For the first time, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor speaks directly to his fans and shares his worldview about life as a sinner. And Taylor knows how to sin. As a small-town hero in the early ’90s, he threw himself into a hard-drinking, fierce-loving, live-for-the-moment life; when his music exploded, he found himself rich, wanted, and on the road. But soon his extreme lifestyle led him to question what it means to sin and whether it could—or should—be cast in a different light. After all, if sin makes us human how wrong can it be?
Now updated with a new Afterword by the author, Seven Deadly Sins is a brutally honest look “at a life that could have gone horribly wrong at any turn,” and the soul-searching and self-discovery it took to set it right.
Once in a great while, a celebrity I really love comes out with a memoir of sorts and I cant help but read it. When it is someone I admire, I enjoy the brief glimpse into their mind.
I was perusing Audible one day, and because I had purchased the audio book for Tough Shit by Kevin Smith (A-FRIKKIN-MAZING, by the way), one of my recommendations that came up was Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good Corey Taylor.
Corey Mutha Effin Taylor.
To understand the reaction I had to this, you must understand I am a metal baby. I live and breathe hard rock/heavy metal music. In my world, Corey Taylor is a frikkin god and I am an ever-faithful worshiper.
I immediately purchased it, not paying any attention to who the narrator was, and loaded it onto my iPod. Within minutes of first spotting the book (almost 2 years after it hit the shelves, mind you), I started listening. The fangirl in me absolutely melted when I heard Corey Taylor start speaking.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The fact that I would do dirty, unspeakable things to the author has nothing to do with the book itself. A good many people can write lyrics. Writing a book is a totally different journey and takes a much different skill set. That being said, I went into SDS with an open mind and high hopes.
What I Liked About Seven Deadly Sins:
I started this book out thinking it was going to be a tell-all of Corey’s wilder days. I was hoping for more, but thought that was most likely what I was going to get. Well, all that hoping paid off. SDS is far from being a tell-all memoir. SDS is a hard look at religion, what’s considered sinful behavior, why it’s considered sinful, and a whole slew of theories regarding why we are here. Oh yes, Corey Taylor got all existential and shit. It was amazing.
SDS is not a 274 page excuse to be bad. It’s nothing like that. It’s an in-depth look into what makes a sin a sin, and asks the question why? Not only does it ask the question, he’s got proposed answers for the reader to get us thinking.
There are stories from his wilder days, but they dont make up the bulk of the book. They are peppered through out the text to help steer the point he’s trying to make at the time. If anything, the book is more of a one-sided discussion that we all get to read/listen to. And it is fascinating! In fact, he goes into a theory and the scientific back up for it regarding everything in existence just being made up of different types of energy and what happens to that energy when we die. He’s not a religious dude, so keep in mind going in that there is no talk of passing on to Heaven or anything.
So the book goes over the Seven Deadly Sins, analyzing and discussing. Looking at what the sins themselves mean, and whether they are actually sins or just human nature. Then the whole book rounds out with Corey proposing the list of sins be updated for an existence in today’s world. He suggests we throw out the old outdated list and offers up what he believes should be considered deadly sins in today’s world. And he has a damn good point with every one of them.
Some Quotes I Really Liked:
“The future is meant for those who are willing to let go of the worst parts of the past. When you cannot take two steps without turning around to inspect your footsteps, you are getting nowhere fast.”
“Bad things happen when good people pretend nothing is wrong.”
“I have come to accept myself for what I am: human. I am not perfect. I am not immune to fate, but I am not automatically doomed for being alive. I feel temptations every second of every day and I am not controlled by them. I do what I want anyway, so who is to say I want anything else? When I want, I let these peculiarities run across me like dogs to their masters. When I do not, I keep them at bay with my will and my testimony. I do not cut myself off from what makes me feel; I just refuse to feel anything that cuts me off from what matters most. It is called will power. With a little practice, you can accomplish great things.”
“The best friends you will ever have are the ones who don’t make you feel like you owe them a damn thing.”
“Live your life, no matter what that life is.”
“Life owes you nothing. You owe yourself everything.”
“I bet you a handful of Chili’s coupons that Jesus had a foot fetish.”
“We [human beings] are what happens when smart monkeys fuck.”
What I Didn’t Like About Seven Deadly Sins:
I am not going to say I didn’t like this about the book, but something some may take caution with. As I stated above, I listened to the audio book for SDS. An audio book narrated by the author himself. That means every intention in a statement was heard loud and clear, every bit of humor was conveyed without misinterpretation. There are moments in the book that I can honestly say if I were reading it on the page, it would results in a “WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON!?!?!?!” because you wouldn’t have the author’s voice conveying the meaning or emotion in a statement. HOWEVER, that is just a theory. I have not read this book on the page, so I could be completely wrong. I just figured I would throw the caution out there. As a side note, I can attest to the fact that the audio book is fantastic.
Who I Would Recommend Seven Deadly Sins To:
Being a like minded individual to the author, this book was entertaining and got the brain juices flowing. However, if you’re religious to the point of not willing to even listen to another’s belief or point of view, you may not want to tackle this book. It’s just going to piss you off. However, if you’re willing to go in with an open mind, it’s well worth the read!