Jim Root, the guitarist for Slipknot has addressed claims that the band’s highly anticipated new album ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ sounds a lot like their second album ‘Iowa’.
It was only last year that the band’s frontman Corey Taylor explained that the new recording was shaping up to be “‘Iowa’ levels of heavy“, and also that “It kind of had a cross between the first album and ‘Iowa’”.
He said at the time: “I keep telling people that this is what the kids from Iowa would have made if they’d matured,” adding: “It’s a step from that.”
That being said, just before the band’s UK comeback at Download Festival this weekend, guitarist Root denied that there was much similarity between their upcoming sixth album and the band’s 2001 classic.
Root told Kerrang Radio: “No. I would never in a million years compare anything we’ve done to anything we’ve previously done,” adding: “I don’t believe in it. I think it’s bad, because no matter… I mean, you could say, ‘Oh, we’re gonna write the heaviest album of all time,’ or, ‘We’re gonna write an album that sounds like ‘Iowa’.’ Even if we set out to try to do so, it would never compare. We’re not those people anymore. We’re not that band anymore. That was a place in time; it was a snapshot of who we were at that time; and to try to recreate that, I think, would be contrived, and our fans would see right through it. “
He also explained: “And even if it was a great, really heavy, aggressive, organic record like that, the comparison wouldn’t match up to it. So I like to look at everything as an evolution. And if I’d compare anything, it wouldn’t be the songs themselves; it might be the process itself.”
When it came to the writing process for their second album, Root explained that it was more of a group writing and recording experience:
He explained: “With this album, the demos were built; we worked on the demos; we got together; we were in the studio; we jammed with Jay [Weinberg, drums]; we did a number of takes with the click, a number of takes without the click, and it was always the ones without the click that made it.
“But it was us as a band playing, and that gave that push and pull and that organic feel. Now, sonically, it’s gonna be different. That’s another thing — sonically, you’ll never match something you’ve done before. It’s hard to chase a vibe and catch a vibe. That’s why I don’t necessarily enjoy it when bands cover other songs. You’ll never recreate what has been done, especially if it’s something that’s legendary and classic.”