Stone Sour is pretty much donezo for the time being. Last summer, frontman Corey Taylor noted that the band "had run its course for now" and in a recent interview elaborated on why he's shelving Stone Sour for the time being.
Last August, Taylor was quoted as saying “We all talked as a band and decided to kinda put Stone Sour in indefinite hiatus. That’s the way it is. We’ve put it on the shelf for now. Everybody is kinda going and doing their own thing. Slipknot obviously is always gonna be the big dog, which is fine. Once everything kinda comes back to life, I’ll be wrapping that up tour-wise, but then after that I’m definitely hitting the road with the solo band to take this around the world and really show the world that other side of me.”
Taylor has since launched his solo career and is teasing a new concept for Slipknot. He's a busy guy. In a recent interview with 95.5 KLOS, he elaborated on why the time was right to step away from Stone Sour:
“There was kind of a plateau with Stone Sour, creatively, that I needed to kind of step away from. For some reason, it didn’t feel the way that it felt in the past. And also, I was still dealing with my own issues coming out of my last marriage, and dealing with the depression that had come with that, and the bile of the toxic relationship…
“So going into Slipknot helped with that, it helped me release a lot of that, but then coming out of that, I knew that if I was going to be able to heal a little faster, I needed to do something that felt fresher. So the solo thing was definitely what I needed to do. And obviously, I’m going to stay doing solo stuff for a little longer.
“But you never say never. Stone Sour has been a part of my life since I was 19 years old, it predates Slipknot by five years, and it was the first real band that I ever started. So it will always be there for me, and hopefully, the other guys in the band feel that way. But for right now, I just need to be able to do this, and it’s just a part of me.”
Taylor seemed jaded to his band's creative processes when discussing his solo work a few months ago.
Speaking to Kerrang! magazine, Taylor said "I love what I've done in the past, I love the projects that I've been attached to, but this, honestly, was probably the most enjoyable album that I've done since the first Slipknot album. There was such a sense of, 'We're doing it together.' I hadn't felt anything like that for a really long time, man. People grow apart, relationships become fractious… people stop liking each other sometimes, in certain bands, you know? But with this, it was totally different, because we were all friends before that. We just happened to all play together, and then we formed a band around that friendship, and it all really galvanized it.
"This has definitely made me appreciate making music again, let's put it that way," he added.