Corey Taylor says the title of Slipknot's upcoming album We Are Not Your Kind was his way of addressing global divisiveness, adding that he wanted to end situations where it’s “dangerous for people to be different.”

The follow-up to .5: The Gray Chapter is set to arrive on Aug. 9, midway through the Slipknot Roadshow tour of North America.

We Are Not Your Kind is me kind of putting my foot down as far as divisiveness, not only just the culture right now, but the world at large,” Taylor told Full Metal Jackie. “Everyone is so at odds with each other. Everyone is so quick to look at each other as an enemy without trying to find common ground. For our kids, for our fans, that can really be a stressful, daunting, dangerous time. It's very dangerous for people to be different these days. I will not have it.”

Taylor continued: “I grew up different. I know the pain of having to deal with being treated differently – and for me, it's one of those rare cases where I actually use my position in life to make a stand and say, ‘Guess what? It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, what color your skin is, who you love, what you believe — we are a family because of this love for music that we have.’”

The album title, he added, represented “that gathering of people together and then turning our backs towards the rest of the world and saying, ‘We’re not going to let your illness, your hate, permeate us. We are not your kind. You will never be ours.’”

The Slipknot Roadshow – also featuring VolbeatGojira and Behemoth runs until Sept. 8.

 

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