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        Corey Taylor is the front man for the nu-metal band Slipknot and also the hard rock band Stone Sour. His writing style within these two bands stretches from dark, frightening melodies to soft, acoustic ballads to hard, in-your-face metal anthems. Corey's musical diversity can easily be recognized by two of Slipknot's songs on their third album "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses." The songs "Vermilion" and "Vermilion Part 2" are the same concept, with the same lyrics, presented in two completely different styles. "Vermilion" is a freightening, dark song that make the lyrics sound like insanity. "Vermilion Part 2" is an acoustic version of "Vermilion" that is much lighter but still ominous. This song has the same lyrics, but it sounds more like a love song. Corey Taylor is one of the most diverse writers in all of heavy metal.

Corey - Slipknot

         The band Slipknot was started in the mid to late 90s and released their first album in 1999. There are nine people in the band and Corey is the main lyrical writer, and writes much of the music as well. His vocal style consists of harsh growls as well as melodic "clean" singing.

        Taylor's lyrics criticize fake people, the music industry, government, religion, and many other problems found in the world. Slipknot's first and second albums, "Slipknot" and "Iowa" are undoubtedly the most angry with Corey mostly screaming and growling over fast, thrashy, and dark guitar parts. Their third and fourth albums are much more melodic, but still heavy. On "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" and "All Hope Is Gone" Corey uses a more even combination of clean vocals and harsh vocals.

Corey Taylor
Corey Taylor

         After the release of Slipknot's second album "Iowa" in early 2000, the band temporarily split for other side projects. Corey Taylor and one of the the guitarists from Slipknot, James Root, joined a hard rock band called Stone Sour. In this band Taylor shows a different side without the mask. He sings a lot more in this band and he writes a lot of vocal melodies.

        In 2009 Taylor told Billboard Magazine that he would eventually be releasing a solo album. He said it would be more of a classic rock sound, even further extending his creative writing horizons. He said that he wasn't done with Slipknot or Stone Sour, that this solo project is just something that he has to do before he can move on with the other bands.

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