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“And the spirit’s there, too. So maybe it’s just because of the spirit wanting to get in there and just do its thing, maybe that’s one of the reasons why it just feels like that. All of those things were recorded with the exact same instruments and amps. We’d change guitars out here and there, but it was all done the same way, and built from that foundation. And hopefully that’s almost like a subliminal nod to the fact that all of these genres can live together if they’re done right.”
The musician adds that it wasn't necessarily important to have a totally unified sound in the ‘genre is dead’ world in which we live, noting that Slipknot were one of the first heavy bands to attempt to meld a broad mixture of different genres into their music in the first place.
“I feel like Slipknot was one of the first bands to really encourage that whole movement, you know?” he says. “Everybody try to nail us down into the nu-metal thing just because of the year that we came out, and the fact that we used hip-hop elements, but there was so much more hardcore punk on there, and grindcore, and thrash… I mean, we were really probably the first band to take all of those different genres and elements and stick them in a fucking trash compactor and grind them up, and kind of bend them to our will. I mean, there’s even fucking sick goth-type vibes on the first two albums. I really feel like we were one of the progenitors of that movement.”
With regards to CMFT, he adds: “It’s not exactly an anti-‘genre is dead’ kind of vibe, but I wanted to remind people that: it’s okay, that’s fine that genre is dead, but rock is still fucking awesome, so get over yourselves.”