Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recently opened up to Full Metal Jackie for a lengthy interview about the recording process of the new album, and the mask designs for their bassist and (still) un-named drummer.
We wanted to make something that still looked unified but still stayed with the spirit of what the band is all about. Instead of trying to find something that was individualistic, we designed — well, Clown designed a mask that the drummer and the bass player will both wear. On one hand they get a mask but at the same time, it’s not the individual mask that we in the band use. We knew that any attempt to do anything like that might be taken as disrespectful, but at the same time it’s part of the way of moving, getting past the hardest steps, which is just moving on. So, we decided that we would come up with a mask that works for both the bassist and the drummer and that’s what they’ll wear on stage.
The replacement for drummer Joey Jordison, who was let go in December 2013, is still unknown, while bassist Donnie Steele, who has been performing with the band since 2011, isn’t confirmed as being on the new album. The mask that Corey Taylor will be wearing has sort-of been revealed recently.
The new album, .5: The Gray Chapter, comes out October 21st, on Roadrunner Records.