ARTISTdirect.com Man of the Year: Corey Taylor of Stone Sour and Slipknot
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:26:54
Corey Taylor might just usurp Dave Grohl as the busiest man in rock music.
After releasing the New York Times bestseller, Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good last year, the Slipknot and Stone Sour main man kicked off 2012 by launching Living Breathing Films, his production company with cohort M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan. The outfit began drumming up attention at Sundance and, definitely, has its sights set on big things.
This past summer, Slipknot headlined the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival to some of the biggest crowds the fest has seen in its history. These shows also saw the band at their most focused, fiery, and fierce. Taylor delivered every performance like it was his last, practically ripping a hole through the earth every time the band hit the stage. At the same time, on numbers like "Gently" and "Duality", his immense vocal prowess proved as hypnotic as ever.
Speaking of impressive vocals, Taylor recorded and released Stone Sour's epic House of Gold & Bones Pt. 1. The first half of the band's two disc concept album, it's the largest undertaking he's tackled yet and, as always, he nailed it with flying colors. House of Gold & Bones dispenses a rough thrash assault on the likes "Gone Sovereign", "RU486", and "Rumor of Skin". However, the collection boasts some of the singer's most entrancing and ethereal melodies to date as well on "Taciturn" and "Travellers Pt. 1". Everything culminates on the seesaw gut punch of "Last of the Real", which oscillates between poignant lyrics and his immortal scream. Each song follows a story Taylor penned including in the album too, welcoming listeners into this unforgettable world.
In addition, he inked a deal with Dark Horse Comics for a comic book for House of Gold & Bones. Taylor has jumped outside of the confines of hard rock, and he's only continuing to grow as a true presence in the worlds of music, literature, comics, and film.
That's why we've named him our 2012 man of the year.
Watch out Mr. Grohl...
What's your favorite Corey Taylor song?