Slipknot unleashed Antennas from Hell this past Tuesday, which offers 19 career-spanning songs and a new mix of “My Plague,” plus live cuts of “Purity” and “The Heretic Anthem.” It’s no secret that losing the band’s bass player, the late Paul Gray, in 2010 took its toll on Slipknot, and singer Corey Taylor says this record is a tribute to Gray.
“To us, [Antennas from Hell] was just a compilation to celebrate the fact that our fans have been with us since day one, and… to basically celebrate what we call the Paul years,” Taylor told Roadrunner Records. “To pay respect to that, to the years that we had Paul, and everything we built together.”
Taylor added that picking which songs should be featured on the album was a piece of cake. “It was kind of an easy jump, to be honest,” he said. “We basically just looked at our set list [laughs]. At this point, we’re kind of the band that’s got the best of both worlds. We’ve got these ‘radio hits,’ and then we’ve got songs the fans have made hits, the anthems. It really took no time at all to get those together, and it’s a good problem to have. And trust me, this band shudders at the thought of calling something a ‘greatest hits’ or a ‘best of.’”
Slipknot are currently on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and the tour hits Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, tonight.