Release Date: Oct 2, 2020
Record label: Roadrunner
Genre(s): Rap-Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge, Nü Metal
The debut solo effort from the frontman for masked nu-metalheads Slipknot and post-grunge/alt-metallers Stone Sour, Corey Motherfucking Taylor (released for the weak of heart acronymically as CMFT) covers a wide swath of sonic territory that takes a swing at everything from Southern rock and pop to rap-metal, country, and punk. The 13-track set commences with the bluesy, country-rock road-burner "HWY 666, a Bad Company-meets-Mötley Crüe rush of machismo that feels tailor-made for one of those shell-casing-strewn Sons of Anarchy-style shootouts where nobody gets hit. Vibe-wise, the rest of CMFT more or less follows suit, with the greasy "Samantha's Gone" channeling Lynyrd Skynyrd, the lurching, rockabilly-tinged "Maria Fire" evoking a post-grunge version of Stray Cats, and the blazing "Meine Lux," which mocks the opening countdown to Billy Joel's "Matter of Trust" of all things, administering a lethal dose of fired-up dude-bro punk-pop.
A ton of fun if you don't overanalyze music while vigorously stroking your neck beard. CMFT is pointless. It's artistically and creatively barren, borrowing all of its ideas from classic rock bands who did it better. The album is a prolonged identity crisis, stumbling into everything from country and blues to hip-hop and punk. Its choruses are bright and energetic, but devoid of true meaning.