Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour): New Solo Album, Full-Production ‘Forum or Against ‘Em’ Live Stream 10/2


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Corey Taylor does not care what you think.

Primarily known to the masses as as the lead vocalist of masked heavy metal marauders Slipknot, a position he’s held since the band exploded with its self-titled 1999 debut album, Taylor has shared a ‘softer’ side with his band Stone Sour — but his latest project, his first-ever solo album, finds him at his most unapologetic and in-your-face.

CMFT will be released on Oct. 2 — click here to pre-order a copy from our Rock Cellar Store.

In keeping with his mantra of staying true to his own creative vision, Taylor announced a special live stream concert scheduled for Oct. 2, the day of the album’s release.

Titled Forum or Against ‘Em, the full-production pay-per-view stream will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles, and promises to be quite a blast for fans:

Forum or Against ‘Em will be a full arena production complete with a visual feast of pyrotechnics, a stacked set list featuring all tracks from CMFT, select fan-favorite cuts from Taylor’s Slipknot and Stone Sour catalogues, a handful of covers and an incendiary guest performance from rock n’ roll girl-gang dance squad, The Cherry Bombs.

This special production is a big achievement from Taylor and his team, as well as Danny Wimmer Presents:

In the rapidly evolving sphere of streamed events, Forum Or Against ‘Em is set to be an industry first, as Corey Taylor and his management team at 5B Artists + Media partner with Danny Wimmer Presents, the largest independent festival producer in the United States, to put on this one-of-a-kind, pay-per-view concert experience. In utilizing The Forum for this special steaming event, the team are not only able to put together a world class rock extravaganza with a massive arena production, in total, they are also providing work to approximately 80 event staff.  

Said Corey Taylor in a statement about this new live stream gig:

“I’ve been saying since the beginning I’d find a way to bring this music and this band to the people. And I’m honored that The Forum let us do just that. It’s CMFT in its entirety. It’s songs I’ve shared over the years. It’s a celebration, and I’m so stoked to party with all of you.”

From new songs to his prior work with Slipknot and Stone Sour and beyond, this ought to be a real treat for fans of the versatile singer’s career. Click here for ticket details regarding the live stream.

As for Taylor’s new album, he’s previewed it with a few songs in addition to “CMFT Must Be Stopped” (seen above). Here’s a new video for “Black Eyes Blue”:

He’s also shared a lyric video for “HWY 666”:

Some of this new solo material may seem like a pronounced left-turn from Taylor’s “day job” in Slipknot, and it definitely is — it’s about as far-removed from the band’s dark, brooding metal as can be (take their 2019 album We Are Not Your Kind as an example of Slipknot’s enduring intensity). At the same time, it’s also very much who Corey Taylor the individual is.

He’s performed solo gigs over the years that very much encapsulate this “other side” of him, so to speak, channeling his heroes in classic rock and 1980s metal, among other eras.

Corey Taylor is not afraid to catch you off-guard. In fact, he thrives on it. As he told Kerrang! of this new project:

“I love what I’ve done in the past, I love the projects that I’ve been attached to, but this, honestly, was probably the most enjoyable album that I’ve done since the first Slipknot album,” he enthuses. “There was such a sense of, ‘We’re doing it together.’ I hadn’t felt anything like that for a really long time, man. People grow apart, relationships become fractious… people stop liking each other sometimes, in certain bands, you know? But with this, it was totally different, because we were all friends before that. We just happened to all play together, and then we formed a band around that friendship, and it all really galvanised it.

“This has definitely made me appreciate making music again, let’s put it that way.”

A similar sentiment was expressed by Taylor in 2017, when Rock Cellar caught up with him at the NAMM Show:

The great thing about life is when you get little bit of luck, a little bit of talent and you bust your ass and you work — you get exactly what you needed.

So for me, I wouldn’t change a fuckin’ thing. Even the shit I went through as a kid, in my life, all the struggles I’ve dealt with, it’s all prepared me for today.

To regret any of that is to say that you regret the person that you are now and I’m the first to tell people that I’m the luckiest person on the planet. I’m still trying to figure out how the fuck I got away with all this.
I’m that guy. And then you talk to people and they’re like, “What are you talking about? You’re this, you’re that…” and I just don’t see myself that way. Just love the process.

I love going in and making an album and then I love the first six months of touring and after that I’m bored. I want to go back in and make another album.

CMFT will be available on Oct. 2. For this project, Taylor’s band features Christian Martucci (his band mate in Stone Sour) and Zach Throne, bassist Jason Christopher and drummer Dustin Schoenhofer.

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