Corey Taylor Talks About The 10-Year Anniversary of Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

  • Corey Taylor Talks About The 10-Year Anniversary of Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
    POSTED 25 Mar 2014


    Photo Credit: Bobby Tongs

    Since it has officially been 10 years since Slipknot released Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, Artist Direct caught up with frontman Corey Taylor to reflect on the album, and the role that the band’s late bassist Paul Gray played on that record. Read below!

    Vol. 3: The Subliminal Versesfeels like a complete thought. The first lyric ties into the last lyric.

    Exactly! A lot of things connected on that album if you really listen to it. Songs flow into one another. Songs fade as another fades up. It was a great listen in artistry when it came to putting an album together. I can’t take any credit for that. I was just one little piece in it. It was Clown,Greg Fidelman, andJoey Jordisonreally putting that together. I just did my best to keep up with it.

    Do you have any good memories ofPaul Grayfrom that record?

    He’s really all over that album. That was the first album where he really got to stretch musically especially with stuff like “Vermilion Pt. 1” and “Vermilion Pt. 2”. That was like, “Oh man!” To this day, I listen to the end of that song, and I go, “That is so gorgeous and wonderfully dark I can’t actually believe I was on that song”. It’s really the outro part that has such an orchestral vibe to it and almost like a Russian vibe to it. It’s so sick! You listen to it, and you’re like that’s one of the baddest fucking things I’ve ever heard in my fucking life. It was the first time I’d ever seen Paul start to put guitar parts together likethis. He’s like, “This part will do this, but this part will come in and offset that. Then, these parts will come in”. It was almost like musical weaving. You took one part out, and it didn’t work. You put it all together, and it was like this gorgeous tapestry. That was one of my favorites. “Vermilion Pt. 2” was his idea as well. He really wanted to do an acoustic version. They sat down and tried to work it out based off the original framework and we realized that wasn’t going to work. We needed to let “Vermilion Pt. 2” be its own arrangement. Once we got there, it made sense. That’s when I started working on the lyrics from that point of view. The cool thing was me and Paul sitting down and working on the music for “The Virus of Life”. That was something he and I put together and then putting together the majority of “The Nameless” which was really cool. I came up with the chorus for it.

    Did you ever play “Circle” at any of your acoustic shows?

    The only time we’ve done anything like that acoustically was on my spoken word book tour.Jim Rootcame down to the very last show, which was in Jacksonville, Florida. I dragged him up on stage, and we did “Vermilion Pt. 2”, and we had never done it before. The audience fucking lost their shit. They were like, “Holy shit!” I had Jason Christopher Rappise doing backups on it. He was perched on this stool, and he had the mic. It was very funny. He was so stoked! He was like, “I don’t even need to play guitar. I just want to do the backups!” [Laughs]

    That extended version of “Danger Keep Away” stands out. What songs fromVol. 3: The Subliminal Versesstill speak to you?

    That’s a great one. That’s when we were getting really experimental and not worrying about a certain formula. That type of element will definitely project itself on the next album. I think it’s going to be very out there. Speaking for specific tracks, there’s “Three Nil” of course. Then, I’d say “Opium of the People” and “Welcome”. One of my favorites off that record, period, is “The Virus of Life”. That’s probably one of the songs that if I’m going to go toVol. 3and listen to some of the album, I always play that one.

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Photo Credit: Bobby Tongs

Since it has officially been 10 years since Slipknot released Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses, Artist Direct caught up with frontman Corey Taylor to reflect on the album, and the role that the band’s late bassist Paul Gray played on that record. Read below!

Vol. 3: The Subliminal Versesfeels like a complete thought. The first lyric ties into the last lyric.

Exactly! A lot of things connected on that album if you really listen to it. Songs flow into one another. Songs fade as another fades up. It was a great listen in artistry when it came to putting an album together. I can’t take any credit for that. I was just one little piece in it. It was Clown,Greg Fidelman, andJoey Jordisonreally putting that together. I just did my best to keep up with it.

Do you have any good memories ofPaul Grayfrom that record?

He’s really all over that album. That was the first album where he really got to stretch musically especially with stuff like “Vermilion Pt. 1” and “Vermilion Pt. 2”. That was like, “Oh man!” To this day, I listen to the end of that song, and I go, “That is so gorgeous and wonderfully dark I can’t actually believe I was on that song”. It’s really the outro part that has such an orchestral vibe to it and almost like a Russian vibe to it. It’s so sick! You listen to it, and you’re like that’s one of the baddest fucking things I’ve ever heard in my fucking life. It was the first time I’d ever seen Paul start to put guitar parts together likethis. He’s like, “This part will do this, but this part will come in and offset that. Then, these parts will come in”. It was almost like musical weaving. You took one part out, and it didn’t work. You put it all together, and it was like this gorgeous tapestry. That was one of my favorites. “Vermilion Pt. 2” was his idea as well. He really wanted to do an acoustic version. They sat down and tried to work it out based off the original framework and we realized that wasn’t going to work. We needed to let “Vermilion Pt. 2” be its own arrangement. Once we got there, it made sense. That’s when I started working on the lyrics from that point of view. The cool thing was me and Paul sitting down and working on the music for “The Virus of Life”. That was something he and I put together and then putting together the majority of “The Nameless” which was really cool. I came up with the chorus for it.

Did you ever play “Circle” at any of your acoustic shows?

The only time we’ve done anything like that acoustically was on my spoken word book tour.Jim Rootcame down to the very last show, which was in Jacksonville, Florida. I dragged him up on stage, and we did “Vermilion Pt. 2”, and we had never done it before. The audience fucking lost their shit. They were like, “Holy shit!” I had Jason Christopher Rappise doing backups on it. He was perched on this stool, and he had the mic. It was very funny. He was so stoked! He was like, “I don’t even need to play guitar. I just want to do the backups!” [Laughs]

That extended version of “Danger Keep Away” stands out. What songs fromVol. 3: The Subliminal Versesstill speak to you?

That’s a great one. That’s when we were getting really experimental and not worrying about a certain formula. That type of element will definitely project itself on the next album. I think it’s going to be very out there. Speaking for specific tracks, there’s “Three Nil” of course. Then, I’d say “Opium of the People” and “Welcome”. One of my favorites off that record, period, is “The Virus of Life”. That’s probably one of the songs that if I’m going to go toVol. 3and listen to some of the album, I always play that one.

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