Yesterday, we posted an interview with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, where he expressed frustration that the band basically gave away the identity of their new bassist thanks to his hand tattoos being visible in their video for "The Devil In I." In that same interview, he revealed that the new bassist and drummer aren't yet permanent members of the band.
But while we may have figured out who the drummer is (Jay Weinberg), Slipknot guitarist Jim Root made it clear to Guitar World that even if there is no doubt as to the identity of the drummer, the band will never admit who it is:
“We’re not saying who the new drummer is. Even if people find out beyond a shadow of a doubt who he is, I think we’re always going to deny it. He might not last – he might tour with us a year and figure out we’re all insane and he can’t handle being around us. Or we might shut him out. Who knows?
“For Slipknot, I’d say drumming is only 50 or 60% of the job. The rest is who you are. Will you clash with guys like me? We all have these strong alpha-male personalities.”
I admire Slipknot's desire to keep any semblance of mystique into today's over-sharing culture, but between this and the scent of camel dung at their festival, they might be going a bit overboard.
Slipknot's .5: The Gray Chapter is out Oct. 20th on Roadrunner Records. Read our track-by-track review.