Tag Archive: Corey Taylor


Happy holidays! Here comes the first in a line of blog posts in my holiday vacation free time, (that’s right, I haven’t had much free time to blog this holiday). We’ll see the when the next post will be, I really don’t know. Hope you are enjoying yourselves in these festive times. Today’s blog post will be a review of a little pearl of a song from a project by Dave Grohl, the frontman of Foo Fighters (and former drummer of Nirvana, for those of you that didn’t know that). The project is a documentary called Sound City (2013), and is a tribute to the recording studio and equipment used in Sound City Studios, where all the artists featured in the documentary and accompanying soundtrack (Sound City – From Real to Reel, 2013) have all recorded music when the studio was running. The song is called From Can To Can’t, sung by Corey Taylor of Slipknot (and Stone Sour), accompanied by Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen (of Cheap Trick, among others) and Scott Reeder (of Kyuss, among others). Here are the lyrics. Enjoy.

Added the behind-the-scenes footage and music video of the song, makes you realize how great musicians they all are.

So much and at the same time so little to actually be said about the song. I adore it, the whole thing, with guitars and drums and bass and Corey Taylor’s amazing voice. The whole setup is just great, with a song that builds towards a climax, that hits every expectation in my book, and is taken to a short breakdown before a great finish. The melody is nice, as you can hear clearly in the first verse, with the strumming of the guitar and the bass, and then roughs it up with an electric guitar and drums, building up the song more. The lyrics are poetic and sore, together with the talent of Corey Taylor, which can do both careful vocals and add more force with a raspy voice, this seems like the perfect match for the complete song. After you’ve watched the behind-the-scenes part, you can better notice the small and yet significant details to the song, like the use of the E-Bow on the guitar in the background, especially in the first chorus. The music video is great, showing the parts of every musician in the song. A great piece of music, played with historically great equipment, by historically extraordinary great musicians.

“Look at all of these people
Tragic little people
They smile and then they don’t know what for”

“Our houses are haunted, dark and deserted
They’re made of my secrets and shame”
(From Can To Can’t – Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen, Scott Reeder)

Hi everyone! First, I’d like to say that I have gone through all the posts on this blog and replaced the links and videos that don’t exist any more with working ones, so that you can easily listen to the music I write about without going through the trouble of finding them yourselves. So now, everything should be alright.
It’s actually been closer to three years since I did a Slipknot-post, and of the bands I have listened to over the years, this is one of those that has stuck by me since I discovered them. On that note, I think now’s the time to revive them on my blog (I have done playlists with them since 2013, but not song reviews). I’ve chosen a song I’ve discovered not so long ago, despite it being around for a pretty long time: The Heretic Anthem, off the album Iowa (2001). You can read the lyrics here. Enjoy!

I just love how the sound image is so complex, and still works like a bitch. It’s one of Slipknot’s trademarks, if you ask me, and a reason why they are so popular. The guitars are killing it, with hard hitting riffs. The double bass drums make the song even harder, not to speak of the rest of the percussionists’ artwork. Corey Taylor, yelling the angry lyrics as he is surrounded by a heavy atmosphere of sound. I also love the idea of Corey calling and the rest of the band answering in the refrain. Sometimes I wonder how I can think of this as beautiful, but I simply enjoy great musicians doing what they do best, and Slipknot do have something special, in my opinion.

“Nobody wants anything I’ve got
Which is fine, because you’re made of
Everything I’m not”
(The Heretic Anthem – Slipknot)

 

Slipknot – Vermilion

Hello there, followers (and other (un)fortunate ones who stumbled upon this blog by accident)! Are there any readers still out there, or have you abandoned me completely, like I did for a while with this blog? I will try to be back for as long as I can, and I will try to post more, but I can’t guarantee anything while I’m working, and don’t have Internet access at home. However! Today I’m doing the best I can with the limited Internet access I have, and so, I’m doing a post on the song by Slipknot called Vermilion. It was published on the album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) in 2004. Here are the lyrics, and below is the music video.

The song itself sounds vicious almost, with the little piano melody mixed with the guitars and Corey’s disturbing (and awesome) voice, and the programming isn’t making the sound any better. Anyhow, I love the way it sounds, it’s not bad just because it sounds dark, rather the opposite. The lyrics makes the song complete, with these small sentences that make it sound like the writer is mad, it brings the wholeness out even more. I won’t even bother to tell you that I liked the guitar solo, however short it was. There is a part 2 to this song, which you can check out here (which I will deal with on a later occasion). The music video is rather disturbing as well, but hey, it’s Slipknot, what were you expecting?

 

“I’m a slave, and I am a master”
“I won’t let this build up inside of me”
(Vermilion – Slipknot)

 

 

Slipknot – Eyeless

Hi there! It’s a shame really, it’s been so long since I’ve listened to Slipknot, but after listening to Eyeless yesterday, I just knew I needed to get it out here. So, here is Eyeless off the album Slipknot (1999). Here are the lyrics.

I think the intro is brilliant, the guitar riffs are rough and cool, and the programming  and drums are awesome. The tempo of the song is really fast, and that makes the song even more aggressive in addition to the screaming and the lyrics. There’s a lot of swearing, anger and attitude as you can hear: “Insane – am I the only motherfucker with a brain?” “Better get away from me, stay the fuck away from me!“. I also really like the part where Corey screams “mother fucker” and the whole song goes into a sort of “slow motion” for the last half-a-minute. Great song to rock out to if you want to express some anger, and in the end, at least I felt a little relieved of my anger.

 

“Insane – am I the only motherfucker with a brain?
I’m hearing voices but all they do is complain
How many times have you wanted to kill
Everything and everyone – say you’ll do it but never will”
(Eyeless – Slipknot)

 

 

Slipknot – (Sic)

Today I’ve chosen to write about the song (Sic) by Slipknot. The song was first published on their self titled album (Slipknot) in 1999. Here are the lyrics, and the song:

 

Awesome. This is one of the aggressive songs that just says it all. Sick. There is both aggressive playing and lyrics, making the song double awesome. There is moaning and screaming between the lyrics, making the whole song sound just insane. The way Corey tries to gasps for air as he say “you can’t kill me cause I’m already inside you” is both creepy and cool, as well as the insane laughter after repeatedly screaming “sic”, just gives me the chills. The verses consist of something I would like to call screaming rap, which is pretty cool, and something special to Slipknot, that not many others do. The drums play a big role in this song for making it as hard core as it is, in addition to the guitar riffs and playing that just kicks ass. The whole song is just sickly awesome.

 

“Fuck this shit, I’m sick of it
You’re going down, this is a war!”
((Sic) – Slipknot)

 

Slipknot – Duality

Hey! Now, it’s been too long since last time, so it’s really due for another post. This time it’s Duality by Slipknot. Published on the album Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) in 2004, and became the first single off the album. Wise choice, I must say. Here are the lyrics, and the crazy music video below:

I’ve just been walking around for a couple of weeks now, whispering to myself “I push my fingers into my EYES!”, just smiling about it, so now I thought it was about time I shared this song with you. Finally some true inspiration!

I really enjoyed the opening line “I push my fingers into my eyes!” in a strange way. The brutality of it all just appealed to me. Further on, he sings “Jesus, it never ends”, and he’s right, and that is a thing I would say myself, so I really liked that he just sang it straight forward. Actually, I think the whole song is awesome in terms of the lyrics. I could go on quoting examples, but I will try to detain myself.

I think the riffs are seriously great, and I love the way the song is built up, the way Corey just speaks the lyrics in the verses is just creepy “I’ve left behind this little fact, you cannot kill what you did not create”.  The piano in the intro makes the mood creepy too.
Freaking fantastic!

 

“I gotta say what I gotta say, and then I swear I’ll go away
But I can’t promise you’ll enjoy the noise”
(Duality – Slipknot)

 

Slipknot – Psychosocial

Hey! Here’s a review of the song Psychosocial by Slipknot. The song was published in 2008 on their album All Hope Is Gone. Here‘s the lyrics, though there are apparently many versions of the lyrics out there, and I do not know which ones are right (but if you scroll down, you see what I think is right). The music video is below:

Since everyone has different versions of the song lyrics, and can pretty much only agree upon the word “Psychosocial” and the phrase “The limits of the dead!”, I decided to post what I think are the right lyrics to this song, and if you have reasonable suggestions for changes, I might change them!

I did my time and I want out
So effusive, fade
It doesn’t cut, this soul is not so vibrant
The reckoning, the sickening
Packaging subversion
Pseudo sacrosanct perversion
Go drill your deserts, go dig your graves
Then fill your mouth with all the money you will save
Sinking in, getting smaller again
I’m Done! It has begun – I’m not the only one!

And the rain will kill us all
If we throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me

Psychosocial, psychosocial, psychosocial
Psychosocial, psychosocial, psychosocial

Oh, there are cracks in the road we lay
But when the temple fell, the secrets have gone mad
This is nothing new, but when we killed it all
Fate was all we had
Who needs another mess?
We could start over
Just look me in the eyes and say I’m wrong
Now there’s only emptiness
Venomous, Insipid
I think we’re done – I’m not the only one!

And the rain will kill us all
If we throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me

Psychosocial, psychosocial, psychosocial
Psychosocial, psychosocial, psychosocial

The limits of the dead!
The limits of the dead!
The limits of the dead!
The limits of the dead!

Fake Anti-Fascist lie – (Psychosocial!)
I tried to tell you but – (Psychosocial!)
Your purple hearts are giving out – (Psychosocial!)
Can’t stop a killing idea – (Psychosocial!)
If it’s hunting season – (Psychosocial!)
Is this what you want? – (Psychosocial!)
I’m not the only one!

And the rain will kill us all
If we throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me

And the rain will kill us all
If we throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me

The limits of the dead!
The limits of the dead!

 

This is a very angry song. Corey Taylor, the vocalist, is really screaming it out, literally. The whole song reeks of aggression. Chugging guitars and pounding drums are key words in this song. It just rocks straight through the whole song, and helps the aggression in the lyrics being presented stronger. The only problem about these angry lyrics, are that there are so many insecurities about them, it seems that no one really knows what the right lyrics are.

 

“Who needs another mess?
We could start over
Just look me in the eyes and say I’m wrong”
(Psychosocial – Slipknot)