In an interview published in the current issue of Britain's Kerrang! magazine (dated August 17, 2002), SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor admits that he has not spoken to his bandmates in several months and reveals that he has received very little feedback from the rest of the group on his STONE SOUR project.
"I haven't talked to [the other guys in SLIPKNOT] in awhile," Corey says. "They've been doing their own thing, I've been so busy with [STONE SOUR]. I've talked to [SLIPKNOT drummer] Joey [Jordison] a couple of times. He's having a good time in the MURDERDOLLS. I feel that if they can't be happy with the fact that I'm happy right now [doing STONE SOUR], then why are we doing it in the first place, you know?!
"[SLIPKNOT percussionist The Clown] said some shit about me and Joey about how we'd better realize that it's all fun and good to do this side-project shit," Taylor continues. "Which pissed me off, because STONE SOUR is not a side project, it's an actual band. He said that if our side-projects get in the way of SLIPKNOT that we're going to have to answer to him… This is coming from a guy who hasn't called me in six months."
"I just want to prove a point [with STONE SOUR]. That I'm not just a guy who screams all the time. That I can do other stuff besides SLIPKNOT. And that if you put your fucking mind to it, you can do anything. I couldn't do a song like 'Bother' in SLIPKNOT. It just wouldn't fit in, and it wouldn't be right."
"I'm much more comfortable with myself now than I was five years ago, much more committed and willing to do anything I can to make my dreams come true. Before, being in Des Moines, you could only go so far. With SLIPKNOT, I've seen the world, and I've seen what can happen when you apply yourself and when you work your ass off, and you give something to people that's worthwhile.
"If you sit on your ass, you don't get anything done. Even when SLIPKNOT get back together, because we haven't written anything for the new album yet, we're going to be starting from square one. And if they don't need me and they don't need [SLIPKNOT guitarist and STONE SOUR bandmate] Jim [Root] , fuck it, we'll go back out on the road again."