During a recent interview with Louder Sound, Slipknot guitarist Jim Root discussed his 2014 firing from Stone Sour. About whether his relationship with vocalist Corey Taylor has improved since the exit, Root replied:
“Oh, for sure, Corey and I are much closer now. It’s the best thing, me leaving Stone Sour. We would have just ended up killing each other and driving each other crazy. I can’t spread myself that thin.
“I needed it, this band needed it and Stone Sour certainly needed it. I just didn’t have the time to commit that I’d have liked. I think they were tired of my shitty attitude, that’s for sure.”
While talking about Slipknots latest record “We Are Not Your Kind,” Root explained how the whole group was on the same creative page, resulting in “what he feels is one of the most exciting albums of their career.” He added:
“[The previous Slipknot album, 2014’s] ‘The Gray Chapter’ was kind-of built in the studio. Those songs came straight from my garage and they don’t have the push and pull of a live band. We got to a point this time where we were playing the songs as a band and tracked them with and without a click [track].
“Us doing our own thing, ‘Don’t ever judge me,’ is kind of our motto. It’s something that our older fans seem to forget and our newer fans might not even know about. They need to understand that their band can’t keep doing the same thing, that they have to move on.
“I know a lot of people want the Iowa album again, but we’re not those people and we’re not that band anymore. If we were to copy that it would be so contrived; people would see through it, and it would be shit.”
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