When Slipknot dropped the new single “All Out Life” last Halloween, it was assumed that the track would be included on the band’s much-anticipated upcoming album. However, when the track list for the record, We Are Not Your Kind, was revealed earlier this month, “All Out Life” wasn’t included.
Speaking to Kerrang!, frontman Corey Taylor explains why “All Out Life” was meant to be its “own thing,” which is why it was left off of We Are Not Your Kind.
“[‘All Out Life’] really just let people know that we weren’t gone, and that we were still looking forward and working on music,” Taylor says. Prior to “All Out Life,” the masked metallers hadn’t released any new music in four years.
“It was just such a catchy song that it made sense to release it,” Taylor adds. “But now, in context with the story that we’re telling [on We Are Not Your Kind], we weren’t sure if we were going to put it on there.”
However, the influence of “All Out Life” looms large over We Are Not Your Kind, as the album’s title comes from the single’s lyrics.
“It was definitely something that I thought, ‘This could be something really cool,'” Taylor says of the title, which he first thought would simply be something fans could chant at concerts. “But it took on a life of its own, and that’s when I really started thinking about the phrase, about how it could be perceived.”
We Are Not Your Kind, the follow-up to 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter, is due out August 9.
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