Joey Jordison has told that the band has already begun work on material for a new studio album — the group’s first since the May 2010 death of SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray.

“It’s already in motion,” Jordison said. “It’s definitely exciting. It’s a little emotional, of course, but I think it’s going to be really, really cool and I think it’s gonna be a really, really great record because everyone’s really involved in the process. . . It’s going to be a little interesting, but I think it’s gonna be a healing process for all of us. SLIPKNOT is not going anywhere. We’re a family, and losing a family member sucks. You can’t help that, but you need to move on, and I think that what we’re gonna do might be the most powerful thing that we’ve ever created.”

According to Jordison, SLIPKNOT has no plans to replace Gray and will remain an octet. On stage, however, “we’ll have a bass player that’s right next to me, to the right behind the stage, to lock in with me. But there’s no one right now who will go on stage.”

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Gray’s body was found on May 24 in a hotel room in a Des Moines, Iowa suburb. A coroner ruled that the 38-year-old musician died of an accidental overdose of morphine.