Having a song on the successful “Spider-Man” soundtrack hasn’t gone to Corey Taylor’s head. Actually, “Bother” has deflated the Slipknot frontman’s ego… or superego, as it were.
Taylor has forgone using Superego as the moniker for his now-unnamed side project, who hope to release their debut in late summer or early fall, according to a Roadrunner Records spokesperson. Taylor’s Slipknot bandmate Jim Root (guitar) joins him in the endeavor, as do two members of their previous band, Stone Sour, and an acquaintance from the group’s hometown of Des Moines, Iowa.
The quintet has recorded 16 songs that run the gamut from the solemn – akin to Taylor’s distressed, crooning contribution to the “Spider-Man” soundtrack – to the seriously heavy, a logical expectation from the man who proffered ultra-violent tunes like “Spit It Out,” “People = Sh-” and “Disasterpiece,” the label rep said. Eleven or 12 tunes, among them “Get Inside,” “Orchids,” “Blue Study” and an alternate version of the aforementioned “Bother” (which Taylor wrote seven years ago), are expected to make the final cut.
The as-yet-untitled album was recorded at Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and is now being mixed. It was produced by the band and Tom Tatman, who had previously worked with Stone Sour.
Taylor’s not alone in his moonlighting endeavors. Joey Jordison swapped his drumsticks for a guitar pick for his side project the Murderdolls, a group he had been working on since 1995 that had previously gone by the name the Rejects (see “Slipknot’s Maggot Label Signs First Act; Members Moonlight With Others”).
Like Taylor’s new band, the Murderdolls – who also include singer Wednesday 13, formerly of North Carolina horror-metal outfit Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, ex-Dope/current Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, bassist Erik Griffin and drummer Ben Graves – are expecting to drop their debut LP in late summer or early fall, the Roadrunner rep said.
Marilyn Manson will sing on one track off the album, which is being recorded in Des Moines’ SR Studios. Jordison has taken on production duties.
Both bands are expected to tour to support the releases.