Slipknot singer Corey Taylor addressed drummer Joey Jordison's sudden departure from the band for the first time, noting that at the moment, not much can be said.
Chatting with 93X Radio, Corey explained: "Honestly, I can't really talk about it right now. It's still so fresh and there's a lot of things going on behind the scenes that people don't know about. So, legally and respectfully, I can't say a lot about it. I can confirm that - obviously, we put something up on the web site - but I can confirm that we have parted ways with Joey, and as soon as we can say something, we will.
"I mean, we're trying to protect him, trying to protect us, just making sure that we do everything right, because that's what we would expect from ourselves and that's what we would expect from the fans," Taylor continued (via Blabbermouth). "And I know the fans are chomping at the bit; it's just we can't really say anything right now. It sucks for them and it sucks for us, because, I mean, we have always really prided ourselves on being able to come out and be honest with everybody.
"But there's really nothing we can say right now. And until we can, it's just kind of ... It's difficult, but if people can bear with us, we'll cross that bridge when we can."
As for the band's new studio record, Corey reassured fans about 2014 album plans, noting that Joey wasn't involved with any of the fresh material written so far. "We're working on new material right now and getting some stuff together," he said. "I've been writing some stuff, Jim [Root, guitar] has got a ton of stuff. The guys are actually together right now jamming and putting stuff together.
"It's sounding really, really good. In light of yesterday's news, I know it's weird, but if anything positive can come out of this, it's just that I hope the fans know that we're really working towards putting out an album next year. So we're deep in it right now."
Asked directly about Jordison's songwriting involvement, the singer added: "No, no. He's been doing Scar the Martyr. So this is all fresh material that just a handful of us have been putting together."
Finally, Corey shared his thoughts on the next album being the first one without both Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray. "Everybody's kind of stepping up," he said. "I think that was one of the reasons why we took so long to kind of start breaking ground on something like this.
"Everybody was in really weird places in their lives, so we wanted to make sure that not only we were getting out to the fans and letting them kind of pay their respects and celebrate the music, but also giving us a chance to kind of come back to this band with a more positive attitude and be able to get our heads around the fact that we are gonna have to step it up and really and come in creatively ready to fill in those holes. In the last couple of months, it's really started to feel like it's time.
"Like I said, I've been writing stuff, Jim's been writing stuff. Everybody's really kind of coming up with these great ideas that sound very different, but they're very Slipknot. It's just getting to the point where we're getting very serious about it. And without getting too much into the Joey situation, it really felt like everybody in the band was on the same page when it came to everything that was going on."
Jordison's departure from Slipknot was confirmed last Thursday (December 12). In related news, footage of Joey's recent UK performance with Scar the Martyr surfaced online, make sure to check it out below.