Getting a musician to talk about their vintage releases can be tough. Looking back means thinking backwards when you probably just want to focus on the here and now. In a new series at Noisey, artists are asked to look, critically, to the beginning, and everything since. We first fell in love when they got Korn's Jonathan Davis rank all all 11 of his albums; today, his nu-metal brethren Corey Taylor has done the same for Slipknot's full discography.
The iconic masked man ranks the records as follows:
1) Slipknot (1999)
2) .5: The Gray Chapter (2014)
3) Iowa (2001)
4) Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses (2004)
5) All Hope is Gone (2008)
When reflecting on the group's debut, Taylor looks back in awe:
"The album goes gold and we didn’t realize it. We didn’t get the plaque for it until February 2 of 2000. When we got the plaque, we found out within two months it would go platinum. Then it went double platinum. People don’t understand just how fucking insane it was. We’re sitting back going, 'What?' Suddenly we’re the biggest band on Roadrunner, and no one prepared us. We didn’t know what the fuck was going on. We had shitty management at the time, and it was insanity. It all started because we went up a mountain, and had an absolute fucking blast making that album. It went through three people’s hands to mix it."
Read the full interview here.