Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor insists the band will keep the identity of their drummer secret, along with the title of their fifth album until fans have got used to their new music.

Last week they launched the video for The Negative One, the first track to appear from the follow-up to 2008’s All Hope Is Gone. Speculation has been ramped up since then, with those in the frame including Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler and Jay Wienberg, son of Bruce Springsteen’s sticksman Max.

Check the video for ‘The Negative One’ here.

But Taylor tells The Pulse Of Radio: “We’re keeping a lot of that under wraps out of fairness. We want the music to speak for itself. We don’t want people making up their minds about something before they even know what the music is.

“Trust me – when the time is right we’ll give you the answers you need. That’s the way it is.”

The frontman yesterday confirmed The Negative One won’t be the first official track from the album, saying: “That was just a gift for the fans. The single comes out in a few weeks and it’s completely different. It’s more melodic, but it’s dark; it’s powerful.”

He added: “Remember, I said I wanted the album to feel like a cross between Iowa andVolume 3 – and I think we did that. Wait till you hear the whole album. This story is so deep and so honest and so crazy that people are going to lose their minds when they hear it.”

They’re aiming to release the record in October.