Slipknot Frontman “Not Happy” About New Members Reveal

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When fans are given a mystery they really want the answer to, they could be better detectives than those at your police department.

When Slipknot announced that there were two new members in the band filling the two vacancies that the band had, fans were a little less than thrilled with the fact that frontman Corey Taylor had been mum about the real life identities of them.

Instead of waiting for Taylor to make an official announcement which he kind of hinted at, the fans went ahead and started to investigate and once the music video for “The Devil in I,” was released, it only confirmed the identity of at least one new member thanks to a distinct tattoo on the masked band member’s hand.

It just looked like the months of being discreet backfired in one simple scene.

“I was, like, ‘Why didn’t we make him wear gloves?’ I was so upset. I was, like, we thought of all this stuff. We put the hood on him and then the mask, and it was, like, ‘It’s really hot, guys,’ And then there is his tattoos for everybody [to see]. I was, like, ‘Well, we missed the mark on that one.’”

The new bassist was confirmed to be Alessandro “Vman” Venturella, guitar tech for bands like Mastodan and Coheed & Cambria.

And then the identity of the drummer was released soon after and was somewhat confirmed when Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace sent Slipknot a cryptic tweet about their choice in drummers. The news then surfaced that former Against Me! drummer Jay Weinberg, who quit via Twitter, was Slipknot’s new drummer.

When asked about the new members in a recent interview, Taylor revealed that they are not “official” members of Slipknot yet and that only time will tell if they get that position.

“They’re not official band members yet, but they are people who play with the band,” Taylor said.  “Time will tell whether or not they’re, like, full members. “With this band, you earn everything. You’re not just given that shot; you have to earn it. And so far, they’re doing really well. And we’re really enjoying jamming with them.”

Guess that explains why Weinberg and Venturella are wearing matching masks.

Slipknot New Members Unmasked?

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Have the identity of the new members of Slipknot been revealed?

Well, if you believe all the rumors and the recently released clues, it might just be true.

For the past few months, since the announcement of the metal band’s new album, Corey Taylor and company have managed to keep the identity of the two newcomers under lock and key even with two music videos already released and several interviews.

Today, it would seem that the identity of the drummer who would take the drumset that once belonged to longtime and recently outed member, Joey Jordison was unveiled.  The position, reportedly went to Jay Weinberg, son of E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and former drummer for Against Me!.

Against Me! frontwoman, Laura Jane Grace kind of ousted the drummer’s identity (as well as a feud, we assume) a little while ago.

Grace wrote the following on Twitter.

Considering the drummer did quit the band through Twitter, we can understand why Grace is not exactly giving a glowing endorsement for the stickman and his new gig.

As for who is under the mask in the position left behind by the late Paul Gray, it was revealed last week that Alessandro “Vman” Venturella, guitar technician for Mastodon and Krokodil guitarist would be filling the vacancy that was temporarily filled by Donnie Steele following the passing of Gray.

Slipknot have yet to confirm the identities. One thing we know for sure, is that their new album .5: The Gray Chapter is expected to be released on Oct. 28.

Against Me! Reveal Drummer Quit Band Through Twitter

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Well, this is a new low for announcing that you are quitting.

During the initial sessions for the recording of their recently released album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues both the band’s drummer, Jay Weinberg and longtime bassist Andrew Seward decided that it was their time to leave the band.

Instead of coming clean with the band and announcing his decision to leave, you know kind of like giving a two weeks notice, Weinberg notified frontwoman Laura Jane Grace through Twitter that he was quitting the band. In an interview with SPIN, Grace reveals Weinberg’s resignation through the social media site and also reveals that she hasn’t spoken to the sticksman since his departure.

Until this day though, there is no official reason as to why Weinberg decided it was his time to leave the band without appropriately announcing it.

Unlike Weinberg, Seward’s situation ended up being a little more complicated, according to Grace. He was in position that he wanted to spend more time with his family, something that is a little more understanding for someone who had been in the band and on tour for a decade.

Snippets from the interview can be seen below:

At the same time, there was a lot happening inside your band. Both Jay and Andrew, who had been with the band for about a decade, left during the sessions. I believe that I read that you ended up recording the album three times, overall. Is that right? 
Well, two times, really. The first time was kind of a false start where we did a bunch of the basics, like drum tracks and stuff like that, and it was good, but we just didn’t really have fun while we were doing it. We did it right before a tour, came back from the tour, and we all agreed, “That wasn’t cool, let’s just scrap that,” and we started again. And then we basically got to the point where everything was finished but the vocals, and so that was when Jay quit, and we were like, “Oh, fuck. Okay, now we have to go and re-record the drums.” Initially, we tried the approach of having Atom record drums to the pre-existing guitar tracks, because so much work had gone into it, which didn’t work. It just sounded off, you know? It didn’t lock in right. So then we recorded with Atom. We started from scratch.

What happened with Jay? I know he was a big fan before he joined, and he always seemed so thrilled to be in the band. When I saw him play with the band, he was always mouthing the lyrics while drumming. 
To be honest, I have no idea. He never said a word. I just woke up one morning and read on Twitter that he was leaving the band.

Really? 
Never talked to him since.

Do you think he was weirded out by your transition or all the…
I have no idea. I have no ability to hypothesize about it. You would really just have to ask him.

And how about with Andrew? What happened there? 
I mean, Andrew, it’s way more complicated. Obviously, having played together for ten years in a band with him, from what we talked about, I think he just got to the point where he wanted to be in a position where he was spending more time with his family, and the way the band was happening and the amount of time being on the road… he has a kid, I have a kid, [guitarist] James [Bowman] has a kid. Being away from that, I just don’t think he was really happy, and it just built to that point, and I totally respect that.