Joey Jordison Has Over 40 New SLIPKNOT Songs Written
With Mayhem Fest kicking off this weekend, you can expect a lot more Slipknot in the headlines. To kick it off, the new issue of Terrorizer has an in-depth interview with drummer Joey Jordison. Jordison has been the flag-barrer for Slipknot to keep going ever since the passing of Paul Gray in 2010. He's already been writing new Slipknot material and says he has 40 songs in the can already:
"So far, I've written and recorded 40 songs. . . Everyone is writing stuff, but people want to do other projects [vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root are working on a new Stone Sour album; percussionist Shawn M. Crahan has released a photography book], and so I'm writing alone until we can all come together. Then we can start playing and go from there. That's how we wrote 'Prelude', 'The Blister Exists'. It's how we start a lot of songs.
"This will be our deepest, most celebrated record. The journey is that we are trying to live our lives, just like everyone else is trying ot live theirs. We all have weird shit in our lives and a lot of our songs reflect that. On the next record, we will be exorcising, getting out a lot of the crap that I think, personally, we have held in too much, against each other."
Well, that's cool. Joey also addressed the supposed drama between members of the band, particularly the beef that was assumed to exist between Joey and frontman Corey Taylor:
"…Jealousy? That doesn't exist in this band. That is the worst emotion; it kills people. You know who fucking does that? It's the press, and it just pisses us off. People [journalists] keep putting words in our mouth. If they want to keep doing it, keep doing it, because it's pissing us off right now. Everyone on the outside — journalists, business manager, accountant — this album will be the worst in terms of 'fuck you.' 'Iowa' was kind of playful. This one, as far as emotions go, is going to connect with everyone way more than any of our others."
Not sure how he can say that when he went on the record saying that Slipknot would go on with or without Corey Taylor which Taylor was not happy about, but it looks like that's all water under the bridge, according to Jordison:
We are getting along so well right now. The feeling is like it was in 1999 when we first came out. Corey and I understand each other more than we ever have. The thing is that we have never not gotten along; it's the fucking press that turned us against each other. In fact, I brought Corey into SLIPKNOT. Back then, no one even wanted him in the band.
As for Donnie Steele, the original 'knot guitarist who is filling on bass behind the curtain… don't expect him to appear any time soon:
"The other guy [Donnie] is not allowed onstage, no fucking way. He is behind the stage and he does a great job. We are nine people and we, unfortunately, lost one. [SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray was found dead of an overdose of morphine and fentanyl at a hotel in Urbandale, Iowa in May 2010.] But it doesn't matter; we are still nine. We can never replace Paul, but that's why I brought Donnie into the band. He was the first guitarist who played before I came into the picture, when we wereTHE PALE ONES. He is really cool guy and very mellow.
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"We haven't decided on another bassist yet. We don't want any marquee names or anything like that. It doesn't make sense to bring anyone in from another band that's huge. We want to keep it in the family, and he's part of our family and it's been great ever since."
"Not allowed onstage" is an interesting choice of words from Taylor. Seems like quite a touchy subject.
We have some time to wait for new music from the band as they have said it will come out in 2013, the earliest.