Corey Taylor: 'I Don't See A New Slipknot Album Happening'

Corey Taylor has said that the chances of Slipknot recording a new album without late bassist Paul Gray are slim.

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Corey Taylor has said that the chances of Slipknot recording a new album without late bassist Paul Gray are slim. The singer was speaking in Australia, where he is on tour with his other outfit Stone Sour, supporting Avenged Sevenfold. Speaking to Undercover.com.au about the possibility of new Slipknot material, Taylor said: "I don't see it happening. And if it does, it'll be way way down the line." Gray died of a suspected overdose last June. He added that after the death of the bassist, "There is a such a huge piece missing now. A piece so huge that the fans can't even understand." He described Gray as the band's "lynchpin" and said it would be very hard to imagine recording without him. Slipknot are confirmed to headline this summer's Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth on July 10, and will play several other European festivals. Taylor also refused to confirmed or deny reports that he is the new singer of Velvet Revolver. Responding to a question about whether he would be joining the band he said: "To be continued. That's all I can say right now." Taylor also announced that he is to release an autobiography on July 12. He's named it "The Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good". Thanks for the report to Nme.com.

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    TomusAM
    GenerationKILL wrote: Ron Mcgoverny (I think thats how its spelt) was hardly the architect bassist Cliff Burton was. When Cliff joined Metallica he helped mold them into the great band they became. People like to use Cliff as an example because he was such an integral part of metallica. Plus hes one of the greatest bassists of all time.
    Ah, I didn't look at it that way. You're right, for sure.
    CFH-For-Life
    R
    -Annihilation- wrote: They're not like any other band,guys. They have a bond that nobody can break. They lost their best friend/brother and bandmate
    RIGHT because there hasn't been another band thats had a close bond with each other and has lost a band mate. Oh besides Pantera, AC/DC, The Hendrix Experience, Avenged Sevenfold, The Beatles, Alice In Chains, Sublime, Metallica, Dio JUST TO NAME A FEW. Way to make an ignorant statement you jackass.
    Kioshi
    Xeus wrote: they should get Axl in on bass
    Paul show up at the gigs before him.
    blinkSumNOFX
    This is pathetic. Not to be insensitive, its very understandable that a death of a band member would slow down the process of making music. But stopping altogether after the loss of the bassist? who is 1/9th of your band? when i first heard about paul dying i thought i was really sad but i wasnt concerned about it from a musical standpoint. aside from corey or joey, any one of these guys could easily be replaced. I mean when Bon Scott died, it was a huge loss to AC/DCs sound, but that didn't stop them from making one of the greatest rock albums of all time with a new singer! It can't possibly be that difficult to find a new bassplayer. Hell, they wear masks! Nobody would even be able to tell that Paul was even gone if the news never got a hold of the story. If he really cared about the band, he would want them to continue.
    GenerationKILL
    TomusAM wrote: -Annihilation- wrote: They're not like any other band,guys. They have a bond that nobody can break. They lost their best friend/brother and bandmate.You can't replace him. Metallica replaced their band member when he died because they didn't have the same chemistry that Slipknot has. That's why it was so easy for Metallica. If my best friend died,I wouldn't want to replace him either.Hell,I'd just call it quits. Just saying, but why does everyone use Metallica as an example? Cliff wasn't even their first bassist anyway. They had a different bassist when they were still playing with Dave.
    Ron Mcgoverny (I think thats how its spelt) was hardly the architect bassist Cliff Burton was. When Cliff joined Metallica he helped mold them into the great band they became. People like to use Cliff as an example because he was such an integral part of metallica. Plus hes one of the greatest bassists of all time.
    strat0blaster
    mnewland1 wrote: Good riddance Slipknot. Now if only Mudvain can call it quits too.
    Never heard of this 'mudvain' you're talking about.
    lbisthebestband
    C'mon everyone, he's clearly dropping slipknot so he can join Velvet Revolver. He's using the bass player's death as an excuse. and i guarantee you slipknot will get back together for a reunion tour and album a few years down the road.
    Damaged Roses
    Finally I'm starting to see a real end to this band. I'm glad. Paul Gray was a shitty bassist, his basslines wasn't even audible. This guy is just a drama queen, leave him alone.
    Rofl hell yes... I've tried many times to listen to the bass in Slpiknot's songs but I'm starting to think they didn't even recorded a bass part...
    fenwaypunk04
    Duffaslipknot96 wrote: I love Slipknot to death, and have loved them since I was 3 (yes, I'm only 15), but if a great like Metallica, who lost Cliff Burton, can replace him, then I'm sure Slipknot can do it, no offense to them, but there's 9 of them, and I heard Chris Fehn is really good at bass, drop the percussion and pick up a 4-string Chris?
    did you really just put metallica and slipknot in the same sentence? ...and i seriously dount you were up and about listening to slipknot when you first learned the abc's...
    RandyRhoadsFan4
    CoreysMonster wrote: Okay, so I am probably one of the biggest Slipknot fans on this website, hell even my username is based on Corey Taylor. However: I know that there has always been a lot of tension in the band. Which is understandable, what with friggin 9 members and all, but I think that especially Corey has been kind of trying to get out of the old Slipknot way of music and drift towards the Stone Sour style. Especially with the songs Corey mainly wrote, like Circles, Dead Memories and Snuff, I think it's pretty clear that he's much more attracted to more melodic, 'softer' music, if you will, something that isn't really always possible with Slipknot. I think Gray's death is just the final nail in the coffin of Slipknot that has been being built for the past 8 years since Vol 3.0, and I personally am not surprised in the least. I'd rather Slipknot call it quits than pretend to be something they're not. That being said, checked. And guys, keep the Gray bashing to a minimum. I know dieing of an overdose is one of the most selfish ways you can go, but keep in mind that the cause of death does not lower the impact a musician has on the world.
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    CFH-For-Life
    -Annihilation- wrote: They're not like any other band,guys. They have a bond that nobody can break. They lost their best friend/brother and bandmate RIGHT because there hasn't been another band thats had a close bond with each other and has lost a band mate. Oh besides Pantera, AC/DC, The Hendrix Experience, Avenged Sevenfold, The Beatles, Alice In Chains, Sublime, Metallica, Dio JUST TO NAME A FEW. Way to make an ignorant statement you jackass. And ...just thought I'd point out that out of those you listed, AC/DC, Metallica, Sublime, Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains are still going despite losing a member or two. I think you just effed yourself
    And... CLEARLY you missed my point. I'm trying to say that Slipknot is not the only band to lose someone near and dear to them. The guy made it seem like Slipknot was the only band that was close and had band chemistry.
    fenwaypunk04
    fetjuel wrote: fenwaypunk04 wrote: Duffaslipknot96 wrote: I love Slipknot to death, and have loved them since I was 3 (yes, I'm only 15), but if a great like Metallica, who lost Cliff Burton, can replace him, then I'm sure Slipknot can do it, no offense to them, but there's 9 of them, and I heard Chris Fehn is really good at bass, drop the percussion and pick up a 4-string Chris? did you really just put metallica and slipknot in the same sentence? ...and i seriously dount you were up and about listening to slipknot when you first learned the abc's... You just put Metallica and Slipknot in the same sentence, too.
    it appears we have someone in here with a higher level of intellligence than most, too bad i was making a point of it... no need for your smart talk
    thenextkirk92
    BloodCellZ wrote: Soundservant wrote: Come on guys...many bands have lost great bassists and replaced them with other great ones such as Metallica, Killing Joke etc. Also Avenged Sevenfold pulled out of their Australian tour a while back. Just sayin' Yea because Slipknot's bassplayer was such a huge part of their music. haha. Oh no, Slipknot lost their bassplayer, since he was so integral to the music who could possibly expect them to ever record again! Slipknot without their extremely talented bass is like peanut butter without jelly. This is so laughable.
    It would be, if he wasn't one of the main songwriters.
    crazyhaircut94
    blinkSumNOFX wrote: This is pathetic. Not to be insensitive, its very understandable that a death of a band member would slow down the process of making music. But stopping altogether after the loss of the bassist? who is 1/9th of your band? when i first heard about paul dying i thought i was really sad but i wasnt concerned about it from a musical standpoint. aside from corey or joey, any one of these guys could easily be replaced. I mean when Bon Scott died, it was a huge loss to AC/DCs sound, but that didn't stop them from making one of the greatest rock albums of all time with a new singer! It can't possibly be that difficult to find a new bassplayer. Hell, they wear masks! Nobody would even be able to tell that Paul was even gone if the news never got a hold of the story. If he really cared about the band, he would want them to continue.
    For some musicians, music isn't just a profession, it's their lives and their calling. And as for Slipknot, they were in it together, and even though Paul may not be as audible as everyone wants him to be, he was a huge contributor to the songwriting and a beloved member of the band. One of their best friends have died, if they don't want to go on without one of their closest and most beloved ones, who are we to tell them what they should and shouldn't do?
    fetjuel
    To everyone that says he was a bad bassist, or the bass lines are inaudible: Listen to anything that wasn't played on the radio. Hell, all of MFKR and the self title, you can hear bass. He may not have been "LULZ VICTOR W00TEN" or "Z0MG BILLY SHEEEEEHAAAAAN" but he was still a good bassist, and capable.
    fetjuel
    fenwaypunk04 wrote: Duffaslipknot96 wrote: I love Slipknot to death, and have loved them since I was 3 (yes, I'm only 15), but if a great like Metallica, who lost Cliff Burton, can replace him, then I'm sure Slipknot can do it, no offense to them, but there's 9 of them, and I heard Chris Fehn is really good at bass, drop the percussion and pick up a 4-string Chris? did you really just put metallica and slipknot in the same sentence? ...and i seriously dount you were up and about listening to slipknot when you first learned the abc's...
    You just put Metallica and Slipknot in the same sentence, too.
    fetjuel
    CFH-For-Life wrote: R-Annihilation- wrote: They're not like any other band,guys. They have a bond that nobody can break. They lost their best friend/brother and bandmate RIGHT because there hasn't been another band thats had a close bond with each other and has lost a band mate. Oh besides Pantera, AC/DC, The Hendrix Experience, Avenged Sevenfold, The Beatles, Alice In Chains, Sublime, Metallica, Dio JUST TO NAME A FEW. Way to make an ignorant statement you jackass.
    And ...just thought I'd point out that out of those you listed, AC/DC, Metallica, Sublime, Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains are still going despite losing a member or two. I think you just effed yourself.
    TomusAM
    -Annihilation- wrote: They're not like any other band,guys. They have a bond that nobody can break. They lost their best friend/brother and bandmate.You can't replace him. Metallica replaced their band member when he died because they didn't have the same chemistry that Slipknot has. That's why it was so easy for Metallica. If my best friend died,I wouldn't want to replace him either.Hell,I'd just call it quits.
    Just saying, but why does everyone use Metallica as an example? Cliff wasn't even their first bassist anyway. They had a different bassist when they were still playing with Dave.
    TheHawkdaddy
    Dont make a statement unless the 8 of you left are sure. Heres a thought Corey why dont you learn the basslines?
    loz4
    mnewland1 wrote: Good riddance Slipknot. Now if only Mudvain can call it quits too.
    No point in posting if your going to be a ****, so do one.
    Robfreitag
    Sounds like trying to replace steve harris in Iron Maiden. It just wouldn't be Maiden
    fetjuel
    Soundservant wrote: Come on guys...many bands have lost great bassists and replaced them with other great ones such as Metallica, Killing Joke etc. Also Avenged Sevenfold pulled out of their Australian tour a while back. Just sayin'
    Metallica is an example you're using? Really? When Burton was with them, their albums got better and better. After that, their albums got worse and worse. Either way, can't say I've been a fan of Slipknot since Iowa. (Loved MFKR - Iowa). So good luck to all them on their future ventures.
    strat0blaster
    Don't worry - in two days someone else from the band will release a conflicting statement.
    PageIsTrueGod
    Soundservant wrote: Come on guys...many bands have lost great bassists and replaced them with other great ones such as Metallica, Killing Joke etc. Also Avenged Sevenfold pulled out of their Australian tour a while back. Just sayin'
    It's not because of the fact that paul is irreplaceable or not as a bassist but more that no one can write slipknot songs like him. If it was Corey, Clown, Joey or whoever else that write the songs it would be totally different, it wouldn't be slipknot anymore. And about Cliff Burton and The Rev, they wer great musicians but they weren't songwriters. PS: Sry 4 bad english
    NaXo448
    Finally I'm starting to see a real end to this band. I'm glad. Paul Gray was a shitty bassist, his basslines wasn't even audible. This guy is just a drama queen, leave him alone.
    Dakkstar
    Replacing Paul is not like replacing Steve Harris in Maiden. Also now's the chance the clown that bangs on trash cans has to prove that they are music's only hope. I do recall him saying that... well if Slipknot doesn't make another album we'll see just how much music needs them. Corey has too much going on. He doesn't seem interested. I think the band would suffer more for losing their voice than someone that was completely inaudible. Once Corey decides to leave we'll see how this band survives. No one liked Maiden when Bruce left, no one liked Priest when Halford left, no one remembers who Nightwish is after what's her face left. Yup, just a matter of time.
    Dakkstar
    KLanh wrote: sk8aman23 wrote: He died like a coward in a hotel room from a fake morphine overdose leaving behind a family. Huge heroine addict too. Plenty of bands have suffered actual tragedies from their band mates dying of freak accidents or natural but unwelcome causes. Gray did it to himself, replace his ass and move on. This.
    I coudln't agree more.
    kornkid101
    i love slipknot i love paul gray i know he was a true friend BUT COME ON HE IS JUST A BASSIST
    nirvanafan99
    with paul gone theres still 8 guys why doesnt clown play bass then when he acts like he is the boss of the band he actually plays an instrument and doesnt just bang a beer keg
    -Annihilation-
    They're not like any other band,guys. They have a bond that nobody can break. They lost their best friend/brother and bandmate.You can't replace him. Metallica replaced their band member when he died because they didn't have the same chemistry that Slipknot has. That's why it was so easy for Metallica. If my best friend died,I wouldn't want to replace him either.Hell,I'd just call it quits.
    CoreysMonster
    Okay, so I am probably one of the biggest Slipknot fans on this website, hell even my username is based on Corey Taylor. However: I know that there has always been a lot of tension in the band. Which is understandable, what with friggin 9 members and all, but I think that especially Corey has been kind of trying to get out of the old Slipknot way of music and drift towards the Stone Sour style. Especially with the songs Corey mainly wrote, like Circles, Dead Memories and Snuff, I think it's pretty clear that he's much more attracted to more melodic, 'softer' music, if you will, something that isn't really always possible with Slipknot. I think Gray's death is just the final nail in the coffin of Slipknot that has been being built for the past 8 years since Vol 3.0, and I personally am not surprised in the least. I'd rather Slipknot call it quits than pretend to be something they're not. That being said, checked. And guys, keep the Gray bashing to a minimum. I know dieing of an overdose is one of the most selfish ways you can go, but keep in mind that the cause of death does not lower the impact a musician has on the world.
    RequiemofDemons
    Slipknot will be back...If it's really an important part of their lives they will continue...if not then oh well nothing we can do about it .. would be a shame though i've been a fan since their first album and they have yet to disappoint me...their music may have mellowed down a bit but to me it mellowed in a way that made it feel like it was maturing...When I was an angry teenager sure the fast harder stuff was amazing...but the music has almost grown up with me...and for that I appreciate it \m/ Will be sadly missed
    shred_wizzard
    to be honest...I'm kinda glad. I really like Corey taylor's voice and always felt it never worked within Slipknot. Him taking over vox for velvet revolver and focusing on stone sour is very good news. Its a shame it came at the cost of a human life, however
    CFH-For-Life
    Here is what I think If Paul Grey, lets say...LEFT the band under certain circumstances EVERYONE would just say "Oh that sucks... TIME FOR A NEW BASSIST " BUT, since he overdosed and died everyone is saying "Oh noes d0n't r3plac3 Paulzzz he was structural integral.." BLAH SHUT THE FUCK UP!! I guarantee half of slipknots fan base didn't even know who he was because there were 8 other guys AND he was the bassist. Oh, and Corey should just stick with Stone Sour, IMO. *Puts up Flame Shield*
    CoolMcAwesome
    only issue with that is, unfortunately for Metallica, that after the loss of Burton, their quality fell to crap... that was one bassist who helped their goofy little group stay together positively, and I think it was kind of the same with Slipknot.. except the goofy part.
    I think you mean that after they met Bob Rock, things went down the drain. I don't disagree that Burton was a huge part of Metallica, but losing him isn't what made them lose their edge - booze, and Bob Rock did that. AS for the Slipknot thing, unless they make something better than the last two albums (which were produced, and mixed well, but songs were kinda weak for and intense metal band...esp all hope is gone...), they should just end it. I am a big fan, but I have been losing interest for some time now due to lack of intensity in the music.
    jrobinso011
    The rest of the band seems pretty confident about moving on from what I've read. Corey Taylor seems like he's using the death of the bassist to just drop Slipknot. Saying "he was so important that we can't go on without him" makes it sound as if he was the one who wrote all of the songs and the other (what is it, 7 or 8?) members didn't do squat. If these guys are serious musicians, they would learn to grow and adapt. Finally, bands lose important members all the time. We all lose important people in our lives, but we get up and we keep moving.
    fetjuel
    CFH-For-Life wrote: -Annihilation- wrote: They're not like any other band,guys. They have a bond that nobody can break. They lost their best friend/brother and bandmate RIGHT because there hasn't been another band thats had a close bond with each other and has lost a band mate. Oh besides Pantera, AC/DC, The Hendrix Experience, Avenged Sevenfold, The Beatles, Alice In Chains, Sublime, Metallica, Dio JUST TO NAME A FEW. Way to make an ignorant statement you jackass. And ...just thought I'd point out that out of those you listed, AC/DC, Metallica, Sublime, Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains are still going despite losing a member or two. I think you just effed yourself And... CLEARLY you missed my point. I'm trying to say that Slipknot is not the only band to lose someone near and dear to them. The guy made it seem like Slipknot was the only band that was close and had band chemistry.
    And you missed my point. My point is, these bands that went on without the core/key members may NOT have had the same bond that Slipknot does, considering Slipknot feels they shouldn't go on without the bassist. It's kinda like if Cream were around another couple years and..say... Ginger died. I doubt they'd split hairs replacing him considering Jack hated him.
    Tone Deaf
    Reading comments on stuff like this, and seeing all these people like. "OMG just BASSIST! Just replace him! Couldn't hear him anyways lolololol. He just died. get new better bassist!" Makes me realize how pitiful our hopes are of getting any kind of decent band anytime soon. Nobody understands/cares about chemistry anymore. Which is why their music sounds like soul-less, worthless, cookie cutter, heylistentomyguitarsolos, shit. *sigh*
    False_God
    Kaster02 wrote: only issue with that is, unfortunately for Metallica, that after the loss of Burton, their quality fell to crap... that was one bassist who helped their goofy little group stay together positively, and I think it was kind of the same with Slipknot.. except the goofy part.
    Their quality fell to crap? What are you on about? AJFA and the Black album were ****ing masterpieces and you are saying they are crap? You have pretty shit taste in music I reckon.
    Magero
    Just sayin', anyone bitchin' about them "supporting A7X", even if A7X made the tour, it wasn't just them. It was a touring festival of about 60 bands called "Soundwave Festival". You might as well have said they were supporting "Iron Maiden, Slayer, Primus, The Bronx and Protest the Hero" and it would have made the same contextual sense.