Although he's still deeply immersed in the promotion and touring cycle for Stone Sour's double album, "House Of Gold And Bones", singer Corey Taylor has a rough timeline worked out in his head for the next Slipknot album - and he told The Pulse Of Radio [via Blabbermouth] it's still quite far off.
"Essentially, I want to start looking at putting demos together for Slipknot fall of 2014, to go in the studio in 2015 and start making an album. So it's gonna be a while," he said.
Taylor told Loudwire that Slipknot will play five festival shows this year, all overseas, and that other, unnamed members of the band are "getting healthy and trying to stay healthy," although he did not go into detail.
He mentioned a similar timeline in that interview as well, saying that the band would begin demoing material in late 2014.
Slipknot's last U.S. performances were its own Knotfest shows, which took place last August in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Somerset, Wisconsin.
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray died in May 2010 from an overdose of drugs - a devastating tragedy which brought the other members of the band closer together and helped them reconnect after they grew apart through years of touring and success.
"We had all stretched ourselves into different lives for the most part, and then we lost Paul," Taylor told DesMoinesRegister.Com in August. "It was such a shock to us that it made us sit up and look at what we were doing with our lives and how we were toward each other. We were so close in the beginning, then for whatever reason we all drifted apart here and there.
"Losing someone like that, a great friend and an amazing brother - someone who is so important to the band in so many ways - you start to look at what you take for granted."
Gray made his final recorded appearance on Slipknot's 2008 album, "All Hope Is Gone", which was certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in August 2010 for shipments in excess of one million copes in the United States - the band's fourth consecutive full-length release to achieve the milestone.