When asked if he has heard any of the music Shawn “The Clown” Crahan has been composing with the other instrumental members of SLIPKNOT, Corey responded:
“Yeah, I have. It’s awesome. That’s all I’m gonna say about it. It’s everything I wanted it to be. They’ve been sending me stuff here and there. And it’s so funny too, because they’re, like, ‘We don’t wanna send you anything till it’s ready.’ And I’m, like, ‘All right. All right.’ I’ve been very patient. I’ve gotten about six songs now, and they’re really, really good. And just in kind of that demo form. And by ‘demo,’ I mean really just the fact that it’s maybe a little longer than it will end up. Because what you wanna do is you wanna take that idea and extrapolate it to the point where you’ve exhausted every kind of idea. And then you kind of take it and you shorten it and you break it down and you formulate it and you get it to a little more solid, a little more fluid. And that’s where it’s at right now.”
According to Taylor, he is currently “writing lyrics for three” new SLIPKNOT songs that will appear on the band’s next album. “And it’s dark — it’s really dark,” he said. “It’s probably the most autobiographical I’ve been in years. Just for the fact that I’ve been through a lot the last few years and I’ve been sitting on a lot. So I’m writing from the standpoint of where I am now instead of where I was. Which is so easy to tap into sometimes and it’s so easy to just kind of go there almost on impulse. But now, I’m writing it from the standpoint of a man who’s been through a lot — not just a young man, but an older man — and trying to figure things out.”
Taylor went on to say that the next SLIPKNOT will “absolutely” arrive next year. “2019, sometime in that year we will definitely be recording it,” he said. “We’ll finish writing it, record it and be ready to go on the road.”
Corey was also asked about Crahan‘s recent suggestion that the percussionist might be leaving SLIPKNOT after saying in an interview that the band’s next album “could be it for me.”
“We all kind of say that,” Taylor explained. “I’ve said it in the past. We’ve always said — and this is not in a negative way — we’ve always said that when we get to the point where we physically can’t do SLIPKNOT the way we want to do it, we’ll stop. And for some of us, the years of being in SLIPKNOT have taken [their] toll. Cold mornings kick my ass. My neck, my knees, my hips… [DJ] Sid [Wilson] has broken every damn bone in his body. Clown, he’s had his share of health issues and whatnot and physicality. We’ve all had an injury in this band — from our necks to our retinas. And honestly, if that was his decision, I wouldn’t do SLIPKNOTwithout him — absolutely not.”
Admitting that “it’s been tough” for him to “continue the way we have,” Taylor explained that “we’ve done it out of necessity, but at the same time, without Clown… There’s a certain mentality that goes into SLIPKNOT, and he started it. He’s always been the vision for this band, for SLIPKNOT, and without that, it crumbles. So, yeah, if he left, that would be it for me as well. And I say that, honestly, in a very positive way, because none of us would want to continue doing it from a half-assed point of view. Nobody wants to go 50 percent on a SLIPKNOT album.”
SLIPKNOT‘s latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, was released in Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands on October 17, 2014, the UK on October 20, 2014 and in North America on October 21, 2014. It is the first studio album by the band in six years and the first not to feature founding bassist Paul Gray and longtime drummer Joey Jordison due to the death of Gray in 2010 (the title of the album being a reference to his name), and the departure of Jordison in late 2013.