feels "it's too soon to say
" what the future of Slipknot
is and instead is focusing on Stone Sour
tells Billboard: "As diverse as Slipknot is, it's always kind of a cornerstone for a certain kind of music and I love that, I really do. We kind of set the standards and defined a genre for a while. And to me, I'll never take anything away from that but it has always been very locked in that sort of style.
"With Stone Sour, there aren't those boundaries or locks or chains. I think that's what has kept us moving, right out of the gate that we're not afraid to take chances and do our own thing.
"Right now I'm looking at a year and a half of my life. We're just going to tour the world and have a good time.
's future was thrown into doubt by the tragic death of bassist Paul Gray
in May. The 38-year-old was found dead in an Iowa hotel room. No cause of death has been given yet, but there are hints that it may have been an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
has been surprised by fans' response to Mission Statement, Stone Sour
's newest track which was downloaded for free 50,000 times from the group's website in just 48 hours.
adds: "I'm just sort of blown away and ecstatic. There's a lot of buzz and people are really stoked. This album is not only better than the first two Stone Sour albums combined, to me it's the most well-rounded and diverse album I've ever been able to make. The music is just so visceral, and Mission Statement is a perfect example of where it's at. That's a great anthem. It's got a little bit of the heavy but also is melodic as hell.
The new Stone Sour
album, Audio Secrecy
is out on September 7.
Thanks for the report to RockRadio