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Corey Taylor Took “Brunt of the Heat” About Slipknot's Hiatus So Members Could Heal Following Paul Gray’s Death

Image courtesy of Kevin Nixon/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Kevin Nixon/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

Until recently, frontman Corey Taylor has been very vocal about Slipknot not being ready to begin working on their first album without late bassist Paul Gray , who died in 2010. Now, the singer reveals that he chose to take a harsh stance about the group's hiatus so that he could let his band mates recover from their loss.

“Like it or not, [percussionist Shawn ] "Clown" [ Crahan ] and Paul started that band and without Paul, there was a huge piece missing to that and I was gonna be damned if I was gonna let anybody make us do something that we weren’t feeling at the time,” Taylor tells ABC News Radio. “So I tried to take the brunt of the heat and take the focus off of everybody else in the band so they could go through what they needed to go through.”

The singer adds that the guys feel like they’re finally ready to begin making some new music, and that they have tentative plans to start working on new material in 2014.

“It hasn’t been easy for any of us and the thought of running right back into the studio wasn’t appealing to anybody,” Taylor explains. “So we wanted to make sure that when we did go back into the studio it was because we wanted to regardless of any pressure that might be on us because of just how big the album could be.”

Taylor notes that the band doesn’t yet have a specific release date in mind for the group’s follow-up to 2008’s All Hope Is Gone . “There’s no timeline, there’s no deadline, there’s no timetable,” he declares. “Probably the beginning of next year, we’ll go into the studio and we’ll start figuring out what we’re capable of.”

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