recently conducted an interview with Corey Taylor. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. What would you say have been the differences between cutting “Audio Secrecy” and STONE SOUR’s last album, [2006’s] “Come What(ever) May”?

Corey: “Forgetting all the personal stuff, no major changes. You know, some of us have been doing this band since before SLIPKNOT, so we know each other real well, and we’ve grown up a lot. Nobody gets bent out of shape if there’s constructive criticism or suggestions. We’re all in this to make the best music possible.

“I think the biggest change has been the stuff that Roy [Mayorga, drums] has brought in. He wrote some fantastic material, extremely melodic yet very rhythmic. This is the first time he’s been able to write for a band that he’s been in, and man, his songs fit like a glove with everything else we’ve written. He’s a supreme talent, and this record is going to show the world that.” Aside from the fact that there’s less people involved, what’s different about working with SLIPKNOT versus a smaller outfit such as STONE SOUR?

Corey: “Things just feel easier with STONE SOUR. We’re a real tight group, we get along real well, and we’re such fans of each other’s writing. We get real excited when somebody brings music in. As you can imagine, when there’s not as many people in the mix, it’s a lot easier to add things to the music, to bend the songs and shape them a bit and take them to higher places. Working with SLIPKNOT…things are always kind of in place.” Obviously, it’s been a hard year for SLIPKNOT. The death of Paul Gray was very tragic…

Corey: [sighs] “Yeah, it’s been…Honestly, it still feels too soon to even talk about all of this. We’re all still processing it and trying to figure out how even deal with it. Paul’s death was such a heavy blow. He was such a huge, huge part of the band. His creativity, his writing…I don’t think he ever really got the credit he deserved.

“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t even want to talk about the fact that he’s gone. It’s such a loss. And as for SLIPKNOT and its plans, there are no plans. There are no plans whatsoever.” I understand that the loss of Paul is still fresh in your mind, but even as an abstract, without a timetable involved, can you foresee SLIPKNOT getting back together?

Corey: “I don’t know. I really don’t know, to be honest. I can’t even think about SLIPKNOT right now. It’s kind of the last thing on my mind right now. But when we figure it out, we’ll let the world know. I just can’t say when that might be.”

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