Slipknot are extremely serious about keeping the identities of their new bassist and drummer a secret. Although fans have almost without a doubt identified the bassist and lots of evidence points to who lies behind the drummer's mask, Slipknot guitarist Jim Root claims, "I think we're always going to deny who it is."

Back in September, some impressive detective work matched up tattoos on the new Slipknot bassist's left hand to guitar tech and Krokodil guitarist Alessandro 'Vman' Venturella. Slipknot's big slip came during the shooting of 'The Devil in I,' as the band forgot to make the new bassist wear gloves.

“I was, like, ‘Why didn’t we make him wear gloves?’" vocalist Corey Taylor reacted to Vman's identity slip. "I was so upset. I was, like, we thought of all this stuff. We put the hood on him and then the mask, and it was, like, ‘It’s really hot, guys,’ And then there is his tattoos for everybody [to see]. I was, like, ‘Well, we missed the mark on that one.’”

Despite Taylor's pseudo-confession, Jim Root is happy to never officially name Slipknot's two newest members. “We’re not saying who the new drummer is,” Root tells Guitar World. “Even if people find out beyond a shadow of a doubt who the new drummer is, I think we’re always going to deny who it is. He might not last. He might tour with us a year and figure out we’re all insane and he can’t handle being around us. Or we might shut him out. Who knows? For Slipknot, I’d say drumming is only 50 or 60 percent of the job. The rest of it is who you are and what your personality is. Will you clash with guys like me, Mick, Clown, Corey, Craig and Chris? We all have these strong alpha-male personalities.”

Be sure to catch Slipknot at this year's Knotfest and on their upcoming North American headlining tour with Korn and King 810. Slipknot will release their fifth studio album, '.5: The Gray Chapter,' on Oct. 21. To pre-order the album, click here.

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