, Revolver writes, "Whether standing naked in front of a doorway full of gawkers or rocking out in front of thousands of screaming kids, Taylor has always been the consummate showman.
'I’m over the top. I’m loud. I’m boisterous,' he admits. 'I want people to have a good time when they’re with me. I love that, you know?'
"...Though he’s blessed with undeniable talent, Taylor’s stubborn refusal to admit defeat under any circumstances has probably been as important to his success as his impressive performing, songwriting, or vocal abilities. It’s a trait that’s helped him survive an unstable and impoverished childhood, a deeply troubled adolescence marked by drug abuse, suicide attempts, and homelessness, and the soul-crushing aspects of the music industry. “I was always the kid who saw more on the horizon than what was in front of me,” is how he puts it.
Rags-to-riches stories have long been a showbiz cliché, of course, but Taylor has put his own spin on the tale by achieving success with two vastly different bands, more or less at the same time. Viewed by many as a Slipknot side project upon the release of their self-titled 2002 debut, Stone Sour—whose membership also includes Slipknot guitarist Jim Root, guitarist Josh Rand, bassist Sean Economaki, and drummer Roy Mayorga (who joined the band in 2006, when Joel Ekman left to spend more time with his family)—have long since established themselves as a potent musical and commercial force. The band’s hotly anticipated second release, Come What(ever) May, debuted in the Billboard Top 5 when it was released last August; the contemplative “Through Glass,” the album’s lead-off single, stayed at the top of the Modern Rock chart for seven weeks. With U.S. sales already past the 500,000 mark, Come What(ever) May continues to gather steam at home and abroad, thanks in part to the new single, “Sillyworld,” and the politically charged video that accompanies it. “People aren’t looking at it as a ‘side project’ anymore,” enthuses Taylor. “Nobody’s been yelling for ‘Duality’ on this tour.”
By now, most fans know that Stone Sour existed years before Slipknot were formed, and that ‘Knot founders Joey Jordison, Paul Gray, and Shawn “Clown” Crahan cherry-picked Taylor (and later Root) from Stone Sour in the late Nineties, as part of their mission to pack their band’s lineup with the best players and performers in the Des Moines area. Less well known is how Stone Sour have provided Taylor with direction, stability, and fellowship at times in his life when he was deeply in need of all three."