Taylor told Australia’s The Music that wanting to retain a semblance of mystery wasn’t necessarily SLIPKNOT‘s intention, but is ultimately “kind of a cool byproduct” of the whole scenario. “We didn’t want the emphasis to be on the new guy, we wanted the emphasis to be on the music,” he said.
“That was what it was always about for us. We didn’t want the drama, we didn’t want the bullsh*t, we wanted the attention to be on the fact that we had new music coming out. And as we pushed it even further, it’s driven people so f*cking crazy… Now, we’re, like, ‘We’re never gonna tell now.’ It’s really fun.”
In his lawsuit, Fehn claims to have always been told that the money from merchandise and touring is funneled through one sole company that splits profits and pays the members of the band. However, Fehn claims he recently discovered that his bandmates have set up several other SLIPKNOT-affiliated business entities in different states that appear to be collecting money from the band.
SLIPKNOT have refused to reveal the identity of the new member, who is replacing Fehn, but some fans on Slipknot Reddit had speculated that Zach Hill is the new percussionist, and said they saw him at Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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.