While an exact reason was never given, the decision came after he decided not to participate in the group’s tour in order to work on a Slipknot album.
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Although filling in the spot of rhythm guitar in 1999, Root is considered to be one of the band's main songwriters and has written lead guitar parts for Slipknot's later albums particularly on All Hope is Gone and .5 The Gray Chapter (from what has been said it seems like he wrote the large majority of the songs).
Of Slipknot's nine member lineup which lasted between 1999 to 2010, Root was the last to join the band.
In a brand new interview with Revolver magazine, vocalist Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL was asked if it was difficult to end her romantic relationship with the band's bassist Marco Coti Zelati knowing that they had to continue working together in the group. (Root lives in Florida while Cristina resides in Italy.) "Well, my lifestyle is challenging already," Cristina explained. So you have to learn to live your life in a different way, but in a way that works for you.
"It wasn't always easy," she admitted, "but we're adults. So for me to even think about a normal relationship would be something weird.
Root joined Slipknot in January 1999, replacing their original guitarist, Josh Brainard, who left the band during the recording of their self-titled album, reportedly after having fulfilled his recording duties.
In fact, the only two songs Root recorded during the album's sessions were "Purity" and "Me Inside", the former being featured on the short-lived first pressing of Slipknot as well as the 10th Anniversary Edition, and the latter being its replacement.
I'm always complaining because [the other guys in the band are] not keeping it clean.
He’s apt to mention that even though he’s lucky enough to be in the position he’s in he still battles “the dark side of [his] mind” daily.
He offers up some advice on how to stay out of your own head, how to avoid becoming “locked” in dark thoughts, and how he’s grown over the years.
It's not easy to open up about personal bouts of depression, but the You Rock Foundation have created a wonderful space for artists to discuss their own struggles in the hopes of helping others with similar problems.
Previously, they've posted moving videos from Korn's Jonathan Davis, The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman, Lamb of God's Randy Blythe and Slipknot's Corey Taylor.