In a new interview, Corey Taylor of Slipknot discussed the status of new masks and costumes for the band, as they have entered the studio, working towards a new album in 2019. Appearing on Dean Delray’s Let There Be Talk podcast, Taylor discussed who they were working with, including Screaming Mad George and Tom Savini, legendary horror director, writer, effects artist and actor. Check out some excerpts from the interview (via ThePRP) and some Instagram evidence form Taylor.
“We work with different people. We worked with Screaming Mad George for the longest time.”
When asked who that was, Taylor replied:
“He’s an effects guy from Japan. He did a lot of the special effects for… The movie that comes to mind now, ‘Big Trouble in Little China.’ He did a lot of that stuff. But he’s a maniac, he’s an amazing artist. He did the masks for us, for ‘Iowa‘, ‘Volume 3‘, he did a little work with us on ‘All Hope Is Gone‘.
But then we worked with a bunch of other people. I had the privilege this time around, the new stuff that I’m working on, to work with Tom Savini. He’s the godfather to me. Got to hang out with him, got to talk with him. Met him through a friend who actually works with him. And the three of us were kind of developing this new mask together so I’m kind of fuckin’ chuffed on that.”
“…It’s really bare bones right now because it has to do with what I’m gonna do underneath it as well. But it’s not there yet so I just kind of gave a little sample. And people were like, ‘What the fuck?!’ I loved it. It blew up so quick. And then it turned into like 20 fucking news stories on Loudwire and shit. And I was like ‘You people need to get out more.’ Everybody was like, ‘Is it bullets?! What is that?! I don’t know what the fuck I’m looking at!’ So I loved that shit.”
In addition to speaking of his early masks and more, Taylor also revealed that the band tour with crew who oversee the care of their masks after each show:
“…Everything is gonna start to deteriorate after a while. For us, we keep them all… First of all, we try to get as much of the moisture of it as possible, because that destroys the latex and whatnot. But we also have people who work for us, who actually take the masks at the end of the night and make sure they’re dry and they’re put away and then they’re brought out to get air into them. You know, during the tour and whatnot. But after the tour cycle, I don’t really care. I’ve got a lot of my old ones on styrofoam heads, just for displaying and shit.”