SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor says that the group's fifth studio album and first since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone" will show the emotions that he and his bandmates went through in the four years since he passing of SLIPKNOT's bassist, Paul Gray. The disc, titled ".5: The Gray Chapter", is also the band's first without drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in late 2013.
Speaking to Amelia of the 98 Rock radio station in Baltimore, Maryland, Corey stated about the lyrical themes covered on ".5: The Gray Chapter": "There's a story there, but there's no outline. It's almost like a Quentin Tarantino movie — when he jumps around in time and kind of shows you what's going on. That's kind of what this album is. It doesn't start with one period and go in a linear fashion. It's just kind of where it made sense. Each song tells a different little part of it, but you have to kind of look at it as a whole."
He continued: "I didn't wanna do a concept album, because we'd already done one with [my other band] STONE SOUR. And I wanted to do something… It was just autobiographical, really. And some of the songs are about Paul, and some of the songs are about the hell that we've had to go through in dealing with his loss — especially from a very emotional point of view.
"I've been using the term 'war of emotions' lately, because it really is. When you're trying to reach that point where you can accept it… because at first you don't want to… There's a lot of emotions that go through your mind and go through your heart. There's a lot of guilt — almost like a survivor's guilt. There's a lot of anger towards the person you lost, this person that you really cared about. There's a lot of anger towards yourself. And there's a guilt that comes from that as well. Because you feel terrible. You feel, 'What more could have I done?' It drives you nuts after a while.
"Anyone who's ever lost anybody can understand what I'm saying. And you really kind of have to reach that point of, you just take that deep breath and go, 'Okay, everything that needed to happen happened, and there's nothing I can do about it.' And that's what this album is; it's us showing the emotions that we went through and then, at the end, just basically kind of standing back up and going, 'Okay, I guess now we carry on.'"
".5: The Gray Chapter" will be released on October 21 via Roadrunner.
The identities of SLIPKNOT's new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask — in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from the new album.
Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro "Vman" Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video.
SLIPKNOT's new drummer is thought to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.