“Rick Rubin is over-rated”, says Corey Taylor

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor has made a public attack on producer Rick Rubin, saying that he considers him to be “overrated” and “overpaid”.

The frontman, who worked with Rubin on Slipknot 2004 album ‘Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses’, told an audience at a Q & A session in Texas that the producer was a “thin shadow” of his former self.

“There are some people who would love for me to toe the party line, which is basically, ‘Working with Rick Rubin was a very enriching experience,'” he said. “Let me give you the fucking truth of it: Rick Rubin showed up for 45 minutes a week. Rick Rubin would then, during that 45 minutes, lay on a couch and have a mic brought in next to his face so he wouldn’t have to move.”

Taylor went on to add, “The Rick Rubin of today is a thin, thin, thin shadow of the Rick Rubin that he was. He is overrated, he is overpaid, and I will never work with him again as long as I fucking live.”

Taylor isn’t the only musician to have made a dig at Rubin in public. In 2010, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy jokingly thanked Rubin for “teaching us how not to produce” at the Music Producers Guild Awards.

Earlier this month, Taylor revealed that Slipknot’s next album would be entirely inspired by their former bassist Paul Gray, who died of a suspected overdose last June.

The band also re-released the 10th anniversary edition of their 2001 album ‘Iowa’. The band’s DJ, Sid Wilson, described recording sessions on the LP as “brutal” and “really dark”.

by Wallace McTavish


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