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Albums Of The Week: Corey Taylor | CMFT

The Slipknot singer unmasks his wide-ranging influences on this surprising solo set.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:CMFT has been a long time coming for Corey Taylor, with newly written tracks alongside some dating back to his teens. Recorded at Hideout Studio in Las Vegas, with producer Jay Ruston and his band — Christian Martucci [guitar], Zach Throne [guitar], Jason Christopher [bass], and Dustin Robert [drums] — the album traces a wild and exhilarating roadmap through Taylor’s musical psyche.

HWY 666 kicks off the album barreling ahead with a devilish twang, while Silverfish peels back the layers of Taylor’s songwriting as acoustic guitars build to a highwire balance of hooks and heft. An ominous bassline gives way to pummeling wahed-out guitars on Culture Head and the moving piano-driven Home offers a raw glimpse at Taylor’s immense vocal range. The songs illuminate the broad spectrum of this fiery and fearless rock ’n’ roll opus, as Taylor touches on lifelong influences ranging from hard rock to classic rock, punk rock to hip-hop. On Black Eyes Blue, Taylor’s vocals soar with nostalgia, while on CMFT Must Be Stopped his rhymes recall his work on Slipknot’s debut record and run alongside bulletproof bars from multi-platinum artist Tech N9ne and U.K. MC Kid Bookie. The track is joined by a Djay Brawner-directed music video, which sees Taylor taking the CMFT championship belt as friends such as Marilyn Manson, Lars Ulrich, Rob Halford, Chris Jericho, ZillaKami and more make cameos.”