SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has admitted that problems exist within the group at the moment, but insists that this is not the end of the band.
"There's a lot of negativity in the SLIPKNOT camp right now that is hard to get past," Taylor tells Undercover News. "So much pressure has been put on us just from a mask stand point that it is hard to even think about the music anymore because with so many people it is just about the masks. One of the driving points for me to come back and do this [STONE SOUR] is because I just want to burn all that down. The masks were never meant to be the issue. The issue is supposed to be the music and it was. And it is to us. So many people, that's all they care about anymore. It has really become a negative thing. There's a lot of stuff on the SLIPKNOT agenda that we have to work on before we get back together. But when we do, man, it's going to be pivotal. It's going to be huge".
Comparing his time currently in SLIPKNOT with the time he left STONE SOUR the first time, Corey says: "It is a lot bigger than when I left STONE SOUR but at the same time I am not leaving SLIPKNOT. I am coming back to my other bands and giving it a chance. The whole reason to do something like this is that you don't want to be known for doing any sort of specific music. You want to go out and make as much music as possible. You want to be as creative as possible. That's the whole point".
Will they lose the masks when they comeback? "Never, ever, ever," Corey replies. "Sometimes it's a burden but it is what we do. When it comes to SLIPKNOT, it will be a whole new phase, a whole new version. I guarantee when we come back it will be brutal. We will definitely be back next year."