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Slipknot Frontman Corey Taylor Comments Blatantly On Working With Rick Rubin

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Corey Taylor, frontman for Slipknot and Stone Sour, recently had quite a few things to say about working with veteran producer Rick Rubin. The quote was taken from his comments to an audience member at a November 18th show in Dallas, Texas. He is referring to working with Rubin on Slipknot's 2004 release "Vol. 3 - (The Subliminal Verses)." To read the full article, go here.

"That's a dangerous, dangerous question," Taylor reportedly said. "Now, there are some people who would love for me to just be [politically correct] and toe the party line, which is, basically, [to say] 'You know, working with Rick Rubin was a very enriching experience. He is truly a great mind. . .' Let me give you the fucking truth of it. Rick Rubin showed up for 45 minutes a week. Yeah. Rick Rubin would then, during that 45 minutes, lay on a couch, have a mic brought in next to his face so he wouldn't have to fucking move. I swear to God. And then he would be, like, 'Play it for me.' The engineer would play it. And he had shades on the whole time. Never mind the fact that there is no sun in the room — it's all dark. You just look like an asshole at that point. He would just stroke his huge beard and try and get as much food out of it as he could. And he would go, 'Play it again.' And then he'd be, like, 'Stop! Do that over.' And he had an assistant who was seven feet tall. He had that disease where you can't grow hair on your body, so he was just bald. He looked like Mr. Clean's neurotic cousin. But he basically ran Rick Rubin's life — like, he was just fucking on it, on it, on it, on it. About half way through our precious 45 minutes, he would bring in this plate of shit. I assume it was food. It was bluish green. It smelled like someone had just plunged a fucking toilet somewhere. And he would eat it as fast as he could — just get it in there, all over himself. Which is, when you're working, so wonderful to look at . . . I will say this: I respect what Rick Rubin has done, I respect the work that he has done in the past to get to where he is now. But… this is a huge but… this is a J.Lo-sized 'but...' I will say this: The Rick Rubin of today is a thin, thin, thin shadow of the Rick Rubin that he was. He is overrated, he is overpaid, and I will never work with him again as long as I fucking live."

Source: CraveOnline

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1. BrianMN writes:

I agree somewhat with Corey.
Rubins crowning jewel was Reign in Blood.
I HATE what he did to Death Magnetic.
He is WAY overrated...but then again so is Slippy.
I loved the debut and Iowa but everything after that including Vol. 3 which the drummer said it's "spiritual".
SPIRITUAL????
Get of the drugs f**k head.
It's an album not the f**** bible.
Not a very good album either.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 12:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BrokenFace writes:

pretty harsh words but im glad he was honest about the anwser. kinda funny to, gotta love corey taylor

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 1:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Drum_Junkie writes:

So, in all that rant, Corey was upset about 45 minute blocks of time Rubin devoted to the 'knot'. All else was immaterial. So he had a freak assistant, was extremely sensitive to light, and had poor table manners. So what?

In a previous interview mentioned in the full article, CT was upset about the vocals... Now we get to the crux of the issue. He disagreed with Rubin on the vocal mix and which takes were used. Boo-hoo. So now, after 7 years he's still b****ing and moaning about it. Sounds like a case of LSD to me. (Lead Singers' Disease).

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. BULLETFORYOURFACE writes:

Corey Taylor is better than you at everything, and im assuming has a mental picture of how the songs he sings need to sound (like most talented musicans). as much as rubin probably got paid he should be bobbin on coreys charlie. eat it. ct rocks

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. R10 writes:

Umm,ok #4,whatever... Moving on... Loved the first couple of SK albums,that one that Rubin recorded was almost as bad as the knots last one. Yea,Rubin put Danzig and Slayer on the map,no doubt. But i also respect him for resurrecting Johnny Cash's career! The stuff that Rubin recorded by Cash was some of his best stuff in his career. Saved the "man in black" from playing state fairs,made him relevant again,kudos for that! NP: Johnny Cash/Ring of Fire

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 2:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cynic writes:

Danzig, Slayer, RHCP - no doubt he's produced some of my favourite albums. But the fact he was involved in "Death Magnetic" pretty much cements the fact he's not a silver bullet and perhaps may be a lazy sh**.

Kudos to Corey because this was a hilarious read.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 3:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. that writes:

i do not like slipknot but that actually sounds about right. I can picture him doing that to a tea

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 4:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. ZMA writes:

I really respect Taylor for bein' open about Rubin. I feel basically the same way he feels. He was a great producer and he's done a lot of great stuff for bands and music alike. BUT!............If given the opportunity I would never work with that man. Because like Corey said he's barely there and when he is it's not even for that long.
And this isn't the first time I've heard about him in this way. I've heard this from others over the years and I don't like that sh!t. I might've actually liked Death Magnetic if he didn't destroy it. Fvck Rubin.
He's doin' Sabbath's new album and I'm so afraid he's gonna ruin it.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 5:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BrokenFace writes:

Death magnet to me was a ok album except unforgiven 3. Why do u guys think ruben fukd it? His snares betta than st anger

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 6:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. psythe writes:

"this is a J.Lo-sized 'but...' "


ahaha awesome :D

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. silvermountains writes:

interesting perspective.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 6:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. dimentian writes:

System of and Down, Beastie and Slayer. Rubin prob f***ed up making those great albums on accident. He is a douche that thinks he has an ear for music. Corey is 100% correct. If Ross Robinson did Vol. 3 we could actually hear the drums like on IOWA. yeah b****.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 7:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Spaghetti_Motel writes:

Okay this a question for those who are saying Rick Ruben "ruined" Death Magnetic. Ummmmmmm............. how exactly did he do that?

I'll agree that the guy is rather overrated but there's a lot of talk here about the guy has f***ed up so many of the albums he's produced. Most of the ones I've heard sound fine to me but definitely nothing special.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. All The Noyes writes:

Rubin has produced some of my favorite records. I dont know...And I hate tonkpilS. So....

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Cynic writes:

To all of those who don't think Death Magnetic was ruined via volume - http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=54315

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 7:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. hellrat writes:

d*** Nubin is so out already...and Borey Sailor is such a insolent little wench

And thats pretty much what I think about that

Still Playing---Slaughter of the fvckin Soul!!! didn't need none of ol man d***'s fancy trix for this one now eh! :)

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 9:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hellrat writes:

dammit! that would be.... D!CK!!!

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. RTB writes:

I thought DM was metallicas best work since pre black lp..
I really dont know or have a take on rick
as far as corey he stated he hated vol 3 and thought all hope is gone was a better record...really? I thought vice versa, all hope is gone was knots black album
look, taylors metal years ( if u wanna call em that) are over
hes into rock, its hard for him to recultivate 8 because his life is bettet than it was 10 years ago and he s happier
that anget he had / generated with slipys first 3 lps are gone...hes a rock artist, and if he had any compassion or empathy for his band mates, he'd cut em the f@ck loose and let them go and get another vocalist instead of holding them hostage
craig, joey, and chris have come out and said they wanb
na go back to iowa and the self lp days..and if coreys not on that level do your mates a favor respect there careers and wishes and cut em the f@ck loose and wish em well
* end of intoxicatef rant*

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. spiral_architect writes:

RICK RUBIN HELPED CREATE A SLIPKNOT MASTERPIECE. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY COREY TAYLOR WOULD BE SO UPSET OVER THIS. I HAPPEN TO THINK TAYLOR IS A GENIUS, BUT HE NEEDS TO STOP BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS HIM.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Netromancer writes:

Jennfer Lopez's butt can never be used in any negative context. I might dislike her music, but Gods that thing is amazing. Sometimes I like to imagine I am laying upon it, floating down a river of beer with a joint in my hand a highball of Maker's Mark in the other. It is warm and comforting. It is what love is made of.

# Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Rakka writes:

Haha I hear you there Hellrat..At The Gates! \m/

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. 9Maggot9 writes:

Respect for Corey, f***ing love the rant, and so true aswell, maggot forever \m/

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 10:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. inside context writes:

what makes #20 unbelievably hillarious is that one might imagine Dr vector von doom saying it

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. HA HA HA HA writes:

nETEROMANCER....YOU FKG KILLED ME WITH THAT POST HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. HA HA HA HA writes:

nETEROMANCER....YOU FKG KILLED ME WITH THAT POST HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. silvermountains writes:

It's funny we make fun of this because it's from Slipknot but I'm sure if Kerry King had something to say about Ruben negatively we'd be having a totally different disscussion.

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 2:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Netromancer writes:

All jokes aside, I think Corey had a cruddy experience with a guy who's reputation preceded him. I know Rubin worked with some greats, but I wonder if it's not him riding the coat-tails of their talent. There must be a reason why most of those big names have moved on. Sure the recording is a big part of the process, but if the music isn't there to begin with no amount of mixing will save it. Corey thought the guy would be more accessible and involved, and when Rubin wasn't, it frustrated him. I'm honestly not a Slipknot fan, but I definately feel for the guy.

And I'm always serious about chick's asses.

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 2:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. ATN writes:

Aggreeing with 22. J Lo is one of the hottest out there right now.

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Agreed writes:

Agreed with 28 & 22. She gotz class with ass.

# Nov 24, 2011 @ 9:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. hunter887 writes:

not the fist time ive heard this. f*** rick rubin

# Nov 25, 2011 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

Corey needs to blame himself for vol 3. That album f***ing SUUUUUCKS it sounds like they dug through stone sour's garbage for most of those songs. Rick is a legend for many reasons. Ct can't hate rubin for not caring about vol 3 because slipknot didn't care about it either. This is stupid. Terrible album. Knot is never coming back. Ct wants to be dax riggs but oops he forgot to have mild talent. I also wish people would stop pretending that ct is a genius. Those first two albums were made by at least NINE people. Give credit where it's due. Stone Sour hasn't been good for a while. That should give it away. f*** ct Rubin is a god. And death magnetic is amazing. Slipknot has been gone for years imo.

# Nov 26, 2011 @ 11:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. brandedcfh420 writes:

crawford off his meds again i see!!!! ahahahhaahhaha j/k!!!

# Nov 26, 2011 @ 12:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. b.bristowe writes:

With everything Corey says, and the fact that the band is on 'hiatus', it is kind of obvious he is AGAIN looking for attention. Yeah this producer is no Andy Sneap, but it sounds like Corey is just trying to pick a fight. In other words, Napoleon Syndrome.

# Nov 27, 2011 @ 11:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Greyback writes:

Well, as much as I don't like Corey, for that thing he calls metal or whatever, He's right on about Rick. Over rated crap, Deathmag was a huge clipping mess. Of course Tallica probably hired him because they wanted to be all slobbing out on the couch and make sure the album was a clipping turd.

# Nov 27, 2011 @ 10:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Irishmetal signing in without signing in writes:

b.bristowe - the others guys in the band want to tour etc, it's Corey who doesn't. So yeah, he might be looking for attention, or he might just have let loose in a run of the mill interview/fan talk, not expecting it to get big attention.

Either way, if he wants attention, all he has to do is give in to joey and the others and get a tour set up.

# Nov 28, 2011 @ 6:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Tivic writes:

I agree with Corey Taylor.

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