Frontman says one tour isn’t enough to reconnect – but sees a time when he’ll be ready to record again
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has come closer than ever to committing to a new album with the band following the death last year of bassist Paul Gray.
The tragedy forced the Iowa nine-piece onto a year-long hiatus – but there had been rumblings about discontent in the camp before Gray was found in a Des Moines hotel room after an accidental overdose.
Taylor had since said he wasn’t convinced a new album was possible without the bassist’s input, and took part in the band’s three-week European festival tour comeback as a way of testing the feeling amongst his bandmates and fans.
But now Slipknot have committed to a US tour next year – and although that’s not enough to send the singer into a writing frenzy, he’s now said new material is likely to be made after more live shows.
Taylor tells Kerrang: “It’s still too soon. At least that’s how I feel. I’m not ready to make a Slipknot album. I think there will be a day when we do. But for me, doing it now wouldn’t make sense.
“You can’t do a three-week tour then jump into the studio, especially after something like this. It makes more sense to do a few more tours and reconnect as a band first.
“If we jumped right in, it wouldn’t be about the absence. It would be about the rest of us. We were the nine, but there’s a piece missing. We should allow people to pay their respects before we come out with new music. We should do this right.”
Taylor is set to start work on side-project Stone Sour’s fourth album later this year and Slipknot will appear at Rock in Rio on September 25.
Meanwhile, band percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has supported Taylor’s views – and gone a little further.
He says on his Facebook page: “No new album is planned as of yet and no new songs have been written, but I am sure on a individual basis that people are writing songs. The band needs more time to get together and write songs together. Have no fear. Just be ready. Things can change any second.”
Crahan has launched an appeal for Slipknot fans, known as maggots, to create a piece of art explaining who they are and what the collective experience of the band means to them, for inclusion in a book he hopes to put together from the results.
He explains: “This is a story telling book full of all of our art and things we must get off our chests. you should include everything you might want to be on your single page of the book. A poem, a story, why you are the way you are, what makes you love our art our music. What you want to grow up and be. It’s a small application on who you are. There is only so much room for any one single person so try to get it down to the wire, but the crazier the better.This is for all of us to read and think hard, cry and laugh and most of know why we all are connected.”