Corey Taylor Says Slipknot Will “Never Be The Same” Without Paul Gray

With recent news that Slipknot are “almost done” recording their long-teased follow-up to 2008′s All Hope Is Gone, frontman Corey Taylor has opened up about the direction of the new music and also spoke about the process of recording without the late bassist Paul Gray.

The new record will be the first Slipknot output since the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010. “It’s always gonna be different and nothing’s ever gonna be the same,” said Taylor in an interview with Ultimate Guitar. “But all we can do is what we do. The way I’ve had to look at it is that not every great football team stays together and not every great band can keep doing it with the same people.”

Earlier this month, a Polk County District jury acquitted Dr Daniel Baldi of involuntary manslaughter charges, including one relating to the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead in his hotel room after an overdose of morphine and the opioid fentanyl.

“It’s the nice way of me saying that I can’t just look at him as dead, which breaks my heart,” continued Taylor. “I have to look at as, ‘One of our most important pieces is gone – how do we make up for that?’ So it’s basically us pooling our talents to fill in this vacuum that has been left.”

Taylor wasn’t as forthcoming when asked about the recent departure of longtime drummer Joey Jordison. “Well, that’s something that’s a little harder to talk about,” Taylor said. “I can’t honestly legally talk about it. That’s all I can really say about that.”

It was recently announced, that Jim Root, guitarist in Slipknot and Taylor’s other band Stone Sour, had “parted ways” with Stone Sour. However, Taylor has insisted that Root is still part of Slipknot, and is continuing to work with him on the new album.

Earlier this week, talking with Pop Culture Madness, Taylor said the new record will be a mesh of 2001’s Iowa and 2004’s Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses). “You’ve got the gorgeous melodies and the artistic direction of Vol. 3 and then you’ve got the absolute brutality of Iowa,” he explained in the interview you can watch below. “And I think people are gonna lose their minds when they hear it.”

Watch: Corey Taylor Interview: Roast On The Range 2014

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