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When Paul Gray, the bassist and founding member of the heavy metal band Slipknot, passed away in May of 2010, all the group’s fans, known as Maggots, knew the end of an era had come. Gray passed away due to an accidental overdose that rocked the ‘Knot universe, the remaining 8 members appeared a few days later to address the media in a very heavy hearted press conference. The future of the band has been in question ever since Gray’s death because of the tight bond of the band members, and the reluctance of the remaining members to consider the future without their brother. Lead singer Corey Taylor has stated multiple times that he feels they should carry on because that is what Gray would have wanted, but that he is hesitant to do so.

It now appears the road into the future has been chosen, the band will release their first ‘best of’ record and let it serve as the closing of the Paul Gray chapter of Slipknot. On July 24th, 2012, Antennas To Hell will be released in the U.S. The record will include 19 tracks: four from each of their four studio albums, two live tracks, and one remix. There is also a bonus DVD featuring a recording of their live performance at Download Festival in 2009.

The remaining members are reportedly beginning the writing process for a new record and it might be released in early 2013. No word yet on a replacement bass player and my guess is they will use touring members and not hire a permanent replacement anytime soon.

Check out Slipknot this summer as they headline the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival which sets it’s sites on the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, WA on July 3rd. Joining them on this tour is Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax and more.

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