Slipknot Working On New Material

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That, according to pint-sized drummer Joey Jordison, who tells Billboard — of all folks — that Slipknot has already begun work on material for a new studio album.

Guess that’ll silence all that speculation about whether the band would carry on after the May 2010 overdose death of bassist Paul Gray.

“It’s already in motion,” Jordison said. “It’s definitely exciting. It’s a little emotional, of course, but I think it’s going to be really, really cool and I think it’s gonna be a really, really great record because everyone’s really involved in the process.”

Really cool? Wow, sounds awesome Joseph. “It’s going to be a little interesting, but I think it’s gonna be a healing process for all of us,” Jordison adds. “Slipknot is not going anywhere. We’re a family, and losing a family member sucks. You can’t help that, but you need to move on, and I think that what we’re gonna do might be the most powerful thing that we’ve ever created.”

But Joey reiterated the fact that the band will not replace Gray with a new bassist.

On stage, however, “we’ll have a bass player that’s right next to me, to the right behind the stage, to lock in with me. But there’s no one right now who will go on stage.” Kind of like that fourth member of Korn, who plays backstage, out of sight.