Although he recently commented that the Iowa metallers are planning a major 2014 return, Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan now admitted that the band still isn't quite able to cope with the death of bassist Paul Gray.
While talking about the group's upcoming Download festival performance, Crahan also discussed being reluctant to enter the studio without the late bassist.
"We're in a new circumstance," the percussionist told Metal Hammer. "We're in a situation that we never planned on, which is the travesty of losing our brother, so none of us want to record an album right now well, I can only speak for myself, but I don't want to walk into a studio and not see my brother.
"I'm not ready for that," he continued. "I'm not ready to commit to music and not see him there, knowing that he was the biggest part of the music writing. I need a little more time. I need to be able to go in there and think, 'What would Paul do?' Let's represent him as a band, think like he would and bring him into this."
Crahan then pointed out that although the group needs more time, things are still looking up for Slipknot.
"So we need a little more time, but what's great is that we're all a little older now and everybody knows what everyone else is doing. But the fact that Jim [Root] and Corey [Taylor], who have a new Stone Sour record, are willing to do a Slipknot show ... that's just love. That's respect for themselves and respect for the band. Were all a family now and we're all doing the best for each other."
Frontman Corey Taylor also made a recent statement confirming that "it's time" for Slipknot to make a comeback. "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," he told the Pulse of Radio. "It's just starting to feel like it's time."
The latest Slipknot studio effort, "All Hope Is Gone," came out in 2008 via Roadrunner/ Nuclear Blast Records. As the band's fourth record, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with just under 240,000 copies sold in the US within the first week.