December 3, 2014

Slipknot singer Corey Taylor was recently asked whether he thought the band would ever perform without its signature masks.


Taylor replied, “I think in a way we could, but I don’t think we’d want to. I mean, I always think back to when Kisstook the makeup off back in the ’80s, and I know why they did it, because they kind of hit a wall and it was time to evolve for them. But for us, the masks always evolve, for the most part, and our look always evolves, and I think because we’re constantly changing, we don’t feel that pressure to take them off, because we allow ourselves to roll with the times and to change with the albums.”

The band recently introduced new versions of their masks and Taylor explained what inspired his, “I based the face off of the really great character actor, Richard Lynch. Basically I stole his face, so Richard, I’m sorry, I probably owe you a few bucks. But I thought it was cool. He’s one of my favorite — ’cause he was in a lot of great horror movies and like sci-fi/fantasy movies and whatnot, and he just had a great, gnarly look.”

Slipknot’s new album, .5: The Gray Chapter, sold 132,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart in late October.