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Loaded Radio’s Scott Penfold recently spoke one on one with Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor about Slipknot’s latest album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter,’ future Knotfests and the singer’s relationship with current Slipknot and former Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root.

In the audio interview, which can be heard below, Taylor speaks on the creation of ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ and working with 2 new members in studio.  Original bassist Paul Gray passed away in May of 2010, whom the album is strongly influenced by, and former drummer Joey Jordison was terminated from the group in December of last year.

When speaking about the two new and still ‘officially unconfirmed’ musicians in the band, Taylor says: “The cool thing was that they were both fans going way back. So there’s a certain energy that comes out of that, especially knowing that we’re going to be doing this together, and that their abilities and ideas…that we were open to hearing them.  It made everything alot easier, especially with the daunting task of..ya know…going there…and not only trying to tell this story of the last four years, but to do it from scratch.”

He continues: “Ya know, it almost took a little bit of the pressure off of us, cause we did have these two new guns coming in.  That also made us have to up our game.  I mean, you can feel it when you listen to the album.  It’s exciting, it’s alive, it’s dark as Hell, it’s heavy, it’s got those melancholy moments.  It’s everything we wanted to do.”

When asked about how his relationship with current Slipknot and former Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root was after the guitarist’s firing from Stone Sour back in May, he says: “It was awkward at first.  But the more we’ve talked, the more we’ve hung out and the more we’ve seen the success of the album, that takes alot of the pressure off and I think it’s kinda helped him see that it was the right decision.  He just seems happier in Slipknot.  And that was one of the reasons why we had to go our separate ways.  Because at the end of the day, with all due respect to Jim, I just want him to be happy.  And for the longest time it seemed like he wasn’t happy.  It just made the most sense that we had to do what we had to do to make sure that both bands could exist.”

Slipknot are currently on the ‘Prepare for Hell’ tour with Korn and KING 810.

To listen to the full interview, where Corey speaks about the new Stone Sour covers album in the works and future Knotfest festivals, click below…

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