Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was recently interviewed by the Canadian website Jam!, and in between talking about Slipknot's current tour and brand-new compilation Antennas to Hell, had some words of praise for guitarist Jim Root, who was recently treated for a burst appendix that forced him to miss the first few dates of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour.

Says Taylor, "Dude, he’s out of his mind. We were actually finishing the guitars on the new Stone Sour album when it happened. He was complaining about a pain in his side. When he got back home, he had a 102° temperature, went to the clinic and found out his appendix burst two and a half weeks ago. The fact that he was still walking and talking is crazy."

He also talks about how he feels when he listens to the songs included on Antennas to Hell, saying, "Honestly, in a weird way, it’s very gratifying. You can tell where we came from, and where we got to with All Hope is Gone. But the beautiful thing is that the essence is still there. We never forgot why we loved making music. We never forgot that frenetic energy that we invariably put into everything we do, and that sense of urgency that never left us. I truly hope it never does."

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Slipknot's Antennas to Hell is available everywhere now; get the single-disc version for $9.99 or the two-disc version for $11.99 at all F.Y.E. locations, or grab the three-disc version (which includes a DVD with all the band's music videos and more) from the Roadrunner webstore!