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Stone Sour split from long time guitarist Jim Root

Root performing with Stone Sour on Uproar in 2010
Root performing with Stone Sour on Uproar in 2010
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The surprising announcement came yesterday via the band's website and social media accounts, creating another shock wave among the rock music world, as well as within the Slipknot and Stone Sour camps, both of which Root participated in full time. No one knows the reasons behind the decision as yet; Stone Sour is keeping things vague right now, only posting this brief statement:

"As some of you might have heard by now, Stone Sour and Jim Root have indeed parted ways. We were trying to wait until the completion of the new SK album, but in light of recent events, we are going to confirm this information and move on. We feel it's best for both bands and hope that is reflected in the days to come. We will give you more information when the time comes."

Perhaps the writing could have been on the wall all along? Back in December when SS announced their House Of Gold And Bones US Tour, it was made known that Root would not be playing but instead focusing on writing for the Slipknot record, with Christian Martucci filling in. Further back in 2012, Root was hospitalized with a potentially life-threatening illness from a burst appendix and needed surgery to remove the organ; he missed several dates but was able to rejoin Slipknot once he recovered. Whether health, the workload of two successful bands or other factors contributed to the spit remains to be seen as more details are released.

There is s bright spot in the middle of all of this. Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor posted on his Twitter that he and Root are still working on Slipknot and that the album is "almost done", anticipated to be released by 2015. There are also rumors of another Knotfest in the works.