Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor may have last month said it was almost time for the metal outfit to record a new album but percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has squashed that talk, saying that no one in the band is ready to record again after the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010.
Clown told Metal Hammer that the group would need more time before they were ready to write the follow-up to 2008’s All Hope Is Gone:
“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. I’m not ready to commit to music and not see him there, knowing that he was the biggest part of the music writing.”
But all hope ain’t lost, with Clown also saying that shows like this weekend’s headlining performance at Download festival were a step in the right direction:
“We do need to do shows like these because it helps keep us together as a family and keeps us together with our fans. It keeps us moving in the direction that we’re in right now; we are moving in a positive potential with everything in our sights to make a new album, when we’re ready, and go out on tour and support that record, just like the old says.”
The members of Slipknot seem to have their hands pretty full with side projects right now. Clown is in the process of making a documentary on eating disorders, while Taylor and guitarist Jim Root have just released a new album with their side project Stone Sour. We’ll be sure to bring you news on the album front as it comes to hand.
(via Ultimate Guitar)