During a recent interview with Rock Revolt Magazine, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor was asked about the band’s recent split with drummer Joey Jordison and how Joey‘s exit will change the group’s sound on its next album.
“Honestly, it depends on who we get [as Joey‘s replacement],” Taylor said (see video below).
He continued: “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.”
Regarding whether SLIPKNOT has any candidates in mind as a possible replacement for Jordison, Taylor said: “A few people.” 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.”
Taylor also elaborated on how he thinks SLIPKNOT‘s musical approach might be affected by the absence of Jordison, who has been one of SLIPKNOT‘s primary songwriters since the group’s inception.
“I mean, obviously, it will [change] a little bit, but we all write,” Taylor said.
“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.”
The new SLIPKNOT album will be its first since 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” and the first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray .
Root told The Pulse Of Radio late last year — before the news about Jordison broke — that he was feeling the urgency to make a new SLIPKNOT album. “You know, we haven’t done a record since Paul‘s been gone and it’s been pushing six years. And there’s a lot of people in SLIPKNOT and a lot of fans and me myself kind of feel like it’s time for that hurdle to be overcome. And for me, that’s really like my number one priority and the most important thing for me right now.”
SLIPKNOT has not disclosed the reasons for Jordison‘s exit, although the drummer issued a statement recently saying that he did not quit the band.
Taylor and Crahan have both indicated that 2014 will be a comeback year for the band.