Slipknot’s Corey Taylor recently spoke with Revolver magazine about his experiences while recording ‘Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses.’ This period saw the band go through a dramatic downward spiral as they attempted to resolve internal disagreements and emotional struggles, all of which made the recording process difficult. Taylor also chastised Rick Rubin, the producer of the nearly 20-year-old record. The signer recalled the time while the band was working on the album, saying: “Oh my God, that was such a watershed moment in my life.” I was in such a poor position that I don’t remember much of the first part of creating that album because I was so messed up all the time.”
He shared his thoughts on the substance of ‘Vol 3′ as follows: “We weren’t sure if people would be ready for such an album; we weren’t sure if we were ready for such an album.” And the tape left such a foul taste in my mouth that I still have difficulty listening to it.” Taylor blamed Rubin for his dissatisfaction with the album’s recording process, saying:
“Obviously, a lot of it stems from my feelings toward [producer] Rick Rubin; to me, Greg Fidelman produced that album because Rubin wasn’t present.” He was simply fucking not. And even when he was, it seemed as if he couldn’t be bothered.” Slipknot’s frontman has previously highlighted the producer’s absence from the project. Furthermore, at a solo gig in 2011, he disclosed that Rubin only joined the band in the studio for ’45 minutes a week.’ He then explained:
“I admire Rick Rubin’s accomplishments.” But the Rick Rubin of today is only a pale shadow of the Rick Rubin of yesteryear. He is overpriced and overpaid, and I will never work with him again in my life.” Corey Taylor’s full statement about ‘Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses’ may be found here.