Corey Taylor says that everybody blamed him for Jim Root's exit from STONE SOUR, which made it more "difficult" for the two of them to tour together as members of SLIPKNOT.STONE SOUR in 2015 named Christian Martucci as the permanent replacement for Root, who was dismissed from the band in late 2013 after he decided to sit out the group's last tour in order to begin working on the new SLIPKNOT album. Martucci was recruited to play on that tour and was confirmed as a permanent member in March 2015 in a Facebook post. In a new interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Taylor reflected on the lineup change but was reluctant to reveal many of the details behind Root's split. He said: "It was a difficult time for me, largely because everybody blamed me. Obviously, being on the road with Jim in SLIPKNOT was tight sometimes, but I feel like we were able to put a lot of that aside because I think in a way he realized that he wasn't happy — maybe not just with STONE SOUR but in general. I feel like that's helped him, which is one of the reasons why I don't want to talk about it, out of respect for him and who he is and what he was to this band. I feel like he's on his own journey that he needs to figure out, and I don't want to be the one to talk about it. It's not fair for him and it's not fair for me." Root did not speak kindly of STONE SOUR in interviews after he was fired, saying, "Some of the guys in STONE SOUR, I think they just want to be a radio band and write strictly for radio and try to be more of a poppy rock band. And that's not really what I'm into. There's at least one guy in the band that's only concerned about money. I really have no desire to associate with people like that anymore." Root played on all five STONE SOUR studio records to date, including 2010's "Audio Secrecy" and the band's last collection of original music, "House Of Gold And Bones", a double concept album which was released in two parts in 2012 and 2013. STONE SOUR's new album, "Hydrograd", will be released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER. The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 15 will make the CD.
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