So it's been a year now: How are Slipknot feeling about working on a follow-up to All Hope Is Gone? Just about the same, it would appear.
In a new Billboard interview, Taylor and percussionist Shawn Crahan talked about Slipknot's future, and while they hinted at a thematic direction for a new record, neither of them sounded overly anxious to jump back into the studio.
"Everyone is still getting through the grieving process their way, remembering Paul Gray the way they need to and helping themselves get through this time because it's still very fresh and it's still very serious and hurtful and unbelievable," Crahan said. Not surprisingly, then, the new record (whenever it does happen) will focus heavily on Gray's passing. "It's going to be very melancholy," Taylor said. "It's going to be a more saddened form of rage when it does happen, and it'll be a whole path that we've never gone down before."
But it's worth noting that Taylor seemed to be echoing his stance from last November by saying he was "not as anxious to make a new album as maybe certain people in the band are, and I know a lot of the guys in the band feel the same way I do, whether they want to admit it or not. It just makes more sense to try and figure things out before we try to get into a studio... I don't want to risk losing what we've built because somebody's trying to prove a point." Whether that's a direct reference to Jordison's earlier comments or not, Taylor sure seems like he wants the world to know he's not going to rush Slipknot music into the marketplace, although the band will be touring next year, including some yet-to-be-announced U.S. dates.
For Taylor, though, you also have to wonder if at the moment the idea of working on non-Slipknot material is far more appealing. According to Billboard, Taylor is "gearing up" for Stone Sour's first album since last year's Audio Secrecy, and he's also out touring to promote his memoir Seven Deadly Sins. It's not as if he -- or other Slipknot members working on side projects -- can completely escape Gray's death, but you can imagine that concentrating on a Slipknot album might seem emotionally daunting. If the metal veterans don't put out a new album next year, it will be the longest time the Iowa collective have gone between studio releases. But you certainly couldn't fault them.
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