The Slipknot vocalist spoke with 98 Rock, saying: “I didn’t want to do a concept album because we’d already done one with Stone Sour. It’s autobiographical. Some of the songs are about Paul and some are about the hell we’ve had to go through.
“There’s a story there but there’s no outline. It’s almost like a Tarantino movie, when he jumps around in time and shows you what’s going on. It doesn’t start with one period and go in a linear fashion. Each song tells a different little part, but you have to kind of look at it as a whole.”
The singer also spoke about the overflow of emotions that went into the making of the new album: “There’s a lot of guilt – survivor’s guilt. There’s a lot of anger towards the person you lost. There’s a lot of anger towards yourself. You have to reach that point of, ‘Okay, everything that needed to happen happened, and there’s nothing I can do about it.’ And that’s what this album is.”
Slipknot have yet to officially confirm the identities of their new bass player and drummer, however they’re thought to be Alessandro Venturella and Jay Weinberg respectively.
.5: The Gray Chapter drops on October 21 via Roadrunner.