SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor's recent public prediction that the group's upcoming studio effort would be their last has touched off a sea of criticism among the band's fans who are hoping that SLIPKNOT will continue to make albums and tour for many years to come.In order to clarify his recent statements and to set the record straight on the subject, Taylor posted the following message this past Friday (Dec. 20) on the STONE SOUR message board: "You know me... I really don't care if anybody reads this, believes this or responds with more shit directed at me. I guess I'll set the record straight. "When I talk about the 'KNOT, it is never pessimistic. It is pragmatic. It is never in a negative way, it is just how it is. NONE OF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA what goes on behind the curtain of that band. Do you know how many people from SLIPKNOT I've talked to, besides [STONE SOUR bandmate] Jim [Root], in the last six months? ONE. You wanna tell me how I'm supposed to feel upbeat about a band that is eating itself? "First of all, no one can touch what we did in the 'KNOT. We accomplished something everyone said we couldn't do. We put out two of the best albums, in my opinion, of all time. I believe we can do one more album and go out on a high note. But as far as hanging out after we have lost our relevance? NEVER. I got one fucking word for you: GWAR. I will never do that, and I would never let that happen to a band I bled and almost went blind in one eye for, not to mention nearly losing my voice and losing the ability to sing. "It's this simple: I love the 'KNOT. I have more than earned the right to talk about the future of the band, especially when there is so much shit going on behind the scenes that thankfully you guys don't see, and I would do everything in my power to keep from you, because if you don't like what I say (and when taken out of context, indeed it does appear like I'm talking shit) you would lose your fucking minds if you heard the REAL shit. "I have more respect for you guys than that. "This is true: there will be another SLIPKNOT album, and another SLIPKNOT tour. If you want me to lie to you, I'll tell you every-fucking-thing is absolutely hunky dorey. But if you know anything about me, I hate lies, and I don't like getting into the habit. I love you guys, but sometimes shit happens. Lucky for you, most of the shit will happen all over me. "As I was, Corey"