In a brand new interview with RollingStone.com, SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor was asked about the current status of SLIPKNOT and whether there is talk of doing a new studio album.
"We've been slowly but surely starting to kind of bandy that about," Corey replied. "We're doing a handful of shows this year in Europe, and maybe a couple at the end of the year — possibly in South America. And then next year, we're kind of starting to get the machine together, to see what can happen. It's finally starting to feel like it's time. Not just for me, but for a bunch of guys in the band.
"We've all come a long way in the last couple of years. We've all started to get our own shit together, and we're starting to feel like a family again, which is huge for us.
"As dysfunctional as this band has been in the past, we've always been there for each other. And we're really starting to reflect that now. So I think since we're all on the same page, it's going to make it a little easier to think about going into a studio and making new music without Paul [Gray, SLIPKNOT's bassist who died in 2010]. And that was one of the biggest things — just not wanting to really face it. But I think it's really starting to get close to being the right time. I think next year is finally going to be time to do that."
SLIPKNOT has performed live over the past two years but has not recorded a new album since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone".
SLIPKNOT mastermind/percussionist M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan spoke with Kerrang! magazine about the band's continued delay in recording a new studio CD. The SLIPKNOT co-founder explained: "We haven't written an album in five years because we wrote one, we toured it for two years, and Paul died, and it's been three years. What do you want from me? Nothing. When I come back, when we come back, it will be time, you will understand, we will understand, and it will be right. We'll be the first band that could be off for five years and come back like we never were gone. So that's what it's all about."