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Metal monster's tribute to Cardiff.

Byline: By Gerry Holt South Wales Echo

The lead singer of masked metallers Slipknot is such a big fan of the capital he's written a song called Cardiff for his new album.

Corey Taylor, the frontman of Slipknot - one of America's biggest bands famed for their horror rock, grotesque masks and setting fire to their drum kits - said he loved Welsh fans and called them 'off their nut'.

When asked what he loved about Wales, he said: 'The people.

'The kids are so cool.

'I got the feeling not a lot of people play gigs in Wales, which is unfortunate because the fans there are off their nut.

'I've never had a bad time in Wales.'

The track called Cardiff was recorded with his side project, hard-rock band Stone Sour, who begin their British tour in Birmingham on Sunday.

Slipknot played at the Cardiff International Arena in October 2004, but although the tune is named after the city, the lyrics don't exactly pay homage to his love for all things Welsh.

The track begins: 'This fluid feels like pain. This stoic mood is all in vain. I reach into the dark. I tear this suddenly apart.

'How many years ago. How many deaths I can't let go.

'My flesh is temporary. My god, extraordinary.'

The song even includes the line: 'This song is just no good.'

A fan review on the Amazon internet site calls the track a 'dreary, gentle, mid-tempo number which brings the mood down a little'.

While another fan writes: 'Cardiff was a very good song, liked the lyrics, it sounded kinda sad too.'

Slipknot is a nine-piece heavy metal group from Des Moines, Iowa, famed for wearing uniform jumpsuits and homemade masks.

A Rolling Stone review compared the band's sound to 'a threshing machine devouring a military drum corps'.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 7, 2007
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