GRAMMY® Award-winning singer / songwriter, actor, and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Corey Taylor has unveiled his next release “HWY 666” today. It is available on all streaming platforms now and joined by an official lyric video.
Kicking up dust, rustling acoustic guitars introduce “HWY 666” as the tempo increases to a gallop only to turn on a dime towards road-burning distortion. The song blurs the boundaries between outlaw country, punk, and hard rock, complete with cinematic storytelling and a soaring hook.
Taylor’s debut solo album, CMFT, is set for release on October 2nd via Roadrunner Records. Inciting widespread critical applause, FORBES declared, “Corey Taylor’s singing is undeniably the best it’s ever been. From Slipknot’s last album to his new solo material, Taylor is easily among the best sounding rock singers alive,” and KERRANG! described the new material as “A celebration of life, and one that shows him in a whole new light.”
Taylor recently released the official music video for his single “Black Eyes Blue,” which has entered the Top 10 at Active Rock Radio after surpassing previous first week chart positions from both Slipknot and Stone Sour. Additionally, Taylor ascended to #1 on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Songwriters” chart following the unprecedented debut of his first ever solo material – “Black Eyes Blue” and “CMFT Must Be Stopped” [feat. Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie], the latter of which has posted up 2.8 million YouTube views on its incendiary star-studded music video. Both songs are available on all streaming platforms.
Bubbling to the top of the pop culture conversation, Rolling Stone wrote, “The genre-spanning CMFT — short for ‘Corey Mother Fucking Taylor” – sees the singer tackling multiple styles of music, from hard rock and classic rock to punk and hip-hop.” Consequence of Sound observed, “Corey Taylor isn’t letting the pandemic stop him from remaining the busiest man in metal.” He also discussed the record in-depth with SPIN.
Pre-orders for CMFT are available now with limited edition vinyl and merch bundles available at www.thecoreytaylor.com. The songs illuminate the broad spectrum of this fiery and fearless rock ‘n’ roll opus, as Taylor touches on lifelong influences ranging from hard rock to classic rock, punk rock to hip-hop. On “Black Eyes Blue” Taylor’s vocals soar with nostalgia, while on “CMFT Must Be Stopped” his rhymes recall his work on Slipknot’s debut record and run alongside bulletproof bars from multi-platinum artist Tech N9ne and UK MC Kid Bookie. CMFT has been a long time coming for Taylor, with newly written tracks alongside some dating back to his teens. Recorded at Hideout Studio in Las Vegas, with producer Jay Ruston and his band—Christian Martucci [guitar], Zach Throne [guitar], Jason Christopher [bass], and Dustin Robert [drums]— the album traces a wild and exhilarating roadmap through Taylor’s musical psyche. “HWY 666” kicks off the album barreling ahead with a devilish twang, while “Silverfish” peels back the layers of Taylor’s songwriting as acoustic guitars build to a highwire balance of hooks and heft. An ominous bass line gives way to pummeling wah-ed out guitars on “Culture Head” and the moving piano-driven “Home” offers a raw glimpse at Taylor’s immense vocal range.