SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison recently told Canada's Chart Attack that he has completed writing three songs for the group's forthcoming album, tentatively due in late 2003. However, the Iowa-based nine-piece have yet to regroup as a band and finalize the ideas before entering the studio to record the upcoming CD.
"To be honest with you, I've written some stuff, but we all need to get together and hash it out right now so I can't give you any tangible information on the songs we've written," Jordison said. "I've done three with [bassist] Paul [Gray], but we need to get together. I am working on stuff though, absolutely. We're probably going to take a little more input from everyone else on this next one, instead of me and Paul doing it. We're of course going to do our part, but I want to welcome everyone else into the whole thing."
In the meantime, Jordison's MURDERDOLLS project have returned from European dates with PAPA ROACH to a headlining jaunt in North America.
"I've already improved immensely just because of the touring aspect," responded Jordison when asked about the effects of exercising his guitaring muscle. "I actually played guitar before I played drums. And I always play guitar on the SLIPKNOT albums as well, as well as being responsible for a lot of the songwriting. When I strap on a guitar, I don't feel all pissed off and angry and stuff. That's why, what better to get all the anger and stuff out for what I do in SLIPKNOT, than to play the drums? You're punching everything, really fast, concentrated. And with the guitar it just feels more free-spirited. It's more rock 'n' roll basically… MOTÖRHEAD, RAMONES, SEX PISTOLS, KISS, ALICE COOPER… We just take those influences and laden them with a bunch of really heavy riffs. Like, 'Let's Go To War', 'Slit My Wrist' and 'Die My Bride' are actually metal-esque songs. This is another side of my personality, basically paying tribute to all the band that meant so much to me when I was growing up. It's just another side of my personality that people might not know. I'm just as much into EMPEROR as I am ALICE COOPER. I'm not more into one scene than any other and that's why I feel very lucky to be able to go into two different styles of music and be successful at both."