Corey Taylor on Slipknot Comeback: 'It's Time'

The frontman says there's something in the air which tells him the band are ready to push the boundaries of metal again.

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Three years after the death of bassist Paul Gray, singer Corey Taylor says it feels like the right time for Slipknot to make a comeback.

The band has performed live since Gray died of a drug overdose in 2010, but have not written new material. Their last studio album was "All Hope is Gone" in 2008.

"I know everybody is pretty keen on getting together and seeing what happens next year, so I mean, if it takes us a year to write an album, so be it," he told the Pulse of Radio (via Blabbermouth).

He continued: "The main goal is to just get us in the room and just see what happens, you know. If we can get past that first day, I think it'll come together. Now that we're all kind of in better places in our lives and whatnot, it's making it a little easier to be excited about it again. It's just starting to feel like it's time."

Last week, Slipknot's Clown said they could be set to write the best record of their careers.

"When it's right, there will be a new record, and that record is going to be, I predict, one of the most serious things that we will have ever comprehended that we've ever done in our life," he said. "And we pretty much say that on every record, but I really feel that when the time comes, what will be on hand is going to be something almost unimaginable."

How do you feel about the Slipknot comeback? Let us know if you think they can continue to push the boundaries of modern metal in the comments.

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    I'm curious to see what direction they will take with this. It would be great to get the old aggression back!
    There is only One Direction if you want downvotes
    I think you meant that there is Only One direction.
    Right, he's saying they might take the Only One direction, not the One Direction.
    Are we talking about One Direction?
    Very excited to hear some new material from Slipknot, but I can be patient. I think they're making the right call in taking their time and getting it right. Either way, it's something for the metal community to look forward to.
    I hope they will have a new permanant bass player who will contribute songs and perform on stage with them. I think it's kind of disrespectful when they let Donnie backstage.
    I think that situation goes a bit further than Slipknot just being a bag of cocks to their temp bass player. Slipknot has a very specific image/gimmick to them i.e the masks, matching suits, and the whole tight nit 'Nine' thing. If Donnie were to play onstage, he would have to do one of three things- play without a mask while everyone else in the band is wearing one; wear Paul's mask (which many would find disrespectful); or wear an entirely new mask (which would make people assume he's permanently in the group). I think they're just trying to keep attention away from their temp players until they can figure out a better solution.
    And to think that the masks were supposed to "make it about the music" or whatever.
    Donnie said that he is ok with this solution. And come on man, Paul is a founder of Slipknot. A new bassist would suck. This is an emotional thing.
    Can't wait to hear what they come up with. There previous albums have had a lot of emotion / anger attached, but if they can channel all the negative emotion and grief that they must all have went through with Gray's death then the record will be something special.
    Omg yesssss. I am at jury duty, and i just jumped out of my seat screaming, "yesssss." people are looking at me weird.....
    Hard to believe its been three years already. Either way im excited to see what they can produce!
    I'm a big fan of Slipknot but even I am getting kind of annoyed with UG posting random little updates on the ETA of a Slipknot album. It's flattering that they think UG readers care that much, but I'd rather hear something substantial once a month than a minor update once a week.
    UG: Slipknot working on most important record of their career... Slipknot: We haven't written anything yet or tried, but if we can make it past the first day the album will be serious.
    There's a lot of other news outlets, especially online websites. You just need to use some google.
    Been to long, Really excited for this, hopefully they've still got it
    No one can replace Paul, but I do think they should have a new bass player and not just someone backstage. Paul must be remembered but they also need to move on.
    Now that we're all kind of in better places in our lives and whatnot, it's making it a little easier to be excited about it again. But wasn't being in a bad place what created the energy of slipknot?
    All Hope is Gone was way better and heavier than Vol. 3.
    Heavier yes. Better no.
    Nope. Heavier and better, for sure. When Corey Taylor went from saying "I wanna slit your throat and **** the wound" (Disasterpiece) to "She makes me sad" (Vermilion), they kind of lost me...but AHIG brought it back heavy and more true to their original sound, which is what made them so great in the first place. I hope they keep it brutal and stay true to that vision.
    Just PLEASE get a bass player... Give him a NEW number, and mask. And let him rock out like he should! No man behind the curtain and all that bull$#!T!
    I love Slipknot, but they rarely stray off the verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus format and I'm having doubts that they'll change that after all these years. Today this format is so exhausted that any band who uses it is rarely doing groundbreaking stuff.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with this format. If you like and want progressive music, listen to progressive music. But It doesn't mean everything else is inferior.
    You're incorrect sir. Slipknot have played around with a lot of different song structures, to say they stick to the conventional is simply wrong. Look at the structure for Vermilion for example: Intro Verse Bridge Verse Bridge Pre-chorus Chorus Solo Pre-chorus Chorus Outro These is far from a conventional song structure, and this song was a SINGLE for goodness' sake. Or even their first song, (sic), doesn't even have any discernible "main riff" or conventional notion of a "verse": Intro Intro part2 Verse Chorus Verse Chorus Bridge Bridge part 2 Breakdown Interlude Breakdown Outro Sure quite a few of their songs use the traditional structure; but just as many do away with it completely. Actually listen to a band before making sweeping judgements about them please. Oh, and can't wait to hear a new Slipknot record. In my opinion every album they've done is killer \m/
    Should have quit after Vol3 and stayed legends.
    I can't speak for everyone so I wont try but imo, every other album is an instant classic. Don't get me wrong ahig & iowa grew on me but when I first got the S/T it was an instant classic and when I first got vol3 it was an instant classic. This album will be legend.... wait for it... wait for it...
    Going off of your context, if they wanted to stay legends, they would've stopped after 'Iowa' before they changed their sound. But I don't believe that because 'Vol. 3' and "All Hope is Gone" brought them into superstar status. I may not like the last two albums in comparison to 'Iowa' or their debut but it definitely helped them garner more popularity.
    Yeah, you're right man. They would've been a slightly blip on the radar if they'd given up in 2002 or something.
    Their first two albums, to me, are fantastic. Vol. 3 is great, it's just experimental and different. And All Hope is Gone is the almalgam of all that they have done put together and the future of their sound. I can't wait to hear what they'll have for us
    m4ss3 m/
    Nobody gave a rat's ass about them during the Vol. 3 era. Now they're legends.
    I don't know, I've kind of lost interest in Corey Taylor recently... I'd like to see how this turns out though.
    No offense to fans, but I always found the band formulaic and derivitive.
    Rick Rubin should produce the album and challenge them to get back to the Debut album/ IOWA aggression. He's good at getting bands back to their roots.
    After Corey said that Rubin is "overrated" and "overpaid", saying he'd never work with Rubin again "as long as I f--king live". Are you serious?
    Nah, I'd rather they get someone who doesn't turn 90% of the bands he touches in to pretentious borderline-intolerable douchebags who abandon any form of creativity and talent for "deepness"