Corey Taylor Keeping New Slipknot Drummer’s Identity “Under Wraps”

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor says fans will have to wait to uncover the identity of the band’s new drummer and the title of their new album, in order for the music to “speak for itself.” Founding drummer Joey Jordison was confirmed as having left the group in December last year.

“We’re keeping a lot of that under wraps, out of fairness, because we want the music to speak for itself,” Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio (via Blabbermouth). “We don’t want people listening to our music and making up their minds about something before they even know what the music is.”

“So trust me, you know, when the time is right, we will give you the answers that you need, and that’s the way it is,” Taylor added. Taylor recently told BBC Radio 1‘s Zane Lowe that parting with the longtime drummer was a “really heavy decision” and the “hardest thing we have had to do.”

The band has remained tightlipped about Jordison’s departure, with Taylor at one point saying that he cannot “legally and respectfully” detail the split, but insisting that the decision was crucial to Slipknot’s continuation as a band. “It’s hard — it’s really hard — but the only other thing was shutting the band down, and none of us wanted to do that. So we’re gonna push on,” said Taylor.

A statement published on the Slipknot website described the decision to part ways with Jordison as stemming from “personal reasons.” However, Jordison’s own statement, published a month later, indicated that he did not quit the band and was “shocked and blindsided” by news of the split.

According to Blabbermouth, reports suggest that the band have recruited Jay Weinberg, son of E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, to play drums on the new album and tour, while some fans are speculating that, as Metal Sucks reports, Lamb of God‘s Chris Adler drummed on the album.

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