Slipknot singer Corey Taylor recently took some time to discuss the death of bassist Paul Gray and the way band's slowly been overcoming the fear of entering studio without him.
During a chat on the Artie Lange show, Taylor described Gray's passing as "probably the worst thing" Slipknot ever went through.
"We've been holding off the talk about doing a new album, but in the last few months - it's starting to feel like it's time," the frontman said. "'Cause Paul was a huge writer. He was like a secret sauce basically."
When asked about replacing the late bassist, Taylor commented: "We brought in a guy who was in the band before I was. He was a guitar player; good friend, Donnie Steele, and he's been helping us get through it. He plays backstage, he doesn't go on stage, he doesn't have his own mask or anything like that, but it's just part of the family.
"Next year we're gonna start throwing some new music at each other and see what happens," the singer concluded.
As the previous reports indicate, the band already has a batch of new ideas ready for the new album and will likely start putting them together in early 2014.
"Everyone's putting some demos together right now," Taylor told Metal Injection. "I've got about four or five songs that I'm working on, Joey's got a tonne of stuff, Clown's got a bunch of stuff, Jim's got some stuff, Mick ... we all write, so it's going to take a lot of time to get the madness under control."
The previous Slipknot release, "All Hope is Gone," dropped in August 2008 via Roadrunner Records as the band's fourth studio record. With almost 240,000 units shipped in the US within the first week, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.