Slipknot has unleashed a firestorm of announcements in recent weeks, from details of the carnival-style KnotFest to the newly released song and video for The Negative One, the first new song from the band in six years. Though there is a lot to talk about involving The Nine, all have failed to answer the two biggest questions yet: details about the forthcoming album (release date, name) and who will fill the drumming void left by Joey Jordison when he split from the group in December 2013.
One of the names floating around the rumor mill is Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler, whose band is currently on a break. If Adler is involved, he likely just a fill in until a permanent drummer can be found. Already thought to have recorded the drums for the new album, it is not clear whether or not he would be a tour fill in as well. Of course the band has kept mum about all of this, but it isn't a far stretch if it turns out to be true. Adler is a long time friend of Slipknot's as well as an experienced studio and session drummer, having worked with Protest the Hero in the past.
All of that aside, it is going to be a memorable summer for Slipknot as they open up a brand new chapter. Not having played for nearly a year now, fans will be excited to hear the new material as well as to see who mans the sticks at the upcoming KnotFest in San Bernadino, CA in October. Many are probably also curious if there will be any new masks or changes to the band's look, which has not changed since the passing of Paul Gray in 2010.