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Slipknot on Tortilla Man: The guy is next level - he's just out of his mind

Slipknot with the mysterious 'Tortilla Man' (Image credit: Alexandria Crahan-Conway)

Earlier this month, Slipknot guitarist Jim Root said he was surprised that no one had yet discovered the identity of the band’s new percussionist (opens in new tab), affectionally known as Tortilla Man.

And in an interview with The Art And Span Show (opens in new tab), Root has given a few more details about the mystery man – and reveals that he’s a world-class musician.

Root says: “He's a character. I didn't really know him very well before he started playing with us. But he's a hell of a musician. 

“The guy is a world-class pianist, he's a great percussionist, he’s schooled in music. He’s not just a garage musician who came up and learned on his own. He obviously had natural ability, but he took it to another level and actually got a degree in music. 

“So the guy is next level. Plus he's just out of his mind! I didn't think it was possible for anybody to match us. 

“I’ll be standing there playing and all of a sudden I'll hear this thump next to me, and he'll have jumped down from his drum set. He's next to me and I'm like, ‘You're insane, dude. Your knees are going to fucking just be done.’”

In May this year, Slipknot’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan said that the identity of the new member was “nobody’s fucking business” (opens in new tab) after he was asked by Kerrang (opens in new tab) if he was willing to unmask his bandmate.

The band are currently on their Knotfest Roadshow with special guests Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth in support of their new studio album We Are Not Your Kind (opens in new tab), which has landed at no.1 in both the UK (opens in new tab) and US (opens in new tab).

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Slipknot: We Are Not Your Kind (opens in new tab)
Slipknot's brand new album We Are Not Your Kind was released through Roadrunner Records earlier this month. The follow-up to .5: The Gray Chapter features the lead single Unsainted.

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