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Jim Root Interviewed By Music Feeds

Australia’s Music Feeds recently conducted an interview with Jim Root (#4 of Slipknot) about the Slipknot’s new album – .5: The Gray Chapter. Below you can read a couple excerpts from the interview.

Music Feeds: New album, new tours, new members. How’s life in the Slipknot camp at the moment?

Jim Root: Life in the Slipknot camp is pretty damn good right now. I used to be really hesitant and reluctant and resistant to say such things [laughs] Actually, everything’s pretty cool. But I don’t want to jinx it and I don’t want to…. usually when I feel like everything’s going good that’s when something really fucked up happens. So, I’m gonna say it’s all shitty, everything sucks, blah! [laughs]

MF: Corey mentioned how you and Shawn got the ball rolling on the songwriting process. Are you able to elaborate on that and take us behind the scenes a bit?

Jim Root: Sure. We’d been talking about doing a new record for quite some time, we just didn’t really know when. I mean, to give you sort of a whole synopsis, the whole us touring started to see if we could see do it without Paul, continue the healing process and then see what we could do after that, see if that could lead us into doing a record.

And so time went by and we were touring for a while and got to the point where we knew it was time to do a record and we wanted to do a record. So we pushed forward and started thinking about that and talking about that and we kind of had to wait for other bands’ tour cycles to wrap up and all that stuff.

It kept getting pushed back and pushed back and people in the band kept getting a little more antsy and a little more frustrated and a little more like, ‘What the fuck’s going on?’ And then finally I had enough, I was like, ‘This is stupid. We’ve been putting this off for over two years now. It’s time to get back to it and do what it is we’re put on this earth to do.’

And in conversations with Clown and with management and with the record label, it was definitely time. So, in November I sat down and kind of went to work. And then I’d finish arrangements and bounce them down and send them to Clown and that was it, that’s where the ball started rolling. That’s when everything else started to unfold, but basically in November 2013 is when I started demoing and inviting people into my garage.


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Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter – ArtistDirect Review

.5: The Gray Chapter is unequivocally and unabashedly a Slipknot album. That means a few things. First of all, it once again sees Iowa’s finest expand the boundaries of heavy metal similar to what they did on the timeless Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. Secondly, brutality abounds. ‘Nuff said.

This is Slipknot at their most incendiary, invasive, and infectious. Moreover, there’s absolutely nothing like .5 – The Gray Chapter in either the band’s catalog or the modern heavy metal canon, period. There will be nothing like it either. Few men can conjure what these gentlemen do once the sonic séance begins. For lifelong fans, it not only meets expectations; it obliterates them. Would you have it any other way though? This is Slipknot after all.

At the same time, .5: The Gray Chapter offers the next phase in a larger body of work. This isn’t Iowa, Slipknot, or All Hope Is Gone. Rather, it’s a powerful, passionate, and potent piece of its own that retains the touchstones of the group’s patented sound, while ushering in a gorgeously chaotic and crushing future.


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Clown Talks About Camel Shit At Knotfest

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Clown (#6 of Slipknot) about strong>Slipknot’s Knotfest, which will have a very specific smell. And that smell is camel shit.

Boasts the press release, “Knotfest has its own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over. Personally picked by Slipknot themselves, the smell of Knotfest will permeate the festival grounds. Oil drums will be filled with camel shit… set aflame to last the entire festival.”

“We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest. It was awesome; it was beautiful,” Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan tells Rolling Stone. “[Fans] came into the museum and they had to be hit with camel shit. A very distinct smell. You can’t huff it, but it’s got this smell. And it’s not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but its not necessarily the worst thing, it’s just remembering thoughts — it’s gonna be a reoccurring thing.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.

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Corey Taylor Says Making ‘Gray Chapter’ Album Was ‘More Emotional Than It Was Stressful’

Corey Taylor (#8 of Slipknot) says that the band didn’t feel any pressure making the its first album in six years, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, calling the experience “more emotional than it was stressful.” Speaking to the Q105.1 radio station in Fargo, North Dakota, Taylor said: “The great thing about this band is we’ve never put shackles on ourselves creatively. If we’re feeling one way, we go that way. If we’re not, then we tend to go in the opposite direction. It’s one of the reasons why we took so long to actually start thinking about doing a new album, ’cause we weren’t gonna do it until we were ready.”

He continued: “As far as pressure, we’ve never had a lot of pressure, because we approach it that way. We’re, like, ‘We’re gonna do what we want. If nobody listens to it, that’s fine, but we’ve fulfilled something inside ourselves.’ So it was more emotional than it was stressful, to be honest. Because filling in the shoes of Paul, especially, was heavy duty. He was such an integral part of the songwriting process and had such a great ear for it, we knew that we were all going to have to step in and fill those shoes in, and I thought we did a great job. Jim [Root] came up with some killer stuff, I brought in some stuff, Clown really, he brought in some really killer atmospheric stuff that we were able to build into some great music. I think we all really stepped up to the challenge, and I think it was because we wanted to. It wasn’t because we felt we had to; we felt we wanted to, we wanted to be able to do that and really kind of make new music with this band again. So it wasn’t so much stressful as it was powerful.”

Taylor recently denied that the band’s new song, “The Negative One”, is about Joey Jordison, telling Metal Hammer, “‘The Negative One’ is about me, and not just me, but everybody in the band. We all have so many different sides to ourselves, but especially with this band. When we get together, there’s something about the music we make that really unleashes the crazy, dark shit inside of us. And that song in particular is about, basically, embracing it again, giving into it and letting it have its say. Because if you don’t, then you sit on it and you repress and it blows up in really negative ways. So, that song is about freeing it.”

Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc is autobiographical. “The whole album is essentially the story of the band over the last four years, and part of that story is that we’ve had to reach a point of acceptance with everything,” he said. “You know, the last four years have been really difficult for us.”

#8 of Slipknot told Metal Hammer that the album is laid out like a story, “from the moment Paul died to the moment we stepped out of the studio. So there are certain songs that deal with, not Joey in particular, but about the tension and trying to deal with the ugliness that we all have in us.”

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Jim Root Says That He ‘Wasn’t Really Happy’ In Stone Sour Anymore

Jim Root (#4 of Slipknot) says that he was hurt and angry after he was fired from the band at the end of last year but claims that it all worked out “for the better” because he “wasn’t really happy” in the Corey Taylor-fronted group anymore.

#4 of Slipknot, who was also a major contributor to the songwriting for that band’s new album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, alongside Taylor, tells Revolver magazine: “It became apparent to me near the end of the album cycle for [Stone Sour‘s] ‘House Of Gold & Bones’ that it had basically run its course. But the band kept pushing for more dates, and I was just, like, ‘It’s time to stop!'”

He continued: “Slipknot made it possible for Stone Sour to have everything that it has and there were people in Slipknot that have been sitting idly waiting to do a new album. And I had fans asking me every day, ‘When are you doing Slipknot?’ It just seemed like it was in the air.”

Root says that he was finally dismissed from Stone Sour in late 2013, several months before his exit was officially announced. “I guess you could say I was ‘given the opportunity’ to start the Slipknot album, to put it sort of nicely,” he tells Revolver. “Essentially in November, I found out that Stone Sour wanted to do some more shows and they didn’t want me to be a part of it.”

Being that he was no longer involved with Stone Sour, Root was free to focus entirely on composing new Slipknot material at his home in Florida. “I had so many emotions going on in my head when I was writing this shit,” he says. “I was mad because Stone Sour wanted to go do a tour and they didn’t want me to be a part of it. So I had a little anger, and I had a little bit of fucking depression. I was kind of hurt. But at the same time, it was probably all for the better, because I wasn’t really happy in that band anymore.”

He added: “I love Stone Sour. I love the music that we created. and it was a fun ride. But if I’m going to sacrifice all of my free time and my life for something, it has to be something that I a thousand-percent believe in, and something where I have a thousand-percent communication with everyone involved. And that something is Slipknot.”

Root spoke with The Pulse Of Radio late last year about the difficulties of balancing Stone Sour and Slipknot. “You know, when you’re in two bands like this, man, there’s some big sacrifices that eventually have to come along and there’s some, you know, kind of grown-up decisions you have to make and not all of them are gonna be easy decisions to make,” he said.

Root was replaced on the Stone Sour tour earlier this year by Christian Martucci. It is not clear if Martucci will continue with the group.

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Corey Taylor Denies ‘The Negative One’ Was Written About Joey Jordison

Corey Taylor (#8 of Slipknot, Stone Sour) has denied that the band’s new track “The Negative One” was written about the group’s former drummer Joey Jordison, claiming that the song’s lyrics deal with “the ugliness that we all have in us.”

The first new tune released by SLIPKNOT in six years, “The Negative One” is taken from the group’s upcoming fifth album, titled “.5: The Gray Chapter”, which is due out on October 21. The disc follows up 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” and is the band’s first without Jordison, who was let go late last year, and founding bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010.

With lyrics like “The Lord Of Lies / You Had To Be Set Free / Opposing Sides / Your Choices Are The Negative One And Me,” fans have speculated that “The Negative One” was written about Jordison, who was assigned “1” as his numbered alias shortly after the band’s formation.

“I didn’t even put that together! That’s just how fucking crazy people are!” Taylor told UK’s Metal Hammer magazine.

After it was pointed out to Corey that “The Negative One” apparently contains all the letters that spell out “Joey Jordison,” the singer replied, “Oh my fucking God! People need to fucking unplug every now and again. I did hear some shit about the video for it, like it’s supposed to be Joey, but it’s so fucking funny.”

Asked if the song is about anyone in particular, Corey said: “Here’s the thing. The album is a story — not in a certain order; it jumps around — but it’s a story of this band for the last four years, from the moment Paul died to the moment we stepped out of the studio. So there are certain songs that deal with, not Joey in particular, but about the tension and trying to deal with the ugliness that we all have in us.

“‘The Negative One’ was about me, not about Joey, and that’s why the song says, ‘Your choices are the negative one and me,’ which is the two kinda colliding together. ‘The Devil In I’ is the same, which you’d think would be fucking apparent.

“I love the fact that our fans are that passionate, but ‘Judas Priest’, get out of the fucking basement once in a while! Log off of the fucking Twitter and go smell a flower, and just let yourself get back to a point where you go, ‘Y’know what? That’s a little crazy.'”

He continued: “‘The Negative One’ is about me, and not just me, but everybody in the band.

“We all have so many different sides to ourselves, but especially with this band. When we get together, there’s something about the music we make that really unleashes the crazy, dark shit inside of us. And that song in particular is about, basically, embracing it again, giving into it and letting it have its say. Because if you don’t, then you sit on it and you repress and it blows up in really negative ways. So, that song is about freeing it.”

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Corey Taylor Talks About Slipknot’s ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ And Paul Gray

Corey Taylor (#8 of Slipknot, Stone Sour) 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 the 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.'”

Corey Taylor - Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

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