SLIPKNOT Members Discuss Possible Retirement

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In Metal Hammer magazine’s summer 2019 issue, which is just now make it online, four SLIPKNOT members, Corey Taylor, Jim Root, Mick Thomson, and Sid Wilson discussed on how they might see band calling it quits one day.

“I mean, it’s crossed my mind as the years have gone on,” Corey said. “It’s gotten harder to do this. You think about when the end is. No one thought we’d be doing it 20 years later. If I just couldn’t do it anymore, I’d just stop, but that doesn’t mean that the band would stop.”

Root added: “Us doing our own thing, ‘don’t ever judge me,’ is kind of our motto. It’s something that our older fans seem to forget and our newer fans might not even know about.

“They need to understand that their band can’t keep doing the same thing, that they have to move on. I know a lot of people want the Iowa album again, but we’re not those people and we’re not that band anymore. If we were to copy that it would be so contrived; people would see through it, and it would be sh*t.”

Root‘s fellow guitarist Mick Thomson says he’s just fine continuing the band indefinitely.

“I don’t think about the end, because that, to me, insinuates that we have a finite amount of time that we can do this,” Thomson chimed in. “As long as I can play I’ll be getting wheeled onstage and playing shows. I look at METALLICA and IRON MAIDEN and they’re still doing it. Why shouldn’t we?”

SLIPKNOT released their sixth studio album, We Are Not Your Kind, on August 9 via Roadrunner Records. Album was once again recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed SLIPKNOT‘s 2004 album Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and helmed 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter.