Out Friday, September 15th is CMF2, the second solo album from Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. The follow-up to 2020’s “CMFT,” the 13-song set was produced by Jay Ruston, who worked on Taylor’s previous album as well as Sone Sour’s 2017 set “Hydrograd” and albums by Anthrax, Steel Panther and Amon Amarth, among others. Taylor himself plays guitar, piano and mandolin on the album, which explores a range from heavy rock to acoustic Americana. Taylor tells us that thanks to the strong reception for “CMFT” he was even more confident in making “CMF2:” 2.01 “We really had no expectations for the first album; it was just a way to kind of get those songs out there and see if anybody even liked my songwriting, to be honest. And this was stuff I had for 20 years or so. So realizing I had the audience it kind of refocused me. It was, ‘OK, we’re gonna lean into this now…’” :21 (OC: into this now)
CMFT received positive reviews and debut at No. 6 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and No. 2 on the U.K. Rock & Metal Albums Chart.
CMF2 was preceded by the singles “Beyond” — Top 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks and Rock Songs charts — “Post Traumatic Blues,” “Talk Sick” and “We Are the Rest.”
Taylor and his band are currently on a U.S. tour to promote “CMF2,” with dates through the Aftershock Festival on Oct. 7 in Sacramento, Calif.
Taylor will reunite with Slipknot to perform November 3rd at Hell and Heaven Fest in Mexico City. He’s also expecting 2024 release of “Look Outside Your Window,” an album he and Slipknot mates Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Jim Root and Sid Wilson worked on while the full group was recording 2008’s “All Hope is Gone.”
Taylor has four best-selling books as well but has no concrete plans yet for another.