This is a big year for Slipknot. All eyes are on the band for their big comeback album, especially after the announcement that the band parted ways with Joey Jordison.
Frontman Corey Taylor was recently interviewed by Rock Revolt Magazine and wanted to reassure fans they won't be disappointed and bust the myth that Joey wrote everything:
"I know there's this myth out there that Joey wrote everything, but that's not at all true. We all write, and we all bring something to the table. And between me and Jim [Root, guitar] and Mick [Thomson, guitar] and Clown [Shawn Crahan, percussion] and everybody [else], I think we're gonna be able to put something really, really cool together. The dynamic will change a little bit, but as far as our approach to the music and our intensity and how much we love doing what we do, that will remain unchanged, and we're gonna go for it just 110 percent."
As for who the band is considering as a replacement (we have some thoughts on the matter), Corey is keeping his cards close to his chest:
"Honestly, it depends on who we get [as Joey's replacement] It all comes to someone who can play the old stuff, but also brings a certain creativity to it. In lieu of what we've done, we need to, kind of, focus on that, and make that the focus right now, instead of worrying about what's gonna happen later."
He added: "As soon as we know [who is going to be the new SLIPKNOT drummer], the fans will know. And that's how we're keeping it. We're keeping everything really close to the chest right now. I mean, it's out of respect for Joe, and for us. And there's just a host of legal things that we still need to sort out.
"It's hard — it's really hard — but the only other [option] was shutting the band down, and none of us wanted to do that. So we're gonna push on."
It's interesting that Taylor talks about doing things out of respect to Joey, but then also mentions that there is pending legal issues before they could say anything. It leads me to believe they didn't depart on the friendliest of matters, especially with Joey Jordison's recent comments that he would never quit Slipknot.
This will be quite an interesting year for maggots.