Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor spoke with Ultimate Guitar about making the band’s first album in six years without two founding members, late bassist Paul Gray and recently dismissed drummer Joey Jordison. Asked if recording felt completely different without having Gray there, Taylor replied, “It’s always gonna be different and nothing’s ever gonna be the same. It’s a better way to say it, to be honest. But all we can do is what we do. The way I’ve had to look at it is that not every great football team stays together and not every great band can keep doing it with the same people.”
Taylor added, “It’s the nice way of me saying that I can’t just look at him as dead, which breaks my heart. I have to look at as, ‘One of our most important pieces is gone — how do we make up for that?’ So it’s basically us pooling our talents to fill in this vacuum that has been left.”
- Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told us that Gray will still be an important part of the band in spirit:
- “Paul will always be part of that. He will always be part of the next record — he will be there ’til the end of time. Number Two (Gray’s number in the band) will always be represented. Paul Gray will always be talked about, he will always be onstage, he will always be part of the real nine.”
- Meanwhile, Corey Taylor was less willing to discuss the exit of Jordison, whose departure was announced at the end of 2013 and was, by all accounts, not the drummer’s decision.
- Taylor said, “That’s something that’s a little harder to talk about. I can’t honestly legally talk about it. That’s all I can really say about that.”
- Much of the songwriting duties on the new Slipknot album have been assumed by guitarist Jim Root, about whom Taylor said, “Let me tell you something about Jim Root — he is one of the best writers I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. The stuff that he comes up with? He’s insane.”
- Root was also, until recently, a member of Stone Sour alongside Taylor. His departure from that group was officially announced earlier this month.
- Slipknot’s follow-up to 2008’s All Hope Is Gone is tentatively due out by the end of this year. Taylor recently said that fans “are gonna lose their minds when they hear it.”