Corey Taylor – CMFT


Corey Taylor has long ‘threatened’ to release a solo album, and now, in the absence of touring commitments with Slipknot and Stone Sour, the time has come for ‘CMFT’ to see the light of day.

So? Is the record something the talented and workaholic mister Taylor has yet to explore with his two bands? Does it contain the surprises one would expect from someone who has worked with Dave Grohl and Apocalyptica, that almost sang for both Anthrax and Velvet Revolver and always wanted to collaborate with Trent Reznor and Eminem? Or is it an acoustic Johnny Cash-y experience with ten ‘Bother’-like songs?

Well, I hate to break it to you, but the answer is ‘none of the above’. It is described by its creator as an ‘uplifting, simple hard rock’ album, and it is, but it is also mediocre. ‘CMFT’ has a couple of decent tunes on it, but they easily could be Stone Sour b-sides, without Josh Rand’s riffs. Stone Sour by the way, are on an indefinite hiatus: After the amazing ‘The House of Gold and Bones’ records, first Jim Root left the band, then came the lesser ‘Hydrograd’ album, and now this halt of any activity.

Even if someone judges ‘CMFT’ exclusively for what it is and not what it could have been, dear Corey, we were at least expecting a ballad of the ‘Taciturn’/’Conflagration’/’Song#3’ caliber…