SLIPKNOT's JAMES ROOT: New Album Needs To Be More Experimental

SLIPKNOT guitarist James Root wants the group's next album to follow a more "experimental" and "drum-oriented" direction than that on the band's last effort, 2001's Iowa. Speaking to Cleveland's Music's Bottom Line recently, Root stated that he hasn't heard any of the new material that drummer Joey Jordison has previously described as having "more of a NEUROSIS vibe." "I have no idea what he's talking about, because I haven't written any riffs," the guitarist said. "And nobody that I know of has. Joey is that way, though. When we were in the studio doing Iowa, he was already putting together ideas for the third album. I know [SLIPKNOT percussionist] Shawn Crahan and I have been talking, and my musical taste has changed a lot. Don't get me wrong — I'm still way into the metal, but I've been listening to different things like RADIOHEAD, PORTISHEAD, BJORK, and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. There are so many different things we could be doing. With Iowa, if you ask me, we really passed up a lot of things that we could have done with the two auxiliary drummers. I mean they hardly touched their drums on that album. That is such a huge vehicle that we could use for writing songs. I think it needs to go more experimental and write more drum-oriented songs. Not blast beats and double bass but beat-oriented, tribal stuff…really give us a chance to use our effects pedals."

In related news, STONE SOUR — the band featuring Root and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor — are set to embark on their first UK tour in early 2003. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 19 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Feb. 20 - Newcastle, UK @ University
Feb. 21 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Feb. 22 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Feb. 24 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Feb. 25 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
Feb. 26 - London, UK @ Astoria

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