Slipknot are set to release a new album on August 9th, and it will be the band’s first after the surprise firing of percussionist Chris Fehn, whose lawyer claims is still legally in the band. Fehn filed a lawsuit against his bandmates earlier this year accusing them of financial misconduct. Corey Taylor appeared to leak the first teaser at his new Slipknot mask on Instagram on Saturday.
Chris Fehn’s lawyer Joel Rothman recently told Rock Feed, “First of all, the lawsuit came about because in order for Chris to continue to participate in the band and attend recording sessions for the album that the band is working on, he was presented with a very onerous take-it-or-leave-it, you’re-not-an-equal-member-of-the-band-type proposal. And I’m not gonna go into the details of it, but let me put it this way.
If you had spent twenty years of your life devoted to an enterprise like Slipknot, where you had given your heart, your soul, your sweat, your blood, your tears to making the band the best it could be the way that so many of its fans love, and then you were told you were a second-class citizen here, I doubt that anyone who’s listening to this would feel any differently from the way Chris felt, which was that he wasn’t being given the respect that he deserved
And in speaking with his [other] attorneys, what we saw was that Chris, from the beginning of Slipknot, was treated like an equal, and it wasn’t until later, after the band had experienced success, that they began to treat Chris like less than that equal. And we looked at that, and we said, ‘Well, that doesn’t seem fair,’ based on the facts as we understood them that he began as an equal partner in the band in the beginning, and he should continue to be treated in that same fashion.”