"It was definitely not the person that I am now."
Corey Taylor is set to release his debut solo album this October, but the frontman says without Slipknot's last record, 2019's We Are Not Your Kind, he would not have been able to put the "same energy" into it.
Appearing on a recent episode of The Green Room with Neil Griffiths podcast, Taylor said making the US outfit's latest album helped him deal with some things happening in his personal life and "set him up" to record his forthcoming solo LP, CMFT.
"If I hadn't made We Are Not Your Kind, I don't think I could have put the same energy into this album, you know?" Taylor told host Neil Griffiths.
"I had so much that I needed to say and I needed to let go of on We Are Not Your Kind that I'm very thankful that I had the chance to make that and I'm very thankful that I was able to use that process to really heal from a lot of the stuff that I had gone through six years priors to that.
"It was a dark time, man. It was definitely not the person that I am now. I took a hit. I took a serious hit in my personal life, my mental state... but I was able to extricate myself away from that and then through the process of creating We Are Not Your Kind able to really let go of so much of that poison...
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"So getting away and making that album, really set me up to be able to make this album.
"Dude, it's night and day from where I was and I'm just very, very thankful that I'm here, you know?"
On this episode, Taylor also discussed Stone Sour going on "indefinite hiatus".
CMFT is set for release on 2 October.